The Time Has Come

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I think bloggers get sucked into the Dos and Don’ts of blogging too often. I am definitely guilty of this because I over think every thing I type. Do I want to say what I am really feeling? How might it be taken other than the way I intend it? I often just think about how my words might be taken… never do I put thought into other things like types of photos or even when I go post to certain sites to spread my blog around. I then wonder if anyone even reads what I type or do they just scroll down to the credits. I keep my comments mostly brief because of this, but this week I saw a long list of blogs about the Dos and Don’ts of blogging. Different blogs covering different topics but all of it had to do with what your not suppose to do as a blogger. I then personally started to think about each of these don’ts and just how important they really were. In my opinion there were about 2 of them that mattered to me… 1. Do not beg for sponsors or freebies… 2. Do not expect for anything to ever last in the blogging world… it is always changing and always moving towards other directions. I felt like the rest were just little nit picking things. Things that didn’t really matter but to be “proper” you needed to do this because people who have their noses stuck in the air will actually care. It is for this reason that after I fulfill my obligations that I have already signed up for… I will be stepping back from blogging for stores (not fairs). I love my “sponsors” and the ones who I have been with for so long feel more like family than a job of any sort. I want to blog what I feel and when I feel like it. I may do the occasional event here and there, but those will be when I choose to blog and not because someone tells me I have to. I have been considering stepping back for a little while now. I have hit a hard block when it comes to my creativity. I have seen so many wonderful bloggers just keep going and going and then I wonder how many of them look back at their posts and see the same topic or the same photos being done by themselves and not even realizing it. I want to find myself again… find my creative side… maybe focus more on the photography aspect of my blog. Lately I have enjoyed building “sets” or creating something different. I see a ton of beautiful photos scattered all across my Flickr feed where people put extra thought and time into their photos… because they want to and they can. I would love to be able to get to that point. I need to focus and practice and maybe find the spark again to continue. I will probably update everyone in the near future about this again… because I am not exactly sure what I have and haven’t signed up for in the next coming months… but it will be a slow changing process and one that I am kind of excited about. It is time to re-evaluate myself and what blogging means to me! TOOTLES

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Credits:

Skin– Belleza- Yasmin

Eyes– IKON- Hope Eyes in Nymph

Hair– Wasabi Pills- Kokoro

Dress– Bens Boutique- Camie Knit Dress in Gray @ Winter Trend 2014

Furniture– Fabled- Classic furniture @ Winter Trend 2014

Logic vs. Imagination

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“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

I have blogged most of my blogging life with logic. Thinking what will a designer want to see and what will readers want to see. In fact, if I look even deeper into my RL… everything is with logic. I think about every single detail of my life before it gets to that point because I love to be prepared. I always think what is the point if you aren’t prepared. Imagination kind of hasn’t been that big a part of my life.. until recently. The amount of imagination that it takes to put into most blog posts plus into normal photos is just draining. I took 3 weeks off to be in RL with my family for vacation and it was a very eye opening experience. The imagination kind of stayed on vacation I think because I feel like I have hit a brick wall with things. More will come soon… when I figure things out with logic… but I want to go everywhere… not just a straight line to what I have had planned. Strength will overcome 🙂 Here is to hoping I get back on track soon! TOOTLES

Credits:

Skin– Belleza- Yasmin

Eyes– IKON- Hope eyes in Nymph

Hair– MINA Hair- Selenia @ The Arcade

Jacket– [ Infliction ]- Proper Jacket @ Winter Trend 2014

Pants- [Foxes]- chromatic bubble leggings

Shoes– [Renegade]- Lucy white snowflake for slink high feet @ Winter Trend 2014

Smile Anyway

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Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

This is just a quick reminder that even though you may not always feel joyful and like you want to smile… smile anyway! Someone else may see that smile and it may improve upon their day. TOOTLES and many smiles!

Credits:

Skin– Belleza- Yasmin

Eyes– #adored- dawn eyes in blue steel @ anyBODY event

Hair– Exile- Kissing Strangers @ Collabor88

Outfit– [ SAKIDE ]- Fuzz Leather outfit in white @ Winter Trend 2014

Jewelry- Meva- Winter Trend set including crown, necklace, bracelet, and ring @ Winter Trend 2014

Shoes– .:Glow Designs:.- Metallic Stilettos in silver @ Designer Circle 

Black and White

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Things are not always as black and white as we would like them to be. I have long loved blogging… before I started to blog last year I was already following several of my favorite bloggers and watching and learning. I have since learned that as much as we love to think that blogging is one way or another, it is however you want it to be! I love events. It seems I enjoy blogging events more than I do specific designers. I get lucky when my designers are in these said events, but really I just love to see the new designs coming out plus new designers who I have not yet had the pleasure of working with. I think back to my very first event that I began blogging for. This was my first “sponsor” that I ever had and Xen’s Hats was one of the designers. I think back to that small room and now to see this designer at fashion weeks and in expos… it just warms my heart and I am proud to say remember when with a few of them. Well plenty of shopping to get to so please hurry! December will be gone before you know it. TOOTLES

Credits:

Skin-Belleza- Yasmin

Hat– Xen’s Hats- Ramono Black w/ white @ Jewelry and Accessory Expo 2014

Hair– Wasabi Pills- Holly @ Fameshed

Dress– *LpD*- Noelle Dress with jacket @ KV Christmas Event

Jewelry- Cae- Blizzard necklace @ Winter Trend 2014

Words break like Ice

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I wanted to take a moment… and vent a tad. I mean that is what this blog is about. Most probably don’t read what I write and that is perfectly fine. Maybe the right person will read it and it will change something that might happen to them. Either way I will say my peace because I feel this is just a growing issue….

We all know that SL can be full of rotten and hateful people who are miserable in their RL and want to come to SL to make others seem just as low as they are while raising their spirits a tad. I am not talking about your “selfish” moments. I am talking about people who aim at making others feel low. I have witnessed this a few times recently, more than I would like to see. Between the horrible griefing going on at the Belleza sim, to hateful words being spread on FB and in world making fun of others due to how they choose to play this game called Second Life. I just wanted to remind everyone that this is suppose to be the holiday season where you make others feel happy and try to lift spirits. Not everyone is going through the same thing that you are and not everyone will understand you; however, this does not give you the right to treat others with such disrespect. I will write more about this subject later, but I just wanted to throw it out there… to remind others to be kind and generous especially during this time. I am being vague because I will choose to share my story and reasons for comments at a time when I can be more clear on them.

Please think about your actions and words… you never know who you could hurt by your joking or games. They can break a person’s self esteem like an icicle shattering when falling off a tree. TOOTLES

Credits:

Skin– Belleza- Yasmin

Hair– Magika- Beans

Dress– .::Dead Dollz::.- Althea gown in pink @ Winter Trend 2014

Pose– Le Poppycock- Loose Ends poses @ The Chapter Four

Hues of Purple

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Oh what I wouldn’t give for a tropical location at this moment. I will play around in tropical locations in SL instead. I decided to poke around one of the haunted fruit islands today and I had to dress for the part. The Snowpaws dress from Designer Showcase and the Lazuri jewelry set from the Jewelry and Accessory Expo I felt went together perfectly. It was just amazing that the 7 Deadly s{K}ins Simone had a lovely purple eye shadow to match. Of course no one was on the sim to see me, but I decided to go look around other sims afterwards and was asked by a few where to gather these lovely items. I am sure it happens to people all the time… to be IMd about what you might have on and where to find it. I have done this only once and I think the poor woman thought I was nuts. The UMMMMM before she answered where to find the hair she was wearing kind of gave it away. Sorry to her if she ever sees this! All I can say is to hurry… There are so many things going on this time of year and not much time to get them. Before you know it you will miss your chance, so stop what you are doing and try to get there now. TOOTLES!

Credits:

Skin– 7 Deadly s{K}ins- Simone @ Designer Showcase

Eyes– IKON- Hope Eyes in Nymph

Hair– /Wasabi Pills/- Holly @ Fameshed

Dress– Snowpaws- Gia mesh halter dress in Amethyst silk @ Designer Showcase

Jewelry- Lazuri- Mio Purple set including headpiece @ Jewelry and Accessory Expo 2014

Let it Snow Fashion

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I have been a very good girl this year… relatively good… ok maybe not at all, but regardless I look FABULOUS this holiday season thanks to my visit to the Winter Trend fair. A girl couldn’t ask for this kind of selection and receive anything as amazing as this. Two full sims to explore and buy from some of your favorite designers, which is just what I did. I hope you go check out the fair before it ends on the 19th. You can’t miss this! TOOTLES

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Credits:

Skin– Belleza- Yasmin

Eyes– (*ANGELICA)- Watery eyes in brown @ Winter Trend 2014

Hair– .Olive.- the snow princess hair in lipstick @ The Arcade

Dress– *Fishy Strawberry*- Belted Tunic in Onion @ Winter Trend 2014

Scarf– B BOS- Bir Scarf in Grey @ Winter Trend 2014

Leggings– FY- Zipped Jeggings in black

Earmuffs- Maxi Gossamer- Furry Muffs in black @ Winter Trend 2014 

Shoes– Essenz- Vancouver gacha @ Winter Trend 2014

Pose– *EverGlow*- Frost poses @ Winter Trend 2014

Good to be Back

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I am back!!! I had a nice lovely break from SL for a trip home to see my family and my in laws and I am actually glad it is over. Anyone who spends an extended period visiting family is always glad to see it come to an end and get back to the way things usually are. Visiting everyone is just exhausting! I am coming back to two new events starting on the 5th that I have to show you so I wanted to do a quick snap of this dress by D-style which will be available at Winter Trends 2014. I also came back just in time to hit up the last black friday sales and to find out that TRUTH will be having an in world store sale of 50% off till December 15th! So many good things going on in SL lately and I am glad to be coming back at just the right time. During my away time I have had a lot of time to think about my future in SL and I will be happy to share that with you in a few weeks when things settle down a little. So for my quick welcome home and then back to business… it is great to be back 🙂 TOOTLES

Credits:

Skin– Lara Hurley- Fae in natural dark

Eyes– {SONG}- Yuki Ice eyes

Hair– TRUTH– Aida (50% off in world store till Dec 15th)

Dress–  D-Style- Baggy knit sweater @ Winter Trend 2014

Shoes– Essenz- Houston boots @ L’accessoires till Dec 8th

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Lights Will Guide You

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Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a vacation from blogging from now until December 4th. I am going home!!!! Finally! I haven’t really seen my family for over a year and I am overjoyed and ready for a much needed time away. I just want to leave you with one of my favorite songs and let the light guide you! TOOTLES

“Fix You”
Coldplay

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverseAnd the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face
And I…

Tears stream down your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face
And I…

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Credits:

Skin– Lara Hurley- Fae in natural dark

Eyes– IKON- Hope Eyes in Nymph

Hair– *~*Damselfly*~* – Kezia @ We ❤ Roleplay

Dress–  Dead Dollz- Margaery in White @ We ❤ Roleplay 

Headpiece- .Keystone.- Kenna in Gold @ We ❤ Roleplay

Pose.Picture This!– By Lantern Light w/ prop

I Assume It Is Fall

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 I feel like it is so appropriate at this moment to talk about expectations and assumptions. Everyone has them but not everyone voices them. When we add in social media of any sort, we finally have a place to put these down and say our piece on things. What I guess has been bothering me a lot lately is the constant assumptions by people because they have no idea of a situation. I honestly believe that there are three sides to every story and the facts become nothing but a screwed view of what they believe happened on their end. The assumption that everyone should be completely perfect. It is “ok” for others to make mistakes until it has to do with yourself and then everyone  should just be perfect. The guilty comments start flooding in like the “How could you” one which I have hear people say frequently. I am guilty of this one myself. It is only “ok” for others to make a mistake when you can easily walk away from a situation and have no guilt or shame yourself. The real kicker is when people chime in with their two cents. Every situation is different… every reason is different… how can we possibly give “advice” or comments on a situation that you can’t possibly understand unless you are present yourself? This is something I have struggled with, because its very natural to give an opinion. That is what it is right? Then… if that is true let’s turn the situation around and make the person you’re talking about be your best friend. Then it is a different situation right? You may have the same opinion, but because there are some extra things you now know or you didn’t know then the opinion will come out as some kind of support for the person you care for. The take from? Stop assuming everything and just ask someone or be direct and let us all stop talking about others behind their backs. If you have something to say then just say it! I am going to say that I would rather go shopping at some of these great places than worry about what your assumptions are of me. Shopping therapy at its best! TOOTLES

 Her Credits:

HairLamb.– Pandora ginger pack

Jacket w/ shirt– American Bazaar- West Coat Marine with undershirt hud @ Sad November

Jeans- [Cynful]– Skinny jeans in medium blue

ShoesREIGN.– Not Your Momma’s Knit Boots (group gift)

His Credits: 

Shirt- V-Spot Seattle Sweater in purple @ Sad November

Pants- V-Spot Casual Cords in brown @ Sad November

Hat- V-Spot– Worn Velvet Hat and Scarf in navy (NEW 99L)

Watch- [MANDALA] Billionaire – Simple Leather Black

Shoes- Horeenbeek– Heritage Boots Burgundy