Sunday, January 31, 2010

Go Green

When I heard that Xanthe of Curvy Silhouettes had created a petite version of the sexy Emile shape, I just had to get it for myself, and this time it's only 10L!!! What a steal for something so yummy (not to mention all the hours of hard work too on Xanthe's part)!! And for some reason, I'm still on the retro theme, well maybe not 100% retro, but close (grin)..

Shape: Emile Petite from Curvy Silhouettes--1oL
Dress: Twist Dress from Haute Fashion--free
Hair: Arigatou (includes bow with colour change options) by W&Y from Savoir Hair--free
Necklace and Earrings: Square Necklace (with matching earrings and colour options) from Periquita --free (Shoes and Accessories Hunt)
Bangle: part of All About Me Dress Ensemble from MPD--1L (for the whole ensemble)
Shoes: Volt from Relentless Couture--1L (for a box containing 10 pairs of shoes in assorted colours)

Looks like it's self-service here...

Think I blend quite well with the surroundings...

A closer look..

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Retro Glam

Ever since I blogged about a cute retro dress from La Maison de la Couture during a big sale there (see post under: 'Never Enough'), I continued to visit the store every now and then, and it sure made my day when I received this vibrant orange retro dress from the MM board (retro seems to be a specialty there, not that I am complaining *grin*)!!

Dress: Retro Glamour in Fluorine from La Maison de la Couture--free (MM gift)
Hair: Isabella from ChiChickie! --free (MM gift)
Necklace and Earrings: Divinity set from Moon Dance Designs--free
Bracelet: Cyprien from U&R Dogs at FabFree--free

Friday, January 29, 2010

Guest post at Here I Scribble: Healing a Broken Heart

Photo from: mohsenmasoumi

Dearest Devotees,

My darling DT just recently published a love guest post I did for her blog, Here I scribble! It's sort of a lyrical summary of my last Life's Little Lessons Post. You can check out my guest post here and feel free to let me know what you think about it, either here or on her blog. Thanks darlings!
Love you all and Stay inspired,

Lovely Lois

I was not too familiar with Lois Designs until I decided to participate in Lemania's Party Hunt one day and came across some really lovely pieces from Lois--these two gowns have lovely flower details on the bodice and back and soft flowing sleeves which sure put me in a romantic mood:-)), and what's more, they are in my favourite pastel shades too!

Gown: Dusky Rose Beauty from Lois Designs--10L (if I'm not wrong, I think the usual price is 200L)
Hair: Luna from Detour

Gown: Blue Gem from Lois Designs (includes matching earrings)--subscriber gift
Hair: Prairie from Detour

...and I'm definitely going back for more!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Precious Rose

Don't ask me why, but I can't help being a sucker for most things pink, especially when it comes to dresses and gowns, so it's not surprising that I was immediately drawn to this beautiful pink gown at GG's Boutique, and what's more, it's free too!!

Gown: Precious Gown in Rose from GG's Boutique--free
Hair: Misty from ChiChickie! (includes hairband with colour hud)--free (lucky chair prize)
Jewellery: Simply Pearls (includes matching earrings and bracelets) from Virtual Impressions
Gloves: White Lace Evening Gloves (tintable) from SF Designs--free

Life's Little Lessons: Life Doesn't always turn out the way you planned

Photo From: Leasare

The Tale of Two Magical Nights:
I met him at orientation. That night, under the dimmed lights of the student union underground café, a friend of mine introduced me to him and I just knew I was gone. I tried to fight it anyway, tried to deny my feelings for him, because I knew it was way too soon. But I couldn't.

It started with strong physical attraction and mild interest because we both lived in Europe and in places that bordered each other and both spoke French. We started off talking in our group of friends about a bunch of random, socially incorrect topics, but once while he was talking, I made the gross mistake of looking him straight in the eyes . Those eyes, so stunningly green that the funky lighting in the room only emphasized their emerald-like beauty. They will probably remain forever etched in my mind that way. But I digress.

After talking for quite some time, we all decided to go for an hour long walk that took us to the loveliest park in Boston. Once at the park, he and I got to talking about what felt like everything under the sun. We sort of separated ourselves from the group and under the dark orange night sky, we compared life experiences and discovered our backgrounds were very much alike. Almost everything in our past from the size of our families and position in the family, to random grade school experiences, were shockingly similar. I was enthralled and we were so involved in our conversation that we didn't notice everyone giving us space until later. We caught up with them, and as we continued our walk around the romantically lit lake, it started to drizzle, and soon escalated to full blown shower. We continued walking together though and with the aid my female friends umbrella (which he held :) ) we got back to campus relatively unscathed.

I didn't see him for a week afterwards until we all met up for dinner. We talked some more and exchanged numbers then.

Then, one night we went for a walk by the Charles River along the Esplanade...

It was light cardigan weather and the sun had just set when I met him at the staircase leading to the path. He was standing at the top of staircase when I first saw his outline against the sky. We exchanged nervous smiles and started walking. Words cannot describe how beautiful a night it was. The stars were actually visible in the sky because of how clear the day had been. There was a light breeze blowing that rustled the leaves of the trees and caused ripples on the river, but that only added to the atmosphere. Our path was lit mostly by infrequent antique light poles and the odd bike rider. As it got colder we walked arm in arm down the path, past bikers and joggers, and couples too. After spending a lot of time talking about nothing in particular, we eventually stopped talking and instead proceeded in companionable silence. At some point, we discovered a stretch of land that protruded unusually far into the river and somehow created a small pond within the expanse of the river. After pondering the existence of such an otherworldly place in an actual city like Boston, while sitting together on a cute park bench facing the river and the city of Cambridge we decided to head back to my dorm.

As we approached my dorm, I noticed he seemed tense about something and I guessed what it was. I know I'd hoped that all our shared experiences meant that we had potential but that wasn't the case. I had been right, everything had happened too soon. But I also knew I couldn't have and wouldn't have done anything differently. After that, he started to pull away and I let him, because I had to. I trust that there is something better out there for me and if nothing else I got to experience a truly magical and enchanted night. I strongly believe that if things were meant to be, they will be, and that every cloud has a silver lining. Sometimes you can see the silver lining immediately, sometimes you can't, but I believe it's always there. And if you have faith that it's there, you can trust that even when life doesn't work out how you've planned, it will work out, usually much better than you could have ever foreseen.

Love you all and Stay inspired,

P.S. So let me know what you think. Do you believe that every cloud has a silver lining? Are there any situations in which a door shut but another opened for you? What made you wait to find the silver lining? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Emile for Red Cross!!

The talented creator behind Curvy Silhouettes, Xanthe Audeburgh (whom I absolutely adore for her realistic female shapes and whose shapes I had blogged about twice--see posts under: Curvilicious and Yummilicious regarding her Saffron and Amber shapes), has specially created another winner named Emile just for the Haiti charity fund!! Emile retails for only 50L and all proceeds will go to the Red Cross!! You get one great shape at a great price and for a good cause too! So what are you waiting for?

Shape: Emile from Curvy Silhouettes--50L (all proceeds will go to the Red Cross)
Hair: gST01 from CriCri--free
Choker: Ivory Cameo Pearl Choker (includes matching earrings) from Rhiamon's Realm Jewelry--60L
Dress: DA Fabulous from Dressing Aphrodite (comes with two skirt options)--free (FabFree 10k gift)

Now for the beach test (or rather, drool test-hehe) again....beachboys here I come!!!!!!!!!.

um....mind if I join you? to my ears.....(NOT to those around me though LOL)

Godddd..I sure hate mind games! lol

Time to relax after all that brain work !! *grin*

Wonder if I can skinny dip here?

Well as in the two previous beach tests with Xanthe's shapes, this one attracted the same amount of attention from men AND women (and one Na'vi *LOL*), if not thanks Xanthe once again for giving us another killer shape!!! LOL

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Two Lovely Gowns

Honestly, if not for Ketlin Clarity, I would have missed these two beautiful gowns from ElaCor, one of my favourite brands which I had blogged about extensively (see posts under: Some ElaCor Favourites Parts 1-- 4). Thanks Ketlin!! xxxx

Gown: Monica from ElaCor (hair accessory included)--MM gift
Hair: Dafne from HOH at FabFree--free
Jewellery: from Wetherby's (with colour changing gems, two necklace options, matching ring and bracelet)--48L

Gown: Viktoria from ElaCor--MM gift
Hair: Serafina from Bishwear at Savoir Hair--free
Cigarette: Dame Cigarette Holder from Bogart's--free

Monday, January 25, 2010

Seeking Inspiration: According to me (and you!!!)

Photo from : The Art of Jordan

Dearest Devotees,

Why is it that when it comes to the people we love, we can't bear to let anything less than stellar happen to them, but when it comes to ourselves we tolerate all sorts of imperfections and negative criticisms?

This week I've been in love with Orianthi's song According to You because it made me realise how I tend to put other's opinion of me over my own. I let myself get hurt by what others say about me and base my self perception on their opinions. But this wrong because no one in this world really knows you better than you do. You are the only one that knows everything that goes on in your life and how it really affects you. You are the only one who knows your whole story and are therefore the best judge of yourself. Being aware of this is important, not only in evaluating your work but also in evaluating your life in general. If something happens that makes you second-guess yourself step out of the situation and look at the whole picture. Ask what caused the event and give solid reasons e.g I didn't do well because I didn't study when I should have as opposed to I didn't do well because I'm just not as smart as everyone else.

For example, last semester I was not getting the grades I aspired to in my classes and started wondering if I was good enough to be at my new school. It was really upsetting me and making me lose faith in my abilities, but one day I sat down on my bed and tried to figure out what was happening to cause the poor performance. I soon realised that something similar had happened at the beginning of freshman year at my old school, and that it was as a result of transitioning and adapting to a new way of life. I decided to realign my goals to reflect this change and to give myself time to adapt. By stepping back from a situation and looking at the big picture you are able to judge yourself in a healthy way that encourages growth and improvement. Remember that your opinion matters most. Treat yourself well and make sure you get the best because you deserve it.

Inspirational links:

College Fashion's How to Establish Your Style Trademark is such a great read!

I desire to be indie! It sounds like such a fun life!

I must see the Bright Star movie! Such imagination! Such beauty!

My current love for Criminal Minds must have stemmed from my love for Sherlock Holmes, and that was before I knew he had such style!

Here is this week's exercise:

My translation:

It burns from within.

Like a fire it consumes everything in its path.

Within reason, I know not where it came from

Had I foreseen it in my mind's eye,

Maybe then I would not be so full of disdain.

For it has turned my free will to ashes;

My choice to nothing but scraps in its flames and,

Looking back on it now, I know that it may some day come again .

Love you all and Stay inspired,

P.S. So let me know what you think. What does the image make you think of? How does it make you feel? How would you translate those feelings into art work? And have you seen either of the movies featured? What did you think of them? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.

In Paradis(e)is!

This mini dress caught my eye the moment I stepped into Paradisis--I loved everything about it: its particular shade of pink, the daring cut, the sexy tatoo and the price; in short, I was in Paradise:-))

Dress: I'm Not An Angel (comes with tatoo--just love that name *grin*)--100L
Hair: Jordan (steel) from Hairy Situations--previously free
Sunglasses: from Kumaki--free (Shoes and Accessories Hunt)
Shoes: Lilium from Ingenue--free (Shoes and Accessories Hunt)
Necklace: part of Cherished Ruby set from Jewelry by Zuri--previous gift
Bracelet: part of My Ladybird set from Shine Jewellery

Sunday, January 24, 2010

'Tattered' from Sassy!

I don't usually wear shorts, RL or SL, but when Sassy! designer Ivy Burner sent me this cute new release named 'Tattered', I just had to try it and I actually fell in love with the look, or looks, rather, because there are three top options and two shades of denim! Now what more can one ask for?

Outfit: Tattered from Sassy!--new release
Hair: PE Enda II from FabFree--free
Shoes: Glamourous from Heart & Sole--group gift
Necklace: Rosary Necklace from Flavor! Designs--free (Shoes and Accessories Hunt)

Never in my life did I ever imagine I will be sitting on a pig one day!!

Yikes! How did I get so high up here???

I must be going nuts dancing in mid-air like this...

Safe and sane, at last...

From left: wet top and dark shorts, dirty top and dark shorts, white top and medium shorts

Thank you Ivy for the lovely outfit!! xxxx

Friday, January 22, 2010

Love and Relationships: Music therapy- Self Encouragement

Photo from: tumblr

In truth, I am my own harshest critic. I forgive myself last, judge my decisions too strictly and forget all too often that I'm only human, and therefore am allowed to make mistakes and take a fall. This all makes for a defeated take on life and shows a lack of love of self. If we don't love ourselves we make it hard for others to love us because then they have to show us the good in ourselves and prove their love. This is why whenever I find I'm feeling defeated or despairing I turn on my self encouragement soundtrack. It always gets me back on my feet and charges me with energy and drive. Here are the songs as well as the major message I get from each:

One More by Superchick: The first step is usually the hardest but once you get going you've already won the battle to achieve success.

I Want Everything by Hope 7: You can achieve all your dreams, just get ready to reach.

It's my life by Jon Bon Jovi: Carpe Diem i.e. seize the day.

In the end by Linkin Park: In the end it doesn't really matter if you fall along the way, as long you get where you want to be.

Go by Boys Like Girls: Everyday is a chance for a new beginning.

With Arms Wide Open by Creed: Be open to opportunity and new experiences.

The list changes occassionally but some of these songs have been there since I was 10.After all a really good song will always be a really good song. The basic idea is to make sure that the list has songs with meaningful lyrics a beat that energizes and motivates you.

Love you all and Stay inspired,

P.S. So let me know what you think. Do you have some songs you listen to for encouragement or motivation? What are they? Have they changed over time? Why do you like them? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.