Serena's Style

Just a virtual girl in a virtual world. Fashion, home decor, and more.


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A Colorful Challenge

Colors

I’ve had a fairly rotten week so far in RL, and it’s pretty hard to keep my eyes open tonight. Before I crash, though, I will say that several of these items are from the current round of The Challenge. This month’s theme is “colorful,” and I’ve really enjoyed working with such fun, bright colors. I love this comfy Boomerang chair by Sway’s; the pillows are color-change, and lots of sits/animations are included. The suitcase planter from Shutter Field comes in 5 suitcase colors, and your choice of dark or light dirt (I’m showing light here). Oh, and the car in the driveway is a riot. I drove it around my skybox for a while to entertain my daughter. It’s free, so give it a whirl! :-)

Scarlet Creative Wish You Were Here Prefab

Shutter Field Planter with Pansies Orange

Shutter Field Suitcase Planter Yellow (The Challenge)

d-lab Chickens

{what next} Summer Lanterns

Sway’s [Boomerang] Chair Sydney (The Challenge)

floorplan Book (1L)

Dutchie Coffee Mug Stand (0L/free gift)

*~*HopScotch*~* Walk on Flowers Flip Flops

Avalon Design Automobile (0L/free)

Sway’s [Shells] Wind Chimes – colorful

HPMD Old Post mailbox (group gift)

Trees by Studio Skye

Flowers by [Organica]

Colors

The chairs and ashtray in this dining set by =Mirage= have 9 different colors included, and the ashtray can be smoky or not smoky. The clock by PRIME comes in 4 different colors, and it keeps RL time so you can keep an eye on how much time you spend in-world, if you need to. There are 3 different versions of this Expressive rug by [ht:home] (another version is in the next photo). The box of mint cookies are part a huge set of kitchen items by Shabby Tabby, some of which are also in the next photo.

PRIME StyleWise No. 5 Clock Teal (The Challenge)

PILOT Window Shade Fun Pack 1

=Mirage= Retro Dining Table, Chairs, & Ashtray

Alouette Potted Daisies

[ht:home] Expressive Rug Boom!

Flowey Aunt Ruth Presents: Low LI Cooking (The Arcade)

Shabby Tabby Mint Chocolate Macarons (The Challenge)

Colors

This Mine Chair by [ht:home] includes 18 colors and 4 texture areas. I chose purple because, well, I like purple. The cat pillow is a group gift from even.flow for giving them 100 Facebook likes. I should point out that even.flow is currently having a 50% off sale in-store until September 23rd. The candles and plants are part of the Shabby Tabby kitchen set mentioned earlier. Ok… off to slumberland now! -.-

The Loft Neon Sign Flamingo (Collabor88)

Shabby Tabby Colorful Candles (The Challenge)

{what next} Maison Drapes

Hideki Robot Lamp

{what next} Rohan Pallet Shelf

Shabby Tabby Colorful Cactus (The Challenge)

[ht:home] Expressive Rug Pow! (The Challenge)

[ht:home] Mine Chair (The Challenge)

even.flow Catfeis Cushion (group gift)

Shabby Tabby Colorful Twigs (The Challenge)

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Glam Affair Desert Rose America 02

Hair – TRUTH HAIR Posy (New!)

Earrings/Bracelet – Maxi Gossamer Neon ChuChu (Collabor88)

Hands, Feet, & Eyelids by Slink

Shirt – Fashionably Dead Loose Halter Shirt Floral White (Collabor88)

Pants – Fashionably Dead Leather Ankle Pants Blue (Collabor88)

Pose by the chair


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Home and Garden Expo 2014: Random Snapshots of Stuff I Like

Images from Home and Garden Expo 2014

I spent the better part of yesterday checking out the Home and Garden Expo… 9 sims full of homes, decor, and landscaping! :-D It was a lot of fun seeing the fabulous items being offered by some of the best H&G designers in SL. I first popped in at one of my faves, Studio Skye (sim 4), and had a difficult time making myself leave. Wait until you see the winter display… gorgeous! Since I wasn’t dressed for winter weather, I mostly hung out here in autumn, in this comfy outfit by Coquet (available at the current round of FaMESHed).

Images from Home and Garden Expo 2014

I know I’ll be heading back to pick up this cute, little guy from By Dorian (sim 4). I love that it’s a trailer… see the wheels? There’s even a hitch on the back side, presuming you have a SL vehicle big enough to tow it. Perfect for those SL campers-on-the-go who don’t like to rough-it too much. ;-)

Images from Home and Garden Expo 2014

Who needs to be a petite when you can be dwarfed by these giant container gardens from Heart Garden Centre (sim 2)? They are seriously enormous… I believe they are called, “forest in a pot,” or something like that.

Images from Home and Garden Expo 2014

Sim P has several classrooms, theaters, and other areas where classes will be taught during the Expo. There’s even a bookstore (by Black Tulip) where you can buy a class in a box (be sure to pick up the freebie)! If you’re interested in learning about building, scripting, terraforming, and a host of other SL things, be sure to visit the official blog for more information about upcoming classes and programs.

Images from Home and Garden Expo 2014

I don’t actually know who this belongs to. It was located between two exhibits… I just thought it was pretty.

Images from Home and Garden Expo 2014

I love these adorable Park Slope Townhouses by Thistle Homes (sim 1)!

Images From Home and Garden Expo 2014

After a long, busy day, I stopped in at this beautiful cafe by Apple Fall (sim 3). I dropped quite a few Lindens while I was there, and I don’t mean on pastries.

The Home and Garden Expo opens TODAY, September 16th, and runs through September 28th. You won’t want to miss it! :-D

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Glam Affair Rose Europa 05

Eyes – IKON Vanity Eyes Denim

Hair – TRUTH HAIR Posy (New!)

Hands & Feet – Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands & Feet

Sweater – Coquet September Sweater Rose (featured @ FaMESHed)

Pants – Coquet Cropped Leggings Vintage Floral (featured @ FaMESHed)

Shoes – Ingenue Akeley Sandals Cognac (past FLF, but still on sale!)

Pose by Label Motion

Location – Home and Garden Expo 2014


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Announcing the 7th Annual Home and Garden Expo!

Let me just say that I am ridiculously excited about this event. I feel like that lady in that old Mervyn’s commercial, “Open, open, open…” :-)

2014 Home and Garden Expo
Home and Garden Expo 2014, benefitting RFL of SL, opens on September 16, and runs through the 28th. Spread over nine sims, HGE features the finest in Second Life Home and Garden design product and creator tools. Over 85 participating creators have joined HGE, one of the first mega-events of the 2015 Relay For Life fundraising drive in Second Life.

Relay For Life of Second Life is in its tenth season, as Second Life residents across the grid band together to raise funds for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. The funds raised go to finance cancer research. During the 2014 season, RFL of SL broke the $415,000.00 USD mark for total funds raised.

This year’s HGE is supported by nine Platinum Sponsors and eight Gold Sponsors. It also includes, for the first time, a comprehensive shopping guide listing all donation items, new releases, hunt, raffle and gatcha items. New rules and a new layout for HGE reduces lag and provides ample display space for each of the participants’ products.

The 2014 HGE features the debut of the Rezzie Awards. The Rezzie Awards are specifically designed to honor the excellent work of the designers, creators, coders, and builders who make Second Life so visually stunning and interactive, and who inspire roleplay, photography, machinima, and so much more.

Nominations were open to the public through September 12th. The awards jury then selected 4 nominees to represent each of 35 categories. The nominated works are listed on the website and visitors are invited to vote for their choices there. (HGE Staff members will be excluded from the final list of nominees, and are not eligible for awards.) Voting commenced on September 14th, and will remain open through September 27th.The winners will be announced just prior to the close of Home Expo on September 28th!

Winners will receive an exclusive, customized trophy, designed by Reven Rosca. The Rezzie Awards are organized by Fallacy DeCuir, and audited by Fallacy DeCuir, Kat Alderson and DeAnn Dufaux. Click this link to cast your votes!

Home and Garden Expo 2014 Official Blog
Home and Garden Expo Official Flickr Group


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Black and Blue

Black and Blue

I’ve been feeling a bit blue today, on this, the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001 in the U.S. While I didn’t personally lose anyone on that date, collectively, our country lost over 3,000 innocent souls. Added to that was the fact that I had lost my mother about a month beforehand, so I was already pretty raw emotionally by the time of the 9-11 tragedy (two very different events lumped together in one big, ugly pile of grief). So every year on this date, the memories come flooding back to me, no matter how hard I try to avoid them. Needing some quiet time before heading off to work this morning, I grabbed my Yorkie Fiona, and we dropped into one of my favorite sims, Small Town Green. It was the perfect place for gathering thoughts and drying tears.

Moving on… a couple of notes about what I’m wearing. First, this gorgeous suit is by PurpleMoon Creations, and can be found at the Rock Your Rack event until September 15. 50% of the purchase price will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. My shoes, necklaces, earrings, and pose are all on sale at The Dressing Room Fusion for one more day. I have to point out that these shoes are materials-enabled, and are truly spectacular with advanced lighting turned on. They come in 5 colors for 1 price. :-)

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Glam Affair Rose Europa 09

Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes Denim (group gift/free to join)

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 6-Natural

Teeth – [PXL] Open Mouth Pro

Hair – Exile Locomotion (featured @ Collabor88)

Necklaces – [ glow ] studio Celebrity Necklace Ring & Square (40L each @ TDRF)

Earrings – [MAGIC NOOK] Geometry Earrings (70L @ TDRF)

Hands & Feet – Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands & Feet

Suit – PurpleMoon Creations Adele Suit in Black (featured @ Rock Your Rack)

Shoes – Ricielli Amora Sandals (60L @ TDRF)

Bag – Duh! Big Satchel Black (20L)

Dog – Virtual Kennel Club Yorkshire Terrier

Pose – Label Motion Carola (50L pose pack @ TDRF)

Location – Small Town Green


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Vintage Space

Vintage Space

I love most things vintage. Maybe because in RL years, I could be considered “vintage.” This month’s round of The Challenge really reminded me of some of my favorite childhood things: watching black and white TV shows (and you actually had to GET UP to change the channel), the “British Invasion,” and spending all my quarters playing Tempest on those huge video game machines at the pizza parlor. Ah, good times.

A note about this amazing Fremantle TV by %Percent: be sure to read the enclosed notecard. Twenty different movies and shows are available for streaming (I’m watching Atomic Rulers of the World here), but your settings might need to be adjusted a bit. I discovered that on my fairly new Win8 PC, I had to install a different version of Adobe Flash Player in order to get the video to stream. It wasn’t difficult to get everything working though, and once I did, I got to take another trip down Memory Lane via The Lucy Show. All the shows are PG and include sound.

Ok, so now that I’ve completely dated myself… I think I’ll go shoo that space alien away from my laptop and watch some more classic TV. My pizza’s getting cold.

P.S. I’ve also thrown in a couple of Fifty Linden Friday (FLF) items (which, as of this posting, were still 50L), as well as some group gifts. Enjoy. :-)

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The Scene…

[ht:home] Retro Arcade Machine Rocketwars (The Challenge)

Seven Emporium Heart Marquee (FLF)

22769 ~ [bauwerk] Vintage Leather Lounger (The Challenge)

Apple Fall iFall Notebook with Poses

*MishMish* It’s Aliens – Mini UFO

{what next} Mesa Magazine Rack

Zigana Rocking Dog Vintage (donation item)

junk. Square Leather Rug Flame (25L on sale)

Dutchie Newspaper (free gift)

[NeurolaB Inc.] Space Pizza Consumable (3L)

Virtual Kennel Club Birch Puppy

[mike's] Pint o’Guinness (free gift)

[NikotiN] Ultimate Ashtray

ChiC Buildings Home Grown Rusty (The Challenge)

Alouette Grunge Bookshelf

.:Standby Inc. – Buncha Books

{vespertine} Old Videotapes Box + extra tape

%Percent Fremantle TV (The Challenge)

*Second Spaces* Geeky Powerstrip Empty

Virtual Kennel Club RedBone Puppy Toy (free gift)

junk. Wannabe Boho Lantern Three

MiWardrobe {Home} The Little Bird (group gift)

Alouette Metal Floor Clock (FLF)

junk. Pulley Light

Seven Emporium Public Market Sign (group gift)

Seven Emporium Route 66 Sign (group gift)

junk. Rings Candle Holder Iron (group gift)

Trompe L’oeil Industrial Chandelier

Kuro Retro Curtain (The Challenge)

{vespertine} Dreamer’s Vehicle Sky (@ The Dreamer’s Factory)

L2 Studio Kowloon Memory


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Nautical Afternoon (Better Late Than Never!)

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First, my apologies for not being timely. Most of these items are/were from Summerfest ’14, which is now over, unfortunately. I took this photo a few weeks ago, before heading out on RL business and a crazy road trip to Portland with my kid. Being busy and exhausted left me no time – or brain cells! – to post. But I had such a great time at Summerfest ’14, and I really sort of liked this photo, so I decided… what the heck. Better late than never, right? Anyway, I’m reasonably certain you can find these items in the stores now, if you like them. I did. :-)

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The Scene…

Shades – PILOT Nautical Shade White

Sofa – .floorplan. Sailor’s Soft White & Navy

Dog – +Half-Deer+ Sleepy Italian Greyhound Black

Oars – .floorplan. Hanging Oars

Pictures – .floorplan. Navy Tattoo Prints

Chairs – .floorplan. Sailor’s Chair Stripes & White

Shoes – [monso] My Slip On

Coffee Table – .floorplan. Captain’s Coffee Table

Lamp – .floorplan. Captain’s Desk Lantern Ocean (VIP group gift)

Candles – PILOT Nautical Piling Candles

Tray – Sway’s [Breakfast Around the World] Venice (past The Arcade gacha)

Fan – [*Art Dummy!] Breeze Tripod Fan Wood with Sound

Rug – .floorplan. Sailor Stripe Rug

Camera – Apple Fall Vintage Camera w/Tripod (past The Arcade gacha)

Book – LISP Open Book

Maps – PILOT Maps Basket

Hanging Lamp – .floorplan. Captain’s Hanging Lantern Bronze

Side Table – .floorplan. Captain’s Sideboard Red

Lamp – Culprit Old Navy Lamp

Clock – .:Standby Inc.Old Clock

Statue – PILOT The Ugly Pelican

Books – PILOT Thick Book Stack

Globe – .:Standby Inc. – Globe #2

Baskets – .floorplan. Jute Baskets

Flowers – Dutchie Forget Me Not

Build – L2 Studio Padre Island House


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Ever After

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What I miss about childhood is the absolute belief that I will one day marry a prince, become a princess, and live happily ever after. Sadly, real life and old age have proven that theory to be a bust, but at least I can still play dress up and pretend in SL. This gorgeous dress is from Bite&Claw, and if you hurry, you can pick it up on sale for only 30L! My pretty updo is a free gift from LaNoir Soleil at Hair Fair 2014… again, hurry because today is the last day. Oh, and another last minute event you can catch is Lazy Sunday, where you can pick up the sweet Paper Butterflies lamp from Plethora.

Also “fit for a princess” is this vanity table by [CIRCA] – complete with lots of accessories and animations! – available at the current round of, er… Fit For a Princess. Several colors from which to choose! While you’re there, you can also pick up the crown and necklace I’m wearing, and play the [freebird] gacha for a sparkly, royal manicure.

Have a “happily ever after” week!

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Glam Affair Rose Europa NEW!

Eyes – [Buzzeri] Crystal Eyes Angel (Kustom9)

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 38 Classy

Teeth – [PXL] Open Mouth Pro

Ears – MANDALA Fantasy Elf Ears

Hair – LaNoir Soleil Ally (free gift @ Hair Fair 2014)

Crown –  ::: Krystal ::: Sylvia Mini Crown (Fit For a Princess)

Necklace – ::: Krystal ::: Key to My Heart Platinum (Fit For a Princess)

Hands & Feet – Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands & Feet

Manicure – [ freebird ] Royal Princess Nail Silver Sparkles (Fit For a Princess)

Dress – ::Bite&Claw:: Adrienne Gown Royal (30L Saturday)

Shoes – Slink Glitter Peeptoes White

Pose – {Imeka} Luna (Kustom9)

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The Scene…

Dressing Table & Accessories – [CIRCA] “Ever After” Vanity Set (Fit For a Princess)

Doll (on table) – RandomEncouragement Princess April Collectible (Fit For a Princess)

Hanging Slip – Lark Crawford Wall Hook & Slip

Lamp – Plethora Paper Butterflies Light (Lazy Sunday)

Magazines – End of Daze EoD Magazine

Dog – Alchemy Doge French Bulldog Spot

Plushie – [MotiAme] Unhappy Plushie (Dreamer’s Factory)

Curtain – Scarlet Creative The Arcade Love Curtain Pane

Rug – {what next} Bloom Rug

Roses – Dysfunctional Design Rosebush Potted

Build – L2 Studio Padre Island House

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