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My Cheeky BFFs and Me

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I picked up this cute Best Friends Forever Pose at [Kikay] whilst out on The 8th Unknown Hunt, and asked Fab Bloggers and all-around great gals Love Trill and Pru Rexroth to come and help me show it off. These ladies are truly good sports, patiently waiting while I played with windlight and my computer coughed and sputtered (eventually booting me out of SL). Thankfully, The Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe sim is all decked out for autumn, so the ladies had something pretty to look at while they waited. However… when Love started threatening the wildlife, I knew it was time to wrap things up. Anyway, the pose is very sweet, and I think everyone’s fannies look perfect!

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I wasn’t going to show you the front of my outfit, since it kind of doesn’t match, but I finally decided that the sweater was too cute not to show you. The I ❤ Animals sweater is the September group gift from Strawberry Jam. There are a few other gifts available, so be sure to stop by! My skirt is T8UH gift from Fabouzz. I should warn you that it is mesh and runs verrrrry small. I typically wear a standard size XS in mesh, but believe it or not, I’m wearing a large here. My mouse ears are a previous The Arcade Gacha item from [Auxiliary], and I have no idea why I felt the need to wear them, except that I thought they sort of fit the mood of my mish-mashed ensemble! 😉

Credits for what Love and Pru are wearing are below.

The 8th Unknown Hunt runs until November 30, 2013, and all items are free. You can see my previous coverage of this event here.

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Pink Fuel Harley Vanilla (not free)

Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Blossom (not free)

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 6-Natural (not free)

Hair – Analog Dog Smitten (not free)

Mouse Ears – [Auxiliary] Gacha Mouse Ears Bow Black 4 (50L / previous The Arcade Gacha)

Hands – Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands (not free)

Skirt – Fabouzz Mesh Maxi Skirt Low Waist (0L / T8UH)

Sweater – Strawberry Jam I ❤ Animals (group gift / free to join)

Ring – Persefona Ribbon Ring Green (0L / free gift)

Feet – Slink Avatar Enhancement Mesh Feet (not free)

Shoes – Slink Ilena Sandals Red (not free)

Pose #1 – [Kikay] Best Friend Forever Pose (0L / T8UH)

Pose #2 – Flash Friendly Poses The 8th Unknown Hunt (0L / T8UH)

Location – The Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe

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Love is wearing…

Complete credits for Love’s outfit are here.

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Pru is wearing…

Hair – Boon booN ZGO223 hair black (Not Free)

Skin – Essences Song *noisette* brunette (Not Free)

Necklace & Earrings – Always Eclectic *AE* Fiery Autumn Set (Group Gift Oct – FREE Subscribo Gift)

Sunglasses – Kumaki Glasses Style – K_gs -Optino3-/Box – FREE on Marketplace (Modified to wear on my head)
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Kgs-Optino-3/2317616

Romper – *-*Tans*-* Nicole Dress – 10L on Marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Tans-Nicole/4907215

Shoes – {Typo.} Daydream- {Black Wood/Black Spikes} – 10L Set (black, brown, orange) on Marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Typo-DayDream-Shoes-Promo/4846987


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Nikita in New England

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What a gorgeous day for a stroll on the newly-opened {Noble} New England sim. You really must head over and check out the autumn beauty! I was kept toasty and warm in my new FA Creations group gift, Nikita. Included are the leggings, sweater, scarf, and handbag. FA Creations gives such generous group gifts… can you believe the group is free to join? 😀

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I could just sit here all day and relax. ::Sigh:: Anyway, I picked up my cute, leafy earrings at the !Rebel Hope Designs Hug a Pumpkin Hunt. I’m not exactly sure when the hunt ends, but there are 7 pumpkins with great gifts inside, so don’t miss your chance to grab them! My manicure is the November group gift from EZ’s, and the HUD comes with 5 different designs.

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Pink Fuel Harley Vanilla

Eyes – IKON Perspective Eyes Oxidation

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 6-Natural

Hair – TRUTH HAIR Vida

Hands – Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands

Manicure – EZ’s November French SLink HUD 2-N-1 Gift (free gift / 0L)

Sweater, Scarf, Leggings, Bag – FA Creations Nikita Outfit (group gift / free to join)

Earrings – !Rebel Hope Designs Fall Earrings (0L / Hug a Pumpkin Hunt)

Boots – [Gos] Amelia Aviator Boots

Pose #1 by by aDORKable Poses; Pose #2 by Glitterati Poses

Location – {Noble} New England


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Twisted at DEADPOOL

Welcome to II .DEADPOOL. II, a place where “zombies roam the overgrown and wistful spaces of a forgotten amusement park.” Seriously, there are zombies everywhere. Thankfully, they’re not very fast, and they’re not very smart, so I felt pretty safe stopping to snap a few photos.

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This zombie/carnival atmosphere was the perfect place to show you these fabulous gifts from B!ASTA for the Twisted Hunt Fall 2013 (THF13). The Twisted Hunt runs until September 30th, and all items are 0L. And at B!ASTA, there’s a mini Hunt-in-a-Hunt going on as a little extra fun for Twisted Hunters. They’ve hidden 10 decoy boxes with hints inside them – each one leads you to the next box, and in the end you will find the 11th box which is the main prize. And three extra goodies are hidden inside the decoy boxes. You need to find them all in order to get the complete outfit! 😀

This awesome Black Magic Corset Dress is the main hunt prize. It comes in five mesh sizes, and has an attachment of “glowing, bloody hair.” These sky-high stiletto heels are one of the bonus prizes; there’s a HUD to match your skin and change your nail color.

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Two other bonus gifts for you: these mesh stiletto nails (for regular hands) and this face tattoo (unisex). So head over to B!ASTA and get twisted finding these great gifts! Be sure to look around – there are several other non-twisted gifts in the store, as well as four lucky boards upstairs.

Uh oh, I think that zombie back there finally noticed me. Gotta run… zombies hate fast food! 😉

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Glam Affair Hybrid Christmas Gift (not free)

Eyes – IKON Lucid Eyes Blue-Gray (not free)

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 6-Natural (not free)

Hair – [LeLutka] Trend (not free)

Tattoo – B!ASTA Black Magic Face Tattoo (0L / THF13)

Nails – B!ASTA Black Magic Mesh Stiletto Nails (0L / THF13)

Dress – B!ASTA Black Magic Long Corset Dress (0L / THF13)

Shoes – B!ASTA VASTLY Black Magic Platform High Heels (0L / THF13)

Jewelry – KOSH Tink Choker & Earrings (not free)

Pose #1 by Hopscotch; Pose #2 by aDORKable Poses (not free)

Location – II .DEADPOOL. II – Dark Experience


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Professor Grieferschock and The Mad Alchemist

“Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise!”  ~ Alexander Pope

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Why yes, I am wearing a giant potion syringe on my back. You just never know when a you’ll need to inject someone very large with a potion. Oh, and it drips, so watch out.

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Serena sent me out to pick up a couple of gifts from the Sinister Steampunk Hunt 3: Mysteries of the Unknown. First is this awesome, unisex Mad Alchemist outfit by Brain Circuit Inc. It includes the hat, coat, pants (under the coat), gadget belt, and giant potion syringe (there are some smaller pieces for the ladies). My electrifying gloves are from Chaos, Panic, & Disorder, and are really quite amazing. I poked myself in the eye with them several times, but thank goodness this is SL and I’m fine. My skin is the men’s group gift from Story Leaf. Serena showed the ladies gift a few days ago. There are several scars, so I must have sliced my face with these babies a few times, too. Alchemy is not for the faint of heart.

The Sinister Steampunk Hunt 3 runs until August 31st, and all prizes are free.

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Gavin is wearing…

Skin – Story Leaf Frank Tan (group gift / 1L to join)

Shape – REDGRAVE Chris (not free)

Eyes – IKON Destiny Eyes Maya (not free)

Hairbase – REDGRAVE Tyler (not free)

Complete Outfit – Brain Circuit Inc Mad Alchemist (0L / SSH3)

Gloves – Chaos, Panic, & Disorder Professor Grieferschock’s Auto-Cauterizing Electrifying Gloves (0L / SSH3)

Pose #1 – Diesel Works Poses & Animations (not free)

Pose #2 – Chaos, Panic, & Disorder Gesture included with gloves (0L / SSH3)

Location – Steelhead Harborside


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A Novel Morning at the Sweet Beans Cafe

Looking for a quiet, cozy spot to sip coffee and read my book this morning, I popped over to the {Sweet Beans Cafe}. This really is an adorable sim, so be sure you take a peek. I love these chairs stuffed with books – a readers delight! 🙂

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Kunglers recently sent out this sexy, mesh mini-dress to VIP group members – you can still find it in the notices. The Kunglers group is 50L to join, but that’s a small price to pay for the great gifts you’ll receive. My cute Novel-ty Purse is by [POSH] and available for free on the Marketplace. There are several others available for 10L each.

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My opal jewelry is the Color Explosion Hunt gift from Always Eclectic. There is also a gift for the fellas in the box. 🙂 All items in this hunt are free, and you have until the end of this month to scoop them up.

Ok, bring on the caffeine!

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Serena is wearing… 

Skin – Glam Affair Margot America

Eyes – IKON Lucid Eyes Blue-Gray

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 6-Natural

Hair – >TRUTH< Angie

Hands – Slink Mesh Hands Casual 

Nail Appliers – Tori-Tastic Lace Nails Set

Dress – Kunglers Group Gift May2013 (group gift / 50L to join)

Jewelry – Always Eclectic Opulent Opals/Gold/Speckled Tan (CEH / 0L)

Handbag – [POSH] Novel-ty Purse Pride and Prejudice (free gift)

Shoes – [Gos] Lolita Espadrilles

Poses – aDORKable Poses (50% off closing sale until 9 June)

Location – {Sweet Beans Cafe}


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Return to Wonderland

On Friday, after much trepidation, I finally upgraded to the new Firestorm viewer. I’ve never had any problems with a Firestorm installation, but there’s always a first time, right? Plus, I’d been hearing varied reports from people as to their installation triumphs or stories of woe. But… I was ready to risk it; to say that I was sick of tile lines would be a gross understatement. And I was coveting those clouds I’d seen in other bloggers photos. So I was a good girl and did a clean install, as recommended on the Firestorm web site, and results are positive so far.  The biggest problem I’ve had is that I can no longer take high resolution photos at 3xs my screen resolution; when I try, the entire right 1/4 of each shot is a mess. Not a deal breaker, though.

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After the software installation, I decided to max out my graphics and head over to the LEA 23 Inside Art, Through Wonderland exhibit by Ginger Lorakeet. I took a few photos there a couple weeks ago, but really wanted to go back and see more. It is truly gorgeous, and my photos hardly do it justice. Please click on any of the photos to embiggen them.

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All of these photos are unretouched, with the exception of cropping and adding a border. Everything was done with in-world windlight, shadows, and DOF. Ok, I increased the saturation of one photo a teensy bit, but that’s it, I promise. 🙂

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I took about 47 snaps in total, adjusting windlight and shadows for almost each one, before Firestorm crashed. I thought that wasn’t too shabby for a 3-year old PC running about a 1-year old upgraded graphics card. I don’t typically adjust windlight and shadows so much, so I was fairly happy with the performance.

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I seem to have settled on cumulo-nimbus clouds for the time being. But I do plan to give the others a try. They look different in each windlight, so it will take me a while until I get bored with them.

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I hope you get a chance to visit Through Wonderland yourself. There’s much more to see than what I’ve shown here. And you photographers might be interested in the photo contest, which runs until June 30th. Details can be found at the landing spot.


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Sascha’s, Big and Small

If I were wearing this dress in real life, I’m certain that I would not be prancing through a meadow with deer. However, when I’m taking photos with my RL daughter hanging over my shoulder yelling, “Mommy, Mommy, DEER! Take a picture of the deer! You HAVE to take a picture of yourself with the deer,” then you take a picture of yourself with the deer. So… here we are. Me. And deer.

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And a gorgeous gown from Sascha’s Designs! Sascha’s gives a new, different gown to group members every, single month. Plus, past years’ gowns are still out, yours for the taking! Isn’t that worth the 100L join fee? I think so! 😀 The skin I’m in today is Charm/Snow by Cupcakes, and is part of a huge gift for signing up for their subscribo. This particular skin comes with black, blonde, brown, and red brows, 4 lipsticks, teeth and freckles tattoos, and a set of eyes. And let me dispel a myth: Cupcakes is not closing. They are retiring their full permission developer kits, but will still be selling the Cupcakes brand of skins. It’s all good. 🙂

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Behind the mesh hands display at Slink is a vendor for Slink Mesh Nails, and few days ago, I used some of my store credit to buy a set. These nails auto-fit to your hands, and you can use all of your Slink Nail Appliers with them! I’m so happy that I can wear all those awesome, new nail appliers with or without mesh hands! Oh, and isn’t this jewelry gorgeous? It’s a special Mother’s Day gift from Chop Zuey. The necklace and ring are group gifts (350L to join), and the earrings are free for everyone – no group needed. But hurry! I heard that these gifts will not be out for long, so don’t delay!

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Did you know that Sasha’s Designs is making dresses for petites? I sure didn’t until I found this gown on the wall across from the regular-sized group gifts. Wear your group tag to pick it up; you’ll find it next to the “Just Say No” poster, which I promise you absolutely cannot miss! Both gowns come with a bolero jacket, which I decided not to wear.

Hey, those “cute” deer look kinda scary from down here! Is that little one looking at me? 😯

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Cupcakes Charm Snow (free / subscribo gift)

Eyes – IKON Lucid Eyes Optimism

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 38-Classy

Lips – Cupcakes Charm Snow/Pretty Pink (free / subscribo gift)

Hair – >TRUTH< Magdalena (sale extended until further notice)

Nails – Slink Avatar Enhancement Mesh Fingernails

Nails Applier – Izzie’s Slink Metallic Nails Applier HUD

Dress – Sascha’s Designs May 2013 Gown (group gift / 100L to join)

Necklace/Ring – Chop Zuey With Love Mother’s (group gift / 350L to join)

Earrings – Chop Zuey With Love Mother’s (free gift)

Poses by aDORKable Poses (50% off closing sale until 9 June)

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Petite Serena is wearing…

Petite Avatar – Al Vulo Livia Fairy

Eyes – Al Vulo Petite Imagine

Hair – “”D!va”” Marie (free color sample gift @ Collabor88)

Dress – Sascha’s Designs May 2013 Petite Gown (group gift / 100L to join)

Jewelry – !Elemental Petite Dark Aurora

Pose by aDORKable Poses (50% off closing sale until 9 June)

Location – Lula


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Mother’s Day in Diamonds, Pearls, and Glitter

It’s Mother’s Day here in the U.S., and I’m just hanging out, waiting for my family to start the lovely garden tea party they’ve planned in my honor. Ok, not really. My RL family plans to buy me a pizza later (I refuse to cook on Mother’s Day), so in the meantime, I’m visiting this gorgeous art installation at LEA23, Inside Art, Through Wonderland. It’s based on the Alice in Wonderland theme, but is unlike any other Alice installations I’ve seen recently. You really must visit, and if you’re into photography, check out the rules for the photo contest at the landing spot. You have until 30 June to enter.

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What does one wear to a tea party? Well, I’ve selected this lovely, mesh maxi-dress, a free Mother’s Day gift from !Rebel Hope. Their mesh is always exquisite, and this dress is no exception; it fits and moves perfectly, and I love the racerback straps in the back. It comes with the Pearl and Diamond jewelry you see here, as well as the corsage. And what mom doesn’t need a corsage on Mother’s Day? 🙂

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I was so surprised this morning when I opened my [mock] Cosmetics group notices and found not one, not two, but FIVE different nail applier HUDS for Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands! I’m wearing OMFG Glitter, a dark, fuschia, glittery nail. The [mock] group is 250L to join, but I can’t tell you enough how wonderfully generous Mockie is with her group members. Yes, I’m getting seriously addicted to these nail appliers, and I hope many designers keep cranking them out! 😀

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of you moms and moms-to-be out there! It truly is the hardest, most amazing job you’ll ever love. ♥

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – [:Tuli:] Eva Pearl Elementary

Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Blossom

Eyeliner – [:Tuli:] Eyeliners

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 31-Extra Long

Hair – >TRUTH< Sassy 2 (sale extended until further notice)

Hands – Slink Mesh Hands Casual

Nails – [mock] OMFG Glitter Polish HUD for Slink A.E. Hands (group gift / 250L to join)

Dress – !Rebel Hope Mother’s Day Mesh Dress (free gift)

Jewelry – !Rebel Hope Mother’s Day Pearl & Diamonds (free gift)

Feet – Slink Mesh Feet

Shoes – Slink Ilena Sandals Pink

Poses by aDORKable Poses

Location – Inside Art, LEA23 Through Wonderland


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Friday GuyDay: The Guardian

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Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! It’s Friday GuyDay again, and this time I’m bringing you The Guardian, the April group gift from PeKaS Design Gorean. Everything you see here is included, even the boots and the over-the-eyes hood. Perfect for maintaining anonymity while doing unscrupulous pirate things. 😉

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My skin is AKERUKA’s long-awaited new group gift, Caesar. He comes with the facial hair you see here, as well as the dark eye shadows. I’m also wearing the *DURA* Valentine group gift hair, which is still available (along with the Christmas gift hair), and was previously modeled by Kai Trill a few times, as well as guest blogger Kyle Beckett. It has a short ponytail in the back. Be sure to pick up the free pack of hairbases while you’re there.

Now, I’m off to drink some grog and count me booty! ARRRRR!

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Gavin is wearing…

Skin – AKERUKA Caesar (group gift / 0L / 250L to join)

Shape – REDGRAVE Chris (not free)

Eyes – IKON Lucid Eyes Machine (not free)

Hair – *DURA* Valentine Group Gift (group gift / 0L / free to join)

Hairbase – *DURA* Hairbase (free / 0L)

Complete Outfit – PeKaS Design The Guardian (group gift / 0L / free to join)

Poses by Glitterati Poses (not free)

Location – 1700’s Pirate Sea of Fair Winds


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SL DisneyBound – Merida

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This might be week 6 of the DisneyBound Blogger Challenge, but it’s week 1 for me. I’ll admit that I was a bit confused at first (how can I dress like Dory?); however, after 5 weeks of following along with what others were posting, I think I’m finally ready to jump in. Plus, BRAVE is one of my very favorite Disney movies. Can you believe I cried? Several times! My RL family is of Scottish descent, and I guess all that plaid really got to me. 😉 Actually, I think it was more the mother/daughter storyline that touched me. I’ve been a daughter, and I’m now a mother to a daughter; both are difficult, yet very special relationships. See? I’m getting all teary-eyed now just thinking about it!

My 6 y/o daughter – the Disney Princess Expert – had a lot of fun helping me put this photo together. I brought the BRAVE dvd home last weekend, and we watched it together on Saturday night as a little refresher. I got a thumbs down on the first dress, so thankfully I found this one by accident on the Marketplace while doing a search for something completely unrelated (you know how wonky MP searches can be). After a few tries, I finally got approval on the hair, and the bow and arrow were a big hit. But when I was editing the photo, she took one look and said, “Mommy, where are the wisps?” Well, there weren’t any. Apparently the wisps were her favorite part of the movie (followed by the little brothers), so I had to create some. I asked her to take another look when I finished, to which she replied, “MOMMY, WISPS AREN’T PURPLE, THEY’RE BLUE!” Silly me… back to the drawing board. Final approval was given just before bedtime, so… here we are. Princess Merida.

I can’t wait to see what next week’s challenge will bring!

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Glam Affair Margot America (featured @ Collabor88)

Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Virtue

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 6-Natural

Hair – Analog Dog Trouble Clef

Dress – Enchant3D Adriana Tudor Gown Blue (only 1L!)

Jewelry – Cae Guinevere

Pose & Props – *~*Hopscotch*~* The Huntress I

Location – The Noble Storybook