Serena's Style

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


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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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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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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


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My Irish Wish

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May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
~Irish Blessing

Faith and Begorrah, why it’s Saint Patrick’s Day! And Paris Metro is offering this lovely Irish Wish dress and hat for free so you won’t be caught not wearin’ o’ the green! I’m sure you don’t want to get pinched, do you, even virtually? 😆 You’ll find the dress on the desk on the 3rd floor.

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[Mock Cosmetics] sent this skin out to group members a couple weeks ago; check your notices, but hurry, as they vanish after 14 days! Katherine comes with light and dark brows, 3 brow shapes, a hairbase, delasher, “mock and mole,” and Lolas skin appliers. The [mock] group is 250L to join, but the gifts are plentiful – in fact, the notices are bursting with them! My jewelry is the March group gift from Lazuri (free to join), and includes the necklace, earrings, and bracelet. You get to choose from several different metals, gems, and pearls, so if green isn’t your color, there are lots more from which to choose.

My Irish Wish for you is that you are having a blessed and safe Saint Patrick’s Day today. Be careful with the green beer, folks. 😉

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – [mock] Katherine 1 Light Brow (group gift / 0L / 250L to join)

Eyes – IKON Utopia Eyes Light Cerulean (not free)

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 31-Extra Long (not free)

Hair – [LeLutka] Pocahontas (not free)

Dress & Hat – Paris Metro Irish Wish (free / 0L)

Jewelry – Lazuri Maysoon Emerald (group gift / 0L / free to join)

Pose & Violin – {Co*Motion} The Perfect Violinist (not free)

Location – Enchanted Unicorn


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Elf Forest ~*A Dark Fairytale*~

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While I was visiting Elf Forest a couple of days ago to take photos for my previous post, The Forest Nymph, I couldn’t resist sticking around to take a few extra shots. The sim is quite beautiful, and despite the name, I did not find it to be “a dark fairytale” in any way. Perhaps I just didn’t find the right spots.

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There were quite a few people around, with couples chatting in quiet spots. It does look like a good place for romance, and the sim rules don’t forbid it (although public nudity is prohibted). I love this tree with the wise, old face, and the floating flowers remind me a bit of Monet’s Water Lilies paintings.

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I didn’t see any other fairies or elves, but I did find this brightly colored area, which is on a little island at the sim’s edge.

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About the “darkest” spot I found was this menacing-looking waterfall.

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This little hideaway looks perfect for elven mischief.

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Up a flight of stairs you’ll find what look like castle ruins. I believe I saw a dragon there, so my guess is that he took the place down.

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This guy keeps watch on the sim’s edge.

At Elf Forest, role-play is encouraged, but optional. Most of the people I saw were dressed in “regular” clothes. The sim rules are posted next to the entry sign (pic 1). There is even a marketplace at the landing area where you can pick up some new threads, if you wish. Explore and have fun. 🙂

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The Forest Nymph

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When the winds of March are wakening the crocuses and crickets,
Did you ever find a fairy near some budding little thickets,…
And when she sees you creeping up to get a closer peek
She tumbles through the daffodils, a playing hide and seek.
~Marjorie Barrows

I can’t resist a good fairy dress, especially one as spectacular as this. The details are amazing, and I love the way the wings flutter when I walk/fly. It also got a big “thumbs up” from my RL daughter, who I consider to be quite the expert on all things fairy. 🙂

The White Armory is offering this dress as it’s current weekly group gift (free to join), and you can fly off with it yourself until Saturday evening.

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Glam Affair Roza Basic (not free)

Eyes – IKON Eternal Eyes Green (not free)

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 6-Natural (not free)

Hair – [LeLutka] Pocahontas (not free)

Dress – The White Armory Forest Nymph Gown (group gift / 0L / free to join)

Pose – {.:exposeur:.} Angel (75L on sale)

Location – Elf Forest


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A Jolie Fleur du Soir

Gavin is humoring me today while I “play pixie” again. 🙂

Fabulously Free in SL - A Jolie Fleur du Soir

I wanted to show you this gorgeous petite dress, La Fleur du Soir, the current group gift at Kastle Rock Petites. The group is free to join, and the sim is simply lovely, so be sure to give it a wander. You can see a little peek of it behind us (please click to enlarge).

Gavin is wearing the latest group gift from *Ydea*, also free to join. Included are the mesh hoodie jacket, shirt and tie, jeans, and shoes. Gavin’s Rhett hair is a pre-opening, sneak peak from brand-new designer { Quandry }. You can pick it up at the preview price of 100L for a little while longer at {EPIC}. 5 colors are included in the box, all with a little, red tip in the front. Scarlett, a long braid, is also on preview for the ladies.

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What I really wanted to show you is this skin. Aeva // Heartsick is currently having a sale, with lots of skins available for 100L each. When I saw that they were previewing a couple of new petite skins, I was intrigued, and tried the demo. Jolie Petite comes in several different shades, and includes a red, rose outfit in the box. Now, I won’t lie to you; it’s a bit of a pain putting a new skin over your petite avatar. Nothing at all like putting a new skin on your “biggie.” But it’s not hard – read the directions! – and I think the results are definitely worth it! Have you ever seen lips like this on a petite before?

My earrings are not free, but they are on sale at !ELEMENTAL PETITE for 50L. They are texture change with silver/gold metals, and 4 different gems. My hair is a free group gift from “”D!va”” (free to join; 30,000 Members Gift), and I’ve sized it waaaaay down to fit. All the “”D!va”” hairs I’ve tried are resizeable, and can be made to fit petite avatars; be sure you take a copy first. This one includes flowers, which I’m not wearing, a “wig” with a couple of extra buns, and there’s even a dress in the box! 🙂

UPDATED 2/20/13 12:37 PM SLT: Great news! The designer has put the 2 Jolie Petite skins back out for sale because so many people were asking for them! They are still for sale at 100L/per shade so hurry over and grab them. I just picked up the Black Rose version, and I can’t wait to try it. She will also be putting out a 10L petite skin at The Wash Cart Sale, which opened today and Love wrote about this morning. I haven’t seen it yet, so let me know what you think if you try it! 🙂

UPDATED 2/18/2013 9:57 PM SLT: I’m sorry to report that the skin sale at Aeva // Heartsick has ended. 😦 Hopefully the Jolie Petite skins will be available in the store soon.

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Serena is wearing…

Petite Avatar – < Yabusaka > Petite 2 (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Petites%20Kingdom/121/128/110

Skin – Aeva // Heartsick Jolie Petite Tone 2 (100L on sale)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Farley/61/228/27

Eyes – Al Vulo Petite Season (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ReMix%20Yo%20LIfe/178/160/1351

Hair – “”D!va”” Diva2 – resized (group gift / 0L / free to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CalanDiva/148/157/25

Dress – Kastle Rock Couture Le Fleur du Soir (group gift / 0L / free to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairyland/70/24/23

Earrings – !Elemental Petite Raquel Bolds (50L on sale)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/bono/221/224/24

Poses by Exposeur (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mint%20Tulip/50/55/23

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Gavin is wearing…

Skin – *Redgrave* Tyler Tan (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REDGRAVE%20Skins%20Fashion/94/178/21

Eyes – IKON Lucid Eyes Optimism (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hot/250/82/42

Eyelashes – [: B!ASTA :] MICKEY B: Natural Lashes for Men (10L)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Alanya%20Bay/168/108/2002

Hair – { Quandry } Rhett Valentine (100L on sale)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Psilocybin/215/192/728

Complete Outift – *Ydea* Valentine Gift (group gift / 0L / free to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/BEST%20OF%20ITALIAN/95/229/23

Pose by Oracul
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuso/229/229/239

Location – Kastle Enchanted
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fairyland/70/24/23


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I Love Noel in the Springtime

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It’s no secret that I love fantasy clothing. I don’t role-play; I just like to dress dress the part. 🙂 Anyway, this lovely satin, brocade gown is -Lara- Turquoise, the February group gift from *Aggressione*. The group is free to join, and when you do, you’ll get another little giftie just for joining! If turquoise isn’t your color, there are 6 others from which to choose, all for 100L each.

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When I saw this gorgeous Noel skin from -Belleza- advertised for today’s Fifty Linden Friday, I knew I had to have it. I mean, how beautiful IS that eye shadow?! Such a perfect match for the -Lara- dress. I’m a child of the 70s, and blue eye shadow never looked so good, trust me. So if you like Noel too, head over to -Belleza- before midnight tonight or you’ll miss the sale.

I’m standing near the landing point of The Realm of Mystara North, to which I was introduced by the blog, Where’s Dim Sum? That cat really knows the best places to visit, so I suspect I’ll be following her around more often. 😉

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – -Belleza- Noel Spring Skin (50L / FLF)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Belleza/86/140/25

Eyes – IKON Horizon Eyes v2 Pale Glass (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hot/250/82/38

Eyelashes – *Redgrave* 6-Natural (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REDGRAVE%20Skins%20Fashion/94/178/21

Hair – >TRUTH< Jade (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Truth%20Hair/114/34/27

Nails – *Sexy Mamas* Deluxe French Manicure (not free)
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Sexy-Mamas-Deluxe-French-Manicure-Sculpted-Prim-Nails/1590244

Dress – *Aggressione* -Lara- Turquoise Gown (group gift / 0L / free to join)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pleione/206/229/28

Jewelry – KOSH Tink (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rain/94/131/28

Poses by aDORKable (not free)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Deck/135/191/30

Location – The Realm of Mystara North
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Stromness/199/155/22