Picture Books

Picture Books Jewelry: Chop Zuey, When Elephants Dream Set

Stephen Covey once said “Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” At the turn of the 20th century there were a few million African elephants and 100,000 Asian elephants. According to the World Wildlife Federation (http://wwf.panda.org) Today, there are only 470,000 to 690,000 African elephants, and 25,600 to 32,750 Asian elephants. Think about that, in the entire world, their population is roughly equivalent to a medium sized city. So what, it’s just a dumb animal? Naw, I truly can’t believe even the most callous individual would say that.

Picture Books Gizza: Dropped Collar jacket,leather miniskirt . Miamai: Georgia pumps

Did you know elephants, humans and Neanderthals are the only animals known to have death rituals? If an elephant becomes sick, its family shows compassion bringing it food and helping the creature as it tries to stand. In fact, this compassion and grieving doesn’t stop when the elephant dies, one of the most moving displays of an elephant’s emotions is how they remember and mourn loved ones. When an elephant walks past a place that a loved one died he or she will stop and take a silent pause that can last several minutes, possibly reliving memories of the family member.

GizzaHat: Baoba.

These gentle giants, the largest land animal on Earth, have no shame in showing their joy either. They play games and greet family members and friends; they celebrate the arrival of newborns to their herd. In fact, not unlike humans, there is no greater love in an elephant society than the love of a mother for her child. The mother protects, guides, and nurtures her young, always close, always touching. She bathes her child by using her trunk to spray water on the little one and scrubbing it gently. In fact, the mother daughter bond often lasts more than fifty years.

gizza 3Clutch: [G/C] Muriel *L’accessoires . Belt: Diram

Why all this? Why today? Like most things I blog these days, because I care. I was dropped a NC by another model who bought one because she cares; she left no IM, just a NC. But in the NC, Eliza Wierwight the designer of Patron had thoughtfully written out a plea for help because she cares too. For more on Eliza’s story link here: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500340@N06/11066955435/in/photostream/) Eliza asks such a small thing of us; buy one of her Christmas elephant topiary’s for 499L’s and 100% of the donations will go to Save Elephant Foundation. (http://www.saveelephant.org/), a non-profit organization created to save the Asian elephants from extinction. In Second Life, to make purchasing/donating easy and convenient, not only can you purchase the item’s at the Patron Main store, we have vendors set up throughout the Salimar Luxury District. This isn’t about Salimar, or about Patron, this is about life, about all creatures great and small, about our power to choose, to respond, to change. The question is, what do you choose to do? Are you willing enough to sit back and do nothing, so your grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?

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Take from? We all have the power within us to help others, whether its human or animal, all things deserve compassion. What better time to buy yourself a Christmas gift of an incredible decorative topiary with the added caveat the Linden’s are paid forward to help a majestic creature that needs our attention right now. They need our caring enough to do even the smallest of things. Just something to think about in this time of holiday spirit. We gladly welcome other designers willing to place these adorable Christmas topiary’s around their stores. If interested, please contact Eliza Wierwight and she will be happy to help you.

PATRON The Art & Design of Eliz, Patron (79, 235, 30)
SALIMAR Luxury District http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SaliMar/95/127/502

★To sponsor an SEF Elephant costs USD$ 109.20.
★That’s approximately L$27,000 per elephant.
★That’s 54 donation/sales at L$499 each of the Save The Elephant at PATRON Holiday Topiary per elephant sponsorship.
★Now we multiply that by 35 Elephants which is the current sponsorship goal.
★We can do it !!!
★In fact I have already sponsored one elephants all by myself (Eliza Wierwight) (actually with my son because he’d be sad if he wasn’t involved)
★Buy one gift boxed “Save The Elephant at PATRON Holiday Topiary.” for yourself, buy lots and gift the ultimate legacy to a friend, make a donation, bit by bit we can do this over the next month.
★ Tell your friends, spread the word.

Reindeer Games

Reindeer GamesHat: 8F8, Deer Hat **Gacha Event** . Hairs: Tram, A817 . Neckwrap: .Birdy., Foxy Neck Snuggler **Gacha Event** . Backpack: Pesca, Rabbit .

Here it is, almost another new year and seems like we were just diapering 2013. What’s up with that? As far as years go, I’ve had one for the record books; my mother went to the doctor and all was well, I met a man I didn’t feel the need to stick a spork in when we were out to dinner (yet), I had a life changing surgery, my father has taken a turn for the worse and I was nominated for an Avatar’s Choice award. Well, I reckon technically two, Best Model and Best Blogger. I didn’t mention the last as a beg for votes, or as a brag, I included it as a point. Face it, we are all people. We aren’t those cartoony renderings that inhabit a virtual world called Second Life. Take away the pixel dust, and dimes to donuts there is a real live human being sitting at the keyboard, reading and communicating. All the time, whilst I went on and on about the solitary life of a Cao, my joys, comical mishaps, trials, and tribulations, you people, you “thems” out there, you listened, supported, laughed until we cried, cried just because it was needed at the time, hugged and kissed and smiley faced, but through it all you were there. Just there. Why on Earth do I call you a “them” you may ask? I’m so glad you did ask! Well, at least maybe Peep did, she’s kinda curious like that. You know them Aussie’s by adoption.

Reindeer Games Sweater:Drift, Cold Shoulder top **NEW** . Skirt: Drift, Mode mini **NEW** . Leggins: Drift, Knit leggings **NEW** . Boots: Maitreya, Stagioni . Elephant Topiary & Wreath: Patron, **DETAILS BELOW** .

Because “thems” tend to care about others feelings, they aren’t out in the world looking out for themselves, taking care of “numero uno.” You know THAT guy, he’s a card carrying member of the “us” group. The ones who hang close in packish little cliques with their packish little ways, whispering, taunting, making fun of. Seriously, at any age, even childhood, is it even fun to torment another human being? What joy can be found in that? If you find you are unhappy with the people you associate with, take a step back and look at the behaviors you “us’s” are throwing about because sometimes it’s pretty stealth and hidden. Think about that one person who never quite makes it into an agency, or in a show, or never quite fits into the camaraderie, the very genetic makeup of the group. Now think about the groups behavior toward the person… nah, never mind, don’t worry about it, they are obviously a “them,” so who cares about their feelings anyway? Right? Does this feel familiar to your set of friends? If it does, I’d take a moment to reflect, is this the face you want to show the world? Because eventually this sort of boorish behavior is going spill to your real life too, and personally I’d shudder at being considered that kind of monster.

Take from? Of course! High gravity Monday after all. It’s in the title, reindeer games refers to any fun activities which are enjoyed only by members of a clique, the fact of which is very obvious to anyone existing outside of said clique in order to make them feel inadequate and left-out. Well, I’ve had the year from ‘ell, but even I know, the best part about being that jerk in the group, it’s not set in stone, you can move away from these behaviors and live by a more beneficial pattern. If just being good for Santa isn’t motivation enough, how about this. Ostracism, the “art” of excluding someone, sure, it hurts the object of the abuse, but studies have found that since we are social animals at heart, individuals who deliberately shun another person are equally distressed by the experience. I don’t know about you, but I think my New Year’s Resolution is going to be spending my time with those on the good natured end of the spectrum. Just a nickel of thought for this holiday season, spend it how ever you see fit. Have a great week!

Elephant Topiary (And I will get more indepth about this tomorrow) Purchase the elephant topiary at Patron or Salimar Luxury District and 100% of the Proceeds will go to save real world elephants at the Elephant Nature Park. Let’s help these majestic creatures because when they are gone, we will have lost a sacred treasure in our world.

http://www.saveelephant.org/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=67_68

PATRON The Art & Design of Eliz, Patron (79, 235, 30)
SALIMAR Luxury District http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SaliMar/95/127/502

★To sponsor an SEF Elephant costs USD$ 109.20.
★That’s approximately L$27,000 per elephant.
★That’s 54 donation/sales at L$499 each of the Save The Elephant at PATRON Holiday Topiary per elephant sponsorship.
★Now we multiply that by 35 Elephants which is the current sponsorship goal.
★We can do it !!!
★In fact I have already sponsored one elephants all by myself (Eliza Wierwight) (actually with my son because he’d be sad if he wasn’t involved)
★Buy one gift boxed “Save The Elephant at PATRON Holiday Topiary.” for yourself, buy lots and gift the ultimate legacy to a friend, make a donation, bit by bit we can do this over the next month.
★ Tell your friends, spread the word.
★Meet some of ‘our’ Elephants….
★Meet the rest of ‘our’ elephants and read about their journeys to Elephant Nature Park

Wild at Heart

Wild at HeartOne last look at *SoliDea FoliEs* single item auctioned outfit for 2Lei . Hair: Lelutka . Mask: LaGyo .

My more regular followers know, or may suspect, I am a writer. I love words, I’d roll around in them like a dog, if only I were able. But when it comes to poetry, I am woefully lacking, I always have been. So for this I follow a few cherished blogs. And this is where a random set of events just seemed to cataclysmically fall into place in, what I think, is a rather peacefully settling way. The Saturday before the 2Lei show, my father had another stroke, so we rushed him to the hospital and it appeared he wouldn’t get better. That Monday, one of these beloved blogs I follow, Blue Angel Wolf “Poetry Under a Hat”, forgive me for not asking to snitch your poem, ( http://blueangelwolf.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/wild-heart/ ) wrote a poem and it moved me deep inside. Having an appointment, in three days, I sent the poem to Skip Staheli (http://www.flickr.com/photos/37690108@N05/ ) asking if it would be okay if we did a picture about the poem and always the creative soul, he readily agreed. But that said, to me, having an idea was great, but I needed to come up with a style for the poem. Wouldn’t you know, one of my best friends in the world, Mila Tatham, ( http://solideafolies.wordpress.com/ ) either that day or soon after, gave me the dress that would be auctioned for 2Lei, the UN’s “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.” It was kismet from start to finish. I expected the picture to be done around Christmas, after all I’d just taken it, but as my father’s life declined, we moved him to Hospice yesterday, Skip finished unusually quickly, somehow, maybe from some angel guiding his hand, and with the love of these people, or at least my love for them, this is my borrowed gift (since all the creative talent was given by others) to my father. Thank you all, not just these incredible creators, but you all too. After all, if you didn’t take the time to peek in here, no one would be able to see my present.

~Wild Heart~ By BlueAngel Wolf

my heart is a wild thing
being called I seek
out into the dark
into something unknown
neither goods nor gold
nor house nor hearth
treacherous bonds
or showy mirth
do I seek
or call
my wild heart
not to be possessed
or possess nor control
running in every field of death
wild as wild flowers bloom and fall
emptied to earth’s muddied patience
my wild heart
courageous in vulnerability
honouring great mystery
in cosmic soul humilitiy
blessed in both joy and sorrow
wine and roses hemlock and thorns
transparent to heaven stone-walled hell
either door I’ll love you ever more
in awe from sacred fire source
my wild wild, wild heart

I almost didn’t include a song, but I can’t help it. Today, it fits me. <3

Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth Headpiece: *SoliDea FoliEs*, Lil Snow **Peace on Earth Hunt** . Hairs: Miamai, Anna . Boa: *SoliDea FoliEs*, Amanda Collar .

Good will to all. It’s that wonderful time of year again, Peace on Earth in SL is in it’s 6th year of existence and this one looks to be one of the best yet. If you’ve never traveled through a Peace on Earth event, I suggest you check it out this year. Why? Because all the gifts are for YOU and all the gift are FREE! If you click on the POE logo to the right of this post, it will take you to the hunt’s blog where you can pick up pointers, hints and sneaky peeks of designers gifts. It’s Friday, and feeling kinda like date night. I hope everyone is having fun and enjoying your space in the world. As for me? It’s a formal, so I better go dig out those spanx.

Peace on Earth Dress: Siochain, Ever an Angel **Peace on Earth** . POSES: Diesel Works, POE .

Excitement is mounting as we near the start of the famous, biggest, and most popular hunt in Second Life, The Peace On Earth Hunt! It will hit a grid near you starting December 1st and will run through January 6, 2014. There are so many wonderful and very talented designers who have lent their talents in creating awesome gifts for you to hunt for!

Stay tuned for upcoming previews as we await the Sunday, December 1st start! Hunters, get those magnifying glasses out and put on your gumshoes, as The POE6 Hunt will soon hit a grid near you!

http://peaceonearthhunt.wordpress.com/

Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art,

Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. ~ John Wooden

Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

Take From? Sure! Make each day your masterpiece, don’t settle for less than your best. Say thanks to all who support and love you, and hold close those who do not. Because who knows? One day they may turn out to be the one key missing link in your journey through life.

Outfit:
Hat/Umbrella Hat: Azoury, Steampunk Hat **L’Accessoires**
Hair: Boon, KBO 906
Tutu: *SoliDea FoliEs* Winter tutu
Necklace: Zibska, Lique **L’Accessoires**
Shoulder Pieces: Zibska, Keallach Pauldron
Dress/feather tutu: Boudoir, Black Swan
Shoos: Glam Affair, Vanity Ballerina feet **Shoetopia**

Winter Fair Frost Settles on Second Life

Walking.In.A.Winter.Wonderland.Photographer: Skip Staheli . Model: Caoimhe Lionheart .

ZENSHI Presents……. WINTER FAIR FROST
A Zenshi’s Catalogue Trunk Show.

AVENUE-zenshi is pleased to announce its 1st Winter Fair Frost, A Zenshi’s Catalogue Trunk Show.! This event will run November 30th – December 30th 2013 and will include Second Life’s best designers. Each designer will have 1 exclusive design to ZENSHI as well as other outfits to fit your winter fashion flair. On opening day November 30th with some of Second Lifes best models walking the runway featuring these one of a kind designs. We are looking forward to this event being one we will present every year. The Winter Fair Frost, Zenshi’s Catalogue Trunk Show, promises to provide you with all your winter fashion needs in one convenient place.

AVENUE -zenshi WINTER FAIR FROST OFFICIAL AD

If you have any questions you can contact Fuzz Lennie or Ashia Denimore. Thank you for your time today. We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Fair Frost, Zenshi’s Catalogue Trunk Show!

List of Designers

BAOBA
LIZIAAH
ECLIPSE
Legal Insanity
Faster Pussycat
Fendty
BSD
ZANZE
Liv Gla
AD Creations
Zibska
Vero Modero
….and many more.

Models…

BlackLIquid Tokyoska
Landa Crystal
Natzuka Miliandrovic
Sylphia Constantine
Zaara123
Ewan Crumb
HabibMaalouf
Lex Demonista
Nayomi Gartner
Nice Wildrose
Roxy Olsonne

This Lonely View

This Lonely ViewStyle Kingdom Magazine . Capitol Couture . Photographer: Asia Rae . Models: Caoimhe Lionheart . Federica Galtier .

For the one year anniversary of Style Kingdom, the magazine teamed up with 5th Avenue Model Agency (Both of which I am a proud card carrying member of) for a spread on Capitol Couture. I’ll be honest, I don’t go to many movies, I find them loud and would prefer to sit quietly and speak with the person I am with, not have someone attempt to recreate something I would find much more entertaining in the written form, while ignoring my date. So when the theme was assigned I was at a complete loss. When I don’t know a theme, I like to google images until I find something of interest to work with. Unfortunately this topic didn’t have much variety of images and I was scared everyone would show looking pretty much alike. Eventually I stumbled upon an artist CDCBlanc’s drawings on Capitol Couture and I was instantly in love.

capitol_couture_by_cdcblanc-d4yu07pThis was my inspiration board for my outfit

The thing I want to express, especially to new models, is it’s easy to mash together multiple outfits from designer’s to create a mix and match. If you do this well, it will definitely get you “in the door” of Second Life Modeling, but in all honesty, there are a LOT of models in the door. Besides honesty and a good work ethic, one of the main ingredients to rising above the rest is to have vision. The unique ability to see the possibilities beyond the picture in the vendor. For me personally? Forget the hoopy flounces, I loved carved spaces. So right off the bat, I leaned toward the five dresses on the left of the above drawing. For the carved nature I dug into my inventory for Eshi’s Aria Pompadour. She was apparently before her time, because this outfit alone (below) would be a pretty good rendition of Capitol Couture, don’t you think? But that’s not mix and match is it?

capitol coutureOutfit: Eshi, Aria Pompadour .

The actual photo’s from the movie showed a lot of pastels, golds, blacks, one actress had pink hair, so I decided to keep it in the pink color range. I changed the texture of the hips of the outfit to a satin and recolored it white, the same with the shorts on the thighs and made the centerpiece flower pink to match the shirt I added from Mimikri’s Cami Dress. The time was spent on retexturing the skirt pieces, the rest was just pulling together the details. The gloves are also from Mimikri, the boa is Miamai, Whisper White, the hairs .Ploom. Mookie, hat is *LODE* Glitter Rose ( I THINK it was recolored too but not sure) and my shoos are Nardcotix CHLOE. I guess the point is, find one detail that inspires you, to me it will always be clothes that have a 4 dimensional feel to them, and use the love of this item to inspire you to go beyond mix and match to actual styling, or restyling if you like this term better. If you want to see some really great Capitol Couture, check out volume 5 of Style Kingdom and I have to tell you, there are a lot of styles in there that are much better than mine, so enjoy!

capitol couture1Outfit: Restyled Eshi Aira Pompadour in pink!

Link to Magazine: Style Kingdom Vol. 5

The take from? Yes, there is one. And it’s not even about what I wrote up there. It’s the title. Life is a solitary travel, most of us are born alone and we die alone. Holidays spent alone can be the most devastatingly lonely times a person will ever live through. If you have family, friends, or neighbors, or even acquaintances you know will be alone over the holiday, why not ask them to join you? It may be a small awkward inconvenience to you, but to them it may be a large life affirmingly pleasing moment. If you are alone, and trust me, I have been on several occasions, why not create your favorite meal, heck 5 course meal if you enjoy cooking, play some music and entertain you? I reckon you can even eat it in the dining room, on your best fine china whilst wearing your PJ’s and bunny slippers because this day, this meal, you are the guest of honor. I’ve even been known to put away the food in the pots and pans and clean it all up tomorrow. So for the day, put aside Nancy Neat and just enjoy. I hope everyone has a blessed and thankful holiday season!