Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

A Frozen Christmas - The SL Christmas Expo 2015The fifth annual Second Life Christmas Expo will run from December 3 to 14, 2015 and is a mega event that raises funds for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).  100% of registration fees, sponsorship fees, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, and vendor donation items are paid to Relay For Life of Second Life.  Relay For Life of Second Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is a virtual version of The Society’s signature real life fundraiser – Relay For Life.  You can find more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/ .

The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo will consist of both holiday and non holiday items from some of the best creators and designers in Second Life, spread across 8 sims!  The Expo will feature special events, including live performances, djs, skating parties, a Snowman Building Contest, Hunt For the Bells, Naughty Or Nice, a Christmas Tree Lot, holiday raffles and gotchas, and of course photos with Santa! The Holiday Of Hope Ball, for the 5th year running, will be held at the Christmas Expo.  And returning to the Christmas Expo as a special event this year is the Avi Choice Fashion Awards.

Whimsical Happenings Lopsi TreeSince there are so many activities happening within the Expo, I wanted to highlight a few in today’s post.  My dear friend, the jolly elf Earth Nirvana of Whimsical Happenings is participating in the Christmas Tree Lot with an exclusive festive and spirited upside-down garden pot tree complete with presents under the tree.  The Lopsi Tree is a modern, unique and whimsical approach to Christmas Tree!  100% of the proceeds of the sale is donated to Relay for Life of Second Life, check it out.

SL Xmas Expo- Oceane Make-up, ZOZ slink nails & Wreath RingAnother fun event at the Expo is the Hunt for the Bells ’15, a $10L hunt with 100% donated to The American Cancer Society.  This year there is a photo contest (12/5-12/15) for the Hunt for the Bells hunt, with a grand prize of $10,000L giftcard with other prizes for runners-up.  To enter you must use at least 10 hunt items, submit a NC listing the items to Earth Nirvana and send full perm picture to Leala Spire for voting & social media placement.  Please keep the picture PG & tasteful.  Good luck!  In my photos above I’m using Spyfalle Holiday Party Paper Lanterns in the windows from the Hunt for the Bells (hint: “let it go”).

SL Xmas Expo 2015- Sage Noel Sweater Dress & Oceane Make-upSo many creators have designed 100% RFL donation items including the Sage Nice or Naughty Sweater dress (pic #1 & 2) available for males & females.  Sage has also created the exclusive Noel Sweater Dress (pic #3) for 50% donation available in a variety of colors.  Gloria is wearing Oceane Body Designs Pretty 1 pack eye make-up and lip color also a 100% to RFL.  Finally, the Cookies for Santa green snowflake draped table  is from Outside the Box, with 50% donation to American Cancer Society.  The SL Christmas Expo offers daily live entertainment, tons of events, hunts, freebies, exclusives all for a great cause.  You have until December 14th to stop by and explore all the wonders of the season!

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A Stately Manor

Manor House

Only 2 more days for the 7th Annual Second Life Home & Garden Expo 2014!

Today, I have a very special treat for you, a French Provincial Manor Home, Maison d’Ete by Tess Spargel of Spargel & Shines Homes.  I’ve had the wonderful fortune to work with Ms. Spargel a number of times in the past and at each opportunity I’m blown away by Tess’s incredible attention to detail, fine finishing and quality of design.  All items are copyable.  Spargel & Shine Homes point of view is antique ‘super chic.’  Elegance and refinement define this special designer, whether a home, a store build, or gorgeous furniture.  The Maison d’Ete house is a stately three-story white plaster facade with iron balconies, window boxes, and a grand wrap around terrace.  Two stories come with their own working fireplace, a main control system for the door & window openings, and window treatments.  The drapes consist of sheers, powder blue satin pull backs, or bare. The main floor has numerous working doors that open to the terrace.  Inside the grand manor you are greeted with a stunning staircase and a tiled great room with ample space for generous seating areas.   The powder blue walls are offset by gilded gold paneling.   The home is truly exquisite, inviting and livable.  For the SL Home & Garden Expo Tess released the E’te Dining Set* (table & chairs with rezzable food, wine & lace table-cloth) and E’te Decor Set* (paintings, rug, urns, mirror, and candelabra), all donation items on Sim 6.

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In this space, I created a music room using Kaerri Garden Piano* (Sim 8)Steaming Ahead Victorian Garden Bench (Sim 4), and Organica Belvedere Leather (Sim 6) seating area, adding a modern and whimsical nod to the formal elegant home.  In separate areas of the grand room are small places to rest, relax, talk and enjoy the music.  A tasteful and charming home filled with a touch of class!

* = Donation items

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Piano

Table from Balcony Door

Louis Chairs & Table

Fireplace

Fireplace & Piano

Purple Area

Purple LR view of paino

Home and Garden Expo (HGE) raises money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).  Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and RFL of SL is one of its virtual counterparts. You can get more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/.

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The Space Between

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More goodies from SL Home & Garden Expo 2014!  Since I’ve been tagged queen of the boudoir (just call me bedroom eyes, giggles), I wanted to create something a bit different, a raw sophisticated haven using HGE exclusives from Johadez Garden Bed*, Fence, and Dead Tree print, Follow Us Girly Desk*, Bed Tray (Rare Gacha)Kaerri Side Table and Caged Dove, and Revival XO Sign*.  I love the golden fields of barley and autumn trees in my garden, it reminds me of Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting Christina’s World (1948), so I changed viewpoitns to have the garden view as the backdrop in my luxurious rustic bedroom.  I don’t normally add music to interior design blog posts because I don’t want it to distract from the items, but this room is calling out for some Nina Simone.  Enjoy!

* = Donation items

Structure: Thaino Designs, Dreamer House (available @ HGE)

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Harvest Moon Hideaway!

Framed Final Harvest Moon Hideaway

The 7th Annual Home & Garden Expo 2014 opened Tuesday, September 16 and will run until September 28, 2014, featuring over 80 creators on 9 sims.  Home and Garden Expo (HGE) raises money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).  Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and RFL of SL is one of its virtual counterparts. You can get more information about RFL of SL here: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/.

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In the past, I had the good fortune to participate in the Relay for Life Christmas Expo 2013 and the Fashion for Life 2014 event, both part of the umbrella of RFL of SL fundraising events.  This season is equally exciting and I was selected as an official blogger for HGE where home builders, interior designers, and landscape artists present display exhibits for inspiration and donation.  All the creators designed two exclusive items for sale with 100% of proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.  Styles range from shabby chic to modern, Victorian to gothic, rustic to whimsical.  Other offerings at SL Home and Garden Expo are building classes, raffles, silent auction, gacha, and two hunts.  Anything and everything you would want for your home, property, store, or sim is available at the Home Expo 2014.

Thaihiti Baroque of Thaino Designs created an adorable octagonal shape Secret Wood House with flower window boxes, cream and pink plaid draw-back curtains, valances, and wainscoting.  I was inspired by the upcoming Autumnal season and wanted to build a Harvest Moon Hideaway with a fireplace, small bistro area, rest/relax spot with tea set, and reading nook.  Adorned in fall colors of orange, brown, golds, rust reds, celery greens, and blues, with touches of Halloween pumpkins and black cats.  Furnished with items exclusive at Home Expo from Cleo Designs, Thaino Designs*, Follow Us*, Dreamscapes Art Gallery, Good Furniture, Shabby Tabby, Kaerri, Serenity Style*, La Vieux Carre, Hanaya, and Striped Mocha*.  Pop over to the Home & Garden Expo and explore all 9 sims, be inspired, be generous, donate, and remember always Let’s Get Decorating! Taxi please…

Framed Flower Window Box

Framed Peek inside

Framed Coffe Table & Reading Nook

Framed Bistro Area

Framed View from inside

* = Donation items

Structure: Thaino Designs, Secrets Wood House

Outside Decor

  • Thaino Designs (Sim 1): Pumpkin Seat*, Pumpkin Floor Decor* & Pumpkin Flower Beds
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Sim 4)Leaf Lampstands A/Autumn
  • Hanaya (Sim 6): Apple Bobbing Barrel (Classic Hunt Gift)
  • Other items used (not part of HGE): Pilot Barrel Pumpkin Display, Studio Skye Enchanting Forest & Silver Birch Trees

Inside Decor

  • Thaino Designs (Sim 1): Hanging Pumpkins Baskets*
  • Cleo Designs (Sim 6): His & Her Chairs (Orange & Brown, Classic Hunt Gift), Coffee Table with Tea Set, Apples, and Pastry Decor, Fireplace, Reading Nook Beach & Decorative Shelves, Shutter Wall Hanging & Strawberry Cake
  • Dreamscapes Art Gallery (Sim 4)Fall Chairs with plaid blankets and decorative candles, Leaf Chairs (Autumn & Summer) & Halloween Frame A
  • Shabby Tabby (Sim 8): Autumn Mantel Decor
  • Kaerri (Sim 8): Felicity Flower Umbrella 
  • Striped Mocha (Sim 1)Copper Kettle with Candles & Pumpkins*
  • Serenity Style (Sim 3): Journey Stepladder*
  • La Vieux Carre (Sim 8): Old Elm Spice Rack
  • Follow Us (Sim 4): Home Sweet Home Sign* (part of the Girly Desk set)
  • Good Furniture (Sim 5): Bistro Table
  • Other items used (not part of HGE): Shutter Field Pumpkin Lanterns, StoraxTree Rustic Rug 10 

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Hey Girlfriend!

Day 3 of Fashion For Life and so far $1,961,380L has been raised.  Wow, that’s great but let’s pledge to raise more.  I have a sneak peek of tons of exclusive items that you can purchase to help fund a cure to cancer at FFL, benefiting Relay for Life SL.

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My friend Deb Vos, ♕MM Netherlands 2014, asked if I would model with her using KaTink Poses exclusive FFL releases, We Own This & Armed and Beautiful (both 50% donation to American Cancer Society).  Thank you again Deb, it was super fun, great idea and the photo’s turned out wonderfully.  First up is our casual look using KaTink’s Armed and Beautiful couple pose. 

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On Deb (checks Deb’s blog for a complete style card):

On Gloria:

And now for our glamous look, we used the Katink’s We Own This pose

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Grab these pose sets and have fun taking pics with your girlfriends.  All your purchases at FFL will go to finding a CURE for cancer.  By the way, take some time to read the stories on the Fashion For Life site of Second Life residents who have been touched by cancer.  Together we can find a cure with support and funding.