With Deepest Gratitude

Avi Choice SLIfe Award 2015Happy first week of Summer!  I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who nominated and voted for Hidden Gems in Second Life as your favorite Home & Garden Blog for the Avi Choice SLife Awards 2015.  A very special thank you to Nikki Mathieson and the Avi Choice organization who highlight and encourage the artistic talents of Second Life residents.  Congrats to all the nominees and winners.  It truly was an honor to be included with some well-regarded publications and bloggers.  Despite the fact I was not selected as the resident choice, I’m humbled by your continued support.  As I think back to last spring when I expanded my blog to include the radiant world of interior design, I’m overjoyed with my evolution, the inspirational creators I’ve had the pleasure to work with, and the diversity of style I’ve produced.

Wow, what a year 2015 has been (& it’s only June)!  Not only have I been honored with the Avi Choice nomination, I’ve had the great joy merchandising for first life brands.  Merging the SL virtual reality platform with RL companies as a marketing tool has been my goal. Growing my interior design business, Interior & Spaces was also on my agenda.  I’m currently working on an extraordinary project that’s absolutely different from anything I’ve done before.  I can’t wait to share it with you. 😀 And finally, I look forward to hosting more open house tours this summer.  In closing, thank you again for your encouragement.  Have a wonderful summer!

Avi Choice Awards Nominations!

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The dedicated Second Life residents behind the Avi Choice Awards recently changed the award categories separating fashion and music/art into a different award groups.  Yesterday, May 27, 2015, the nominations for the SLife Awards were announced. SLife categories include home & garden creators/stores/bloggers, texture/animations builders, wedding, breedables, gatcha, land companies/sims, roleplay and annual events.

My blog, gloriasilverstone.wordpress.com was honored to be among the nominees in the Favorite Home/Furniture/SLife Blog or Website category.  It is truly an honor and I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the last two years. To the wonderful kind-hearted folks who nominated me, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  This is an incredible joyous surprise!

Avi Choice Awards SLife BlogWhen I initially started blogging in 2012, I wanted to serve as a resource to SL residents in diverse arenas from fashion, to contests, to freebies, and events.  The SL platform allows for a great wealth of creativity and imagination.  I explored and evolved to expand my attention to interior design.  With the good fortune of blogging for monthly home & garden events, I met emerging interior design creators.  Utilizing my marketing background, my blog point of view developed to showcase California interior design styles transformed into virtual reality.

My love of interior design grew and I challenged myself each month to create a theme room/space that would appeal to my readers.  I researched trends, styles and designs, and crafted storylines to inspire my followers to “Let’s Get Decorating!”  I continue to evolve and strengthen with the myriad of interiors I create.  Below are a few selections of my stylings.

Thank you for nominating me, I would appreciate your vote.


Trending: Boho Chic

Boho Overview

The end of smoky days… (Masculine Industrial)

Heart Homes | Paddy's Irish Pub Chess Set Lighter

Keep Calm & Call the Doctor (Fantasy)

Dr Who Wedding Cake display

His & Hers (Retro & Guys)

Palm Spring Kitchen

BR Window

Bump in the Night… (Victorian & Freebie)

Finishing Touches | Twisted Hunt Spring 2015

Delicious Delights (Commercial Build)

Candy Fair- Sweet Shop Framed

Dorm Style 101: Bright & Colorful

Postcard RnR

Ravenshire Halloween Village (Holiday Sim Build)


The Little Mermaid (Houseboat)

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

A Fall Cabin in the Woods (Seasonal)

Close up of table setting

The African Queen (Monthly Theme Room)

African Safari

African Safari

Nautical Chic! (Open House Tour)

Living Room

Living Room


Yes, I borrowed my RL British mates term this evening to explain how overwhelmed I am.  Late last evening I was voting for some of my favorite stores and people nominated for the Avi Choice Awards, when I saw my name in the Favorite Model category.  WOW!  Thank you.  I have NO idea who nominated me, but thank you for your support and belief in my abilities.  I’m fairly new to the SL modeling world and never thought in a million trillion years anyone would know my name.  I’m having a Sally Fields moments :-).

This post is not me begging you to vote for me.  I share the nomination with the preeminent female models of SL, most of whom are either current or former MVW, and have been featured on covers of Second Life magazines.  To be nominated is the honor.  I simply want to say thank you to everyone I’ve met this year.  As 2013 comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the journey.  As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’ve been on and off SL for 2 years +, mostly because of RL work and family.  Last Fall, when I returned to SL, I wanted to focused my attention on modeling and was hoping to renew some self-confident that had been erode over the years.  Yes, some of you might be surprised by that last statement but changes with jobs, friends & family can cause one to question the bigger picture.  Second Life served as a respite and shortly in December of 2012 my marketing hat fell softly back into to place and I started Hidden Gems in Second Life.  Honestly, I must have spent more hours than I care to mention researching the simplest thing and trying to figure out widgets, feeds, and categories (still haven’t quite mastered that one yet).  Yes, I stay up way past my bedtime to blog and I see post, ideas, titles, music videos in my head, that some (or in my case, one) might say  has become an obsession.  But to return each day to share my point of view with you is a great pleasure.  The greatest joy is when someone replies (other than my best friend) or I gain new friends from around the world because we both share a love for something.

I’ve learned a lot this year, not just how to blog or walk a runway….no I’ve re-learned the important things.  Self-confidence, integrity and standing up for what you believe is right. Through this outlet, I’ve shown my emotional side…I’ve been thrilled…I’ve been disappointed, sometimes I’ve even cried, but mostly laughed and grew stronger.  With heartfelt sincerity, thank you, I’m humbled by your love.

The voting period for the Avi Choice Awards will be open from Dec. 1 – Dec. 13 and the Avi Choices for SL resident favorites will be announced at the Avi Choice Awards show on Dec. 15th at 3pm SLT.