Make You Feel My Love

Happy February!  My cousin Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Thursday and forecasted six more weeks of Winter.  How is Phil my cousin you ask?  Well, I’m born on groundhog day and I figure any dude that only appears once a year and sleeps the rest is a kindred spirit… (now you know why styling bedrooms is my fav).  This birthday was very different from any other because my mom was not feeling well enough to partake and I went out to dinner with a dear girlfriend. We had a wonderful time and I got to laugh, act silly and just relax for a moment.  As we painted the town red, Valentine’s Day theme permeated the air.  With 10 days till cupid’s arrow hits you, I have a number of events, gifts and freebies to highlight in today’s blog.valentines-day-red-purple-passionFirst up, the Perfect Ten event runs from 2/1/17-2/15/17 and I’m so happy to be back blogging for The Cookie Jar merchants.  It’s been an ongoing partnership since 2014 and as always the two-week event spotlights 10 home & garden designers with exclusive items half price or less. Above, I used HJM Designs Heart Decor Hanger on the windows, Adorably Strange Wares Flora Amour Ladder Decor & Hipster Celebration Table (3 tier cake on milk can), and Lunar Seasonal Designs Heart Jar of Lights & Shabby Chic Wooden Heart Marquee Sign.  The jar of hearts is menu driven with the option to change the texture of the jar, ribbon, color of lights/hearts and glow level.  The wooden heart marquee is super cool with the ability to change the text to spell up to three lines 8 letters each and change the color of everything.love-me-love-me-not-huntI also used HJM Designs Love Heart Decoration (large red heart with rose on right wall), Tool Shed Tubey Heart Decor on windows and Park Place Home Decor The Two of Us purple floor rug and pillows, all items on the Love Me…Love Me Not hunt until 2/28/17.  To finish off the styling, I used Sway’s Ahara Wicker Chairs and Button Floor Lamps (past FLF), Half Deer Fairylight Balloons and What Next Amelie Tall Chest of Drawers, both Fifty Linden Friday items for 2/3.  Lastly, you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without chocolate; StoraxTree has a nice red heart box for free on the Where’s Cupid Hunt available until 2/14/17.love-me-love-me-not-hunt-go-frock-yourself-nailsAnd ladies, while shopping for Valentine’s Day decor, don’t forget to style a little something for you too!  Glory’s looking a bit sexy this morning wearing Wicked Jennifer Blouse with Bra, Georg Bellic Design Loves me Skirt Black Big Hearts {both top and skirt fit classic and mesh avi’s} and Go Frock Yourself Heart Balloon Slink nails, all on the Love Me…Love Me Not Hunt (till 2/18).  Her hair is Clawtooth Up and Away and Reign Pattern Pumps for mesh appliers (both 2/3 FLF).  Last but not least, Chop Zuey is offering the Love Knot set for the Fabulously Free in SL group (free to join), so now you’re ready for Amore!

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Finishing Touches Retro LR Set

Nine days till my all time favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day!  Today, I styled a cute retro living set, I Heart You from Finishing Touches, that is ideal for your romantic days and night offered at 50% off the Perfect Ten event until February 15, 2015.  Perfect Ten is a new monthly home and garden shopping event bought to you by The Cookie Jar Community and replaces The Designer Warehouse at the newly remodeled sim location.  Each and every item is exclusive to the event and is offered half price or less of retail.  Perfect Ten event will be available from the 1st -15th every month, pop over and check out all the offerings.  Taxi to Perfect Ten please…

Finishing Touches Retro Sofa close-up

Finishing Touches I Heart You Retro Living Room set consists of an almond leather retro styled sofa and chairs with red/white polka dot heart pillows and throw.  The sofa contains 30+ animations for singles, friends and couples, including a marriage proposal.  Chairs have 16 single male/female animations.  The living room set also includes a plush red rug, texture change coffee table (glass or wood top), decorative accessories {rose vase, gift & box of chocolate}, and red/white polka dot wall frame.  Also available at Perfect Ten are the matching red and cream Feel the Love Heart Floor Poufs (10 couple animations) and adorable I Heart You Screens (both retail price).  I used Lunar’s Seasonal Designs Menu Driven Romantic Roses Chandelier to complete the room (50% off @ Perfect Ten).  Other decorative accessories include Alouette’s Cupid’s Arrow (past group gift), Half Deer’s Sweetmallow Hot Cocoa (FLF), and Dreamscapes Art Gallery’s Tulip Bunch E (group gift).

FT Stupid Cupid hunt gift

Finishing Touches is participating is the Stupid Cupid Hunt (2/1-15) and the Love is an Art paint easel hunt item complemented perfectly with the retro I Heart You living room collection. The easel has animations including sitting or painting with a wearable paint brush and palette. To finish the room design, I added Sway’s Signs of Love and dug deep into my inventory for some other Finishing Touches Valentine decor including the heart topiary, silver love picture frame, and hanging rose hearts, similar items available at the main store.

Recipe for Love Kitchen Set

Recipe for Love close-up

24Karat Roux, designer and owner of Finishing Touches has brought the love into the kitchen with the Recipe for Love Set.  The set comprises of a kitchen island with baking animations, mixing bowls, jars of joy, humor, tenderness and romance, and the recipe for love chalkboard sign.  Also available in the collection is a hutch and spice rack.  Have fun in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day with Recipe for Love!

Taxi to Perfect Ten please…

Taxi to Finishing Touches please…

Ready, set, pose!

A few photo contests ended this evening, Thursday, February 28, 2013.  I wanted to share my entries with you for the Angel of Angel Dessous, coldLogic Anniversary Celebration Poster contest and I “Love New York City” hunt Sweepstakes.

The Angel of Angel Dessous monthly contest theme was Valentine.  Angel Dessous is searching for the next face of AD 2014 and is hosting a monthly contest that has different theme every month.  The top five monthly contestants will receive a 1000L GC and their photo displayed at the store as well as on the website.  There were a number of wonderful entries this month and I wanted to portray cupid magical powers.  I used a black box Wednesday special, Scarlet lingerie, and paired it with red wings and a cupid bow & arrow.  I also added a fabulous hat from Vita Boudoir and was covered in kisses tattoo. The photo was taken at a magical sim, the Beguiled Art Gallery, and my targeted couple for love was in plain sight….once hit with the bow they were Love Struck!

Angel of Angel Dessous Feb 2013, Gloria Silverstone Angel of Angel Dessous Feb 2013=close-up, Gloria Silverstone

The coldLogic Anniversary Celebration Poster contest grand prize winner will receive all new releases until February 1, 2014.  For my entry, I paired the coldLogic anniversary mesh dress in black & white, and used a vintage rose sweater as a pull over (free item at the sample sale room @NYC).  To highlight spring, I wore suede boots and handbag in dusty pink, and a beaded floral fascinator.  I wanted to capture a college girl who planned a weekend trip to the big city for museum and shopping.

ColdLogic Poster Contest, Gloria Silverstone ColdLogic Poster Contest #2, Gloria Silverstone

The I “Love New York” City hunt sweepstakes grand prize is a 2 week stay in a posh New York City Loft.  The object of the contest is to feature hunt items from the Golden Heart hunt.  The Golden Heart hunt had 14 hearts hidden around the sim (14L for 14 days between 2/15 – 2/28).  I was not able to find all the hunt items but I think the gifts will remain hidden because I was able to find someGolden Apples from the December hunt.  The New York City sim is very realistic with tons of areas to use for photo backdrops, new stores to explore, and a sample sale room with exclusive items.

Gloria wakes in her NYC loft and enjoys a cup of morning joe while wearing the red nightie and slippers from Apple May (hunt gifts).

Red Nightie in the morning, Gloria Silverstone

Excited to explore the city, Gloria slips into the Beusy sweater dress (hunt gift) and pairs it with Chop Zuey Pretty Kitty jewelry set, Ploom dipped blond buns,B!asta lavender belt, and The Apple canvas bag (hunt gift). The wonder and joy of the city takes over and Gloria hops on the swings, slides down the slide and sight-sees by the pier.

Sweater dress on swing set, Gloria Silverstone Sightseeing on the pier, Gloria Silverstone

Wanting to tour more of NYC, Gloria changes into the Horns & Halos whimsical Minnie Mouse crop top (hunt gift), Purple Moon red skinny jeans, and heads for the subway.   Next stop MoMA!

Subway exit, Gloria Silverstone Park bench Minnie & Me, Gloria Silverstone

An afternoon exploring and sightseeing in New York City, leads Gloria back to the mission at hand, shopping and gallery visits. Spotting the LOVE sculpture from Robert Indiana, Gloria flies high above the city with her heart balloons while donning the {le fil casse} Queen of hearts pink dress (hunt gift), PM Mara suede boots in Old Pink and Frozen Dew jewelry set in Pink.  I also wore the Pididdleceramic floral fascintaor from the Golden Apple hunt that completes the look.  Dinner is next on the agenda.

Love & Balloons, Gloria Silverstone Hearts dress on bench, Gloria Silverstone

As evening draws near, Gloria changes into the Paper Doll simple and sexy LBD (hunt gift), paired with {{{BSD Design Studio}}} Art Deco necklace (hunt gift), PM red sunglasses, and Pididdle beaded fascinator. I had a wonderful weekend getaway with fun shopping trips, exploring new sims and a great hunt that I highly suggest you partake in. Good luck!

Black Dress with necklace Close-up of necklace

Finesmith Valentine Hunt

Finesmith Jewelry is having a Valentine hunt until the end of the month, February 28, 2013. There are 16 hidden hearts priced from 0L to 100L.  Personally, I like to preview the hunt items before I spend my time and money hunting for them.  So, below I have taken snapshots of each collection to give you a better idea of the gifts.

First up and my favorite, the Love Nugget set includes red hearts and flowers necklace (heart #5), matching corsage bracelet (heart #9), ring (heart #9) and stud rose earrings (heart #1).  I am wearing Truth January hair in Chocberry.

Love Nugget Set

Next, is the Heartfelt collection: necklace (heart #14), stacked bangles (heart #8) and drop earrings (heart #4).  Three color options are include in each piece, silver with red stone, gold with black stone and black with purple. I paired this set with Truth Hollana hair special priced for 88L at Collabor88.  I had never been to Collabor88 but when I received a notice from Truth Hair that one of their styles were priced so low, I run and purchased this hair in a number of colors. Normally, Truth hair in 250L, so this is a super steal for an adorable hair. I purchased a few other items at Collabor88 and will post an article shortly.

Heartfelt Set

Warning: when wearing the Valentine necklace (heart #16) there is no denying your true feelings. This large display of affection comes in oxidized, copper (worn), gold & silver.

Valentine Heart Necklace

Drops of gold and regal flair will be yours when wearing the next collection, Dark Love. This collection also comes in matte silver and black. I paired the necklace (heart # 11), chandelier earrings (heart # 7), and tiara (heart # 15) with the Touch of Love in Gold Ruby ring (heart #2) and Love Spell hair sticks in Gold (heart # 6). Dark Love Set

And, finally an avant garde costume collection, Hot Red. The necklace (heart # 10), earrings (heart # 13), bracelet (heart # 3) and crown (heart #12) have large shaped hearts falling off of thin silver cords. Hot Red setI also wanted to show you a few group gifts and specials I picked up when I was hunting at Finesmith. The first photo is the Valentine group gift, Love Angel in Gold with fab wing details and a very cool bracelet. Membership for Finesmith is 365L.  Next, is another group gift the Mixed Copper Necklace.  And, finally a 55 Thursday special, Love Doesn’t Grow collection.  I fell in love with this artist branch necklace and wish Yula would make more piece like this one. Please note the necklace is called Love is In the Details and the earrings are Love Doesn’t Grow on Tree, although there are corresponding necklaces and earrings they are not on sale. I splurged and purchased the Love Doesn’t Grow Bracelet pictured below. The background was The Cold Winter Night hunt item from Katink with 10 textures for 10L. Most of the poses are from WetCat’s Carmen set.

Valentine Group Gift, Love Angel

Mixed Copper-Group Gift

Love Doesn't grow on tree- 55 thursday

Love Doesn't Grow w:bracelet

Valentine Day specials

Valentine’s Day is a tomorrow and it can be expensive both in RL and SL. As you have come to know, I love bargain shopping and hunting for great finds.  I have a number of items you ladies can wear during the day and night with your special someone.

First up, Purple Moon’s Cupid Arrow hunt item, Love Me Tender tunic and leggings, perfect for a stroll in the park with your loved one.  This fun, young look was accompanied with Madrid Solo February group gift, past Finesmith specials and free Valentine nails from Poisoned Apples, available at the Womenstuff Lounge (50L join fee).

PM Cupid Arrow Hunt itemMadrid Solo make-up

Next up is a sweet and sassy mini dress from Unforgettable Temptations, the hunt gift from the Hugs & Kisses hunt.  I used LollipopZ hair and Blacklace Beauty Valentine gift make-up to complete the look.  The beach house and Valentine decor are from For the Love of…Home hunt, I will blog more about this hunt later.

Hugs & kisses dressBlacklace beauty close-up

Another great Valentine gift is Morea’s red and white polka-dot two piece skirt & blouse outfit (Morea is free to join).  I paired the outfit with Zuri’s Jewelry, Victoria Lace Hearts set, which was a hunt gift.  I used Madrid Solo male February group gift, Ali & Ali hair and an adorable bistro set from a hunt.

Morea giftMadrid Solo male close-up

While making Valentine’s and reading love letters, I relaxed in B!asta Stop Picking on Me hunt gift from The Stupid Cupid hunt.  I paired free Catwa punk pink roaring 20’s hair, Vogue’s dog tag necklace (February group gift) and G Force plum Mary Jane to complete the look. The Making Valentine table was a gift from the For The Love of …Home hunt. B!asta hunt item Catwa hair, close-up

As dust falls on SL, I slipped into Gizza February group gift, a darling red and white printed cocktail dress with matching boots trimmed in the same fabric. I paired the cocktail dress with Chop Zuey Love’s Coming choker, earrings, ring and Cheri-Amour bracelet (all items are gifts for Valentine’s Day).  The Love’s Coming earrings and bracelet are free for non-member, and the other pieces are exclusive for Chop Zuey members.

Gizza group giftChop Zuey V-Day gifts

Elegant, romances and a touch of mystery surrounds me as I dance the night away in Purple Moon’s Amore in Red, a Valentine group gift.  Only Chop Zuey’s Love Coming set could emphasize the beauty of this stunning PM gown.

PM Amore GownChop Zuey w:PM gownAnd finally to close the lovely day filled with amour, I change into a sweet pink with white heart nightie from Sakide, the Cupid Arrow hunt gift. Sweet dreams and happy hunting!

Sakide cupid arrow hunt itemI hope I have illustrated that you can celebrate the holiday without spending a lot of money, plus you might find a few hidden gems along the way!