Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Down to the Beach

Down to the Beach
by Sylvia Chidi

Down to the beach
Down to the beach
On a sunny day we go

Beach bags packed with sun screen lotions
Hands rubbing people’s backs in slow motion
Glistening oily bodies radiating with sensation

Down to the beach
Down to the beach
Where a chilly sea breeze blows


Let’s have some fun
In the red-hot sun

Down to the beach
Only there the ladies reveal saucy behinds
Whenever the raging sun is still kind

Down to the beach
As never-ceasing waves play across the shores
People happily play dreading any rainy downpour


Down to the beach
Where young lovers closely nestle
As sand creatures cause the sand to bristle
Seagulls gliding in the air with screams and whistles
Kids picking up shells and building stormy sand castles

Down to the beach
Where mostly good vibes flow
Down to the beach
We go whilst there is still sun without snow

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Top:  Fi's Creations - LOOM Poncho Cape M - red/floral [rare] by Fiona Scorfield
New Gacha item

Shoes:  Lindy Lexie Tawny (pair)(cc) by Delinda Abbot of Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes
For system avatars and SLink mid feet; sock color change hud
Find them at the January DESIGNER SHOWCASE.

Leggings:  *League* Merino Leggings -MidCalf -Cream

Hair:  booN NMR122 hair brown (group gift)

Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes - Ice

Make-up:  [LB Kissable Cream Lips] Set 2 - Indian Red 1
Amacci - Runway Blush Tattoo - Red  (medium)
Izzie's - Autumn Eyeshadow brown


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Friday, December 25, 2015

Who Is April Sue?

(disclaimer:  This is a different kind of blog post.  Read at your own risk!)

Who Is April Sue?

I am the same person on the inside as a real life person named Carol Anne. The difference is only visual.  Like many people, I come to SL to feed my creative spirit and to enjoy a world where my arthritis and aging body don't hold me back.

Here in SL I work to earn a few extra lindens, but also to enrich my soul.  I love helping people and dressing up.  I love helping designers sell their clothing.  To me, if just one person buys an outfit I've modeled or blogged, then I am as happy as a pig rolling around in mud.

I don't usually enter pageants or contests.  The judging is by nature subjective, and we all have our own opinions and biases.  If care is not taken, the confidence of the contestant can be destroyed.  I'm into raising people up, not tearing them down.  However ...

I trust the people behind MMI (Mr and Miss Model International) and love the concept of MMI ... the being yourself part.  I love constructive criticism, which is what I seek here.  Always trying to improve my skills and become the best model and representative of this creative industry that I can be, I am entering simply as a means of receiving the feedback and the joy of challenging myself again.

So here I am.  Just me.  Just April Sue, aka Carol Anne.  Just an older woman who loves this world where we can be anyone, do anything, and create our own worlds and destinies.  And the most important benefit of all?  Meeting REAL people and making friends from around the world.  

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This is April Sue - ME - on a typical day in SL. 
You will find me scrambling to style an outfit so that I can produce a blog post that might make someone want to go buy that designer's clothing or hair or shoes etc.
So I chose this casual yet stylish outfit to wear for my pictures, as well as the short hair that I love.
Also I chose a background that makes me happy.


In real life I don't live in a typically snow country environment, so here in SL I can spend my days exploring the world that isn't in my RL. 
I love casual clothing that is a bit funky, with jewelry that makes a statement.
Yet, I also like to throw in bits of classy jewelry (such as the diamond earrings in these pics).

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Outfit:  
Ghee Fall15 Carbon Draped Cardigan & Blouse
Ghee Fall15 Carbon Suede Legging Boots

Jewelry:
FINESMITH- GEULA - NECKLACE
Diamond Drop Earrings from Chop Zuey

Hair:
*ARGRACE* MAKOTO / Women - Mocha

Shape is my own.

Skin from Belleza

Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.3 - Casual

Eyes:
IKON Hope Eyes - Black

Makeup:
-Glam Affair - Elit Lipstick - 11
Amacci - Runway Blush Tattoo - Red
KOSH- DARK STYLE EYESHADOW -sorrow-




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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Le Bel Arc Topaze

Snowpaws and Zuri Jewelry!!
What more could a girl want?





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Dress:  Snowpaws Courant Bow Gown in Topaz - Carrie Snowpaw

Shoes:  Pure Poison - Kaia Pumps Silver for Maitreya  Medium Feet

Jewelry:  Zuri - Vintage Pearls Elite Collection V1 - Zuri Rayna
Zuri Jewelry~ LeVian Diamond/Platinum Engagement Ring - Zuri Rayna

Hair:  enVOGUE Hair - Alice

Body:  Maitreya Mesh Body - Lara V3.4

Skin:  Glam Affair - Romy -  America

Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes - Black

Make-up:  ! Face Paint Roxie Lip 6
!Face Paint Couture Eye Gray
Amacci - Runway Blush Tattoo - Pink (medium)
Eye Candi Makeup - Blush - Pink

Nails:  Nailed It - Maitreya - Autumn Nights Set - Turquoise

KaTink - Photo Studio 1.0

Poseanywhere 2.5

AnyPose Expression v1.0

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Frozen Lakes

The Frozen Lakes 

The lakes are frozen again.
They look like silver glass.
The cold winds from the north do blow
and another winter must pass.


The life that's under this wintry scene
conserves its energy.
It awaits the warmer approach of spring
to lift this canopy.


And when it feels the crackling ice
and the warmth of the sun
it will rise to the surface in its annual search
for food to overcome
the stillness it's known in the deepest water
that now seems to be done.


Life returns to the lakes again
as the ice does disappear.
The water comes alive again
and once again we hear
its life. 
-- Edwina Reizer

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Dress:  Roots & Wings'  Frozen Wings Gown by  Eliza Cabassoun

Shoes:  N-core Stiletto "White" for SLink high feet

Jewelry:  Zuri Rayna~Ava Collection V2 Elite (Metal-Gemchange)

Hair:  ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh Elsa

Skin:  .::WoW Skins::. Melodia Milk

Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes - Ice

Make-Up:  ! Face Paint Bronze Terracotta Blush 
Madrid Solo- All That Glitters- Silver 
Silken Moon Hanami 
{MUA} - Lipstick - Winter - 2

Nails:  Hello Dave - Nail Appliers - Winter Shades 2015 Gloss

{anc} flottante puppies. milk



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Friday, December 11, 2015

Toyah in the City

The City's Love

For one brief golden moment rare like wine, 
The gracious city swept across the line; 


Oblivious of the color of my skin, 
Forgetting that I was an alien guest,  


She bent to me, my hostile heart to win, 
Caught me in passion to her pillowy breast; 


The great, proud city, seized with a strange love, 
Bowed down for one flame hour my pride to prove.  
-- Poem by Claude McKay

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Dress:  {AnaMarkova} Toyah Rouge 
(available now at Designer Showcase)

Shoes:  {AnaMarkova}Toyah Chain Heels Rouge for SLink high feet
(available now at Designer Showcase)

Purse:  [hh] Almila Handbag Carbon by Hilly Haalan Fashions


Hair:  *Dura-Girl*30 (Black)

Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes - Storm

Make-Up:  Izzie's - Fuyu Lipstick blaze
.:: BEAUTIFUL DELUXE ::. KITTEN Eyeliner (Black)
.:Glamorize:. Radiant Light - Silver
Amacci - Runway Blush Tattoo - Red  (medium)



Windlight:  Fairy blue (Paulina)

Background Texture:   <JT>FABULOUS STUDIO BACKGROUND - <JT> 8  (Jessie's Textures)


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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

That's Amore

(In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl here's what they say)

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That's amore
When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine
That's amore


Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you'll sing "Vita bella"
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella


When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool
That's amore
When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You're in love


When you walk in a dream but you know you're not
Dreaming seniore
Scuzza me, but you see, back in old Napoli
That's amore
 

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DESIGNER SHOWCASE

Dress:  [LIZ] Mesh Naava dress (available at Designer Showcase)
([LIZ]] Mainstore)

Shoes:  Maitreya Gold *Black* Laud Boots (for Maitreya and SLink high feet)

Jewelry:  Zuri Rayna~ Noel Set-Aqua Opal/Topaz (necklace & earrings)
Zuri Jewelry~ LeVian Diamond/Platinum Engagement Ring

Hair:  enVOGUE HAIR - Layka - Dark Greys

Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes - Clarity

Maitreya Mesh Body - Lara

Make-Up:  ! Face Paint Killer Liner 1
Izzie's - Fuyu Lipstick blaze
.:: BEAUTIFUL DELUXE ::. KITTEN Eyeliner (Black)
Amacci - Runway Blush Tattoo - Red  (light)

PoseAnywhere 2.5

Location with various windlight setttings:  Santa Maria dell'isola Italy, Timeless Memories

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Wanderer

Oh well, I'm the type of guy who will never settle down
Where pretty girls are well, you know that I'm around
I kiss 'em and I love 'em 'cause to me they're all the same
I hug 'em and I squeeze 'em they don't even know my name


Oh well, there's Flo on my left and there's Mary on my right
And Janie is the girl that I'll be with tonight
And when she asks me, which one I love the best?
I tear open my shirt I got Rosie on my chest


'Cause I'm the wanderer
Yeah, the wanderer
I roam around, around, around

(Yes, I knew the wanderer at every skating rink I ever went to when I was young.)

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Outfit:  Fi's Creations - KEEP ME WARM Sweater (comes with six color on each hud)
Fi's Creations - MORGAN Denim Pants dark blue (has three color versions)

Skates:  N-core SKATES "White" (Ice&Roller)
Available now at KUSTOM9.

Jewelry:  Zuri Rayna- Grey Leather Bracelet-Green Boulder Opal
Zuri's Eternal Love, Ladies Engagement Ring - Marquis/Diamond

Hair:  [LeLutka]-BILLIE hair - WalnutWhip (headband changes colors on touch)

Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes - Clarity

Make-Up:  ! Face Paint Audrey ll 1 lips
!Silken Moon Signature Blush Glamorous
Blacklace Beauty Delicate Eyeshadow Water

Location:  [BT] Rink - Roller Skating Rink - SKATE TOWN

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Girl, You Give Me Vertigo!

You give me vertigo, vertigo
The bed, the floor, the kitchen
Don't really matter long as I get
Vertigo, vertigo


I'm tucked, all bottled inside
You're a bad baby, you're making me sweat
Tell me that it's cool that I'm stuck on you
Like your birthday suit
You give me vertigo, vertigo


You give me vertigo, vertigo
The bed, the floor, the kitchen
Don't really matter long as I get
Vertigo, that vertigo


Say you give me vertigo, vertigo
Baby, oh
Vertigo, vertigo
Say you give me
Say you give me
Vertigo, that vertigo

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Dress:  after.spring ~ Liana Mini Dress 1D
and after.spring ~ Liana Size Neck Corset
(after.spring ~ new location)

Boots:  .:KC:. ZEPHORA high boots for SLink high feet

Gloves:  Sweet Tea Formal Gloves  Black

Hair:  enVOGUE HAIR - Layka
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Auro/142/200/23

Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes - Black

Make-Up:  Amacci - Runway Blush Tattoo - Mauve (strong)
Madrid Solo- All That Glitters- Silver
{MUA} - MakeUp Set - Kattaca - Eyes Only
{MUA} - MakeUp Set - Kattaca - Line Only
{MUA} - MakeUp Set - Space - Lips Only

KaTink - Photo Studiio 1.0

KaTink - Retro Burst 7 texture

Poses: *PosESioN*

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Peace on Earth 8

The Peace on Earth 8 Hunt is on!
Between December 1st and January 9th,
visit one of the two stores featured below 
and click on the POE 8 hunt poster.
A list of participating stores will be revealed!


Featured here are two of the hunt items:
The Arum Lily dress from Snowpaws
and the Peace on Earth 2015 bracelet from Zuri's.


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PEACE ON EARTH 8
December 1st, 2015 - January 9th, 2016
Simply click the globe (Hint Giver) for your clue

Dress:  Snowpaws - Arum Lily Dress - Peace on Earth 8

Shoes:  VG LOS ANGELES WHITE

Jewelry:  Zuri's Eternal Love, Ladies Engagement Ring - Marquis/Diamond
Zuri Jewelry- Peace on Earth 2015 Bracelet-Elite
Zuri Rayna - Miss Metaverse vintage Pearl Diamond collection - choker, earrings, bracelet and ring

Hair:  enVOGUE Hair - Renesmee

Eyes:  IKON  Hope Eyes - Moor

Make-Up:  Izzie's - Fuyu Lipstick blaze
.:: BEAUTIFUL DELUXE ::. KITTEN Eyeliner (Black)
Eye Candi Makeup - Blush - Berry
Izzie's - Glitter Eye Make-Up silver sparkly

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Parisienne Walkways

I remember Paris in '49.
The Champs Elysee, San Michelle
And old Beauolais wine.


And I recall that you were mine
In those Parisienne days.


Looking back at the photographs.
Those summer days spent outside corner cafes.
Oh, I could write you paragraphs,
About my old Parisienne days.
- Gary Moore lyrics

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Dress:  Fi's Creations - Parisienne Dress in reds HUD

Shoes:  Fi's Creations - Parisienne Slingbacks for SLink high feet - reds HUD

Jewelry:  !IT! - Majestique set w/ necklace & earrings

Hair:  NO.MATCH - NO.ANGEL 

Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes - Storm

Make-Up:  !Face Paint Smoked Beauty 3

Nails:  ghee Essential Nails HUD [SLINK] Scarlet Woman: Applying ghee Red Matte 2



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Monday, November 16, 2015

Ask Me No More

Ask me no more: the moon may draw the sea; 
The cloud may stoop from heaven and take the shape, 
With fold to fold, of mountain or of cape;
But O too fond, when have I answer'd thee? 
Ask me no more. 


Ask me no more: what answer should I give? 
I love not hollow cheek or faded eye: 
Yet, O my friend, I will not have thee die! 
Ask me no more, lest I should bid thee live; 
Ask me no more. 


Ask me no more: thy fate and mine are seal'd: 
I strove against the stream and all in vain: 
Let the great river take me to the main: 


No more, dear love, for at a touch I yield; 
Ask me no more. 
-- Alfred Lord Tennyson


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Dress:  Snowpaws - Estree Rouge Gown

Shoes:  Snowpaws - Pigalle Shoes - Red Brocade

Jewelry:  Zuri Rayna~Sari Elite Collection

Hair:  enVOGUE HAIR - Melissa

Eyes:  IKON Destiny Eyes - Cerulean

Make-Up:  .:: BEAUTIFUL DELUXE ::. AMANTE SMUDGE EYELINER (Romance)
Izzie's - Ginevra Lipstick dark red (natural+sunkissed)

Nails:  Hello Dave: Slink Avatar Enhancement- High Gloss Reds (F): Applying 30 

LUMIPro 2016 Beta3

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Little Bitty Pretty One

Little bitty pretty one
Come on and talk-a to me
A-lovey dovey dovey one
Come sit down on my knee


Tell you a story
Happened long time ago
A-little bitty pretty one
I've been watchin' you grow


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Dress:  :KR:  Giana Sweaterdress w/Color hud 

Skin & Shape:  .::ISBJ::. Melanie - Illuminae Tones & Shape (comes with appliers)

Shoes:  [hh] Frances Ankle Heels Vermilion for SLink high feet

Jewelry:  Izzie's - Red Stone Necklace

Hair:  ""D!va"" Hair "Sayaka3" (Type B)(Onyx)

Eyes:  IKON Perspective Eyes - Gold

Nails:  Hello Dave: Slink Avatar Enhancement- High Gloss Reds (F): Applying 27



*PosESioN* Poses

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Frozen Rose

Red Rosé! Frozen! 
Roses by the dozen
Cold start
Petals encrusted holding ones heart. 


Red Rose! Frozen! 
Roses by the dozen
Love symbol
Legs shake! Tremble


Red Rose! Frozen! 
Roses by the dozen
Caught forever in picture
Frozen love richer


Red Rose! Frozen! 
Roses by the dozen
Petals so soft and delicate
Iced in perfect art. 
-- Robert Green


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Dress:  Roots & Wings Frozen Roses Dress

Shoes:  Roots & Wings Frozen Roses Peeptoe Heels for SLink mid feet

Jewelry:  MG -Necklace - Karina Court  - Short;  Earrings
and Ring
Zuri Jewelry~ LeVian Diamond/Platinum Engagement Ring 

Hair: [LeLutka]-SALOME hair - FireTop

Eyes:  IKON Destiny Eyes - Parchment

Make-Up:  ! Face Paint SweetPea 6 navy 
Contour Blush - Pink Mid

Nails:   Alyce - Slink Finger Nail Polish - 2 - Random: Applying X4


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

She Works Hard for the Money

She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.


Nine a.m. on the hour hand
And she's waiting for the bell.
And she's looking real pretty.
She's waiting for her clientele.


She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.

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!Finale Couture and Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes @ Designer Showcase

Dress:  !Finale Couture Maxine Knit Dress - Brown

Boots:  Lindy Karla Nude

Jewelry:  Zuri Rayna~ Genuine Creme Pearls Necklace & Earrings

Hair:  enVOGUE HAIR - Nicole

Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes - Clarity

Make-up:  ! Face Paint Bronze Copper
Eye Candi Makeup - Blush - Russet (Dark)

Nails:  Alyce - Slink Finger Nail Polish - 2 - Random: Applying F5


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A New Beginning

I'll be your dream, I'll be your wish, I'll be your fantasy.
I'll be your hope, I'll be your love, be everything that you need.


I love you more with every breath, truly madly deeply do
I will be strong, I will be faithful 'cause I'm counting on a new beginning.
A reason for living. A deeper meaning.


I want to stand with you on a mountain,
I want to bathe with you in the sea.
I want to lay like this forever,
Until the sky falls down on me


I'll be your dream, I'll be your wish, I'll be your fantasy.
I'll be your hope, I'll be your love, be everything that you need.
I'll love you more with every breath, truly madly deeply do
-- assorted lyrics, Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden

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Outfit --
Top:  GizzA - Cardigan with T-shirt / Female [Natural]
Shorts:  GizzA - Annie Pleated Short [Black - Blue]

Boots:  :KR: Goddess Thigh Boots - All Colors Hud

Jewelry:  Meva Safari Necklace
:: No Cabide :: Mesh Ring -  Right

Hair:  .:EMO-tions:. * WINDBLOWN 8 *

Eyes:  IKON Destiny Eyes - Cerulean

Make-Up:  Izzie's - Autumn Eyeshadow brown
Izzie's - Cat Eyeliner
Sienna Lip Tattoo by ATIA's

Nails:  ghee Essential Nails HUD [SLINK] Boudoir Collection: Applying ghee Noir Matte 


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Monday, November 9, 2015

Lady in Red

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There's nobody here, it's just you and me,


The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There's nobody here, it's just you and me,


I'll never forget the way you look tonight

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Dress:  GizzA - Desi Cocktail Dress in Red

Shoes:  [hh] Frances Ankle Heels Vermilion for SLink high feet

Jewelry:  [MANDALA]KYARA/Desert - earrings
[MANDALA]KYARA-BANGLE/Serengeti bangles

Zuri Jewelry~ LeVian Diamond/Platinum Engagement Ring

Hair:  enVOGUE HAIR - Nicole

Eyes:  IKON Utopia Eyes - Deep Yellow

Make-up:  Izzie's - Fuyu Lipstick blaze
KOSH- SHIMMERY & SMOKE EYESHADOW -red-
Eyeliner - Nubian 8
Contour Blush - Red Mid



Various Windlights

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Dream...

A private jet to Paris
Selfie at Eiffel tower

 

Catwalk on a runway
Pose for a magazine


Celebrate with caviar
Jet lag... eyes closed
Snoring on the bed


A happening dream
Sweet success starts 
         with
first... a dream.
-- Sharina Saad



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Dress:  Fi's Creations - CHOCOLATE Dress 
Gift for the "Spooky Night Hunt", presented by Firestorm
•   Duration of the hunt : 31.October - 30.November
•   I believe there are 4 or 5 sims, and the hunt is going on on their sims
•   Hunt object is a skull
•   Fi's Creations Hint : i am on top of a huge cave, surrounded by trees 
•   I do not have a LM of the Landing point, i believe it's this.
•   Their website link is this.

Shoes:  [VM] VERO MODERO /  Fall Booties

Jewelry:  Zuri Rayna~ Chamille Chocolate/Mocha Necklace, Earrings & Bracelet
Zuri Jewelry~ LeVian Diamond/Platinum Engagement Ring

Hair:  .:EMO-tions:. * SHELLY *

Eyes:  IKON Destiny Eyes - Cerulean

Sunglasses:  GizzA - Oversized Cat-Eye Sunglasses [Floral Relief] On Hand

Make-up:  ! Face Paint Bronze Brown
Izzie's - Fuyu Lipstick mocha

Nails:  A:S:S - Slink fingernails -Precious 2: 2



Location:  L'Amour Productions, L'Amour Nexus University of Fashion

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Coming Home

I'm coming home
I'm coming home
Tell the world I'm coming home


Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits and they've forgiven my mistakes


I'm coming home, I'm coming home
Tell the world that I'm coming
-- from Coming Home by Diddy – Dirty Money

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Outfit:  {AnaMarkova}Amber Set in Onyx for Designer Showcase

Pose and Props:  {NANTRA} Seattle-Bound for Designer Showcase
{NANTRA} Main Store

Shoes:  *PROMAGIC* DopeUp -Black - for SLink high feet

Jewelry:  Zuri Rayna- Asha Mesh Earrings Embossed Sterling

Hair:  *ARGRACE* MAKOTO / Women - Classy Brown

Nails:  ghee Essential Nails HUD [SLINK] Scarlet Woman: Applying ghee Red Matte 2

Eyes:  IKON Destiny Eyes - Parchment

Make-Up:  !Face Paint Couture Eye Gray
!Face Paint Smoked Beauty 5

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