Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Either coffee or a beautiful monster, you pick!

For the past couple of days my energy level has been at an all time low and all I want to do is camp out in bed or on the sofa and watch movies all day.  Which, if you have been following along for a bit, you know that is just not possible in my life!  Luckily today was a late start for the boys, which means I got to sleep in for a little while, and didn't have to rush.  After dropping them off at 10 I decided to take a drive for a cup of coffee and along the way decided to do a bit of Pokémon hunting, yes I have fallen prey to the game.  I decided to try and see what my guys would do in a gym, and without the boys to help me celebrate, I won!  Now this may seem like no big deal to the majority of the world, especially to those who haven't succumbed to the little bastards yet, but I was all kinds of excited and just might have called my best friend to brag, who, by the way, thinks I am a total and complete nut.  With a bit of a spring in my step I grabbed a coffee and came home to get to work on blogging, organizing and SHOPPING, since I seem to have had no time to pick up anything for myself this month.  I picked up a few cute things, which I will be showing off either later today or tomorrow, but first I just had to share this amazing jewelry set from Virtual Diva with you all.

I am wearing the Majestic Collection, in Onyx Mix and as you can tell, they are gorgeous, large pieces perfect for those end of the Summer low cut dresses.  Each piece is wonderfully created with an amazing attention to detail, making them a perfect addition to your jewelry box.  When I first came back to SL I stumbled onto Shakeup! cosmetics who I am happy to say have continued to follow the trends into mesh heads making these STUNNING glossy, dark red lips for LeLutka heads.  The sets comes in a variety of shades, often in at least two different palettes so take the time and head on over to the store and check out all the different appliers, I am sure you will be surprised!

The Fashion Details
Head - LeLutka

Skin - DeeTaleZ

Eyes - IKON - Triumph - Silverleaf

Hair - .Shi. - Valiant

Lips - Shakeup! - Anja Gloss for LeLutka - Dark Palette

Jewelry - Virtual Diva - Majestic Collection - Onyx Mix

Top - i'piteme - Anna Fringe Halter Top - Tons of colors to choose from, as well as Crocheted or Solid

The Décor Details
Build - unKindness - Modern Retreat

Art, Chair - unKindness - Modern Bleak Set

Clock - unKindness - Chic Wall Clocks

Have a wonderfully wicked rest of your day and remember to always stay true to your style and make today's trends in fashion and home décor work for you!

Monday, August 22, 2016

"The horizon leans forward, Offering you space to place new steps of change." Maya Angelou

The day has slipped away from me and it's almost time to go and pick up the teenagers from school and head home for a busy evening with the family, as usual.  But I find my mind today focused on the world around me and all of the turmoil and my heart is a bit heavy, to be honest, and my voice is hard to find today, which means I will look to someone else to express everything on my mind.  So take a moment, and read these words from the inspiring Maya Angelou and look to the horizon and take the steps to change, as the rock, the river and the tree call out.

The Rock Cries Out to Us Today - Poem by Maya Angelou

A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Mark the mastodon.
The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.
But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow.
I will give you no hiding place down here.
You, created only a little lower than
The angels, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness,
Have lain too long
Face down in ignorance.
Your mouths spelling words
Armed for slaughter.
The rock cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide your face.
Across the wall of the world,
A river sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.
Each of you a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.
Your armed struggles for profit
Have left collars of waste upon
My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.
Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
If you will study war no more.
Come, clad in peace and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I
And the tree and stone were one.
Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your brow
And when you yet knew you still knew nothing.
The river sings and sings on.
There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing river and the wise rock.
So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew,
The African and Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek,
The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,
The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
The privileged, the homeless, the teacher.
They hear. They all hear
The speaking of the tree.
Today, the first and last of every tree
Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the river.
Plant yourself beside me, here beside the river.
Each of you, descendant of some passed on
Traveller, has been paid for.
You, who gave me my first name,
You Pawnee, Apache and Seneca,
You Cherokee Nation, who rested with me,
Then forced on bloody feet,
Left me to the employment of other seekers-
Desperate for gain, starving for gold.
You, the Turk, the Swede, the German, the Scot...
You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru,
Bought, sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmare
Praying for a dream.
Here, root yourselves beside me.
I am the tree planted by the river,
Which will not be moved.
I, the rock, I the river, I the tree
I am yours- your passages have been paid.
Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage,
Need not be lived again.
Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.
Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands.
Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Lift up your hearts.
Each new hour holds new chances
For new beginnings.
Do not be wedded forever
To fear, yoked eternally
To brutishness.
The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out upon me,
The rock, the river, the tree, your country.
No less to Midas than the mendicant.
No less to you now than the mastodon then.
Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes,
Into your brother's face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope
Good morning.

The Fashion Details

Have a wonderfully wicked rest of your day and remember to always stay true to your style and make today's trends in fashion and home décor work for you!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

So much to do and so little time to do it in

The final countdown has begun for me to be out of my townhouse permanently and all of the sudden it seems like there is so much to do, and so little time to do it in that I have started to silently panic!  Today I got to take a breather and have breakfast with my Mom, which we really never get to do anymore, and it was a lovely break from the normal hustle and bustle of my days, but now I feel like I lost the whole day and it's almost time to pick the boys up from school.  I honestly don't know how I am going to get it all done before the end of the month, so next month all we have to worry about is the garage sale, cleaning the carpets and getting the place cleaned, but one way or another it will all be finished on time, no matter how many late nights it takes!  Which of course, you can imagine this means I will be a tad bit busy this month with juggling two houses, the boys and school and of course my blogging, which we know is a serious stress reliever for me, but I am always up for a challenge!  If there happen to be a few posts where I don't talk much, at least my dedicated readers will know why, since we all know I love to blabber!

For those of you South of the Equator, I know you are having dreams of Spring, and for those of us where the temperatures are starting to drop, the patio is becoming more frequently used which means everyone needs a few new things to finish off your decor.  Kaerri has released the Koloa collection in the store, which is available as a set at 50% off, or as individual pieces.  I love the very tropical feel of this collection, especially the lush plants and the table is AMAZING, with every piece tied together in glorious detail.  Do yourself a favor and head on by the store today, you won't be disappointed!

The Decor Details
Pergola - Pixel Mode - Garden Pergola @ FaMESHed

Plants, Chairs, Fountain, Table, Hedges - Kaerri - Koloa Patio
Available as a set at 50% off or as individual items

Have a wonderfully wicked rest of your day and remember to always stay true to your style and make today's trends in fashion and home decor work for you!