Friday, September 16, 2016

Writing the next chapter

“Life is like a book. Some chapters are sad, some are happy and some are exciting, but if you never turn the page, you will never know what the next chapter has in store for you.” Seline Shenoy
I think one of the hardest things to do in life is to move on; to be able to turn the page on where we are and continue with the story.  When we are down and out, with little or no hope in sight it's easy to move on to the next chapter of our lives, but when things are going great and we are on top of the world, the last thing we want to do is shut the book, douse the light and say goodbye, no one does.  But I have always loved the surprises, no matter if they are good or bad, I simply enjoy the unexpected twists and turns, the plot twists, because they always add a bit of excitement to the adventure; the kind of excited you get on a roller coaster, where fear and elation run hand and hand together laughing maniacally.  As life would have it, my recent ride on cloud nine has been suddenly darkened by a health crisis of pretty epic proportions and I find myself turning to Seline Shenoy's blog, The Dream Catcher.  I have been a follower of hers for quite some time now, and when I find myself wanting to simply lay my book open on the end table with the last sentence of the chapter unread, or flipping through pages trying to skip to the last line, overly ready to see what happens next, I click her blog and once again remind myself of how to move on to the next chapter in my life.  Do yourself a favor and take a trip by her blog and do a little reading, I have a feeling you will stay awhile.

The Book of Daniel event opened on the 10th and runs through the 20th to help benefit Daniel Estro of Zerkalo.  Here is the information provided on the Facebook page for the event.
Daniel Estro, 29 years old, (co-owner of Zerkalo, Shiny Shabby and The Crossroads) has cancer and desperately needs our help. The fight for his life began when doctors discovered a malignant tumor in his brain, about 7 centimeters in diameter. Daniel underwent life-threatening surgery to remove the tumor. The surgery went well. However, several weeks later what was left of the tumor spread throughout his brain and started affecting his brain function.. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy as well as radiotherapy. He is fighting as hard as he can to survive but as many of you might know, fighting cancer is very expensive. We have been trying our absolute best to help them financially and we still are. But we need your help. We are doing everything humanly possible and it’s just not enough. We need your help.

Please help us save him. If you find the kindness in your heart to help, you will be saving not one life but two. His RL/SL wife, Anais, is 28 years old and Daniel is all she has. Zerkalo was their only source of income and Anais is unable to work without Daniel because he was the brand’s designer and mesh creator. They are so young and in love. They are two pieces of one whole, they give meaning to each other's stories, and one cannot exist without the other. Please help us support these wonderful people in every way that we can. They could have their whole lives ahead of them, and it’s up to us whether they do or not. Even the smallest bit of help will make an enormous difference, so please remember what you do will help save two beautiful lives.

We know that to you they might be strangers or just someone you have seen from afar here and there, but just like you and I, they are two real people facing very difficult obstacles, and needing all the help in the world.

Help today, for tomorrow you might be the one who needs it!
With the move going on, I still managed to run over to the event to check things out and trust me, you will be amazed at all the fantastic offerings from so many of the grids top designers and your Lindens will be flying out of your wallet, but you get to feel good about it this time!  I absolutely adore this sweater dress from *COCO* available at the event with it's chic high necked, high hemline design, very reminiscent of the 1960's, which means I just HAD to add it to my closet!  I was doubly excited when I realized the dress went perfectly with Petit Chat's Beaded Sandals, also an exclusive to The Book of Daniel event!  The shoes are available in a wide variety of colors with a bunch of options to change parts of the shoe as well, making them very versatile, making them a MUST have for your closet!  Hurry on over, you only have a couple of days left, and I have a feeling you will be kicking yourself in the ass if you miss this chance to help out one of our own and pick up wonderful items at the same time!

The Fashion Details
Body - Maitreya

Head - LeLutka

Skin - DeeTaleZ

Eyes - IKON - Triumph - Apex

Hair - Entwined - Dani @ The Book of Daniel

Earrings - LAKSHMI - Cosmo 4th Anniversary Gift

Dress - *COCO*- High Neck Knit Dress - Beige @ The Book of Daniel

Bracelets - Secrets - Lux Bracelet - Gold (prior Cosmopolitan Exclusive)

Shoes - Petit Chat - Beaded Sandals

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!

Virtual Diva - Silence @ Swank

I have been blogging for almost two and a half years now and this past week had me once again humbled, and at the same time feeling very proud of myself.  I have been a blogger for Virtual Diva almost since I started blogging and along the way I have learned so much from the amazing stylists, models and the wonderful creator, and I have never regretted sending in my application back in 2014 as the creator made her return to the grid after an extended absence.  Last week, I was tagged in a post on Facebook letting me know I had been chosen as Blogger of the Month for Virtual Diva!  I was blown away considering the company I keep among the bloggers for the store and today, with the release of the magazine I am feeling a bit like a proud peacock, showing off my tail feathers.  So in light of that, I decided to show off this amazing new ensemble from Virtual Diva, exclusively available at the current round of Swank, which runs until the end of the month.

The Silence pantsuit has wonderful styling with a gorgeous form fitting top, with a daring neckline and stunning, Palazzo styled pants comes in a variety of colors, only available at Swank.  The Carmin jewelry collection is designed to mix and match with all the different color combinations, so hurry on over to the event, I am sure you will not be disappointed and neither will your wallet!

The Fashion Details

In case you haven't had a chance to check out the new magazine created by the wonderful owner of Virtual Diva, then click >HERE< and have a little look!  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!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Oh, the places you'll go...

Tucked away in a box, I'm sure in the bottom, wrapped in a blanket, is an eighteen year old copy of Dr. Suess's Oh, the Places You'll Go that I purchased when I found out I was pregnant.  The inside cover reveals the hopes and worries of a soon to be mother to her child long before his birth.  I dug through a few boxes hoping I would stumble upon it in the mess, but no such luck.  I wanted to reflect upon the words of a much younger me, but I will just have to peer into the dark recesses of my memory to locate those memories.  My son is my miracle child, since I had suffered through several miscarriages and had told I would never be a Mom; but life always has a way of tossing thing at you that aren't expected.  So at twenty-five when I was suddenly confronted with being pregnant, single and just starting a career, I made the decision that being a Mom was my highest priority.  A few months into the pregnancy I was at my favorite book store starting a collection of my favorite books from my childhood when I saw Oh, the Places You'll Go, and my heart skipped a beat and I grabbed the last one off the shelf, stopped to pay, grabbed a tea and sat down to inscribe it while my thoughts were fresh in my mind after seeing his little face on the ultrasound earlier that morning.  When you have gotten your mind and heart used to something, like not being a parent, it is difficult to switch your brain automatically.  It's like a waking dream where the one thing you had always wanted but KNEW would never come true is your reality.

I became incredibly agoraphobic because I was so worried someone would do something stupid and put my child in jeopardy, and towards the end I rarely left the house and when I did it was to the Doctor's with one of my parents driving.  And when he was born, the world opened up again and the natural wanderlust I have had since I was a little girl kicked in and I spoke to my baby boy about the world, and showed him photos of all the places I had traveled and prayed that I had passed this trait on and that someday he would want to travel far from home to find himself.  Little did I know when he turned eighteen that I would suddenly develop this incredible need for him to not stray far from home!  If there is anyone to blame for the College and University brochures coming in from as far away as Boston, it's me, and part of me is very proud.  He has spent most of his life in a small town with visits to much larger cities, and my stories of faraway places have painted a world outside Flagstaff that I worry may be a bit tainted by the rose colored glasses that come with age.  I think I am as afraid today of him leaving home and traveling as I was the day I wrote my hopes and dreams for him on the inside cover of that book.  And though my voice trembles a bit and my eyes might get slightly teary I still tell him I can't wait to hear the tales he will tell from all the places he'll go.

The Décor Details
Build - Dust Bunny - Willow Farmhouse

Step Ladder with Books - Irrie's Dollhouse - Book Ladder - Dream Library @ The Chapter Four

Fireplace/Bookcase - Irrie's Dollhouse - Bookcase Fireplace RARE - Dream Library @ The Chapter Four

Rug - Irrie's Dollhouse - Braided Rug - Dream Library @ The Chapter Four

Ottoman - Irrie's Dollhouse - Ottoman Table RARE - Dream Library @ The Chapter Four

Record Player - Irrie's Dollhouse - Phonograph - Dream Library @ The Chapter Four

Floor Pillows - Irrie's Dollhouse - Pillows - Dream Library @ The Chapter Four
Gacha! Dream Library
•  100% Original Mesh
•  5 Commons, 2 Rares
•  Resize

Milk Jug Lamp - junk. - Metal Churn Light @ The Arcade - September

Floor Pillow - tarte. - Floor Cushion - Floral @ The Arcade - September

Megaphone - Nefarious Inventions - Megaphone @ The Arcade - September

Round End Table - junk. - Concertina Book Stool @ The Arcade - September

Plant - Nefarious Inventions - Trophy @ The Arcade - September

Hanging Map - tarte. - Traveler's Tapestry @ The Arcade - September

Vintage Mini Jukebox - %Percent - 1930's Deco Jukebox Radio @ Swank

Plant Trio - Commoner - Staycation - Tray of Succulents @ The Arcade - September

Tin on Shelf - junk. - Vintage Perfume Tin @ The Arcade - September

Vases on Shelf - Commoner - Staycation - Geometric Vases @ The Arcade - September

Chandelier - unKindness - Little Bird Chandelier Light (Scripted)
unKindness is currently in the process of a move so check your search for the Landmark before you head on over!
Temporary LM

Paris Map - junk. - Plan de Paris @ The Arcade - September

Framed Quote - tarte. - Quote Print @ The Arcade - September

Basket - junk. - Sign Basket @ The Arcade - September

Clock - junk. - Pigeonhole Clock @ The Arcade - September

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

Thursday, September 8, 2016

“When the world is itself draped in the mantle of night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.” ― Khushwant Singh

From time to time, over the years, I have gone through bouts of insomnia, usually when under severe stress.  Which means I am not exactly surprised by the fact that I have been waking every night between midnight and 2 am and staying up for a couple of hours before being able to snuggle back up in bed.  Time seemed to have gone into fast forward the past month and the stress of finalizing the move, my soon to be landlord making things a bit difficult, health insurance being, and a sudden health crisis have me pacing the living room in the wee hours of the morning.  If you have ever suffered from insomnia, then you know your brain seems to be running in the highest gear possible causing you to ruminate over even the most mundane of topics.  I try to keep those demons at bay by reading, or playing pool on my phone, which has become a new addiction, or doing a bit of yoga, and often a combination of all of the above!  I realized very early this morning, as I stood on the porch watching a Red-tailed Hawk eye the birds flitting around for their breakfast in the newly mowed field that one thing I haven't managed to put on my new phone is MUSIC!  I am starting to go through a bit of withdrawal since I am used to having Spotify, Youtube, or the radio when at home, and the new house still has no net so two of those things are out of the question, as is a radio since I still haven't found where I packed mine!  Soothing techniques are important when you happen to be a late night, early morning, restless and anxious person; and I have an arsenal at my beckoned call, but sometimes your brain just doesn't want to sleep.  When I saw my Doctor the other day, I told her about the most recent spell of sleeplessness and she told me to wait about 10 minutes before getting out of bed, and if I am still restless to then get up and take a bath and relax and just let my brain do it's thing.  I was kind of amused, to be honest, because that is really the last thing you expect from a Physician, but then again, I picked her for that very reason.  So I guess, until the stress subsides, or my brain decides it's time for a full nights sleep, I will be tossing and turning all night!  (You had to know I was going to end up tying this up to a song, right?!)

As I have said in the past, I absolutely love blogging for the We Love to Blog group mainly because I get to see creations from new designers before most people know their names, and so I feel a bit like I get to introduce them to everyone!  Which, is a tad bit self centered, since there are plethora of amazing bloggers who are part of the group who showcase these Creators as well.  If you don't know anything about We Love To Blog, then make sure to click >HERE< and check it out!  

I had never heard of I'piteme until recently when I started receiving boxes to blog, and I have to say I am truly impressed by the textures and wonderful attention to detail that goes along with every piece.  I have not taken off this jeans and tank combo in more days than I care to admit, but they are perfect for ME, and the ensemble has made it's way into my daily wear folder, which means if I saw it at an event, even though I had never heard of the designer, I would be buying it for myself!  The Whiskey Girl Tank and Jeans come in a wide variety of colors, and you can choose to have "Whiskey Girl" written across the chest or not, which when paired with the jeans, they are a must have addition to your closet, so head on over to the store and see for yourself all the fantastic creations of I'piteme!

The Fashion Details
Body - Maitreya

Head - LeLutka

Skin - DeeTaleZ

Eyes - IKON - Triumph - Silverleaf

Hair - No.Match - No.Treasure @ Cosmopolitan 4th Anniversary 
Earrings - Cae - Etoiles @ Cosmopolitan 4th Anniversary

Tattoo - White-Widow - Lights Out

Top and Jeans - I'piteme - Whiskey Girl

The Décor Details
Chair - Trompe Loeil - Selah Rattan

Books - 8f8 - Storyteller's Burrow - Knowledge Cart

Incense and Singing Bowl - Soy

Curtain - junk. - Boho Curtain

Ladder - Clustered - Bohemian Corner Ladder

Big Book Stack - Zerkalo - Huge Pile of Books - RARE

Pillow - unKindness - Boho Puff Pillow Stack

Rug - unKindness - Battered Old Rug V2

Chaise - unKindness - Boho Puff Bench V2

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!