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Advent with a difference

Oh I love gadgety things ! Divias Design has an advent calendar – free to join group to collect the gifts. Go and collect gifts 1-4 today and from what I’ve seen you’re building a whole scene. Gift 1 – rez the item (its a grass base) Then each following gift, open that land in edit mode, open the contents tab and drop all the other gifts inside that tab. When you click on the land afterwards a menu pops up and the gifts appear as if by magic. All very very low prim too hurrah! Cant wait to see what the final scene is. Right by the advent calendar is a superb Christmas market – uh uh – I went a bit crazzzzzzy and bought lots – so affordabubble and super cool stuff.

Divias Design Christmas market and Advent calendar

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The Christmas Expo 2013

Christmas Expo Kaerri Elvis the Christmas deer (rideable) House of Avro rideable Rudolph NEW!

Oh…My…Lord. Can I BE any more excited about Christmas?! YES I can ! I was invited to take a mooch around this years Christmas Expo & Breedable Fair. Frankly, I was like a child in a candy shop. Strolling about, mouth open, dribbling over all the goodies and snow and decorations and animals and pets and and and and more! I paid two visits and don’t think I even saw a quarter of the four sims that are being all set up for the grand opening tomorrow. Make sure you’ve got a coupla hours to spare, cause you really really don’t want to miss a thing. SO many stores I have never been too, SO many pretties, head spin time ! For me this is the first Christmas I’ve been able to fully appreciate what creators are doing with mesh. The saving in prims is astonishing and the realism incredible. Above is the free mesh outfit from Botanica, which is right up my street in PINK . You get the boots, the outfit, plus a jaunty santa hat. I’m sitting astride the rideable Rudolph from House of Avro. Heaps of fun cause he drives like a proper vehicle, speed controls,and dust from his hooves, brilliant ! My companion on the left is “Elvis the reindeer” , he is made by Kaerri, purely for decoration but I just adored him.

Christmas Expo House of Avro mesh tree 8Li - [DDD] Wreath 1Li - Kismet Precious gifts wooden boxes NEW!

In support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society, the 3rd annual Expo will open on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 10am slt and will end at 10am slt on Sunday, December 15th! There are donation boxes scattered about if you have a few spare pennies, plus each store, and participant on the breedable sims has a “naughty or nice” box. Touch it and if you’ve been a good person you get a gift! If you’ve been naughty, you get a lump of coal . (I like coal – so there) Above is the prettiest tree I ever did see. It’s just 8 prims and just looks SO real. Stood on a wooden base, with its lights twinkling away and a smattering of gifts, its perfect. On the wall is an item I HAD to buy, it’s from Dysfunctional Designs. The wreath is just 1 Li, the wonderous thing is you can choose heaps of different colour schemes for the baubles, the wreath and the fabric ! I was also rather taken by the precious gift boxes by Kismet. Totally different from anything Id usually go for at Christmas (I’m a glittery sparkly kinda gal) but they really stood out for me. Original, more subtle and so well made. If you’re into a more traditional look, check Kismet out, totally lovely.

Christmas Expo Myrrine decor items NEW!

Another new store for me is Myrrine. I stood and just gawked at all the decorations. Shabby chic yet also sooper stylish. I’ve scattered a few bits n bobs around in my SL home and its brought a real warmth to my space that was lacking before. Natural woods, and simple colour palettes.

Christmas Expo NEW!

These boards kinda lean against a wall, artfully casual huh? Like you almost thought about nailing them up, but never got around too it ! Love it. I really fell in lust with the wall decor panel above, whats not to like, its got PINK in it.

Dont think of this as shopping only, its got a LOT more to offer. There are photo ops, a raffle & auction,a hunt and of course Live music and a chance to have a wriggle with your mates.

The Christmas Expo blog for all info

Christmas Expo

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RFL Christmas Expo..its open !

RFL Christmas Expo

Second year for the RFL Christmas Expo hurrah!

“In support of Relay For Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society, the Christmas Expo will open on December 6th, 2012 at 7am slt and will close on December 19th at 10pm slt. A Christmas wonderland, spanning four SL regions, will set the scene for guests and shoppers, vendors and entertainers.  SL residents will be able to find Christmas gifts, find free ‘Naughty or Nice’ giveaway gifts being given out by every vendor, or visit Santa and have pictures taken.”

Christmas Expo - Diamond Style Alexis outfit - Samantha skin

Theres positively oooodles to see…and lashings of gifts for you to collect from each store…have you been norty or nice hmm? Well go find out and see if you get a lump of coal or a gift ! I got a lump of coal at Cleo Designs…but it turned out to be my reindeer head gear yay! Above I’m wearing a superb outfit from Diamond Style called “Alexis”, it’s just perfect for strolling about or for getting glammed up…mesh pants that sparkle and a slinky top…topped off with a fur-trimmed jacket…SO me ! Beautifully made, no shape twiddling required the medium fitted me , isn’t it elegant? I teamed it up with my GOS Desire ankle boots (the vamp version yummm) and also…a skin from Diamond Style called “Samantha”…truly gorgeous skin…with subtle makeup and a lovely tone…thank you ladies ❤

Christmas Expo - Diamond Style  Samantha skin  Sax Shepherd Designs  Frills  60s Celluloid Lipstick  Necklace

I also was lucky enough to see a preview from new-to-me store Sax Shepherd Designs, one necklace in particular caught my eye..the ” 60’s Celluloid Lipstick Necklace”, with its cherry red beads and silver stones it felt really festive ! Sax has loadssss of other styles, so go take a peek and see what you find. Close up of the Samantha skin…such a gentle face and lush lips, I added a lipgloss called venom by MOCK cosmetics also…love the effect .

Christmas Expo --Hanaya-  Yummy Collectibles (1)

Theres not only fashion to shop for but decor too…and I’m crazzzzzy about decor ! Hanaya has quite a few Wintery themed things out on offer…this picnic table is awesome…pile of snowballs actually dispenses them so you can fight…and the tree is sooper pretty..

Christmas Expo --Hanaya- Wintery Driftwood Birdbath

…but my favourite of all from Hanaya is this Winter driftwood with the bird bath and dear wee birdy….sometimes its the small decorative touches that can really make your home shine. More later, Im currently trying to get my own Merry Christmas ready for before I go on vacation…I’ll squeeeeze another expo post in soon ! You should really really check out the official blog, theres SO much going on with a hunts, auctions, and entertainment, you don’t wanna miss a thing !

RFL Christmas Expo Blog all the info !

Christmas Expo Sim 1

Christmas Expo Sim 2

Christmas Expo Sim 3

Christmas Expo Sim 4

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The North Pole & Santa !

ohmy oh my ohmy…I get SO excited about Christmas ! Poor old Player always has to deal with my spiralling festive JOY ! It begins around mid November..and Im almost fit to pop by December 1st …Two years ago we spent a happy evening or three visiting all the Chrismassy places…I was in hog heaven…then we happened upon  the “North Pole & Santa’s Village”, ohmai! It’s just incredible…so much fun…so pretty…so so SO Chrismassy! You arrive at the top of a windblown snowy Mouintain…there is a handy pair of uggs style boots set out for free, so you can slip them on and keep your toes cozy…then you walk down the winding pathway to Santa’s village. The wind really does howl and the snow effects are sooper pretty…

There is a hunt to enjoy while you visit, and it’s not soooo easy to find the gifts, you’ve been warned ! You have to search around and find the places to touch..the gift box magically appears before you, you touch it to receive the prize…and theres some totally lovely gifts , I havent opened all mine yet !

I bought some of the animated reindeer from here a few years back…best Ive ever seen in Second Life…they move so naturally, I adore them. You will find some genuinely unusual and special items to buy, but really..its just not all about shopping…its the MAGIC of Christmas ! Take time to wander and marvel at the animated penguins & elves…explore each shop…theres a post office, a workshop, and of course the reindeer stable, and oooodles more to entertain & delight you. If you want to experience the Christmas times you almost forgot you had as a child..this is the place to go.

The North Pole & Santa’s workshop

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Mr & Mrs Santa

I have to admit..a fair amount of the typical Mr & Mrs Santa avatars I see, just totally like creep me out…either  overly undressed..or frankly..scarey..Carmella Ruby showed me her version and I just fell in love. Both are traditional…homely…they make you go “awwww” and feel all huggggbuggy ! You can buy these tremendously detailed av’s for just 450L the SET…they are transferable so you can share or gift them yay!

Both avatars are complete..and i mean complete…skin, hair base,hair,clothing,nails,eyes,boots…the whole shebang !

These would be sooper lovely for role play during the festive season…I think Id wear mine just because it’s amazingly cute! You can find them on sale at the Candy Cane Fair, which is a huge huge HUGE market with all things Chrismassy in it…also a fair few freebs dotted around for you to collect … Thanks Carmella xx

Mr & Mrs Santa: Ruby Skins at The Candy Cane Fair

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Have a Traditional Christmas

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas”…I know you will when you see the goodies on offer from Cleo Designs ! They are in the “Traditinal Christmas Hunt” and this is the gift you will find…as always so so SO generous…you will receive the tree (which lights up and blinks and flashessss) the holly chair…and a stunning fireplace. On top of the fire is a santa mug that gives out a wearable cup..a wreath & pot plant plus the sweetest plate with sweet snacks on it….oh and underneath the tree are two wrapped up parcels…yay! Thanks Cleom xx

Cleo Designs

Web site: The Traditional Cristmas Hunt