I am soooo excited.  The Draftsman event is ready to open its doors for this round and it has a real Victorian feel to it.

Today I am going to show you a few items from this great home and garden spectacular plus a few others that just fit with the look so I decided to include them.

First up is this gorgeous cottage from Pillows, It is the TLHC: Victorian Doll House-Light.  Just perfect for a small home or a cottage in the woods that could be used for a multitude of needs (Draftsman).

Next up we have these lovely parlour chairs from Roawenwood as well as the Afternoon Delight Refreshment Cart to go with (Draftsman)

 I teamed them up with the tea table and tea set from 22769 [bauwerk]'s 221 Baker Street's set at The Gacha Guardian Event.  I have also included the Candle Holder which is their Gift of the Guardians.

Other Items:
*YS&YS* European Taste - Rug 02

The lovely Phoebe Chaise Lounge is from Newchurch and has a texture hud so you can change the colour to suit your needs.  Looks comfy! (Draftsman)

The bookcase and book stack are also from 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Baker Street 221b.  I am sure Sherlock won't mind sharing...

Other Items:
Spargel & Shine Homes:  Annie Antique Lamp
LISP - 2 tier Hatboxes - Gold
Trompe Loeil - Gyroscope Floor Lamp Rusty

I put this gorgeous dress on yesterday and now I do not want to take it off.  I also love the hair and the shoes.  I was wandering about some new events that have just opened and as I followed myself with the camera on my back I thought, "This has to be shown from behind.  It is just that lovely!"  So I did.

I found this sim called The Yorkshire Dales and it is definitely worth a visit.  I think it was around a while back but has been recreated.  It is just lovely and I am sure you will see a few photos from here in the next wee while.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy today's post as much as I did creating it.

Dress:  Kaithleen's Swan Dress - White (Tres Chic)
Shoes:  Have Unequal - Charlotte Shoes - white (TC)
Poses:  Olive Juice (no longer open)

Hair:  Opale . Mishelle Hair (TC)
Necklace:  ERSCH - Cheri Collar White (TC)

I don't have a chest cold.  I just saw my chest was bare and thought, "I wonder if that is cold." Hence the post name.  Pretty lame really, but there it is.

Speaking of NOT lame, (see what I did there) it is time for the new round of Men Only Monthly to start again (20th) and, as always, they are dishing up some great stuff to keep the boys happy. I am excited to show you all the fashion, poses and accessories I can.

So without further ado...

Poses:  grafica ~ hael
Pants:  -NOeditiON- Buckle Male Jeans Dirt
Sim:  Netherwood

Hair:  [^.^Ayashi^.^] Nobuko hair
Tattoo:  ISUKA - Katashi
Necklace:  (luc) Bjorns Arrowhead, Mens Necklace - Hematite/Silver

Bonjour mes amis!  Comment ça va?  Ca va bien!

I am feeling the love today with these shots.  I was doing my BOSL article so have used a few bits and pieces from that in today's post.  Bit of a preview for you, although not exactly the same and my article will not have that annoying person in the way of all the awesome home and garden items!  Get out of the way, woman!

Oh, wait.  That is me.  Awkward.

The reason I am standing there, blocking your view, is because I am showing off some more fashion items from Tres Chic, as well as some h&g stuffs.  Double-barreled posty!

These shots were taken inside: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] The Atelier RARE (The Epiphany)

Outfit:  Entice - Champs Elysees Jeans and Entice - Champs Elysees Sweater (TC)
Hair:  Magika - Take Flight (New Release)
Ears:  .:Eclipse.Art:.Studio - Ears Icarus (TC)
Pose:  :Luanes World: Poses - La Vie en Rose (TC)

Table, Chairs and Decor Items:  {Your Dreams} - Amour a Paris - Table, Benches, Macarons, Flowers and Candle (TC - Gacha Items)
Fiireplace:  CHEZ MOI - Woodburning Stove Luxurious (TC)
Wall Light:  MUshilu - Le Tour Eiffel - Eifee Poster light decor Silver (TC)

This is a dream of mine.  I often wish I was surrounded by cats.  I really do.  It would be a thing of beauty and I would be in my happy place.  I love cats.  Of course my own cat would not like it so much so I will just enjoy it in SL.

Speaking of enjoying...

I am so excited to announce that I now get to blog for Tres Chic so you will get to see all the goodies on offer at this fab event.  It starts on the 17th so today I am giving you a sneak preview of some items you will be able to grab.

My hair, dress, shoes and the pose are all from Tres Chic and I am loving this classy look with feline accessories!

Pose:  Fashiowl - Ginger Love 3
Dress:  Petite Mort- Lavender Cosette Bubble Hem Dress
Shoes:  Amacci Shoe - Clichy
Sim:  Netherfield

Feeling bright today.  Best thing is I am not worried about cars not seeing me and hitting me while I am on my bike.  Better than a fluro jacket and way more stylish.

I actually cheated on this outfit.  I got these outfits to blog and I mixed and matched them just to confuse you.  It also means, though, that I can show you a bit of each and cover all the bases.  Bonus for me.

The outfits and accessories are from an exclusive collection for the January 'Stuff Style salesroom, Urban Style.

"The Graffiti Bridge Collection (with a nod to the late Prince) exemplifies a wild urban energy, sexually daring and vibrantly energetic."

Pose:  Le Poppycock *Freewheeler* Dead Sailor
Top:  Robbie Roo's - Graffiti Gymboy Top
Shorts:  Robbie Roo's - Graffiti Skater Shorts
Boots:  Robbie Roo's - Graffiti Grunge Boots
Accessories:  Robbie Roo's - Graffiti Bridge - Ebony Eyeglasses, Leather Choker, Oversized Beanie, Sports Watch, Wrist Wrap
Sim:  La Digue du Braek

A friend of mine came into SL today.  I haven't seen her in a bit so we were catching up and chatting about Bento and mesh etc.  She had bought a Bento head and wanted a certain coloured hair base so I talked her through that and gave her the MP address for the Omega System applier for her head etc.  She finally got the colour of hairbase she wanted and so we got to talking about Mesh bodies and heads and hands and whatever else is out there Bento-wise.

The interesting thing was that we both agreed that it is all so complicated now.  It take so much longer to get ready for a photo shoot or an event that before.  I told her I feel like I am constantly juggling appliers.  I have one for my mesh body, one for hands, one for feet (although I guess having them separate is a personal choice) and one for my head.  I also have an Omega system applier for my body and a separate one for my head.  It makes me long for the days when I simply wore a skin and that was it.

My friend, Kav, also said this:
"For people who haven't come across the [mesh head/body/applier] system there are no clear instructions that assume the reader needs a step by step.  Even when there are instructions they assume previous knowledge that is also hard to get unless you are a long term and dedicated mesher."

I agree.  It is not a simple transition for those of us who are used to system skin etc.  I was lucky when I got my mesh body to have another friend to guide me through the process and help me out when needed.  She also sent me off to grab the Omega system for my body and I would never have known all that without her guidance.  (Thanks, Nan!)

The other thing I realised is that I will probably have to go and repurchase my hands and feet as the Bento version comes out and probably the same for my body (although since my mesh body is adaptable I will probably leave that 'until last).  That all adds up to Lindens and more Lindens.  Okay for some, but not affordable for many.

I also have found that I am unable to just leave my huds on as it means I am unable to rez quickly and for others to see me as more than a blue shadow-looking thing.  So it means huds off and on and off and on etc etc.

As a blogger I also have the problem of keeping track of what I have applied.  For example the other day I applied a lipstick and then didn't blog 'til the next day and had totally forgotten which lipstick I had applied.  I had to search though all the appliers to work out which one it was.  To combat this I now am doing daily 'Outfit' notecards so I can remember what skin or makeups or lashes I am wearing.  Gone are the days when I simply went to my outfit folder and looked at what I was wearing.

I don't know if any of you are feeling the same and perhaps it is easier when you are not having to change skins and clothes and hair etc on a daily basis, but apparently others have the same issue so I don't feel so bad.

I would be interested to hear if anyone else feels the same of has managed to simplify it somehow.  I would love to hear from you!

Whew!  With that off my chest, enjoy the pics and fab items!

Dress:  Apple Heart Inc. - Sweater Dress (New Release)
Shoes and Socks:  Ducknipple: Docs vs1 (Recent Release)
Poses:  PrincessMode - Bitter

Skin:  7 Deadly Skins - Flame - Sand (Recent Release)
Hair:  [KoKoLoReS] Hair - Moira (Cosmetic Fair - opens Jan 15th)
Sim:  The Winter Forest

Fell upon this cool pose set from Salacity called the Rainy Day Lamp Photo Prop and I love it.  Has poses for girls, guys and couples and comes with the umbrella already in the pose so no attaching.  You can even turn the rain on and off to suit the pose, which rocks.

I am going to try and get Ty in to show you the couples poses at some point because they are cuuute.

I am also loving this outfit from Ducknipple. I think it is a perfect ensemble for wandering about SL and I teamed it up with some old gumboots of mine to make it just right for the rain.

The hair is also from Ducknipple and is called Carol.  The outfit and the hair are both new releases and can be found in their mainstore.

Outfit:  Ducknipple: Outfit vs8
Hair:  Ducknipple Hair: Carol
Gumboots: Meli Imako - Hearts Wellington Boots
Skin:  7 Deadly s[K]ins - Fajen SAND (OMG Gacha Fair)

I am in love with this Berg by Nordan Art sim.  It is my kind of creepy.  Not gory, just macabre and it gives you the heebie jeebies.  Make sure you go on over and take a look for yourself.  Be aware, though, that I am using a different windlight than the land one because the one on the land didn't show up the clothes I needed to focus on and that, after all, is the reason for the post!

SL is definitely in the swing of winter at the moment and there is loads to go and see so please take the opportunity to wander about and enjoy the view!  Perhaps I will do a winter sim post if I get time.  I will try and remember.

While you wait for that (don't hold your breath) you can enjoy this outfit from Ducknipple.  Man, I love all-in-one outfits.  No muss, no fuss.  Just put it on and off you go.  Styling takes soooo long some days.

Outfit and Boots:  Ducknipple: Outfit vs7 (New release)
Hair:  [KoKoLoReS] Hair - Maddie (Hairology Jan)
Pose:  {NANTRA} -  Don't Look Back

LOL.  The title of this post makes me snicker a bit.  Bet you were wondering what that was all about.  I meant the board you know.  In Aryaland we surf in every season.  Down in the deep south they have surfed when there is snow around the hills.  Weirdos if you ask me, but if that is your passion then live it up.

Arya also let me take this post in front of the new Trompe Loeil- Camden Cove house.  I like it.  It has a surfy look to it.  Good for by the beach.  I think Arya is thinking about having as her house, she loves it that much.

The furniture is also from Trompe Loeil  and is the Camden couch and chairs.  Great set.  You can find the house and furniture at Collabor88.  Go check it out.

Sweatshirt:  [Marquesse] - Jordan Sweater White (Stuff Styles)
Jeans:  OUTLIER.// Low Rise Jeans- Indigo Blue (Men Only Monthly)
Sneakers:  *+EWING+* Raw Sneakers "White"
Pose:  Le Poppycock *Surf's Up* Kowabunga

Hmm, these paving stones look like ankle breakers to me.  I am being super careful I don't trip and make a fool of myself or do myself an injury.

Visiting a super cool sim today called Le Sixieme Sens and it has loads of cool places for photos.  I found this quiet little corner for my shots today as I liked the look of the scooters.  Very Italian looking for some reason.

My outfit is made up from items from American Bazaar and the black BeQueen Skirt and Hooneywood Top in Scarlet available at the Stormwood Hills Fair.  Love the detail in the skirt and the top looks so silky and comes in great colours.

Pose:  {NANTRA} Show of Hands (Need: Bento hands and Bento-compatible viewer! Liaison Collaborative)
Hair:  *~*Damselfly*~*Noor (Hairology)
Necklace:  !Indulge Temptation! - Fleur de Lis Necklace (The Avenue)
Shoes:  Ducknipple Mesh -Starry Heels

The Men Only Monthly round comes to a close soon to get ready for the new round on the 20th so you still have a little time to get yourselves over the event to scoop up some great menswear items.

Today I found this great sim called New Babbage, which is a Steampunk sim, and they are all snowed up for winter.  Is a great wander around and my outfit was the perfect wear for the day.  Comfortable and stylish with a hint of winter look to it.  (Wow, that was almost fashion-mag in its description!).

Don't forget to race on over to MOM before these items return to their individual stores which takes a lot more work to cover the globe...er...mesa...whatever.

PS:  Just realised it is my Rez Day.  Awesome guy in SL called Zak sends us rez day buttons and well wishes every year.  Awesome guy.

Outfit:  N-Uno - Daren Outfit (MOM)
Shoes:  = REBELLION = "KNOX" BOOTS (Not at MOM)
Pose:  Image Essentials - Smart Casual Set
Head:  Akeruka - Marco