Mercury Bubbles

Sorry I haven’t made any posts since New Years, but I’ve been having issues with my laptop. As in, my old-but-actually-new laptop can’t turn on, and the cheapie one I just bought to replace is a useless hunk of junk. I mean, I know, you get what you pay for, but geez… I have SL at the absolute lowest settings, like, I put it on Low and even then I turn down a few things, but it’s still unbelievably laggy and it crashes a lot, so I can’t do much more than stay in my little Japan-dome. (Oh! I moved out of my Beach-dome a month or so ago, into one of the “Sakura Island” domes – Gotta love Bella Pointe, they transferred the time I had left into my new Japan-dome.)

I did get to leave for a little bit to check out the Cutie Moon fair, although not without a lot of crashing and lag. Managed to pick up a few things while I was there – mainly Sailor Mercury stuffs. Okay, entirely Sailor Mercury stuffs, lol. What can I say? She’s my favourite. Actually, I remember when I used to watch Sailor Moon as a child, Sailor Jupiter was my favourite – for the sole reason that she had brown hair (like me) and wore green (my favourite colour). After a while, though, I decided I preferred Sailor Mercury, and I still do.

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I was going to head back over and surprise my bestie/sister-across-the-world with a bunch of Sailor Venus items for her birthday, but I ended up sleeping through almost the entirety of the last few days of the fair… Oh well. I’ve managed to track down the stores of most of the things I think she’d have wanted, and some of them have their Cutie Moon items still available!

(Can’t believe I was actually able to get one photo with Basic Shaders on! I seriously didn’t think I’d be able to save this snapshot, but when I heard that “Click!”… ugh, such a relief, after crashing so many times!)

Hair: Holly (Rainbow) by Dernier Cri
Skin: Kumi (Ivory) by Pink Fuel
Eyes: Natural Eye by HAYSURIZA
Glasses: Purada2 glasses 8 colors pack by mknaomi
Dress: Sweet Sailor Dress by The Secret Store *
Computer:
 *MishMish* *

* Bought at the Cutie Fair… Doesn’t seem to be available in store just yet.

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Bye, 2013!

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Happy New Year from Sandy and I!

To be perfectly honest, I can’t wait to put this year behind me… It’s been absolutely awful. I do hope 2014 brings happier times, though I don’t really see how something as simple as entering a new year can stop so many disastrous things from happening. I do feel like if everyone agrees to try to be slightly better people next year, some of the bad stuff could be prevented… Let’s listen to each other a little more, let’s be a little bit more compassionate and kind to one another and maybe we won’t suffer from all the losses this year bought…

I had a try of the New Years Party Packs gacha a couple days ago… aaand I got the rare gold set on my first try! Hmm… maybe gold is my lucky colour for 2014? 😉 

Hair: Mila (Indecisive) by .ploom.
Skin: Pout (pure, petal) by Curio
Lipstick: Satin Lip Rouges by Action
Eyes: Natural Eye by HAYSURIZA
Dimples: Dark Prophet
Eyelashes: Eyelashes -06- Natural by *REDGRAVE*
Eyeshadow: !Skin Within Makeup Gift *
Dress: Full Perm Mesh Full Skirt Retro Style Dress by Meli Imako
Shoes:
 Spring Romance Shoes – Natasha Purple by Nicky Ree

* Old item, unable to find the store…

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Happy Holidays!

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Hopefully by this time tomorrow, if my body doesn’t decide to rebel against me, I’ll be at my pop’s house having Christmas dinner with my family before heading to Sydney to spend a few days at my Auntie’s house. We do this almost every year, but last year I didn’t go because *reasons, half health-related, half depression-related*. I am planning on going this year, though – in fact, I just finished packing. I’m so excited! I’ve spent almost every Christmas there since I was a baby, my Christmas just doesn’t really feel complete if I’m not there.

I’ve decorated my little beach-dome for Christmas 😀 What do you think of my little sand-man? To be honest, I used to feel kinda jealous that I didn’t get snow for Christmas – but now I’m proud of the summery holiday season I grew up with. It’s what I’ve always known and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Hair: Tamina (reds) by Truth Hair
Skin: Pout (pure, petal) by Curio
Lipstick: Satin Lip Rouges by Action
Eyes: Natural Eye by HAYSURIZA
Dimples: Dark Prophet
Eyelashes: Eyelashes -06- Natural by *REDGRAVE*
Eyeshadow: Smoke Basics Eyeshadow by cheLLe
Top: Full Perm Rigged Mesh Women’s Off Shoulder T-shirt – Lama by Meli Imako
Bikini top: “Margarita” White by =DeLa*=
Shorts: Jordyn Shorts – Coal by (Elephant Outfitters)
Paper hat:
 Full Perm Mesh Paper Crown Hat by Meli Imako
Reindeer headband:
From Santa Accessory Pack FREE by *Edelweiss*

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Geeky Meme and Geeks’n’Nerds!

The Geeks’n’Nerds fair is currently going on – and will be until the 8th of December – so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to visit and take a few photos of my Raven avatar. I don’t think she has made an appearance on my blog yet… Oh, wait, there was that one post where I showed a few tattoos I’ve made. Well, anyway, here she is (and facing forward this time), my favourite fictional character and my favourite avatar: Raven from the Teen Titans!

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Raven wears her civilian clothes with her crest on them, just in case she forgets who she is. Secret identity? What secret identity?

I found out about the Geeks’n’Nerds event through Strawberry Singh’s blog, where she’s also put up a very fitting Monday Meme. Here’s my answers for her Geek Meme – go ahead and check out her post too, maybe fill out the Geek Meme too~

  1. What do you consider yourself to be? Geek? Nerd? Dork? None of the above? All of the above? – I think I’m either a geek or a dork, or both. I’m somewhat obsessive when it comes to my fandoms (and I have many). And when it comes to subjects I’m interested in (languages! <3) I’m dedicated to studying using my own chosen methods – I don’t like being told how to study, hehe. I don’t think I’m much of a “nerd”, however… See, I don’t consider myself highly intelligent, and I wasn’t a very good student in high school as I was terribly unmotivated and in desperate need of an attitude adjustment :-p
  2. What was the first computer you ever owned? – I… don’t actually remember, heh… My pop bought an old computer from my uncle in, uh… it was sometime between 1996 and 1998? It didn’t last very long, but I used to play a game called “Alley Cat” on it all the time.
  3. When and how did you first get on the internet? – I was at my auntie’s house on Christmas Day 1999. I was being an annoying little brat as usual, so to keep me occupied my auntie and uncle set me up at the computer and showed me how to use the internet. The first website I ever visited was the official Pokémon website 😀 A few months later, my pop got a new computer and connected to the internet via Bigpond.
  4. Which geek fandom do you subscribe to? – Oh, wow, far too many to name! The main two are Teen Titans and AKB48, of course. But I also have a special place in my heart for the following: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Avatar: The Legend Of Aang/Korra, Pokémon, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Disney, Girls’ Generation… and a lot of other things 🙂
  5. Star Trek or Star Wars? – Star Wars. My ex-fiance introduced me to the series about two years ago… I know, I know, what rock had I been living under? :-p But I became a fan quite quickly. To be honest, being introduced to Star Wars is probably the best thing I got out of that relationship.
  6. How Geeky Are You? – I got 52%. I’m not actually all that surprised – I’m mostly just a fandom and languages geek 😉

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Yes, Raven is wearing a TMNT headband. Funnily enough, she is partial to Michelangelo, for some bizarre unknown reason~…

Hair: Vibrato (Naturals) by LeLutka
Skin: Pout (pure, petal) by Curio
Lipstick: Satin Lip Rouges by Action
Eyes: Natural Eye by HAYSURIZA
Eyelashes: Eyelashes -06- Natural by *REDGRAVE*
Eyeshadow: Smoke Basics Eyeshadow by cheLLe
Chakra: Created for me a very long time ago by an old friend ❤
Hoodie: Dark Blue Hoodie by Project Kiwi *
Crest: Raven Crest by < SuperStuff >
Shorts: Jordyn Shorts – Coal by (Elephant Outfitters)
Shoes: PornStar Hi-Tops (colour change) by Urban Bomb Unit
Headband: 
Turtles do like Pizza Headband by Wimey **
Teacup: 
The Doctor’s Mugs by Noodles **

* Old item, unable to find the store…
** From Geeks’n’Nerds

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Wizarding Faire 2013

It’s been about a year and a half since I made my first post on my Tumblr blog. Titled “First post! Hufflepuff pride~“, it was a post introducing my Hufflepuff character, Gwenyth Skeffington. Since then, I’ve found out about a new Hogwarts roleplaying sim called Mischief Managed. I’ve begun writing out an application for the sim several times, only to decide I didn’t like what I’d written and scrapped it – that’s happened a lot lately, heh.

The Wizarding Faire started a little over a week ago, on the Mischief Managed sim. I stopped by the other day to pick up a couple of items I spotted on the Wizarding Faire 2013 Flickr… and ended up buying at least one thing from each area XD (Zero regrets, by the way).

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The Hufflepuff girl pulled out a scrap of parchment from inside the sleeve of her cardigan. “All right,” she said, eyes scanning her shopping list one more time before heading into Diagon Alley. “I only need to pick up a few school books, so this shouldn’t take too long…”

To be perfectly honest, I was somewhat disappointed when Pottermore was discovered to not exactly be the MMO I so thought/hoped it would be. I mean, I’m happy we got what we got, and I know there’s some people who were relieved it wasn’t going to be one, but still… Can’t help but think of the possibilities, y’know?

That said, I was really surprised by just how lovely the Mischief Managed sim was. I did have a look at the actual Hogwarts castle (you’re allowed to have a look as long as you wear an OOC tag), and… wow! It’s basically what I dreamed Pottermore would look like – better, even!

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Diagon Alley! I took this photo when there were as few people on the sim as possible, as I don’t like standing around in crowded places – in SL or in RL. I always feel like I’m in the way, even if I’m as far out of the way as I can get, hehe. There were still quite a few people around, as you can see, even at this time. I hope the sim is as busy when the Wizarding Faire is over and I finally get around to writing my application – it’d be nice to have lots of Hufflepuffs for Gwenyth to hang out with 🙂

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“School supplies… That’s all I’m getting. Just a few books and a new suitcase. Nothing else, gotta stay focused – ooh! Chocolate frog cards!” About a half hour and several galleons later, Gwenyth continued through Diagon Alley with an armful of chocolate Frogs and a not-at-all-guilty look on her face. 

Eeyup. I really need someone to accompany to places where there’s gachas, lol – someone who can stop me from trying X0 times. I didn’t end up with the Helga Hufflepuff card I wanted, but I did get a rare Salazar Slytherin, and many other awesome cards. If anyone’s looking for the Slytherin card and has a Hufflepuff they’d be willing to trade with me, please, please comment here or IM me in-world 😀

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Gwenyth looked around at her purchases: A new suitcase, an extra Hufflepuff scarf, two pet owls, two matching Hufflepuff scarves for said owls… oh, and of course, the school books she made the trip to Diagon Alley for in the first place, most of them stuffed in her suitcase… along with countless chocolate frog cards. Not to mention, an entirely empty purse. The tall redhead thought for a moment, before deciding she had absolutely no regrets.

Hair: Jennifer Veganic by Action Hair
Headband: StaryBoo – BlackScary by :: Pacotille :: *
Skin: Pout (pure, petal) by Curio
Beauty Marks: Quickly whipped up in GiMP by me 🙂
Eyes: Natural Eye by HAYSURIZA
Eyelashes: Eyelashes -06- Natural by *REDGRAVE*
Stockings: from the Bunny avatar by SLink
Uniform: Jenny – Hufflepuff Black by FATEplay
Scarf: Evans – Badger by FATEplay **
Shoes: School Loafer (black) by Edelweiss
Suitcase: 
The Suitcase by {Amala} **
Owls: 
Owlets by .Birdy. **
Book: 
Wizard Books H1 – Standard Book of Spells by [okkbye] **

* Old item, unable to find the store…
** From Wizarding Faire 2013

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Gacha fun!

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Up until a few weeks ago, I’d never actually been to The Arcade to try my luck on the Gacha machines. To be honest, I haven’t really had the $L to spare up until recently. This month, though, one of the gacha machines had flag bracelets, which I really, really wanted – flag bracelets of my three favourite countries (Australia, Sweden, and Japan) in particular.

A little more than a week, and fourty (yes, FOURTY!) tries later and after little browsing around yardsales, I finally got my silver Australia, Sweden, and Japan bracelets! I found Sweden at a yardsale (and got another Sweden a while later on the Gacha), traded with someone for Australia, and got Japan on my fourtieth try on the Gacha machine. 

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ASO! National Flag Bracelet (Japan) silver
ASO! National Flag Bracelet (Australia) silver
ASO! National Flag Bracelet (Sweden) silver
[gacha location]

I also picked up a few other items in my desperate search for those three bracelets.

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Britta Balbozar’s Diary (SL Movie Poster Challenge)

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Uninhibited. Uncensored. Unpartnered.

I’ve been meaning to do one of Strawberry Singh’s blog challenges for a while, but I’ve never got around to it… However, when her most recent challenge popped up on my reader, I got started almost right away, sorting through my small collection of DVDs to find a simple cover I could recreate in Second Life for the SL Movie Poster Challenge.

Bridget Jones’s Diary was one of the very first DVDs I ever watched, and it’s one of my favourite movies (and books!) today. Bridget is one of those fictional characters I can really identify with… I’m not sure what that says about me, LOL! Actually, when I first watched this movie as an almost-teenager, I remember not being very interested in the movie at all…

I watched the movie again a couple years later, along with the sequel – Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, and while I was still quite young, I appreciated the movies a lot more – I could relate to Bridget’s awkwardness and low self-esteem, at least. And I finally understood all the jokes, haha! It quickly became one of my favourite movies. I’ve watched it at least once a year – and I only have a small selection of movies I’ll watch more than once! Now that I’m a twentysomething, I see A LOT of myself in her, with similar bad habits, confusing love life, and of course, the low self-esteem… No Colin Firth/Mark Darcy for me, though, unfortunately… (Yet!) 😛

I had a lot of fun with this challenge, searching through my inventory for something to wear, shopping for a (very cute!) grey skirt, and recreating the pose for the movie poster. I think I’m going to try to do these blog challenges more often!

Hair: Di (blonde) by Analog Dog *old freebie
Skin: Pout (pure, petal) by Curio
Dimples: Dark Prophet
Eyes: Natural Eye by HAYSURIZA
Eyelashes: Eyelashes -06- Natural by *REDGRAVE*
Jacket: Maika (pink) by Bare Rose
Top: Mon Amie Cafe tank top (pink) by [:TULI:] *old freebie
Skirt: *MESH* Taffy Skirt (gray) by MOLiCHiNO
Boots: Leather Boots (black) by Purrfect 10 *old hunt item

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