Saturday, December 2, 2023

Christmas Wonderland

 Hiya everyone! Tonight we are plunging into the holiday season by visiting the .::RR::. Christmas Wonderland shopping event. There are lots of themed items for sale to help you with your holiday wardrobe and home decor, plus many gifts for $10L or less at most of the displays. This is their 5th year of holding this particular event, and I have certainly enjoyed visiting each December :) We can even click the Advent calendar near the landing area, just walk through the lit arches into the main event and you'll see the large board with the days of the month. That is free with no group needed, important info for those of us who are starting to sift through details of the hectic Advent season in SL. 

My first look tonight is the ::DS:: Jingle Bells outfit, which is a $1L gift from Dark Salvation. The top, shorts, and leggings are each provided in sizes for Legacy, Maitreya, and Reborn mesh bodies. I like the way the leggings and shorts have the same pretty pattern, while the shirt says "Jingle Bells" among multicolored snowflakes. This way we can pair the top with either bottoms, depending on the weather and our mood :)

Another fantastic dollarbie gift I picked up was the .::RR::. Christmas Dress Stars, so yes it is courtesy of the organizers of this particular event :) The flirty wrap dress fits Freya, Isis, Venus, Maitreya, Ocacin, Hourglass, Physique, Tonic Curvy, Tonic Fine, and Voluptuous mesh bodies, as well as being included in a classic M size. The black fabric is beautifully decorated with rose gold stars, reminiscent of the holidays but not really limited to them.

The [Enchantress] Zelie Dress 3 is a free gift that instantly caught my eye with lots of wintry patterns on a halter dress that dips daringly low in the back. In sizes for Freya, Isis, Venus, Maitreya, Hourglass, and Physique mesh bodies, this flattering style can be changed to your choice of 8 textures with the included HUD, so it's really like eight playful looks rolled into one fun gift. 

As soon as I first saw Psyche's Pstyles at another event (it was a Cheeky Monkey one ♥) i knew I'd be a big fan, and the ability to pick up their Starry Mints Dress treat for just $1L certainly helps maintain my fandom status ;) This strapless mini is trimmed in lush white fur with a red belt at the waist, tied in a sweet ribbon. Did anyone else have a grandma or older relative/neighbor who always had those starlight mints on hand? Fond memories, and the ones on our dress have no calories and won't stick to your teeth. Sizes include Freya, Isis, Venus, Maitreya, Hourglass, and Physique mesh bodies. 

My final look of the evening starts with a touch of advice that is a reminder of an SL oddity that we all need to be aware of. That would be the inability to unpack a no-copy item from an attached object like an unpacker HUD, so if anything inside one is no-copy (like this dress!) you will get a folder with just the copyable items. The only way around it is to rez on the ground (your home or a sandbox) and unpack it the traditional way. The Zola Designs Sweater Dress Christmas Color HUD is obviously well worth the extra couple of seconds of effort :) This cozy turtleneck sweater dress fits eBody, Freya, Isis, Venus, Maitreya, Ocacin, Hourglass, Physique, TMP, Tonic Curvy, and Tonic Fine mesh bodies. It also contains a HUD with a whopping 16 seasonal textures, all well suited to the style of the dress and the time of year. Keep browsing the event and you'll find another Zola Designs gift too, that also needs to be unpacked manually despite saying ADD ME in the name of the item. It would be truly a shame to lose either of them to the SL no-copy unpacking quirk, don't you think?

I had a nice day that took a weird turn by evening, so now I'm just drained. I ate dinner at my parents', and while it was a very nice visit, the simple act of eating threw my stomach into a tizzy which made my anxiety skyrocket. The brief ride home felt like hours, LOL, and I nearly bulldozed my way out of the car and into the house when we got here. My therapist wouldn't be too impressed with my lack of composure :P  Despite still feeling a bit shaky and uneasy, I am glad to be here blogging and have been organizing notes on where to visit each morning for Advent. No idea when I'll be able to do a post of gifts, as my usual timing does not work for such limited time one-day things, but I'll figure it out soon :) Meanwhile I hope you're all having a fantastic day/evening with a lovely weekend ahead, many magical magpie hugs to everyone!!

All Gifts from RR Christmas Wonderland:

Photo 1:
Outfit: Dark Salvation ::DS:: Jingle Bells $1L Event Gift

Photo 2:
Dress: .::RR::. Christmas Dress Stars $1L Event Gift

Photo 3:
Dress: [Enchantress] Zelie Dress 3 $0L Event Gift

Photo 4:
Dress: Psyche's Pstyles Starry Mints Dress $1L Event Gift

Photo 5:
Dress: Zola Designs Sweater Dress Christmas Color HUD $0L Event Gift

Head: LeLUTKA Fleur Head 3.1
Hair: TRUTH Collective Affair - Redhead
Skin: 7 Deadly s[K]ins - PAOLA cotton candy (BOM)
Ring: {Carter} Wedding Zoe (Marketplace)
Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body - Lara
All Poses: Verocity  (Various Sets)

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