Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Style Challenge: Prada Inspired Tee

Guess what - it's a new styling comp! 
I've chosen one of stardoll's many awkward, unusual or hard-to-style items to challenge your creativity. 

Simply style the Original Future: Prada Inspired Tee in either the plaza or your suite, and be in to win wish-list items up to 16sd (the cost of this top.) Make sure the items is recognizable and identifiable in your outfit. If we can't tell where and what it is, your entry will not be counted. 

Only one entry each, and don't forget to include your username!
Winners will be decided by poll.






I'd love to make this a regular thing, and offer a bigger prize, but that will only happen if people enter - so  I'm adding a raffle! You can win an additional wishlist item up to 16sd. Just share this post on social media publicly, tag #stardollsmostwanted and post a screenshot below. And yes, I will be checking, so don't go deleting your post!!!


CLOSES - 4/06/2018
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Monday, May 28, 2018

Velvet Orchid released!

There's a new half collection out in Velvet Orchid

Prices range between 12 and 20 sd. There are 2 starcoin items.

It's a really lazy collection, even for Monday. 

What do you think? Are you buying anything?

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hotbuys Gucci Inspired Silk Pants released

New HB is out and it's the Gucci Inspired Silk pants

It costs 24 sd and you can find them in IT Girls.

Style them in order to win them for FREE

- don't forget your username
- post PICTURE in comments, no links allowed
- place these pants on your wishlist
- open till May 30th

Good luck!

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Calling June Birthdays


We are slowly approaching the end of this month. If you celebrate your birthday in the month of April and would like to have a TOPIC feature about you, please leave a comment below with your STARDOLL USERNAME and your BIRTHDATE.


RULES

You have to be a follower of this blog and you MUST be an active member, meaning taking part in competitions, upvoting, posting OOTD's, voting in polls etc. and be active on Stardoll.

NOTE: Your activity will be checked.
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Happy Birthday giniaparks

Giniaparks is one of the oldest stardoll members who visits the blog, having joined all the way back in 2006! She's also a serial birthday-wisher, with comments on all the birthday posts.

I love how her looks from the Spotlight vary so much in style! These are my personal favorites:



Of course, it wouldn't be a birthday post without a flashback! I can't believe this was almost 7 years ago.




Make sure to click HERE to visit, wish her the best birthday, and maybe even give a little gift!

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Just as Jenna and all our writers put effort into making this a great blog to follow, there are also so many wonderful contributing members, who we hope to honor by making these posts on such very special days.


Some people win, some people don't, but it's always nice to share the love. 
Gifts are not compulsory, but very much appreciated.


Birthday tips can be found HERE.


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SubCouture released!

Today's release is SubCouture

There are 2 new floors. Prices range between 13 and 31 sd.


what do you think of this collection? did you bought anything?
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Young Hollywood : Royal Wedding

Most of us over in the Chat section were hoping for...something else.

It's only a window store, the graphics are super flat, the prices are all over the place... from 18sd to 108 sd (with royalty discount) it's hard to know what they were going for here.


This was a bit of a waste of YH if you ask me, especially with all the award ceremonies we've had lately. Why not just stick it in Voile with all the other wedding pieces?

Or not, since Voile has much better graphics than these messy dresses, which I definitely don't believe look half as good as their real wedding counterparts.

Oh well, could be worse I guess.


Will any of you be buying this collection?

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Monday, May 21, 2018

GIARDINI - NEW STORE IN PLAZA


Hello everyone and happy start of the week!

Stardoll started theirs (and ours) by releasing a new store in Starplaza called Giardini, as some of you so kindly mentioned in the 'Chat' section.


The store reminds me of Garden Variety that was in Plaza years ago (Side question: Does anyone remembers that one?). We got three floors of new items. The majority of the items sold are various plants, but we also got some pots, a fountain, something they labelled as a shed, and the interior. Prices range between 10 and 28 SD, there are four SC items (three types of pots and one plant).

I rather like this release, even though I find most of the prices a bit too high. I like the fact that a lot of the plants come separately from the pots - you can either "pot" them in pots you prefer or, if you like to create natural sceneries, you don't have to hide those pots. I think that the "ball topiary" is executed marvellously - all three balls and the stem are sold separately.

I like quite a few items from this release. What about you? What items (if any at all) do you like? Will you be buying anything? Share your opinions in the comments below.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Transform Body

Once again, Stardoll's TRANSFORM gave us neck contours (though I'm not too sure why they took away the last ones, but oh well.)

They also gave us boobs contouring.

As usual, there's three shades of each. Prices are either 18 or 29 stardollars.



One would think the'd so the smart thing and make them layerable like clothing, but no. They stick and stay on the top of all clothing, just as stardesign hair or jewelry contours do. Which looks rather ridiculous, if you ask me.


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Monday, May 14, 2018

New collection in Fallen Angel

Today's release is Fallen Angel

Prices range between 9 and 19 sd. There are 3 starcoin items.


What do you think of this collection? Are you buying anything?


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Friday, May 11, 2018

Le Decor Released


LE Decor has once again been released.

Initially, the first floor of the store would not show up in the plaza - hence the late post.

Prices range from 15 to 150sd.




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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Callie's Picks No. 91 Prom Night released!


Today's release is Callie's Picks

There are 3 floors. Prices range between 12 and 30 sd. There are 5 starcoin items.



What do you think of this release? Are you buying anything?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

New in Evil Panda

New collection is out in Evil Panda

Prices range between 25 and 11 sd. There is only 1 starcoin item.



Style the Sheer Tulle skirt and win your favourite item from this collection FOR FREE

- Don't forget your username
- Comp is open till May 17th
- name the item you want in your entry and place it on your wishlist

HAVE FUN!!!


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Friday, May 4, 2018

Voile Released


We have brand new VOILE!

The best part is the male outfits - the worst part, as usual with Voile lately, is the prices.

Ranging from 10-34 sd, with no starcoin prices, the cost of these items is closer to what I'd expect from Subcouture, and not a permanent plaza release.

Yes, the graphics are pretty good, but personally I'd struggle to justify paying half that much for something half of Stardoll will probably end up wearing on Spotlight this week.


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New floor in Epiphany

Hello dolls, today's release is Epiphany.

The theme appears to be gold.

There is one new floor and prices range between 24 and 6 sd. There are no starcoin items.


I love the Valentino-Slytherin headband but I already have it from Tingeling and in suite, not bp...

What do you think of this release? Are you buying anything?

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

MAY


Hello, everyone! It's a new month already. How did you survive the past month? Do you look forward to this one?

For me, May symbolizes the arrival of the warmer days, lush green forests and a lot of flowers everywhere. Does this month have any meaning for you? It seems like yesterday when I started writing these monthly posts - in fact, last year's May post was the first one I wrote (my first post on this blog was about the previous release of Furry Friends in April 2017, which also made me realize that we had to wait a whole year for a new release in the said store), and that made the task of writing these a bit more difficult as I don't want to repeat myself 100%. 



May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third of seven months to have a length of 31 days.

May is a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. 


May's birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.
The May birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.
The zodiac signs for the month of May are Taurus (until May 20) and Gemini (May 21 onwards).


Emerald is a precious gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl (Be3Al2(SiO3)6) coloured green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Beryl has a hardness of 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale. Most emeralds are highly included, so their toughness (resistance to breakage) is classified as generally poor. Emerald is a cyclosilicate. 



The word "emerald" is derived (via Old French: esmeraude and Middle English: emeraude), from Vulgar Latin: esmaralda/esmaraldus, a variant of Latin smaragdus, which originated in Ancient Greek: σμάραγδος (smaragdos; "green gem").


Emeralds in antiquity were mined in Egypt at locations on Mount Smaragdus since 1500 BCE, and India, and Austria since at least the 14th century CE. The Egyptian mines were exploited on an industrial scale by the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and later by Islamic conquerors. Mining ceased with the discovery of the Columbian deposits, only ruins remain.


Colombia is by far the world's largest producer of emeralds, constituting 50–95% of the world production, with the number depending on the year, source and grade. The three main emerald mining areas in Colombia are Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor. Rare "trapiche" emeralds are found in Colombia, distinguished by ray-like spokes of dark impurities.


Zambia is the world's second-biggest producer, with its Kafubu River area deposits (Kagem Mines) about 45 km (28 mi) southwest of Kitwe responsible for 20% of the world's production of gem-quality stones in 2004.


Emeralds are found all over the world in countries such as Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, the United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In the US, emeralds have been found in Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In Canada, in 1997 emeralds were discovered in the Yukon.


Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), sometimes written lily-of-the-valley, is a sweetly scented, highly poisonous woodland flowering plant that is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia and Europe. Other names include May bells, Our Lady's tears, and Mary's tears. Its French name, muguet, sometimes appears in the names of perfumes imitating the flower's scent.


It is possibly the only species in the genus Convallaria (depending on whether C. keiskei and C. transcaucasica are recognised as separate species). In the APG III system, the genus is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoideae (formerly the family Ruscaceae). It was formerly placed in its own family Convallariaceae, and, like many lilioid monocots, before that in the lily family Liliaceae.


Convallaria majalis is a herbaceous perennial plant that forms extensive colonies by spreading underground stems called rhizomes. New upright shoots are formed at the ends of stolons in summer, these upright dormant stems are often called pips. These grow in the spring into new leafy shoots that still remain connected to the other shoots underground, often forming extensive colonies. The stems grow to 15–30 cm tall, with one or two leaves 10–25 cm long; flowering stems have two leaves and a raceme of 5–15 flowers on the stem apex.


The flowers have six white tepals (rarely pink), fused at the base to form a bell-shape, 5–10 mm diameter, and sweetly scented; flowering is in late spring, in mild winters in the Northern Hemisphere it is in early March. The fruit is a small orange-red berry 5–7 mm diameter that contains a few large whitish to brownish coloured seeds that dry to a clear translucent round bead 1–3 mm wide. Plants are self-sterile, and colonies consisting of a single clone do not set seed.


Some facts:
  • Lily of the valley was the floral emblem of Yugoslavia, and it also became the national flower of Finland in 1967.
  • The Norwegian municipality Lunner has a lily of the valley on its coat-of-arms.
  • Lily of the valley is the birth flower for the month of May. It represents humility, chastity, sweetness, and purity.
  • Its scientific name, majalis or maialis, means "of or belonging to May", and old astrological books place the plant under the dominion of Mercury, since Maia, the daughter of Atlas, was the mother of Mercury or Hermes.
  • In the "language of flowers", the lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness. Legend tells of the affection of a lily of the valley for a nightingale that did not come back to the woods until the flower bloomed in May.
  • In terms of musical influence, “Lily of the Valley” is also a song by Queen on their album Sheer Heart Attack.


Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn or single-seeded hawthorn, is a species of hawthorn native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia, in the family Rosaceae. It has been introduced in many other parts of the world. It can be an invasive weed. 



Other common names include may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. This species is one of several that have been referred to as Crataegus oxyacantha, a name that has been rejected by the botanical community as too ambiguous.


The common hawthorn is a shrub or small tree 5–14 metres (15 to 45 feet) tall, with a dense crown. The bark is dull brown with vertical orange cracks. The younger stems bear sharp thorns, approximately 12.5mm (half an inch) long. The leaves are 20 to 40mm (1 to 1½ inches) long, obovate and deeply lobed, sometimes almost to the midrib, with the lobes spreading at a wide angle. The upper surface is dark green above and paler underneath.


The hermaphrodite flowers are produced in late spring (May to early June in its native area) in corymbs of 5-25 together; each flower is about 10mm diameter, and has five white petals, numerous red stamens, and a single style; they are moderately fragrant. The flowers are pollinated by midges, bees and other insects and later in the year bear numerous haws. The haw is a small, oval dark red fruit about 10mm long, berry-like, but structurally a pome containing a single seed. Haws are important for wildlife in winter, particularly thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat the haws and disperse the seeds in their droppings.


The common hawthorn is distinguished from the related but less widespread Midland hawthorn (C. laevigata) by its more upright growth, the leaves being deeply lobed, with spreading lobes, and in the flowers having just one style, not two or three. However, they are inter-fertile and hybrids occur frequently; they are only entirely distinct in their more typical forms.


Taurus (Latin for "the Bull"; ♉) is the second astrological sign in the present zodiac. It spans the 30–60th degree of the zodiac. It is an earth sign like Virgo and Capricorn. It is a sign with a Fixed modality like Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. The Sun is in the sign of Taurus from about April 20 until about May 21 (Western astrology). People born between these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called Taureans.


Taurus was the first sign of the zodiac established among the ancient Mesopotamians – who knew it as the Bull of Heaven – because it was the constellation through which the sun rose on the vernal equinox at that time. The Bull represents a strong-willed character with great perseverance and determination. In India Taurus is known by its Sanskrit name Vṛṣabha, which is occasionally given as a name for Shiva and his vehicle Nandi as well as the first of twenty-four Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhanatha. In Egypt, Taurus was seen as the cow goddess Hathor. Hathor was the goddess of beauty, love, and happiness, and she represented all of the riches seen in cattle as the providers of nourishment. Roman astrologers considered Taurus ruled by Venus, the goddess of beauty, and Earth, the goddess of the earth and nature.

On Stardoll

I don't recall seeing any Lily of the valley or hawthorn inspired items on Stardoll; if I'm wrong, please feel free to correct my mistake in the comments below. The Taurus inspired item form Other World zodiac collection is still in Plaza and costs 15 (14) SD.

Emerald-inspired items are rather common if I'm not horribly mistaken - most of them are jewellery type.

May Birthdays

May 25th: giniaparks

If you missed the original "Calling for May birthdays" post and celebrate your birthday in the month of May, please leave a comment with your username and birth date in the comments.


RULES: You have to be a follower of this blog and you MUST be an active member, meaning taking part in competitions, upvoting, posting OOTD's, voting in polls and generally taking part in this community. and, of course, be active on Stardoll. NOTE: Your activity will be checked.



RAFFLE: Same as in April, I'm asking you to post your favourite emerald item in the comments below - DO NOT FORGET YOUR USERNAME. A low number of participants = no raffle.


As the birthstone of May is emerald, I decided to challenge you to present me with your best "Emerald City resident" inspired look. Let your imagination run wild!


You have until the midnight of 15th of May to post your entries in the comments below. DO NOT FORGET YOUR USERNAME. The entries will be judged by as many people as possible :)
The prize is 50 SD, but it can vary depending on the number of entries.

Good luck!
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