Sunday, June 30, 2019

Joint Cycle #2: Sign-Ups




Hi everyone!

Welcome to Joint Cycle #2 hosted by me, Alex! This Cycle is joint between my club .boookay. and between SMW. 

Last time a lot of folks signed up for the previous cycle, so I decided that it would be a great idea to include the pre-cycle task in the sign-ups!

You can find all the information regarding the number of participants, how elimination will work, how the poll will be used, feedback, and other things that will be important for the cycle at this link here. Please DO read this. It is about a page long but will answer most questions that may come up!

As of right now, the prizes stand the same as last time: 1st - 500SD, 2nd - 300SD, and 3rd - 200SD. Prize amounts may increase and placements may be added depending on the number of participants that are left at the end of this Cycle!

For the sign-ups, you must answer the following questions as well as complete the following task:

  1. Username
  2. Have you competed in a cycle before?
  3. What brand would you like to see this tribute season?
  4. Why do you want to be apart of this Cycle?
  5. Based on the rules (linked above), is there anything you would like to be changed or added?

Pre-Cycle Task: Supersize Me

One trend that I truly love irl is the oversized trend. Some days you can catch me in a comfy oversized T and a pair of skinny jeans. Like any trend, this is a trend that goes in and out of style. On Stardoll there are some good oversized pieces that can be used from tops, to coats, to pants there are a lot of options!

For this task, you must use at least one piece that is oversized on your doll. You can get creative about the piece you use! We definitely want to see you step outside of the box!

The sign-ups will remain open for a week where then 20 people will be chosen to start the Cycle. Each person will be judged on a scale of 1 to 10 and no feedback will be given for THIS task. 

This task will close Saturday, June 6th at 11:59PM EST.

-Alex
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Friday, June 28, 2019

NEW RIVIERA RELEASE + 24 hr WL giveaway (WINNERS)

Today we got 2 new Riviera floors. I'm not too excited for them, but I guess that's because I don't use swimsuits that much on Stardoll. 

With that being said there are always a couple cute items to be found.

What do you think of this release?

~Share a pic wearing something from this release to be entered in our raffle to win a random item from your WL.

*Items are valued at $30sd or less and must be already in your WL.

* Open for 24 hours only


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

July 2019 HotBuys Ad







Stardoll has just released the ad for the July HotBuys. Seeing how July is my favorite month I did not expect such items. I'm disappointed. So far I only seem to like the corset top, corset dress & the Fendi bag. 
Though I am still skeptical about buying them. 

And here is today's weekly Superstar Gift. It's the lamp from Pretty n' Love Decor. 
(thanks giniaparks for the photo) 

I like it a lot since I always wanted to buy it but now I don't need to.
 It looks much better than last weeks gift. 






What do you think about the July HotBuys? Will you be buying anything? Do you like the weekly gift? 
If so, post in the comments if you've already put it anywhere in your suite and show us your opinions about the HotBuys. 


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

SMWE #1 VOTING




 The time has come. It's voting process! 


Vote for your top 3 favorite picks on the poll down below. 

The poll will close on June 30th at 11:59 PM CEST!

See you on July 1st with the next theme and the winners announcement!



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New PopShop-COMP + GIVEAWAY


New Popshop this Wednesday! It's sort of Pride themed? There's just a rainbow garland in the first floor, and then Begum said they re-released a second floor? What laziness!

2 starcoin items to snatch up, the cute lil swan floatie and the Pride cap. I think the bg is pretty and I like that little patio. I'm not sure about anything else. Prices range from 6 sd to 33 sd for the interior. I don't it's a terribly expensive one. But I'm also not rushing to buy anything. lol

Tell us your thoughts on this release within 24 hours to win an item from it!

COMP: Show us your poolside escape from your suite for a chance to win 50 sd! (I would love if you include an item from this release, but you don't have to) You have till next Wednesday for this decor comp.



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July Birthdays


Hello everyone, you know the drill ;)

If you celebrate your birthday in the month of July and would like a chance to be featured, please share your birthdate with us.

Of course, there are some rules:
1. To get a feature post you HAVE TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER here on the blog (whoever writes the feature post checks for activity), meaning participating not only in competitions and/or being active in the Chat section of the blog!

2. If you celebrate your birthday in July, leave a comment with your USERNAME AND BIRTHDATE!!!

Have a lovely day!
Love, Anja


PS: In my monthly post, I tend to mention every monthly "birthday baby", even if you don't meet the criteria for the feature post. I just feel that if you took your time and wrote your birthdate in the comments, you can get at least that much :)
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Monday, June 24, 2019

New Museum Mile + COMP/GIVEAWAY (WINNERS ANNOUNCED)


So it looks like Tribute season has started; again with Museum Mile.  I wonder if this is going to be a new trend? If you remember our last Tribute season started with Museum Mile Givenchy. This year it's Jean Paul Gauthier. We have one floor with prices ranging from 11 sd to 31 sd. There's also a poster, two mugs and a JPG bag on the first page of Museum Mile.

What do y'all think of this release? Will you be buying anything? I have my eye on a few pieces, but I haven't decided yet. I usually wait till almost everything comes out for Tribute season and then decide. I definitely will be getting the background though! The Louvre!

Tell us what you think within the next 24 hours to win an item from the release!

Show us what kind of outfits you can create with this release!
If we get at least 10 entries, there will be a poll to win 50 SD!



Jean Paul Gauthier is a French designer who was an assistant to Pierre Cardin starting in 1970. He founded his own line in 1982 and was the creative director of Hermes for women from 2003-2010. He is known for blending street style and haute couture with unconventional silhouettes for both men and women and using fashion to draw attention to social issues. He generally presents themes of sexuality, diversity and religion throughout his collections.

Here are some RLV thanks to Lula.Osorio and MegaMashytik






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Chat #19


Please remember to take a moment and nominate your fellow members using #featurethis.

This weeks member will be interviewed by Giniaparks and receive a gift from their WL. You may only nominate once per week.


Hope y'all understand, Thank you!

Congrats to...

Featured Member:

CoolRachael

Nominated By:
 LemonChiffon & lolitka1444









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If you experience an issue or have a concern, please contact Jenna (emorox4eva) on Stardoll or one of the moderators.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Interview with vev



Last week's Featured Chat Member was vev!! This outfit was absolutely stunning and so inventive, I just had to nominate it! You can visit her here and her interview is down below!

What would you like us to call you?
You can call me Viviane or Vev.

Where are you from?
Kosovo

What do you look like irl?
I'm quite pale. I have green/hazel eye and long brown wavy/curly hair.

What does your style irl look like? How does it compare to your SD style?
I have always been told that the way I dress in real life is interesting to look at. I'm not sure why that is but the most accurate word to describe my style would be edgy. I wear mostly leggings, black colors, heels, long jackets, leather, etc. On Stardoll, I usually dress my doll different than my style in real life. There I like to use more colors and do not always dress in black.

Who are your favorite designers?
Titania Inglis, Barbara I Gongini, Alexander Wang, Yohji Yamamoto and Vivenne Westwood.

What languages do you speak/study?
I speak fluent Albanian (my native language), English and I studied French while in high school so I know how to speak it a little bit.

What are your top 5 favorite foods?
Salad, seafood, salmon, pizza and ice cream.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I love to hang out with my mom and sister. If that doesn't work, I like to watch tv series, explore different music genres or spend time reading Episode stories.

What are you interested in learning?
I would love to learn Icelandic. Overall, just anything that has to do with different cultures. Another thing that I really want to learn is how to cook since I can't really do anything, when I try to, I end up burning food or it turns out tasteless. Also, I would totally love to learn how to do parkour, I am obsessed and I even dream of doing crazy stuff like in the movies. Though I'd probably end up killing myself in real life. lol

Where are your top 5 travel destination you most want to go to?
Iceland, Croatia, China, Italy and the United Kingdom

If you could time travel, where/when would you go?
I would love nothing more than to time travel. It's been a few years now and it might sound lame, but I would love to see my predecessors, the Illyrians. I have always been fascinated whenever we learnt about our origin when we had history at school. I'd love to see how they used to be like. I would also love to time travel to the times when Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn were still alive so I could meet them and go back to the 80s and 90s.

What are your favorite tv shows/movies/books?
My favorite tv show at the moment is called: "Possessed." My favorite book is: "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne. I also love to read Episode stories and my favorites right now are: "It's just an Illusion Series," "The Otherworld," "The Dragon Bride," "Boyfriend For Hire," "Living With The Vampire Brothers," "Mindreader" & "Flashback Friday."

What types of art do you enjoy doing or appreciating?
Just like my major, I like to appreciate interior design and decor. I also (used to) love appreciating digital art, but since a few years I have given up on that path. I would like to start over and get back to drawing, but I'm just not as inspired as I used to be before.

Do you like to be outdoors or indoors more?
I like to be indoors, but also outdoors as long as I am with my family or just in the presence of someone whom I feel comfortable with. 

What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memory is being a kid and spending time playing with my siblings and going out as a whole with my family more often.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A ballerina, a cashier and a celebrity/singer.

If you had to describe yourself using three words, what would they be?
Loyal, empathic, serious.

If you could be any Disney character, who would you be?
I would be Princess Arista, Ariel's sister. I have always loved her personality and her hairstyle. I think we're quite alike.

If you were going to bury a time capsule, what would you put in it?
My photo album, a few of my precious jewelry and my drawing tablet.

Who makes you laugh the most?
That would be my sister. She's quite funny.

How do you relax after a long day?
Before going to sleep, I go on Episode and read my favorite stories. It's become routine for some time now and I love reading after a long day. It always makes me happy.

What is the best piece of life advice you could give?
You were brought on Earth for a reason. Your life has a purpose. Live it. Enjoy it. And most importantly love God. He loves you.


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Friday, June 21, 2019

New Antidote


New Antidote is out. It only took forever. So much for their countdown clock. Well, to me the items looked a lot better than I thought they were. I did miss a couple of things that I wanted. What did y'all think? Show me your outfits below!

Here is some RLV thanks to MegaMashityk, FloralDelRey and NayStardoll
Jonathan Simkhai
Jacquemus

Natasha Zinko

Fenty






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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

New Callie's Picks-Lady Lovelace





Hi guys! Today SD launched a new Callie's Picks. They continued their historical figure theme from last CP and chose Lady Lovelace. Her doll is from the era when Stardoll had a lot of "Role Model" dolls with suites on the site. You can still visit her here. I'm friends with her. lol
The store has been glitching all day and you can't see the whole thing, just this window that you can't click. But the items are available in catalog, except for the Lady Lovelace doll.
Update: It's finally been fixed!
Ada Lovelace was born in 1815 in London, the daughter of the poet Lord Byron. Her mother separated from her father when she was one and was insistent that Ada not become a poet. She raised her as a single mother and taught her math and science, but Ada always kept an artistic sensibility. In the 1830s and 40s, she was introduced to the works of Charles Babbage, an English polymath, and she began a correspondence with him. Babbage developed a calculating engine, but it was Ada that suggested it could be used in different practical applications like generating graphics and music. This is now regarded as the first "computer program."
What do y'all think of this collection? Are you buying anything? Do you like that Callie's is doing this whole doll thing? This collection fits a lot better than the Beatrix Potter one. I personally really love this collection. I want most of the dresses and head pieces. And I'm going to add Ada to my Hall of Portraits.

Post an outfit within 24 hours for you chance to win an item from the release!



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Monday, June 17, 2019

New Tingeling Couture-RuPaul's Drag Race

Hey guys! I just got home from work and saw an outfit Lula had posted with this new collection! She looked amazing so I went to look at the collection and I am just not feeling it for my doll. lol.
This Tingeling Couture collection is inspired by RuPaul's Drag Race and includes outfits worn by the contestants and RuPaul to celebrate Pride Month.
Here are some RLV:
Thanks MegaMashytik and FloralDelRey

And here's Lula's gorgeous outfit!
And Begum Gunaydin's
Let me see your super creative looks below and tell us what you think of the collection? Are you buying anything? Are y'all fans of RuPaul's drag race?


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Chat #18


Please remember to take a moment and nominate your fellow members using #featurethis.

The member with the most hashtags is featured in the chat, interviewed by Giniaparks and receive a gift from their WL. You may only nominate once per week.

Thank you!

Congrats to...

Featured Member:

Viviane 

Nominated By:
Anya-Samantha, Kleiner Teufel, Begüm Günaydin, LemonChiffon, giniaparks, WhoisAshleigh








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ANYONE who breaks these rules will be removed form the blog immediately!

If you experience an issue or have a concern, please contact Jenna (emorox4eva) on Stardoll or one of the moderators.

DO NOT CAUSE CONFLICTS ON THE BLOG!

See new rules post here.
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Interview with LemonChiffon


LemonChiffon is a long time SMW member. She has an avant-garde flair to her outfits that always inspires me. Her featured look was simply stunning.

What is your name/what would you like us to call you?
A: My real name is Keshia, my friends call me Key or Kiwi. People can call me whatever they feel comfortable with, usually people just shorten my username.

Where are you from? What languages do you speak?
A: I was born in the U.S., but I was raised in Mexico, which means I speak Spanish fluently.

What do you do for a living?
A: I am a Curator at a contemporary art museum.

How did you come to the decision to pursue your current career?
A: I've always been in love with the arts and museums since I was very young. My first visit to the Met cemented I wanted to work somewhere similar, though it took me a really long time to figure out the path I wanted to take to get there. It also took me a while to stand firm that that's what I wanted to do because my parents were worried I wouldn't be able to find a job getting an arts degree. I started off with antiquities, and I was positive that was where my career path was headed, particularly when I went to live in Italy for a while to complete a field school in art restoration. It wasn't until I happened to intern at a contemporary art museum (my last choice lol) that I truly fell in love with the idea of not only working with contemporary art but with living artists. There is something so magical about being a part of someone's passion and sharing that conversation with a community of people. Particularly because so many artists are activists, trying to make a difference in the world. So, in case it wasn't obvious, I love my job even if it means I'm hardly ever home because it's so crazy haha.

How long have you been on SD? What got you into it?
A: Gosh, I've been on SD for a while, I think I might have joined in 2008? I've played on and off since then. I don't even think I remember what got me into it.

Who are your favorite fashion designers? Recent collections?
A: Alexander McQueen, Iris Van Herpen, Guo Pei and Pierpaolo Piccioli are a few of my favorites. Which means obviously Valentino's latest collections have caught my eye, particularly Spring/Summer 2019.

How would you describe your SD style and your irl style?
A: Colorful. I think my SD style is way more edgy than my real life style. I love color, I love trying new things in all aspects of my life which means I do like to try current trends (even if I keep my closet full of classic staples because who doesn't? haha), and I try to experiment even if I'm not quite as adventurous as my SD style. I think I'm a good mix of classic contemporary.

What inspires you to create your looks?
A: Other dolls! I get so inspired by everyone else's creativity. It pushes me to try new thing, new ways of using and layering items I never would have tried on my own. Everyone is so brilliant at putting together looks I think it breeds some awesome creativity.

Do you enjoy other forms of design or art?
A: As my job suggests, yes very much so lol I've always been in love with art from pre-historic cave paintings to the latest work from someone like Marina Abromavic. I think fashion, design, music and art all fall under this similar umbrella for me that really feeds my soul.

Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion?
A: Hats, gloves, parasols...fun accessory type items like that I think would be awesome if they were more prevalent in fashion. I love old Hollywood glamour and I really wish we could go back to some of that type of elegance in fashion. Think Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford, Liz Taylor, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich...I could go on forever.

Do you like to read? What books are your favorite?
A: I LOVE to read. My mom and I actually participate in the GoodRead challenge every year, and try to read around 100 books a year. I get it from my mom for sure, she's also a book nut. I don't even know if I could pick a favorite I love a good mystery so Agatha Christie has been a favorite since I was about fifteen and stealing my mom's books haha. I love sci-fi and fantasy (obviously harry Potter was huge to me), romance (I'm a sucker for a trashy romance I admit it lol)...I'm certainly not picky when it comes to genre, though I am picky when it comes to the style of writing authors.

Do you have any fandoms you are a part of?
A: I think most people know I'm a massive ARMY lol. I've been a fan of BTS since they debuted way back in 2013. Probably TMI, but when I first found them I was going through a really tough time mentally and struggling quite heavily with depression and self-harm. I didn't know what direction I wanted to take and was kind of drifting. Their music and their lyrics really touched me, particularly a song of theirs called Tomorrow. Crazy story, but they're actually the reason I left a more "secure" major and decided definitively to try my luck in the arts against my parent's wishes. haha. A lot of people don't get it, which is totally cool, but they've formed a huge part of my life and I will be forever grateful I found them when I did. They've really been such a massively positive influence on my life.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
A: Read, hands down, but I also really love to write. I'm hoping I'll be able to publish my own book someday. 

What is something about you that would surprise people?
A: I feel like I'm a pretty open book lol. I don't know what would be surprising...maybe that I struggled for so long with depression and self-harm. I'm a pretty up-beat positive person, so I think it surprises people who didn't know me then. People get curious because they can see the scars on my arms, and I like to be really open about it. I think it's important to raise awareness, and to know there's no shame in it. Just want to put it out there that because I have no problem talking about it. If anyone is going through a hard time and needs someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Do you like to travel? What are some of your dream travel destinations?
A: I love to travel! I'd love to go to Thailand, India, Africa, Korea...so many, many places.

What are your favorite food? What are some foods you hate?
A: Um...I love food. Period. My favorite cuisine is probably Indian, though if I'm honest, I really love all Asian cuisine I've tried. Thai, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese are also massive favorites. I also love Mexican because I grew up with it. My mom is the best cook ever haha. I'm not picky at all so I have very few foods I hate, off the top of my head I'd say papaya.

What kinds of music do you listen to?
A: All kinds, everything from metal to classical, which might seem crazy to some people. I try not to limit myself. I'm open to new experiences and new things, and if I like something I like something. I tend to "curate" my music through songs, rather than specific artists or genres. I'm moved by songs that speak to me, or that I relate to or have related to at some point in my life. I love a good BOP though, haha.

Do you like to cook?
A: No! I can cook, but I don't enjoy it.

Do you like makeup? What are your favorite makeup brands?
A: Obsessed. ABH, Too Faced, KVD, Melt, Urban Decay, Bite, Colourpop...the list is endless.

If you could go back in time to any point in history, where would you go?
A: Quite honestly I don't know if I would lol it sounds romantic, but the reality of most of history is not pretty. If anything it would be to solve a mystery. I'd love to meet some of the most powerful and badass women in history to hear thei version of events, like Hatshepsut or Cleopatra, Frida Kahlo, Ida B Wells, Harriet Tubman, Sappho, Maud Stevens Wagner, Boadicea, Marie Antoinette, etc, etc.

If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you introduce?
A: Equal rights on every level, to every citizen. Sever animal protection laws.

If a movie was being made about your life, who would you choose to star?
A: Hm. Maybe Zoe Saldana or Keke Palmer...

Thank you so much for the interview!




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Monday, June 10, 2019

Chat #17



Please remember to take a moment and nominate your fellow members using #featurethis.

The member with the most hashtags is featured in the chat, interviewed by Giniaparks and receive a gift from their WL. You may only nominate once per week.

Thank you!

Congrats to...

Featured Member:

Marta-43

Nominated By:
RIOT, beerox098, and Velve







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If you experience an issue or have a concern, please contact Jenna (emorox4eva) on Stardoll or one of the moderators.

DO NOT CAUSE CONFLICTS ON THE BLOG!

See new rules post here.
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

June


First of all, I owe you one huge apology for being a whole week late, but such is (unfortunately) the nature of exam season. I will also keep this shorter for this exact reason - I hope you don't mind.
 And second, I hope your month started great!


June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. June contains the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours, and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours (excluding polar regions in both cases). June in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. In the Northern Hemisphere, the beginning of the traditional astronomical summer is 21st of June (meteorological summer begins on 1 June). In the Southern Hemisphere, meteorological winter begins on 1st of June.



June's birthstones are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.
The birth flowers are rose and honeysuckle.
The zodiac signs for the month of June are Gemini (until June 20) and Cancer (from June 21 onwards).



A pearl is a hard, glistening object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusc or another animal, such as a conulariid. Just like the shell of a mollusc, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate (mainly aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite) in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes, known as the baroque pearl can occur. The finest quality of natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. Because of this, pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.


The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild but are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those currently sold. Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewellery, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor and is easily distinguished from that of genuine pearls. Pearls have been harvested and cultivated primarily for use in jewellery, but in the past were also used to adorn clothing. They have also been crushed and used in cosmetics, medicines and paint formulations.



The alexandrite (variety of chrysoberyl) displays a colour change (alexandrite effect) dependent upon the nature of ambient lighting (metamerism). Alexandrite effect is the phenomenon of an observed colour change from greenish to reddish with a change in source illumination. Alexandrite results from small scale replacement of aluminium by chromium ions in the crystal structure, which causes intense absorption of light over a narrow range of wavelengths in the yellow region (580 nm) of the visible light spectrum. Because human vision is most sensitive to green light and least sensitive to red light, alexandrite appears greenish in daylight where the full spectrum of visible light is present, and reddish in incandescent light which emits less green and blue spectrum. This colour change is independent of any change of hue with viewing direction through the crystal that would arise from pleochroism.


Alexandrite from the Ural Mountains in Russia can be green by daylight and red by incandescent light. Other varieties of alexandrite may be yellowish or pink in daylight and a columbine or raspberry red by incandescent light.



Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminium silicate ((Na,K)AlSi3O8) of the feldspar group that displays a pearly and opalescent schiller. An alternative name is hecatolite. Its name is derived from a visual effect, sheen or schiller (play of colour), caused by light diffraction within a microstructure consisting of regular exsolution layers (lamellae) of different alkali feldspars (orthoclase and sodium-rich plagioclase).


Deposits of moonstone occur in Armenia (mainly from Lake Sevan), Australia, the Austrian Alps, Mexico, Madagascar, Myanmar, Norway, Poland, India, Sri Lanka and the United States. The moonstone is the Florida State Gemstone; it was designated as such in 1970 to commemorate the Moon landings, which took off from Kennedy Space Center. Despite it being the Florida State Gemstone, it does not naturally occur in the state.



A rose is a woody perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae, or the flower it bears. There are over three hundred species and thousands of cultivars. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing, or trailing, with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds. Most species are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and northwestern Africa. Species, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and often are fragrant. Roses have acquired cultural significance in many societies. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach seven meters in height. Different species hybridize easily, and this has been used in the development of the wide range of garden roses.


Roses are best known as ornamental plants grown for their flowers in the garden and sometimes indoors. They have been also used for commercial perfumery and commercial cut flower crops. Some are used as landscape plants, for hedging and for other utilitarian purposes such as game cover and slope stabilization.


Rose hips are occasionally made into jam, jelly, marmalade, and soup or are brewed for tea, primarily for their high vitamin C content. They are also pressed and filtered to make rose hip syrup. Rose hips are also used to produce rosehip seed oil, which is used in skin products and some makeup products.
Rose water has a very distinctive flavour and is used heavily in Middle Eastern, Persian, and South Asian cuisine—especially in sweets such as barfi, baklava, halva, gulab jamun, gumdrops, kanafeh, nougat, and Turkish delight. Rose petals or flower buds are sometimes used to flavour ordinary tea or combined with other herbs to make herbal teas.



Honeysuckles (Lonicera, /lɒˈnɪsərə/) are arching shrubs or twining vines in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. Approximately 180 species of honeysuckle have been identified. About 100 of these species can be found in China and approximately 20 native species have been identified in Europe, 20 in India, and 20 in North America. Widely known species include Lonicera periclymenum (common honeysuckle or woodbine), Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle, white honeysuckle, or Chinese honeysuckle) and Lonicera sempervirens (coral honeysuckle, trumpet honeysuckle, or woodbine honeysuckle). In North America hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers on some of these plants, especially L. sempervirens and L. ciliosa (orange honeysuckle). Honeysuckle derives its name from the edible sweet nectar obtainable from its tubular flowers. The name Lonicera stems from Adam Lonicer, a Renaissance botanist.


Most species of Lonicera are hardy twining climbers, with a large minority of shrubby habit; a handful of species (including Lonicera hildebrandiana from the Himalayan foothills and L. etrusca from the Mediterranean) are tender and can only be grown outside in subtropical zones. The leaves are opposite, simple oval, 1–10 cm long; most are deciduous but some are evergreen. Many of the species have sweetly scented, bilaterally symmetrical flowers that produce sweet, edible nectar, and most flowers are borne in clusters of two (leading to the common name of "twinberry" for certain North American species). Both shrubby and vining sorts have strongly fibrous stems which have been used for binding and textiles. The fruit is a red, blue or black spherical or elongated berry containing several seeds; in most species, the berries are mildly poisonous, but in a few (notably Lonicera caerulea) they are edible and grown for home use and commerce. Most honeysuckle berries are attractive to wildlife, which has led to species such as L. japonica and L. maackii spreading invasively outside of their home ranges. Many species of Lonicera are eaten by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species.



Gemini (♊) is the third astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Gemini. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this sign between about May 21 and June 21. Gemini is represented by the twins Castor and Pollux, known as the Dioscuri.




Traditional/old Slovenian name for the month of June is "rožnik" / ɾo:ʒnik / and it got its name from the word "roža" - flower. So it's basically the month full of (blooming) flowers.

Again, I'd like to point out that phonetic writing here is an approximation based on a handy Wikipedia page and my own pronunciation of the word (not necessarily 100% correct one).


June Birthdays
June 2nd: Rasrix and Uitsili
June 4th: Coolrachael
June 8th: beerox098
June 24th: Lady_Ieva
June 25th: JanaStarlite
June 30th: Pedromane94

If there's anyone else celebrating their birthday this month, please leave a comment below with your username and birthdate. Birthday rules can be found HERE.


On Stardoll

I know there aren't any honeysuckle inspired items on Stardoll, and I'm pretty sure there aren't any moonstone or alexandrite inspired ones (please correct me if I'm wrong), there is, however, one item inspired by the Gemini sign (loveseat) and plenty that are inspired by roses and pearls - you are welcome to share your favourites in the comments below - here are some of mine (past and present) :)



My fave rose items are these old ones from Film Theory, and I couldn't decide on pearl items - but I'm definitely fond of various necklaces ;)



Once again I'm terribly sorry for the delay and I hope you excuse a bit shorter post this month. 

Have a great day!

Anja
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