Monday, September 30, 2019

October

Hello my lovelies, and happy second month of autumn/spring (depending on where you're from) ;)


October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the sixth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. October is commonly associated with the season of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and with spring in the Southern hemisphere.



October's birthstones are the tourmaline and opal.
Its birth flower is the calendula.
The zodiac signs for this month are Libra (until October 22) and Scorpio (from October 23).



Tourmaline ( /ˈtʊərməlɪn/, -/iːn/ ) is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone comes in a wide variety of colors.
Brightly coloured Ceylonese gem tourmalines were brought to Europe in great quantities by the Dutch East India Company to satisfy a demand for curiosities and gems. At the time, it was not realised that schorl and tourmaline were the same minerals, as it was only about 1703 that it was discovered that some coloured gems were not zircons. Tourmaline was sometimes called the "Ceylonese Sri Lankan Magnet" because it could attract and then repel hot ashes due to its pyroelectric properties.


Tourmaline has a variety of colors. Usually, iron-rich tourmalines are black to bluish-black to deep brown, while magnesium-rich varieties are brown to yellow, and lithium-rich tourmalines are almost any color: blue, green, red, yellow, pink, etc. Rarely, it is colourless. Bi-coloured and multicoloured crystals are common, reflecting variations of fluid chemistry during crystallization. Crystals may be green at one end and pink at the other, or green on the outside and pink inside; this type is called watermelon tourmaline. Some forms of tourmaline are dichroic, in that they change color when viewed from different directions.


Tourmalines were used by chemists in the 19th century to polarize light by shining rays onto a cut and polished surface of the gem.



Varieties:
  • Schorl species:
    Brownish black to black—schorl,

  • Dravite species: from the Drave district of Carinthia
           - Dark yellow to brownish-black—dravite,
  • Elbaite species: named after the island of Elba, Italy
           - Red or pinkish-red—rubellite variety,

           - Light blue to bluish green—Brazilian indicolite variety (from indigo),
           - Green—verdelite or Brazilian emerald variety       - Colourless—achroite variety (from the Greek "άχρωμος" meaning "colourless").


Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica (SiO2·nH2O); its water content may range from 3 to 21% by weight but is usually between 6 and 10%. Because of its amorphous character, it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike crystalline forms of silica, which are classed as minerals. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl, and basalt. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia.


There are two broad classes of opal: precious and common. Precious opal displays play-of-colour (iridescence), common opal does not. Play-of-color is defined as "a pseudochromatic optical effect resulting in flashes of coloured light from certain minerals, as they are turned in white light." The internal structure of precious opal causes it to diffract light, resulting in play-of-colour. Depending on the conditions in which it formed, opal may be transparent, translucent or opaque and the background color may be white, black or nearly any color of the visual spectrum. Black opal is considered to be the rarest, whereas white, grey and green are the most common.


Precious opal shows a variable interplay of internal colors, and though it is a mineraloid, it has an internal structure. For gemstone use, most opal is cut and polished to form a cabochon. "Solid" opal refers to polished stones consisting wholly of precious opal. Opals too thin to produce a "solid" may be combined with other materials to form attractive gems. 


Besides the gemstone varieties that show a play of color, the other kinds of common opal include the milk opal, milky bluish to greenish (which can sometimes be of gemstone quality); resin opal, which is honey-yellow with a resinous luster; wood opal, which is caused by the replacement of the organic material in wood with opal; menilite, which is brown or grey; hyalite, a colourless glass-clear opal sometimes called Muller's glass; geyserite, also called siliceous sinter, deposited around hot springs or geysers; and diatomaceous earth, the accumulations of diatom shells or tests. Common opal often displays a hazy-milky-turbid sheen from within the stone. In gemology, this optical effect is strictly defined as opalescence which is a form of adularescence.


Fire opal is a transparent to translucent opal, with warm body colors of yellow to orange to red. Although it does not usually show any play of color, occasionally a stone will exhibit bright green flashes. he most famous source of fire opals is the state of Querétaro in Mexico; these opals are commonly called Mexican fire opals. Fire opals that do not show a play of color are sometimes referred to as jelly opals. 


Girasol opal is a term sometimes mistakenly and improperly used to refer to fire opals, as well as a type of transparent to semitransparent type milky quartz from Madagascar which displays an asterism, or star effect when cut properly. However, the true girasol opal is a type of hyalite opal that exhibits a bluish glow or sheen that follows the light source around. It is not a play of color as seen in precious opal, but rather an effect from microscopic inclusions. It is also sometimes referred to as water opal, too, when it is from Mexico. The two most notable locations of this type of opal are Oregon and Mexico.


Peruvian opal (also called blue opal) is a semi-opaque to an opaque blue-green stone found in Peru, which is often cut to include the matrix in the more opaque stones. It does not display play of color. Blue opal also comes from Oregon in the Owyhee region, as well as from Nevada around the Virgin Valley.


Opal is also formed by diatoms. Diatoms are a form of algae which, when they die, often form layers at the bottoms of lakes, bays, or oceans. Their cell walls are made up of hydrated silicon dioxide which gives them structural colouration and therefore the appearance of tiny opals when viewed under a microscope. These cell walls or "tests" form the “grains” for the diatomaceous earth.



Calendula (/kəˈlɛndjuːlə/), is a genus of about 15–20 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the daisy family Asteraceae that are often known as marigolds. They are native to southwestern Asia, western Europe, Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean. Other plants are also known as marigolds, such as corn marigold, desert marigold, marsh marigold, and plants of the genus Tagetes. The genus name Calendula is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae, meaning "little calendar", "little clock" or possibly "little weather-glass". The common name "marigold" refers to the Virgin Mary. The most commonly cultivated and used member of the genus is the pot marigold (Calendula officinalis). Popular herbal and cosmetic products named 'calendula' invariably derive from C. officinalis.


Calendula species have been used traditionally as culinary and medicinal herbs. The petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads or dried and used to color cheese or as a replacement for saffron. A yellow dye has been extracted from the flowers.


Romans and Greeks used the golden calendula in many rituals and ceremonies, sometimes wearing crowns or garlands made from the flowers. One of its nicknames is "Mary's Gold," referring to the flowers' use in early Catholic events in some countries. Calendula flowers are sacred flowers in India and have been used to decorate the statues of Hindu deities since early times.



Libra (♎) is the seventh astrological sign in the Zodiac. It spans 180°–210° celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area on average between (northern autumnal equinox) September 23 and October 23, and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun currently transits the constellation of Libra from approximately October 31 to November 22. The symbol of the scales is based on the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom. She became the inspiration for the modern depictions of Lady Justice. The ruling planet of Libra is Venus. Libra is the only zodiac constellation in the sky represented by an inanimate object. The other eleven signs are represented either as an animal or mythological characters throughout history.


Libra is one of the three zodiac air signs, the others being Gemini and Aquarius. In astrology, a broad description of those who are born under these signs are calm, rational, and detached when dealing with situations. The sign of Libra is symbolized by the scales and is associated with the Roman deity Iustitia.




Traditional Slovene name for the month of October is "vinotok" / ʋinotok / - basically the month when wine flows into barrels; "vino" being Slovene word for wine and "tok" literally meaning current.


Once again, the phonetic writing of the name is approximate as I don't have actual knowledge about it and it was done with help of Wikipedia page on Slovene phonology.



October birthdays
October 10th: AURA.
October 12th: boookay
October 16th: aangel_
October 18th: dollwars34

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 (this is a link to September birthdays post as aI was unable to make one for October).



On Stardoll

There are few items inspired by this month's symbols (still) available on Stardoll. Most of them are jewellery items from Epiphany and Splendid, and of course Libra scales from that old, old collection of Other World. If I missed any, please let me know in the comments below.



Have a great day and happy Halloween the 1st (as someone commented last year)!

xoxo, Anja
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Chat #33


Please remember to take a moment and nominate your fellow members using #featurethis.  You are allowed to nominate up to 3 people a week! 

This weeks members will receive a gift from their WL. 


I felt compelled to feature 3 members this week who's black outfits were on point and received a lot of upvotes!

Congrats to...

Featured Members:

Lolitak144, Lula.Osorio, and But Debbie... Pastels?
Nominated By:

Enough people who are in mourning over Stardoll. 
















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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Cycle 3: Judging Sign-Ups!


Hi everyone!
There has been a little time since the last cycle ended and now I'm starting to prep things for the next one!

I want this next cycle to just be for SMW and that will include having Judges that come here from here! I'm looking for about 4 or 5 judges! I understand that people become busy and may not be able to grade certain weeks. Because of this, Judges will be paid 40SD per task they grade. You can choose to receive your payments per task or once the cycle is over!

The plan is to start this Cycle the week of October 13th and for it to go into the beginning of December! 

I want to get an idea of how judges will grade and give feedback before choosing people. Those of you who are interested, I would like for you to grade the following task (A previous one from Task 1) completed by me and send feedback to my email alexboookay@gmail.com.

Task: Real Life Brand
The task is to create three different looks inspired by a real life brand. The goal is to not use actual pieces from the brand nor is it to completely copy the look. Your looks should include pieces that  represent trends found within the collection. You must create three different looks and include your inspo pictures. 

You must include: 3 outfits, the brand and season of the collection chosen and a name for the collection.

Point Breakdown: 5 Points per outfit (is the outfit cohesive, is it full, does it include trends found in the outfit), 5 points for including inspiration pics, and 5 points for following instructions. 

Entry for Grading
My collection is inspired by the Zuhair Murad collection. In doing each outfit I wanted to focus on including the vibrant tones in each outfits.  Below is my inspo pictures!



With all of the information above, I want you to grade my entry and provide feedback. The goal with feedback is provide constructive criticism as well as suggestions on what could be done differently. In grading, it may be useful for you to provide a breakdown of each of the grades. Example: 3.5 points for outfit 1, 2.5 points for outfit 2, 4.25 for outfit 3 etc. 

Email your submissions to me at: alexboookay@gmail.com with your Stardoll username  This will close October 13th, at 11:59pm EST!
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Friday, September 27, 2019

ANTIDOTE RELEASE + COMP

Note: I will be catching up on comps and prize payouts this weekend/early next week.

To start your weekend off right (broke), we have a new Antidote release today! I actually didn't go crazy for once and impulse buy everything in the store (yay me!). Well... I guess I should say that it was partially because my stardoll funds are low (I don't want to buy anymore rn plus I've been spending that money elsewhere shhhhh!) and partially because some things were just meh to me.

UPDATE: I went back :(

Anyway, what are your thoughts on this new collection? What did you buy?


Prices range from 43sd - 99sd before discount.

There is also an Off-White inspired coat that I only see in catalog




Style 1 main clothing item (not accessory) from this release and post the pic in comments.

WIN 50sd

~Min 10 entries
~Don't forget your Stardoll name
~Can be created in Starplaza
~Ends Friday Oct 4, 2019


REAL VERSIONS
Thanks Lula, hanalamu and Scarpin

Versace top and pants
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Amimono Horinouchi Siouxsie Sioux sweater
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Louis Vuitton duffle bag

Burberry coat and hoodie


Dion Lee dog clip belt, bags, boots, dress, bralette, sweater and shorts
Leather Goods  | DOG CLIP BELTAccessories | APEX BAG CROSS BODY

Off-White bag and coat
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Miu Miu glasses
Miu Miu MU 57US Silver/Silver image 1

Barragan dress
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Demobaza mahatma hood
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Zimmerman top and pants
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Alexander McQueen corset belt
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Garreth Pugh jacket
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Balenciaga jacket
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