Sunday, December 31, 2017

JANUARY



Happy New Year! I hope you survived the celebrations in one piece.
 There will be some minor changes to my monthly posts in 2018, so keep reading to find out :)


January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the first month to have the length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year's Day. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter) and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of summer). In the Southern hemisphere, January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Northern hemisphere and vice versa.

January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after the Latin word for door (ianua), since January is the door to the year and an opening to new beginnings. The month is conventionally thought of as being named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology, but according to ancient Roman farmers' almanacs Juno was the tutelary deity of the month.



January's birthstone is the garnet, which represents constancy.
Its birth flower is the cottage pink Dianthus caryophyllus or galanthus.
The zodiac signs for the month of January are Capricorn (until January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 onwards)



Garnets are a group of silicate minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives.



All species of garnets possess similar physical properties and crystal forms, but differ in chemical composition. The different species are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular (varieties of which are hessonite or cinnamon-stone and tsavorite), uvarovite and andradite. The garnets make up two solid solution series: pyrope-almandine-spessartine and uvarovite-grossular-andradite.



The word garnet comes from the 14th‑century Middle English word gernet, meaning 'dark red'. It is derived from the Latin granatus, from granum ('grain, seed'). This is possibly a reference to mela granatum or even pomum granatum ('pomegranate', Punica granatum), a plant whose fruits contain abundant and vivid red seed covers (arils), which are similar in shape, size, and color to some garnet crystals.



Garnet species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, with reddish shades most common.
Garnet species' light transmission properties can range from the gemstone-quality transparent specimens to the opaque varieties used for industrial purposes as abrasives. The mineral's luster is categorized as vitreous (glass-like) or resinous (amber-like).


Dianthus caryophyllus, the carnation or clove pink, is a species of Dianthus. It is probably native to the Mediterranean region but its exact range is unknown due to extensive cultivation for the last 2,000 years.


It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 80 cm tall. The leaves are glaucous greyish green to blue-green, slender, up to 15 cm long. The flowers are produced singly or up to five together in a cyme; they are 3–5 cm diameter, and sweetly scented; the original natural flower colour is bright pinkish-purple, but cultivars of other colours, including red, white, yellow and green, have been developed.


Carnations were mentioned in Greek literature 2,000 years ago. "Dianthus" was coined by Greek botanist Theophrastus, and is derived from the Greek words for divine ("dios") and flower ("anthos"). Some scholars believe that the name "carnation" comes from "coronation" or "corone" (flower garlands), as it was one of the flowers used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Others think the name stems from the Latin "caro" (genitive "carnis") (flesh), which refers to the original colour of the flower, or incarnatio (incarnation), which refers to the incarnation of God made flesh. The legend that explains the name is that Diana the Goddess came upon the shepherd boy and took a liking to him. But the boy, for some reason, turned her down. Diana ripped out his eyes and threw them to the ground where they sprouted into the Dianthus flower.


Although originally applied to the species Dianthus caryophyllus, the name Carnation is also often applied to some of the other species of Dianthus, and more particularly to garden hybrids between D. caryophyllus and other species in the genus.


Galanthus (snowdrop; Greek gála "milk", ánthos "flower") is a small genus of about 20 species of bulbous perennial herbaceous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae. The plants have two linear leaves and a single small white drooping bell shaped flower with six petal-like (petaloid) tepals in two circles (whorls). The smaller inner petals have green markings.



Snowdrops have been known since the earliest times under various names but were named Galanthus in 1753. As the number of recognised species increased various attempts were made to divide the species into subgroups, usually on the basis of the pattern of the emerging leaves (vernation). In the era of molecular phylogenetics this characteristic has been shown to be unreliable and now seven moleculary defined clades are recognised corresponding to the biogeographical distribution of species. New species continue to be discovered.



Most species flower in winter, before the vernal equinox (20 or 21 March in the Northern Hemisphere), but some flower in early spring and late autumn. Snowdrops are sometimes confused with the two related genera within the tribe Galantheae, snowflakes Leucojum and Acis.



The genus Galanthus is native to Europe and the Middle East, from the Spanish and French Pyrenees in the west through to the Caucasus and Iran in the east, and south to Sicily, the Peloponnese and the Aegean, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. The northern limit is uncertain because G. nivalis has been widely introduced and cultivated throughout Europe. G. nivalis and some other species valued as ornamentals have become widely naturalized in Europe, North America and other regions.


NOTE: As you may have noticed by now, I decided to include zodiac signs in my post in 2018. As signs and months don't align, I'm going to feature one zodiac sign per month, starting with Capricorn. 

Capricorn (♑) is the tenth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus. It spans the 270–300th degree of the zodiac, corresponding to celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this area from December 22 to January 19 each year, and under the sidereal zodiac, the sun transits the constellation of Capricorn from approximately January 16 to February 16. In astrology, Capricorn is considered an earth sign, negative sign, and one of the four cardinal signs. Capricorn is said to be ruled by the planet Saturn. Its symbol is based on the Sumerians' primordial god of wisdom and waters, Enki, with the head and upper body of a goat and the lower body and tail of a fish.



The goat part of the symbol depicts ambition, resolute, intelligence, curiosity, but also steadiness, and ability to thrive in inhospitable environments while the fish represents passion, spirituality, intuition, and connection with the soul. Individuals born between December 21 to January 19 may be called Capricornian.



Capricorn is third and last of the earth signs in the zodiac, the other two being Taurus and Virgo.

On Stardoll

There used to be a snowdrop plant available in Starplaza and for some reason I have a feeling that it was re-released as a part of one of Callie's Picks Decor issues. Is it true or is it just my mind playing tricks on me?


In October 2012 Stardoll released zodiac themed floor of Other World. Most of the items can still be found if you search through "Catalog" In Plaza (under 'Fashion' and 'Decor'). Sadly, the Capricorn item is gone - I think it was/is this headpiece. Am IO right or am I wrong?


I also haven't found any garnet inspired items. If you do know of any that are/were available on Stardoll, please let me know :)

January birthdays:

January 15th: ashley-cata
January 16th: Juliette116
January 18th: giannoula5
January 25th: RlOT


If there's anyone else that celebrates their birthday in January, please leave a comment with your username and birth date.

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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At this point I would like to thank all of you for reading my (monthly) posts. In this past year you've accepted me as one of the writters and I sincerely hope that this partnership will last for a long time.

Happy new year and all the best in 2018!

❤ Love, Anja ❤
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Little help needed




Hello, everyone :)

First, I'd like to thank all of you who already entered at least one of my competitions this past month (last one is still open, click HERE for more info). Thank you :)

Second, I will need some help judging these comps. I know I asked you in my original "Question" post, who will be prepared to help me out with it, but as it turned out, it's a bit of a task sifting through all those comments to find willing judges.

So I'm asking again: Who is willing to help me judge these five competitions? If you would like to help, please leave a comment in my guestbook on Stardoll HERE.

Thank you and happy new year!




UPDATE: Things got sorted a bit differently thanks to two lovely ladies in the comments that reminded me of SMWSTAFF club. If you are member of said club on Stardoll, there are currently 4 discussions open for judging first four December competitions.
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Happy Birthday LoveFotinh

This Grecian darling has an intriguing and unique sense of style, and is currently participating in my club's 3rd cycle

This is her latest task submission:
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Bygone, bygone year ... COMP



Can you believe that this month and with it this year are almost over? 
It's been a week, so it is time for the fifth and last December competition hosted by me.

The theme for this one proved to be rather elusive. But in the end I got it while I was browsing through StarBazzar earlier today.



You are invited to a New Year's party. The host is know for throwing great themed party every year. To find out more about the dress code, read the "invitation" below. If there are still some questions you can ask them in the comments or in my GB.

RULES:

- Create a glamorous party look inspired by a bygone era - said era could be the 80's, 50's, 20's, Victorian era, medieval times or even stone age if that's what inspires you, but the 80's are the youngest it can be. It can be created in your suite OR plaza OR scenery OR using someone else's doll (in this case, write the username of the person whose doll you are using). As usual, my doll is at your full disposal ;)
- Post your look in the comments below WITH YOUR USERNAME and the era (not a must, but it would be nice)
- Competition closes on Friday, January 5th 2018 at 23:59 CET, click HERE to see what does that mean for you :)

Good luck!

NOTE:
All five winners will be announced AFTER this one closes. Each person can win only once (don't worry you can enter all of them).
Each winner will get 200 SD OR 4 weeks of Superstar membership

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New PopShop


As per usual, we got new items in PopShop right before the new year.

We got one floor of new items, with prices ranging from 5 to 18 stardollars and with two starcoins items (floating lantern and 2018 balloons).


As you can see, most of the items are Chinese inspired. Stardoll was super lazy this year - they used old interior, last year's table plus there's this gem of a message we got:
(looks like someone forgot about their homework)

What are your thoughts? Will you buy anything? Let us know in the comments below.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dior Tribute Released!


Stardoll released the 3rd Tribute for Holidays season and it's Inspired by Dior.
 There are 2 floors and prices range between 12 and 38 sd. 


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


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Christmas Market fun!

Hi guys, how was your Christmas? I hope all of you ate themselves full and had relaxing days! Technically, I wanted to do this before Christmas but I simply didn't had the time so I'm doing this now (:

Every year my mom and I used to collect items we didn't used anymore: clothes, toys etc and gave it to the local hospital throught the Red Cross. So I decided to bring this tradition here and make it a little 'stardoll-ish'

Welcome to my thrift shop

These are my Stardollar items I no longer use:

And these are my Starcoin items I no longer need:

If you want a closer look, you can find them on the LOWER floor of my Loft/penthouse.

So the rules are:

- This is for ACTIVE members only
- Because of timezones, the Thrif shop will be open till Friday (Dec 29.) 16:00 CET.
- Write in the comments what item/s you would like. Please only choose the items you REALLY want and will use it. If someone already picked the ones you want, you can outbid them. All bids start with 1 sd/1 sc(aka the minimum). 
- Starcoin items will be sold ONLY for starcoins and stardollar items for stardollars. No exceptions. Respect the rules.


Have fun!!!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

CALLING JANUARY BIRTHDAYS


We are slowly approaching the end of this month. If you celebrate your birthday in the month of January 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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Monday, December 25, 2017

JANUARY HOTBUYS


As you may have noticed (or not), Stardoll released January Hotbuys post. Thanks Alyaj4 for bringing it to my attention.


It's all very summery and ready for vacationing on a beach somewhere warm. As I live in Europe, I have a bit of a hard time "feeling" this.

On the first glance I like the swimsuit and the earrings. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.
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Christmas Room Giveaway WINNERS

Povezana slika
Merry Christmas, everyone!

There were six entries for this giveaway and I decided to gift all of them.

     Congratulations     
ReinaAbcdefghij
Carolaina
giannoula5
Juli9900
Paradise_134
JudyellaFairy

Each of you won 20 SD worth of Wishlist items (with Royalty discount). Leave a comment in my guestbook HERE. You have 4 days to claim your prize(s).


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

We wish you a Merry Christmas!


Dear dolls!

In the name of the SMW team, I wish you ALL a very merry Christmas!
May the joy of Christmas fill your home with gifts, warm greetings and a loving family. Thank you for the time you spend here on the blog and being a part of this amazing community. 
Have a blessed Christmas! 

With love,
               Agnes



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Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Undercover



It's the last weekend before Christmas. Are you excited? How are you going to spend Christmas Eve/Christmas day?


At first I wanted you to create red, green and white look for this one, but I liked one of the suggestions on my "Question" post better (I can't remember who was it and can't find that comment now). Thank you a lot for your help :)

This means that you have the entire colour palette minus those three colours to play with ;)

RULES:

- Create a glamorous festive look WITHOUT using colours GREEN, RED and WHITE - it can be created in your suite OR plaza OR scenery OR using someone else's doll (in this case, write the username of the person whose doll you are using)
- Post your look in the comments below WITH YOUR USERNAME
- Competition closes on Friday, December 29th at 23:59 CET, click HERE to see what does that mean for you :)


NOTE:
All five winners will be announced AFTER the last one (in January). Each person can win only once (don't worry you can enter all of them).
Each winner will get 200 SD OR 4 weeks of Superstar membership


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Weekend OOTD winners and NEXT theme!

I'm a woman of my word, so here are the winners of last weekend themed OOTD:
I used the random name picker

and 

They both win a wishlist item worth of 25 sd.
Please claim your prize in my guestbook within A WEEK!

Now for this weekend's theme:

This weekend many of you celebrate Christmas or already celebrated C/hanukkah etc etc
this weekend I want you to(wish you to?) spend some quality time with your loved ones and be happy. That's all. If you wish to tell us why you love Christmas, we'll be happy to hear it. If you want to tell us how people celebrate this holiday in your culture, we are all ears. If you decide to illustrate it with an outfit, even better. 

Do what makes you happy.



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Limited Edition is out in Plaza!

Finally!!!

There are 3 new floors and prices range between 210 sd (Celine Inspired Midnight Gown) and 35 sd (Balmain Inspired Choker.)


 The quality of the graphics varies: the Celine Midnight gown, the Balenciaga parka and shearling jacket are beautifully made, but the Chanel Inspired boots and the Vauthier Metallic boots could have used a little(or lot) more work. I also would have liked a lot more accessories(bags, shoes, jewellery, hats etc).

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


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