Lost Traditions

Its been about eight years since my mom’s best friend died. Her name was Brenda and she was Aunt Brenda to me, my entire life. She and my mom had been friends since they were kids. They were even pregnant at the same time and “my cousin” was born only a few months before me. Funny thing about Brenda was very friendly and outgoing. Her daughter was very quiet, shy, and reserved. My mother is more like my cousin and I am much more like Aunt Brenda. If we didn’t look so much like our mothers, people would have sworn we were switched at birth. I miss my Aunt Brenda so very much and even more so at this time of year. You see, every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my aunt and her sister would throw this huge party. They all lived out in the country in Tennessee and there was a huge barn, a bonfire, food, live music, and tons of people. Most of them were Brenda’s blood family, but they considered us family, too. After-all, they’d known my mom since she was “knee high to a grasshopper.”

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It was always such a great time. Sadly, the tradition seems to have died along with my aunt. There were a lot of things that happened in the year before my aunt died and her death left a bit of division in that family. And, well, it kind of left us on the sidelines. I’m not sad that she’s gone, because her last days will pain filled and I know that she was ready to go. Her death was unexpected, but for her and her failing health…I know she welcomed it. I miss her like crazy, because she seemed to understand me so much better than any of my blood relatives. I’ll always remember the best of her. ♥

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So, why have I told you all this seemingly sad story? Because once again, the incredibly talented designers involved with Tannenbaum have restored my Christmas spirit and flood me with beautiful memories. Although, unKindness built and named it a bridge, it reminded me so much of the garage/barn that we was central to those annual parties.  So, I’ve taken creative license here and brought my memories to life. (I think I’ll showcase it as a bridge in another post, though.) I was even able to share my vision with my mom…she cried. We both did as we remembered a great lady during some of our happiest shared moments. I hope that you can find joy in your holiday memories as the season settles over us. ♥

wearing:
Tableau Vivant \\ Baum (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
CATWA HEAD Gwen
[theSkinnery] Opal (Catwa Applier) (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
~ChicModa~ Ada Argyle Dress
PHEDORA / Drusila Boots / 30 C

scene:
build: uK – Old Winter Bridge Natural (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Landhaus Kitchen Table Brown (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Babble Game (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
DISORDERLY. / XMAS TREATS / GLASS COCOA / CANDYCANE (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
{what next} Floor Jar Lantern (stars)
DISORDERLY. / XMAS TREATS / GLASS COCOA / PEPPERMINT (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Landhaus Chair Brown (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
MudHoney Fabric Heart Ornaments box (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
MudHoney Wood Reindeer Ornament box (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
MudHoney Wood Santa Stand (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
7mad;Ravens Rustic Nativity Boards (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
{what next} Tivona Tree Lantern 1 (antique)
7mad;Ravens Rustic Candle Logs (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
DIGS – Tromso Bench [MESH]
RO – Crappy Xmas Tree
7mad;Ravens Rustic Christmas Tree Board (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
DISORDERLY. / XMAS TREATS / COCOA / PEPPERMINT (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
DISORDERLY. / XMAS TREATS / COCOA / GINGERBREAD (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
DISORDERLY. / XMAS TREATS / MINT MOCHA CAKE / RARE (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
DISORDERLY. / XMAS TREATS / COCOA / PLAIN (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
[we’re CLOSED] kerosine lantern 1 metal
DISORDERLY. / XMAS TREATS / MINT MOCHA CHRISTMAS ROLL / RARE (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
MudHoney Wood Snowman Stand (*new* @ Tannenbaum)

tree & decor: (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Botanical – Douglas Fir Christmas Tree for Tannenbaum
ornaments are a variety from the following tree decor gachas
DRD
Kalopsia
[Fetch]

poses by oOo Studios

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Once Upon a Time…

While I no longer have a close relationship with my father, I was crazy about him when I was a little girl. One of the things that fascinated me was his love for motorcycles. Not street bikes like I’ve been showing you, but dirt bikes. I remember one time he had seven motorcycles, four of them were OSSA and three were Kawasaki. I remember wondering why had more bikes than friends. He would spend hours tinkering with them and weekends were for riding. He did motocross for a long time, then moved on to Enduro racing. At last count, he had over 150 trophies. Not all first place, but back then nobody got participation trophies so at best he was in third place. To this day I love the sound and smell of motorcycle engines.

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When I was in the sixth grade, he surprised me with a bike, boots, helmet, and jacket of my own. He took me out to teach me how to ride and I took off across the tarmack of the abandoned airport where he rode. My mother was along that day and completely freaked out. She insisted that I get off the bike and wait another year. She knew how to ride, so she joined my father on his ride that day while I sat twiddling my thumbs, pouting in the van. While riding she attemtped to jump a small ravine (more like a crack in the earth) and lodged her front tire IN the ravine, which sent her flying over the handlebars and off the emergency room we went. Her failed stunt landed her with three broken ribs and a declaration that her babygirl would never ride a motorcycle! So, much worse happened over the next year that the desire to ride was pushed so far out of my mind that I didn’t think about it again until my father and I were no longer on speaking terms. Now, it’s just another thing I can now do in Second Life that I can’t do in Real Life.
I would love to hear about some of the things you enjoy in SL that you can’t or can no longer do in RL. Toss me a comment here or on Facebook. ♥

wearing:
hair: little bones. Lana (*new* @N21)
CATWA HEAD Gwen
[theSkinnery] Opal (Catwa Applier) (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
Addams – Melisa SweatShirt  (November Luxe Box)
Vinyl -Halsey Smoker Pak  (*new* @ Uber)
FLite. Lowtop Ducks – Black

scene:
*PROMAGIC* Dark Background 3
Tire Stack by MeshDepot
AS-Tire Pile without shadow by <TOTAL – DESTRUCTION  STORE>
OR C900 ANJEL SPIRIT SERIES

poses by Kirin

Quiet Christmas

Everyone talks about how the holidays are all about family and appreciating your loved ones. Yet, you rarely hear anyone say, “Hey, its okay to be alone on the holidays” or “I’d love a nice quiet Christmas at home alone with my furbabies.” I think the reason is because society and tradition have told us that to be merry, we must have more. As someone who often feels incredibly lonely, but is never truly alone…I can tell you that someday down the line I will embrace the solitude of a Holiday season. I don’t necessarily look forward to the reasons I will finally be alone in the literal sense, but after many years of having people in my face and in my business throughout the day? Yes, I hope that I will remember how crowded life can be and simply embrace the solitude.

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We assume that no one wants to be alone for the holidays and most people probably don’t. However, for those that choose to be alone for the holidays, I commend you. For those that don’t want to be alone? Well, I can offer my company in a virtual world, as will many of your friends, I’m sure. Whatever kind of holidays you hope for, it is my wish for you that you have that and regardless of whether we get what we want or not? I wish you holidays filled love & laughter. ♥

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Now, once again I’m going to tell you that there are events galore..I know that’s not news to anyone taking the time to read an SL blog, but I cannot stress enough that regardless of what holidays you celebrate, Tannenbaum has something to enhance your decor…not to mention tons of adorable clothes, hair, accessories…I mean, I could blog this event every single day and still not begin to showcase how fantastic and inspiring it is.

wearing:
=DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Cristina” (*new* @ Uber)
CATWA HEAD Gwen
[theSkinnery] Opal (Catwa Applier) (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
EF: Levity Necklace (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
-tres blah- V Neck Sweater  (September Luxe Box)
TETRA – Pencil Skirt  (*new* @ Uber)
_CandyDoll_Joly Heels (*new* @N21)

scene:
DRD gg rug brown
Fancy Decor: Twig Tree (gold) (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
JIAN Countryside Collies :: Family Rug
SAYO – Quilted Tile Fireplace (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Fancy Decor: Baroque Winter Landscape (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Fancy Decor: Paper Tree (words) (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Fancy Decor: Paper Tree (music) (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
SAYO – Candle & Light  Set (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Apple Fall Happy Santa Figure (Creamy)
Kalopsia – Carol’s Christmas Garland Single (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
The Loft – Tivoli Christmas Stockings (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
SAYO – Joy Holiday Sign (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
SAYO – Holiday Ornament Stacks (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Fancy Decor: Copper Magazine Holder (Spotlight Magazine Group Gift)
Fancy Decor: Floor Globe (gold) (FLF- Nov 26, 2016)
tarte. twig snowflake (white)
SAYO – Twig & Light Wreath (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
tarte. twig snowflake (white)
[HD]WinterLover sofa
~Best Wishes from Alia~ Holiday (Xmas group gift 2014)
hive // jolly coffee table chest  (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Forest – Flower pot (part of ~BAZAR~Forest dining set)
[BDKX]-//- Merry Bowl 01.  (*new* @ Tannenbaum)

poses by an lar

Dark & Merry Christmas?

I’m a tad different from everyone else in my family, which should come as no shock to anyone that knows me or where I live. Most of my close friends in SL know that my RL bedroom has dark burgundy walls and all of my decor is black & white, with an abundance of skulls on the walls, shelves, and even the bed. Its a pillow, calm down, I don’t sleep with skeletons. My favorite holiday is Halloween and I love all the clearance sales after Halloween, because its a great time to pick  up new and interesting decor.

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So, what does this have to do with Christmas? Well, for a while we would put up a tree in every room of our house, smaller table top trees, of course. My favorite tree of all time was an artificial black tree that I decorated with black, silver, and red ornaments. So, when I discovered that there were actually some goth themed ornaments and decor at Tannenbaum I was elated! It really doesn’t matter what kind of tree you want to have…the proper decor will be at Tannenbaum! So, if traditional or candy colored Christmas isn’t your style? Then to you I wish a Dark & Merry Christmas!♥

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Tis the season for shopping, Tannenbaum AND Uber just opened! Trust me, there are finds at every turn just waiting for you so mix them up and create a festive winter look all you own. As always, keep smiling and happy shopping! ♥

wearing:
hair: #Foxy – Candy Clouds. (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
CATWA HEAD Gwen
[theSkinnery] Opal (Catwa Applier) (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
::SG:: Lets Go Eyeshadow – JESSICA HEAD Catwa
::SG:: Clara Lips for CATWA Heads only!
**RE** Lux Krista Earrings
Amala – The Sibley Spider Choker
[ kunst ] – Cigarette & holder
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
BUENO – Open Cardigan (*new* @ Uber)

scene:
.aisling. Candles
Corvus : Black Mesh Rug
DRD burtonesque gothic chair
[BDKX] -//- Merry Krampus  (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
MadPea – The Witching Hour – Wall Sconce
[BDKX] -//- Dressed Table 03  (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Can’t Even – Bauble Xmas Tree (Silver and Black)  (*new* @ Tannenbaum)

tree & decor: (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Botanical – Douglas Fir Christmas Tree for Tannenbaum
ornaments are a variety from the following tree decor gachas
Fancy Decor
The Horror!
[Fetch]
Garbaggio

poses by Bauhaus Movement

Winter Dreams

Thanksgiving in the U.S. seems to set the the tone for the holidays, for me, at least. That is the day that the Holiday season truly begins. As we transition from Halloween to a few weeks of Autumn, its the day after the turkey is carved that my family has always set up our Christmas tree and began decorating. It is also on that day that I begin the annual prayer for snow. I realize that a lot of you are rolling your eyes, perhaps even groaning a bit, because you dread the snow or perhaps you already have it. However, where I live, we rarely get any snow and when we do, its a very light dusting and you can usually still see the grass. About once a year we get a solid inch or two that actually covers the lawn and the entire city shuts down. People laugh at us for shutting down, but given how often we have snow, why would our cities invest millions of dollars into equipment for clearing roadways when we all know it’ll be gone by noon tomorrow? Once in a great while, we get enough snow to keep the city still for a few days and THAT is the snow I pray for. I want enough snow to watch my dog delightfully hop around like a goat on crack! I want my kittens to see snow for the first time (read that sentence out loud if you can, now try it three times fast). I can not wait to watch them shake their little wet paws as they look at up me with accusing eyes.

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I don’t pray for long snow filled winters that require shovels and all of that, just a few days of WOW! You see, when that kind of snow happens here…well, my inner child shouts with glee and quickly layers up regardless of how much pain the cold wet fluff might cause my bones. My inner child is bursting at the seams to throw a snowball and if I’m really lucky? I’ll get to make a snowman! So, as the day of thanks is upon me and the turkey roasts deliciously in my oven, my eyes are already on the sky and my winter dreams have begun.

By the way, get you lindens ready, because the ultimate Christmas event begins on November 25th and it is astounding. C’mon, sing with me!
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
Wie treu sind deine Blatter!
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
Wie treu sind deine Blatter!
Du grunst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein, auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum
Wie treu sind deine Blatter!

wearing:
!Oleander ~ Izzie (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
MINIMAL – Elsa Headband *Silver* (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
CATWA HEAD Gwen
Glam Affair – Barbara Applier ( Catwa  ) America 02 (*new* @ Kustom9)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
[White~Widow] Loving – White
Cae :: Dasher :: Collection-earrings & necklace (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
*The Mystic* Gothic Flower Corset (*new* @ Tannenbaum)

 

Tis the Season

Tis the season to start seeing the Thanksgiving feasts on Facebook, the Christmas commercials, and all the rhetoric going back and forth about Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays! I’m just going to say this, “I don’t care!” I love the holiday season and I love seeing how everyone celebrates! No matter what they celebrate or how. The decorations, the food, the clothes…its just wonderful.

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I’m asking that everyone be mindful of your friends, neighbors, and even strangers…particularly in Second Life. I’m asking that you keep both your hearts and your minds open. I’m asking this, because this time of year suicide rates sky rocket and its a very difficult time for a lot of people. While we hope its a happy season for everyone, I’m sure we all know at least one person that finds this to be the absolute saddest time of year. I, myself, am struggling quite a bit this year, but I’m going to do my best to put on a brave face and embrace the joy around me. Who knows? Just maybe some of it will actually rub off on me.

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For those that struggle, please try not to isolate too much. I know its the more comfortable thing to do. I do it far too much myself, but I also know that if I do it too much I end up listening to my depression and a very wise woman recently told me, “Depression lies.”

In the meantime, SHOP TIL YOU DROP! Cuz there are going to be sales everywhere!

wearing:
[RA] Corinne Hair (*new* @ Hairology)
CATWA HEAD Gwen
::SG:: Clara Lips for CATWA
Glam Affair – Barbara Applier ( Catwa  ) America 02 (*new* @ Kustom9)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
[White~Widow] Loving – White
**RE** Good Kitty Collar
The Annex – Diana Halter Top – Silver (*new* @ Genre)
The Annex – Diana Dress – Silver (*new* @ Genre)

Escape

“If I could escape
And recreate a place as my own world” Gwen Stefani The Sweet Escape

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That’s exactly what we have in Second Life, isn’t it? We can’t escape everything, but doesn’t it offer the most delightful distraction from our real life problems. That is until we find ourselves with problems in SL that mirror our RL problems. It gets really hard the, but one of the amazing aspects of SL is that if we really want to change how we feel we can venture out across the grid and find a night club, an open road, an empty beach, a new friend…well, just about anything, even sex with a stranger if that’s what you’re into. We simply have to learn how to roll with the punches and remember to find some balance in both our lives.

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So, Optmus Race released another amazing bike and I couldn’t wait to show it off. I swear I’ve not turned in a biker chick. Although, I like to think there I’ll always be a bit of a biker at heart. I was raised up around the beautiful mechanical horses after all. Aside from the bike? Well, you can see I’ve been shopping again. I’ve had my eye on these Daphne platforms from fri.day since Kustom9 opened and when Blueberry released the Tiffany Skirt in the mainstore, I knew immediately that I had to go grab the shoes. So, this sexy school girl is ready to go for a ride and escape! Hope you find a way to create your own sweet escape. ♥

wearing:
hair: MINA – Indica (*new* @ Whimsical)
CATWA HEAD Gwen
::SG:: Gelly Lips
Glam Affair – Barbara Applier ( Catwa  ) America 02 (*new* @ Kustom9)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
MINIMAL – Azcina Necklace -Black
Mimikri – Chrissi Wrap Top
Blueberry – Tiffany Skirt
fri. – Daphne.Platforms (*new* @ Kustom9)

scene:
OR C760 V-ROAD MUSCLE SERIES
RAMA – #selfie_RAMA Graffiti Garage

poses by DelMay

In the Wind

“I close my eyes only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity

Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind

Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind (all we are is dust in the wind)
Dust in the wind (everything is dust in the wind), everything is dust in the wind (the wind)”
Kansas-Dust in the Wind

I’m just going to hope the words of this song sink in and you’ll all appreciate the love, laughter, and life going on around you before it, too, is gone like dust in the wind.
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Cynful released these Anyday Skinny jeans in the mainstore and they deserve a post all their own. Of course, there are a few more details listed below, but honestly…I’m in love with these jeans! I’m actually encouraging you to grab the fat pack, because you’ll be set for jeans! Sizes for the big three mesh bodies: Maitreya, Slink, and Belleza. Oh just go try them on, you’ll see for yourself and how can you resist that ribbon stitch on the pockets? You can’t…so go get some. ♥

wearing:
*ARGRACE* KOHAKU
CATWA HEAD Gwen
Glam Affair – Barbara Applier ( Catwa  ) America 02 (*new* @ Kustom9)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
[Cynful] Anyday Skinny Jeans

poses by Bauhaus Movement

the scene is on private property, so I’m sorry for the lack of details, but I know the beach is from Skye Studios ♥

Dust in the Wind by Kansas

Ride

My friend, Kobie, recently blogged his girlfriend and one of my best friends, Grace Sixpence. I loved the idea so much that I’ve decided to do the same. Today, I’m blogging Tracy Redangel.  You see, she’s had a tremendous impact on my life and despite the way I pick at her on Facebook…she is priceless to me. She had no idea what I was writing about when I asked her to pose with me for these pictures. I’m sneaky that way and if she actually reads this post, she’s probably starting to sniffle, because despite her fiery red headed reputation…she does have a soul and it is as deep as any ocean you can imagine.

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She and I had a bit of a rocky start, but one late night Skype conversation altered the paths of our Second Lives forever and I couldn’t be more grateful. This woman aggravates me, supports me, loves me, and makes me laugh way too hard. (yes, when she makes me laugh so hard I can’t breathe, that’s too hard) She truly is my late night partner in crime and encourages trouble at every turn. I ♥ Tracy! She’s really amazing and lets my torment roll off her back like water on a duck, because she’s been through enough in her life to know when to take someone seriously and when to shrug it off. Yeah, I envy that about her, too. She’s as beautiful inside as she is outside and to make matter worse? That’s true in BOTH worlds! I’ll give you a minute to hate her, but then you’ve got to come back and lover her as much as I do. ♥

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As Tracy and I became closer, we decided to put each other in our profiles. We didn’t talk about it. We just did it and happened to notice that we both did it around the same time. When I saw what she wrote and the song she chose for me…I cried for over an hour. She knows me and gets me like no one ever has. I should hope that you all have a friend this amazing someday, if not now. (I’ve added the song to the bottom of the post.) From beginning to end, it fits me pretty damn well…just like Tracy. Never let it be said that true bonds aren’t built in a virtual world, because this is one person I intend to keep in my life forever. I am blessed with a multitude of incredible friends, but Tracy is one of my absolute best friends which makes her extra special. Yes, in the short bus, hockey helmet way, but in other ways, too. *winks*

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So, you’re looking at a lot of stuff in these pictures. Let me start with the scene, because while I didn’t use the pose included, I did use the backdrop provided with the Riders pose set from Come Soon. Its one of the things I love about their poses. You get these incredible scenes that you can use repeatedly with other poses. The bikes are from Optmus Race and come with an endless array of couple’s poses. Yes, you can also drive them!  Now, as most people know, my friends and I are shopaholics. Tracy are those hud humpers that must get into an event as soon as humanly possible. So, all the deets for our ensembles are below and if they’re currently at an event, the link is there for that, too. Happy Shopping! ♥

Tracy is wearing:
hair: #Foxy – Drogon. (*new* @ Hairology)
CATWA HEAD Annie
[Z O O M] Aviator Classic – Petroleum
MG – Earrings – Vallari Hoops
body: Belleza– Isis
**RE** Brooke Suede Jacket – Isis – Black
Blueberry / Tink / Knee High Sizes
REIGN.- Mishi Thigh High Boots

Sady is wearing:
[monso] My Hair – Jihyo (*new* @ Kustom9)
CATWA HEAD Gwen
-SU!- Sytpal Eyes SILVER
Glam Affair – Barbara Applier ( Catwa  ) Europa 02 (*new* @ Kustom9)
.4 [ kunst ] – Septum Keeper (left)
earrings: [CX] Bound Gears
[NikotiN] Rainbow_Black RARE
Amala – The Kylie Choker – Thick
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
Letis Tattoo :: Hamal :: MM16023 :: (*new* @ ULTRA)
//Ascend// Gitana Fringed Top / Black (*new* @ Mesh Body Addicts)
gloves: [CX] Soul Grips
rings & nails:**RE** Precious Set
Blueberry – Luxe Box – November Skirt (Nov Luxe Box)
[VALE KOER] BELLA SUEDE BOOTS (*new* @ Kustom9)

scene:
Tracy’s bike (red one): OR R900 YZR-M1 EXECUTOR HASS
Sady’s bike (black one): OR R900 YZR-M1 EXECUTOR DARKYN
*CS* Riders – Full Scene
poses by Tracy Redangel

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