Life in a Virtual World – Second Life

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A Second Life  Can be a Good Thing

You may have heard me mention that I participate in a virtual world and have for over seven years now. My grid of choice is Second Life.  I was tagged today in a Facebook memory. So, certainly a number of fond memories came rushing back.

For five of my seven SL years I was the curator of an amazing art gallery that was part of a palatial build by my SL brother, Kaya Angel. It was a wonderful time in my life and I’m sure I will never forget it or my brother.

I curated art from artists all over the world for placement in nine galleries and a grand exhibition hall. I recast the galleries and hall every month. Each exhibition started with me stripping the galleries to their bare white walls and building an atmosphere that was uniquely fitted to the artists’ work.  Back when I was completely nuts about this, I’d turn over all of the galleries in one 36+ hour day.  In my tenure, I worked with nearly 400 international artists and created nearly 600 unique gallery designs and won three Avi Choice Awards for my work.

I know that many have no idea that such worlds exist so I’m including a YouTube video that includes my life there. By all means watch the whole video if you have the time, but if not and you are just curious about what Kylie was up to “in world” then check out position 8:06 – 10:22 as that is the section that Kaya devoted to his middle sister and her life at Angel Manor.  Thank you for this beautiful memory, Kaya.

Angel Manor is probably one of the most impressive builds in SL and now occupies nine sims. If you get a chance to go in world, be sure to check out Angel Manor and The Rose Theatre.

Kylie Addison Sabra

PS:  I am still a part of Second Life, but live a more private life decorating my home and SL gardening.

 

SALE – 30% Off Dresses & Suits – Ends Saturday

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Time for a Sale

Sales starts Wednesday. Dresses, skirt suits, pantsuits — all are 30% off through Saturday, May 20th.

Includes items already marked for clearance. You enjoy big savings. I get to go shopping for new ones!

A good sale is the perfect reason for getting out and embracing or enduring this crazy, undecided spring weather. It’s retail therapy at a steep discount.

Sizes range from XS to XXL and come in a variety of styles from casual to formal. As always at reFresh, everything is in like-new condition and cleaned.

 

What Color Was That? — Color Names and Their Subtle Nuances

Color Names Reds

You may have realized at this point that I am starting an online store. Hang in there. I figure at this rate I’ll have 50 items by year’s end. Just kidding. As I continue to work, I am discovering ways to make the process faster and easier. There is one aspect that was a hurdle for me — until this morning.

Color Names

Computer monitors are different, and matching colors perfectly between the real item and the photographed version is tricky at best. I rely heavily on the name of the color, but until now have been limited to such colorful (no pun intended) descriptions as light, medium and dark. I’m a writer, right? I should be able to do better.

My mornings generally start with of marketing research and studying every aspect of running reFresh Boutique. This morning found me doing the happy dance when, while searching for something altogether different, I stumbled across a wonderfully executed image of color blocks with color names. Thank you, True Blue, Me & You: DIY’s for Creatives.

So when you’re looking for the perfect word to describe a color give these a try.

Color Names WhitesColor Names YellowsColor Names RedsColor Names BluesColor Names Greens/BrownsColor Names Greys / Blacks

BCBG MaxAzria Navy & Fuschia Wrap Dress – Size Small – Like New

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Wrap yourself up in silky elegance with this geometric patterned wrap dress by BCBG MaxAzria. Knee length and long sleeves give you the coverage you want. Contrast in navy blue at shoulder and hem. Slight gathering at the point where the wrap ties. Easy to wear and easy to care for.

FABRIC:  93% Polyester, 7% Spandex

CARE: Machine wash, cold, gentle cycle. Hang to dry. Cool iron if needed or stam.

MANUFACTURED IN: China

MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 34″

Shoulder: 16″

Waist: 32″

Hips: 38″

Length (From back neckline.): 41″

Sleeve Length: 21″

Note: Measurements are exact and do not account for ease. For example: if a jacket has a chest measurement of 40″, your chest measurement should be around 38″ to allow for proper fit and ease of movement. Length measurements, such as sleeve length and length of garment do not require adjustments for ease.

Note:  Colors. Monitors vary widely, so there may be some variation in color. The color is best noted in the description. 

Quality: All reFresh Boutique products are carefully curated for quality and condition. However, used clothing is not new clothing. We classify the clothing three different ways.

  • Like New/With Tags:  Tags remain on the clothing and to our knowledge have not been worn.
  • Like New:  Tags are not present, but the garment appears to be in excellent condition with no visible signs of wear.
  • Gently Used: Garment is in very good condition: stain free, hole-free, buttons and zippers in working order. With proper care, the garment has a long useful life ahead of it.

Price Comparison: Based upon a percentage of original retail.

BCBG MaxAzria Gold Cocktail Dress – Size 6 – Gently Used

Cocktail Dress by BCBG MaxAzria

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Perfectly golden. Perfectly you. BCBG MaxAzria is quality and style you can count on. The dress is shot through with golden metallic threads that lend it that festive quality you want for special occasions.

Petite Sophisticate Black Jeweled Cocktail Dress – Size 0 – Gently Used

Cocktail Dress

Petite Sophisticate Black Jeweled Cocktail Dress

Knee length, sleeveless with a v-neckline, studded with beads. Beading also on the back neckline. The nipped-in waistline accentuates a woman’s figure. The quintessential little black dress.


Chest: 32″

Shoulder: 13″

Waist: 28″

Hips: 34″

Length (From back neckline.): 34″

Sleeve Length: N/A”

Note: Measurements are exact and do not account for ease. For example: if a jacket has a chest measurement of 40″, your chest measurement should be around 38″ to allow for proper fit and ease of movement. Length measurements, such as sleeve length and length of garment do not require adjustments for ease.


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Dry Cleaning Costs Set Your Teeth on Edge? Tips from the Girlfriend Corner

Tips That Save You Money and Time

Tips you can use.
Let’s face it. Some things are just meant to be dry cleaned.

Everyday I see people cringe with regret when they see that dreaded Dry Clean Only label. They sigh and put the desired item back on the rack. These are tips I use time at reFresh.

Dry cleaning is an expensive and inconvenient necessity, it’s true. But, it isn’t necessary every time.

I make use of two different products here at the boutique Dryel and Woolite Dryer Sheets. The Dryel Starter Kit  is about $10 at Walmart.com and includes the dryer bag, four cleaning cloths and one booster spray.

I think the steaming bag is a critical part of the process, but I favor the scent of the WooliteSo, I start with the Dryel Kit then switch to using the Dryel booster spray and bag with the Woolite Dryer Sheets

 

 

 

 

Tips to Protect Your Dry Cleanable Clothing

  • Act Fast – Don’t let stains and spills sit. Take care of them as soon as possible. Test your fabric in a hidden area to see if it is color safe. You’ll know it is safe when no color comes off on a clean, damp, white cloth. If your fabric is color safe, clean up any spills with a damp cloth before putting the garment away to be cleaned.
  • Deodorant – Deodorant is a big problem with dry cleanables and many fabrics. Avoid white stick deodorants on your evening dresses as they will leave a white, waxy film that is nearly impossible to remove without professional dry cleaning. I’ve found that Secret spray deodorant does a great job for controlling wetness, which of itself can stain your gowns. It is clear and won’t mark your clothing. Be aware that some spray deodorants will discolor your clothing over time, leaving an unpleasant yellow stain that renders them unsaleable. So, if you notice that yellow staining on your clothing, look to a change of deodorant. I’ve had some success in removing white deodorant stains with a wet cloth and gentle rubbing prior to dry cleaning in the dryer.

Have tips you’d like to share? Just email me at shoprefresh@gmail.com.

Featured Image Photography:  http://www.deviantart.com/art/wet-cat-84066216

 

A Special Day! Small Business Saturday, Kylie’s 60th Birthday and It’s Christmas Time!

A New Kind of Thrift Shop

My favorite time of year is finally here. Christmas! The store has a special glow an there’s birthday cake. Need I say more.  Yes. I must  There are also discounts of 20-50%. Stamp your passport here and receive an additional 10% off your purchase. Keep your receipts and merchandise can be returned for store credit through January 6th.

Come on in and share the fun.

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birthay-cake

 

 

 

 

NECESSARY OBJECTS – RED COCKTAIL DRESS – SIZE 6 – LIKE NEW

Cocktail Dress

NECESSARY OBJECTS – RED COCKTAIL DRESS – SIZE 6  – LIKE NEW

Put a little swing in your step with this lovely red swing dress by Speechless. Cutouts accent the bodice. Silver colored beading against a black band background add just the right touch of bling. One button back closure.

This is a designer sample cocktail dress, and as such does not have tags indicating fabric, care or origin.


MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 36″

Shoulder: N/A”

Waist:  36″

Hip:  38″

Length (From shoulder.): 32″

Sleeve Length:  Sleeveless”


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Small Business Saturday – Your Passport to Fun & Savings

reFresh Boutique Announces its Online Store

This Saturday (November 26th) is National Small Business Saturday. You’ve been to the mall for Black Friday, now get out and celebrate the small businesses in your neighborhood. Small business is important to communities — providing just over 50% of the country’s workforce. Small business is really more than just numbers and statistics though. It’s the neighborhood barista that knows just how hot you like your latte. It’s the genuine warm greeting you receive when you enter. It’s the passion with which a shop is run, items are curated and displayed. It’s the boutique that will put on Christmas cartoons to keep the kiddies entertained while you shop. It’s what makes your neighborhood — your neighborhood.

And this Saturday Everett, Washington says thank you with Holiday Stroll Passport”  

Be sure to get your reFresh Boutique stamp in your passport and be entered to win a $25 reFresh Boutique gift certificate.

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