The following “Around the World in 30 days” blog series just won me the Chop Zuey “Blogger of the Month” Award!
*The “Around the World in 30 Days” series is dedicated to Belle Roussel of Chop Zuey who has supported and inspired me ever since I met her. Thank you Belle, you’re an incredible woman.
Surprise! It’s India!
As usual, I had no idea where Mr.T was taking me for the last stop of our trip since he loves surprising me so much. I was thrilled to learn that the final leg of our journey took us to what turned out to be the best one: India, Mumtaz Taj Mahal. Although we didn’t know what to expect, we were surprised by the intricate design of this beautiful sim. It virtually oozes in the rich essence of Indian culture. You can almost breathe in the scents of Jasmine, Palash, Glory lily, Lotus flowers as you gaze around in awe at this expansive, exotic sim.
You’ll find lots to do and see with every view even more spectacular than the next. We visited such places as, Fort Agra, Mohul Gazebo, Voodoo Palace ballroom, temples and the nightclub that’s right under the Taj Mahal. Just outside the nightclub, we found a lovely garden over-looking a romantic beach where you can find an attractive underwater feature. The nightclub hosts parties with Dj’s on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and an open mic every other Monday. (Check landing point or this link for event times)
Cabochons, Diamonds and Silk
I chose to wear the Love Tango set by Chop Zuey to compliment my Chandni saree from Zaara . The Love Tango set comes with a texture changing HUD which allowed me to not only change the color of the cabochons and diamonds, but also the choker color to match my saree. It’s truly one of Chop Zuey‘s most exquisite sets.
The Love Tango set (Includes Tikka) from Chop Zuey
Tikka My Fancy
I just love the tikka that comes with this set which made me feel like the queen that once roamed this awe-inspiring land so long ago.
Since Mr.T has lavished me with such a once in a lifetime trip, I decided to express my gratitude with jewellery from Chop Zuey. After all, what better way to show appreciation than with a gift from the grid’s most prestigious and exquisite jewellery designer? So I bought him the Caliban’s Dream Men’s Fibula in silver and green and the Men’s Diamond Earrings. Mr. T deserves only the best!
Mr T.’s wearing Men’s Diamond Earrings and Caliban’s Dream Men’s Fibula in Silver/Green
In order to create a showpiece brooch for his outfit, Mr.T has resized the Caliban’s Dream Men’s Fibula to about 80% (approximately) larger by using the resizing script. Knowing Mr. T and how much he loves his ties, I’m sure he’ll make it smaller again to use it as a eye-catching tie tack.
The Taj Mahal
I captured Mr.T strolling up from the Reflection pond in front of the Taj Mahal at dusk and snapped this shot. I was amazed by the vibrant colors of the building as it reflected the colors of the setting sun. It’s truly remarkable how the color of the building depends on the time of day. The shimmering white marble from which its made, reflects the colors of the sunlight or moonlight, which seemingly changes its color.
I’d always wanted to see the Taj Mahal since it’s one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a beautiful symbol of india’s rich history. It stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, India.Commissioned in 1632, it took 20 years to build. The Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the remains of his cherished wife. What a touching (albeit extravagant) way to honor a loved one.
The Majestic Elephant Fountain
I found my happy place among the elaborately carved elephants at the sacred Elephant Fountain. I absolutely LOVE elephants and the sounds of the water splashing in the fountain made it the perfect place for a peaceful meditation.
The Bulder of the amazing ~Mumtaz~ Taj Mahal sim is the talented and beautiful Voodoo Spyker. She’s very friendly and helpful and if you see her around when you visit, be sure to say hello. Also if you enjoy the build as much as we did, don’t heistate to the throw some L’s in the sim tip jar to help keep it going.
My Chandni saree fom Zaara is call a Lehenga, which is a traditional Indian outfit that’s usually worn for festive occasions.
The accompanying notecard describing the saree/lehenga written by designer Zaara Kohime says it all:
“The Chandni Lehenga is composed of four parts :
The Lehenga (skirt) – An ankle length skirt that’s usually embroidered in various techniques. The skirt has been rigged to ensure a smooth flow for movement and avoiding a stretch in texture, a full alpha is advisable.
The Blouse – also known as a ‘choli’, is a tight fitted crop top covering the bust line.
The Dupatta – mostly for modesty, is a length of fabric that has some embroidery and is draped across the bust.
The Hip Jewel – also known as a ‘chabi ka gucha’ was traditionally used to hold keys to the house and house safe, nowadays its an optional accessory that can be worn on the side of the hip, or in our case to hold the Dupatta in place.”
Thank you Zaara, for an absolutely stunning saree that’s truly a joy to wear!
After such an eventful trip, Mr. T and I wearily boarded our homeward-bound jet. As we reclined our seats and relaxed we chatted about how this has truly been a bucket list trip of a lifetime and one we’ll never forget. From an eclectic American airport with amazing places to explore, to historical Paris France, to a masquerade ball in Italy, then to a restful week on a private Italian island and then finally off to the enchanting India, we agreed that it was all simply amazing!
Thank you Belle Roussel of Chop Zuey, whose brilliant jewellery designs brought dazzling elegance and glamour to the trip. Belle has remarkably creative talent and is a master at the craft of designing jewellery. I’m as proud to wear her jewellery as I am to know this beautiful woman with a big heart.
Thanks also to Sascha Designs, who’s gowns and dresses are always classy and of superior quality, while always suiting my needs to perfection. Kudos also to RAPTURE™ and ** DIRAM ** for their incredible designs, which I also wore in this blog series.Also a thanks goes to Zaara, a designer to whom Mr. T has recently brought my attention.
Speaking of Mr. T…I’d like to also thank him for taking me on this amazing around the world trip in 30 days. If not for his inventory full of LM’s and his committment and devotion to the process (and patience, I might add!), this trip would never have been possible.
RL will keep me rather busy this summer, which is why I’ve poured so much of my efforts into this blog this past month. But there will be more traveling to parts unknown in the future. But for now, bonjour, ciao, alvida, namaste and cheers!
Jewellery by Chop Zuey:
Love Tango set (Includes Tikka) – Texture Changing
The Sounds of the Sea Belly Ring
Lehenga/Saree: Zaara : [Mesh] Chandni *turquoise* (for Maitreya)
Shoes.:KC:. GIORGIA Heels for MAITREYA
Hair: enVOGUE HAIR – Leticia
Make-up: Glam Affair ( Lelutka Heads ) Karin Applier
Mesh Head: Lelutka– Karin
Mesh Body: Maitreya – Lara
Eyes: IKON ~Hope Eyes – Midnight
Jewellery by Chop Zuey:
Men’s Diamond Earrings
Caliban’s Dream Men’s Fibula Slv/Grn
Shirt: Zaara : Imran kurta *ivory*
Pants: DOZZE – Casual Chinos (Beige)
Hands & Feet: Slink
Model/Photographer: Avalon Chrome
Model: Mr T