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The Holiday Issue

Jewelry & Accessories Expo Holidays Around the World LICK Sim & Set Design

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CTM Manament Note: With the holidays quickly approaching, we wanted to share with you a very special issue to enlighten you all for this holiday season. We hope in these upcoming few weeks, you SL’ers from across the world can find comfort in family, love, warmth, food, and kindness. We also extend our hearts to those in need this holiday season and all who are less fortunate. We are happy to announce our upcoming Christmas party with iNOVARE Magazine where we will be raising funds for donations for Toys For Tots, and are also happy to announce from henceforward as a Christmas gift to you, we will be offering free advertisement space to any and all charities in Second Life® raising funds for a good and charitable organization. This issue, we wanted to show our readers what we enjoy doing during the holidays, with a special piece named Holidays From Around the World, and introduce to you our new decorator, Brie Maisel. We are happy to show you some new products for the new Siren event, The Jewelry & Accessories Expo, that opened, December 5th. We are also doing a sim profile on The Christmas Expo 2014, as well as focusing on a few SL Live Radio Dj’s, and what they enjoy doing around the holidays. Last but not least, we will be showing off a landscaper who creates magical sims, Sera Bellic, and showing you her newest build, LICKWinter Wonderland. Without all who participate in Cultured The Magazine, whether reader, staff, or fan, this would not be possible, and as we close out the year 2014, we want to let each and every one of you know how truly thankful we are, for everything you have given us, and we promise not a day will go by that we will not be thinking on ways on how we can give that kindness back. Happy holidays and have a fabulous New Year!

Zephyr Windgate, Cali Karsin & Miwa Cultured The Magazine Management

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Staff & Contributors Publishers Zephyr Windgate Cali Karsin Editor-in-Chief Cali Karsin Layout Director Miwa Cover Design Brie Maisel Photographers Brie Maisel Jackson Redstar Writers Cali Karsin Zephyr Windgate Models Danity Mynx Prisilla (Silly.Avro) Ivyana Szondi djroseathena


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CONTENTS CULTURED The Magazine

Holidays Around the World 28 Hanging with Brie 32 Jewelry & Accessories Expo 50 LICK Sim & Set Design 64 Into the Mind of the Entertainer 78

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CONTENTS Letters to the Editor Got something to say? We would love to hear your feedback! Send in your letters to the editor by January 15th for your chance to voice your opinions in the Letters to the Editor page. Keep the word count up to 250 words, and email your letters to culturedmagazine@zephyrmedia.org. Keep in mind, although we are unaware how many submissions we may receive, it is not a guarantee we will be able to fit every letter in. However, if your letter is relevant to future issues, we will keep it on file for the future. Sincerely, Cultured The Magazine

Cultured The Magazine is owned and operated by Zephyr Media Productions. Online issues: http://issuu.com/ culturedmagazine Website: http://culturedthemagazine.com/ Visit us inworld at http://maps.secondlife.com/ secondlife/The%20Centurion/113/202/22 For all the latest updates, events, and promotions, join our inworld group at secondlife:///app/group/5f7661c4-42d2fd53-1591-6efecd67752f/about Ad Queries: culturedmagazine@ zephyrmedia.org Advertising Requests: Cali Karsin or Zephyr Windgate (Zephyr0090 Resident) ISSN 2375-0871 Cultured The Magazine - the holiday issue

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Holidays Around the World

Mexico has many different ways in which people celebrate Christmas, but the one we do in my family begins the morning of the 24th, when all my aunts and my uncles come to my house where we spend the day preparing dishes like cold pasta, apple salad, pork leg, agua de horchata y jamaica among other deliciousness. After all is set, we change and head for church, after mass is done, we come home and have dinner. Most of the time, my family returns to their houses by midnight and return the next morning to eat pancita or pozole and whatever was left from the day before. To me, it is one of the most important times of the year and I spend it with my family every year. LovelyMiwakko7399 Menna Mexico Layout Director

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My family’s traditions at christmas time are very special to me. On Christmas eve, it was a tradition growing up to open brand new pajamas and slippers to sleep in for Christmas morning. I loved the excitement and intrigue, receiving some brand new comfortable sleepwear to wake up with on Christmas morning! Another tradition we have is, after we open presents, we always make Eggs Benedict, with our own homemade hollandaise sauce! I always look forward to Christmas eve, and Christmas breakfast the most! Cali Karsin USA, Hungarian Co-Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

I come from a traditional country, which is Poland.We celebrate Christmas mostly on the 24th of December, when my family is having dinner. When we see the first star in the sky, we all make wishes and share wafer, which is Polish tradition. Later, we start to eat, on the table there are always twelve dishes, which is a symbol of twelve apostles. We sing Christmas carols, and talk. At the end, we run to the Christmas tree to open our gifts. At Christmas day, we always have breakfast with so much food! I always look forward to Christmas. It is always opportunity to spend time with family, and slow down a bit. Carmen Hoyes Poland Photographer

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My culture’s Christmas traditions have been around before the 3rd century and my people have maintained the ancient tradition to this day. Historical fact: We are 20 years older than Rome and are the first Christians. In my family, we do celebrate American Christmas. However our Christmas goes on longer and past the New Year. For me, Christmas is on January 6th. On New Year’s day, in the morning, we go to church. For us, New Year is special. Church conducts a ceremony called, “Blessing of the Water,” during which the priest uses a basil-leaf wand to sprinkle water on the congregation. What we say to each other in the morning of New Year is, “Shnorhavor Nor Daree yev Soorp Dzuhnoont”. Rose Athena Uros (Djroseathena) USA, Armenian Model

My family traditions have changed since the passing of my father. We used to travel to Georgia on Christmas eve to have gift exchange with my dad’s side of the family. Once he passed, we stopped going, so now my daughter and I bake cookies for Santa and make sure the stockings are set up and I wait patiently for her to go to sleep so I can play Santa. Then, about two hours after I get it all set up, she wakes up and I get to take photos of her being all surprised at what she gets. Luckily, she hasn’t been the type to snoop to find out what she’s getting, although I think now, I’ll have to find better hiding spots for her presents this year as she’s gotten sneaky.

Brie Maisel USA, Tennessee Photographer

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We have a traveling book......on Christmas Eve we get the whole family together for a white elephant gift exchange. This means, we take something from our home that we don’t use or want and gift it. Well, this traveling book is also in the mix.....whoever ends up with the book has to record the family events for the year like marriages and babies and this is an amazing way to keep journals of our family. Solde Rothmanay USA, German Non-Practicing Jewish Writer & Photographer Photo by Aria Desantos

Christmas eve, I usually go to my former in-laws so that both mom and dad can be with their kids, (my ex and I) and we open presents for all the kids, and White Elephants for everyone over 18. Then my daughters go back to their mom’s overnight, and I pick them up after they’ve had a chance to do Christmas morning at her house. Then I cook a big dinner Christmas night, usually steak and local dungeness crab, with potatoes, salad, SF Sourdough bread and spend the evening with my two daughters, giving them gifts. I fill their stockings up with different types of chocolate. Then on the 26th, they go back to their mom’s. After that, I binge drink tequila until New Years. Pete Profaci, USA Russian, Polish, Belarusian Writer Cultured The Magazine - the holiday issue

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Hanging with Brie Spaces designed by Brie Maisel Photos by Brie Maisel

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Tree - !! Follow US !! Xmas tree V2 Fireplace - :DH: White Fireplace ~Candles~ wall tree - Birds Flying Through Tree Wall Sticker rug - Phantom Papillon  Round Rug - Plump hanging pot - Trompe Loeil - Hanging Tri-Planter Teal Ferris Wheel - HIDEKI - Ferris Wheel Decor tv - /artilleri/ TV Time * black* flowers - Sari-Sari - Twig Table Vase house - ::TeddyJr:: - Aileen House v1.0 dog - Zooby - Chocolate lab cat - (fashionably dead) (fd) Cat - 05 Curled On Backgacha 33 Cultured The Magazine - the holiday issue


photos - tarte. wall collage cabinet - Bazar - Toronto-Living room drawer cabinet mailbox - Bazar - Toronto-Mail box vase - Bazar - Vase-Decor camera - -tb- Bon Voyage - Vintage Camera elf - {what next} Buttons the Christmas Elf stocking - !! Follow US !! Christmas 2013 socks red plant - (NO) Sleepy Cat Pot - Carved Stone gear - .:: ONE GRID ::. Modernis Mirror Gear clutter - floorplan. wall clutter window - Sari-Sari - Black & White Christmas sofa - =EliBaily= Winslow Sofa _Moss 34


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art table and clutter - Bazar - Toronto-Arts&Crafts set Canvases - Bazar - Toronto - Empty canvas rug - Bazar - Toronto Yoga mat easel - Bazar - Toronto-Painter’s easel postcard shelf - floorplan. postcard collection / hipster photos - floorplan. photo 37ribbon Cultured The Magazine - the holiday issue


Butterfly prints - +Half-Deer+ Ocellus Butterfleye - Framed Butterfly jar - +Half-Deer+ Butterfleye Bell Jar - lamp = =EliBaily= Pipe Lamp_Black table - =EliBaily= Nar Coffee Table_Black bingo - Second Spaces - Flea Market Finds - old bingo set RARE slippers - TA Ikon Slippers windmilll - floorplan. windmill marquee ashtray - TA Smoker Set cards - * S O R G O - Tarot Cards Love sign - 7 - Love Vintage Sign wall tree - tart. Wooden Wall Tree books - =EliBaily=   Book Stack Decor suitcase - DRD stack of suitcases lantern clock - floorplan. lantern clock / white plant 38 - (NO) Cylinder Pot - Street Musician Kitty


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CTM: SPECIAL EVENT SIREN PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS:

JEWERLY & ACCESORY EXPO 2014

Release the Beast Inside You‌ AIM, Cultured the Magazine, Designing SL, ModeLS Magazine, Penumbra, Siren Productions, SL Live Radio, and VERSUS Magazine are heading to the African Savannah and going tribal for this years Jewelry & Accessory Expo 2014. December 5th-13th will be warm and toasty as the beasts of the African plains emerge to show us their true colors. Cheetah print bangles, zebra stripped handbags, crocodile skin shoes all the hallmarks of high style, fierce fabulousness, and wild abandon will be set to travel home from your exotic vacation with us. Jewelry & Accessory Expo 2014 is set to kick off on Dec 5th, 2014 with shows from Zibska & Zuri Jewelry. We have fun in store for you from over 60 fabulous designers of Jewelry, Shoes, Purses, Hats, Belts, Make-up, Headbands, Body Jewelry, and more. Gizza Creations, Faster Pussycat, Chic Zafari, Azoury, JUMO Fashions, ESQUE, Indyra are only a small fraction of the designers who will be present. You will get to see all the creations from the designers on the runway on Saturday Dec. 6th, 2014 at noon and again at 5pm with Siren Productions. There are shows and parties planned the entire week! Come join us on a Safari Vacation just in time for the holidays. Shop the bazaar [sYs], Yasum Designs, Tres Beau, CereberusXing, LivGlam, Pomposity, Faun, Wonton, & ME Jewelry for the perfect accessories and jewelry! Hop from merchant to exotic merchant playing the game of the land, Gacha, for a chance to win some tribal influenced prizes. Enjoy the parties and mix and mingle with the chiefs of the great tribes of SL Live Radio, Penumbra, AIM, Cultured the Magazine, and Siren Productions. To stay up to date with all your travel plans for your Safari stay at Jewelry & Accessory Expo 2014 please see our handy travel agents at http://sirenproductionsl. com to book your vacation package. Do not forget to leave room in your luggage to carry all your trinkets home. In fact just bring empty suitcases! Prepare yourself for a wild ride through the villages of tribal Africa‌ Sincerely, Lexie Jansma Siren Productions CEO

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Centopallini – Kilimanjaro, Fur Scarf With Gem Brooch

Photographer: Jackson Redstar Model: Danity Mynx

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VG Shoes – She Rules, Tiger Cultured The Magazine - the holiday issue

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Vision of Beauty – Gem Owl, Earring & Necklace

Photographer: Jackson Redstar Model: djroseathena Resident

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Hollyhood – Black Casa Blanca Heels Cultured The Magazine - the holiday issue

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Jumo – Abyssinian Clutch, Red

Jumo – Abyssinian Sandals, Red

Photographer: Jackson Redstar Model: Ivyana Szondi

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Jumo – Abyssinian Hat, Red

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Jumo – Carthagen Bracelet, Denim Zebra

Photographer: Jackson Redstar Model: Prisilla S. Avro Jumo – Carthagen Sandals, Zebra 58


Jumo – Carthagen Clutch, Denim Zebra

Jumo – My Africa Necklace

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CTM: ARTS

Making Dreams Come True

LICK Sim & Set Design

Writer Cali Karsin Photographer Jackson Redstar & Photos Provided

Have you ever had a vision, a dream, an original idea, or true passion you were destined to set out to create? Have you ever wanted to create that perfect place in Second Life®, and just didn’t know where to start? If the answer is yes, you’ve come to the right place. LICK Sim & Set Design is one of the top landscaping brands in SL making dreams come true, one parcel at a time. Their slogan is, “DARE TO DREAM.” I sat warm and cozy by the fireplace in the new Winter Wonderland build, toasting my hands against the scorching flames of the fire. Sitting down in a plush armchair, I take out my notes and get ready to interview the brainchild behind LICK, Sera Bellic, who has been a resident of SL for over seven years! We greet each other warmly, and I take a sip of my hot cocoa before I begin. I decide, the very first thing I want to know more about, is her back story that led her to where she is today. She says her brand was born from her love to create beautiful, enchanting spaces, and she has come a long way, with spending over five of her years in SL doing landscape, interior, and set designs for builds like the LICK-Winter Wonderland, Country Home, A Road Less Traveled, and A Victorian Peace. Her mission with her brand is simple, to bring YOUR dreams to life and to create a home or business that her customers will be proud to show off. She goes on to explain how she discovered her passion in SL, “A friend messaged me one night and said she just got some new land, would I come help her fix it up? I said yes, and that night I was in my element. I did not want to log off, I was on a roll. It was then, I realized this is what I am passionate about. Taking a piece of flat land and creating 64


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a dream, something magical...and that is when LICK Sim & Set Design was created.” She pulls most of her inspiration from real life movies, pictures, someone else’s work, and things she sees day to day in her life. When clients come to her and explain what they want, she can draw on real life memories or pictures she has seen and just go with it. Sometimes it takes her a bit longer to get going, she puts items down, picks them up, and then suddenly, something works, and she finds herself on a roll. “SL is a challenge at times to find certain items that I want to use, but so far, I have found a way to marry items to make it work when I can’t find what I want,” she explains. Bellic changes her land design every three months in SL to show her versatile diversity as a sim designer. She tells me fondly of her panic moments during her design process, how she accidentally returned a build after it was three quarters of the way done, and the anxiety of seeing two weeks of her work down the drain, until she realized she could restore to her last position. She also tells me fondly of the time she got stuck under a house, “All I needed to do was TP out, but nooo, I sat there going, oh shit! That stuff usually happens late at night when I am tired and not thinking clearly,” she laughs. A funny story that happened during her design career is, one time she TP’ed into a client’s office with no pants on! She could see them on her screen, but the clients could not, and they did not say anything until about 45 minutes after she was there! “The guy finally says, nice tattoo! I was like, oh thanks, then he mentions what it looks like and I’m thinking, how does he see that part of it, it’s on my ass!” When she was thinking of a company name, she wanted something catchy and sensual in a sense. She believes sex sells, and she wears a tag over her head that reads, “LICK SERA BELLIC,” for free advertising. One night her partner of three years, says, “LICK you later baby!” It was in that moment, the name was born! Cultured The Magazine - the holiday issue

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She is available for hire for interior design as well, and by joining the LICK group, you have access to rez rights on all her lands and builds. There is also an exciting contest every year that gives away up to a half sim of a free sim design. We can look forward to the next contest sometime next year! What sets her apart from all the other sim designers out there is her passion for what she does and her work ethic that she brings from real life, and an eye for what looks good, as well as her reasonable pricing. Right now, you have access to her brand new holiday and winter build, which is great for pictures, and enjoying the holiday season! There is tons of activities to do with loved ones, and in the words of Bellic, she explains the sim like this, “LICK Winter Wonderland will be up until the end of January. You can visit The Island of Misfit Toys, take a dog sled ride, go sledding, have a snowball fight, make snow angels, build snowmen, sit by the campfire chatting with friends, go ice fishing, and don’t forget to visit Santa’s house, work shop and stables.” Next up is the exciting tropical rain forest which will be on display in the spring of 2015! You can check out the current winter build with the landmark below, and view her past work on her Flickr! https://www.facebook.com/pages/LICK-Sim-Set-Design/43351 5966783174?sk=timeline https://www.flickr.com/photos/sera_bellic/ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oyster%20 Bay/63/205/22

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CTM: MUSIC into the mind of

the entertainer

LP KIDD Writer Zephyr Windgate Photographer Brie Helstein

Top 5 Holiday Songs Nat King Cole - Chestnuts roasting on an open fire The Whispers - This Christmas Peanuts - Christmas Time is Here Toni Braxton -Christmas Time is Here

DIRTY DETAILS

Destinys Child - Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Tuesdays: Smooth Jazz @ Aphotic Zone (My club) Random time Thursdays: R&B Hip Hop @ Ducrot 12:30 PM SLT Fridays: R&B Soul @ SL Live Radio 4PM SLT

Social Media Links h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / p r o f i l e . php?id=100004855935037

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Cupric Router DIRTY DETAILS Sundays on SL LIVE Radio

Social Media Links none

Top 5 Holiday Songs Martin Sexton - O Christmas Tree Tracey Thorn - Joy Matt Wertz - Snow Globe Blondfire - Underneath the Mistletoe 80

Schuyler Fisk - More Than I Wished For (FM Radio Version)


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Sonicity DIRTY DETAILS Sundays: SL Live Radio 12 pm to 2pm SLT

Social Media Links https://www.facebook.com/Soni.Fitzroy

Top 5 Holiday Songs You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch Band Aid - Do They Know It’s Christmas John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Happy Christmas (War is Over) Feliz Navidad Snoopy’s Christmas Cultured The Magazine - the holiday issue

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Saucy DIRTY DETAILS I own !Exodus! Rock Club which has been on the grid almost 5 years. Thursdays: SL Live Radio 12 PM SLT to 2 PM SLT Saturday: Alternate @ !Exodus! 12 PM SLT to 2 PM SLT Wednesdays: Rock @ Zeus Gay Dance Club 12 PM to 2:30 PM SLT

Social Media Links h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / ExodusRockClubSL

Top 5 Holiday Songs Joni Mitchell - River Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl Fairytale of New York Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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Bing Crosby and David Bowie - Little Drummer Boy


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