Cool on Your Island

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Inspiration is such a fickle mistress and curious thing. I’ve been longing to take a picture of this sublime TETRA dress for days now, but the right mood and moment had been alluding me. First it was going to be a cheeky tribute to my RL brother. We have been passing each-other like ships in the night in Second Life for years now, and when we finally found each-other in world at the same time the other day, I was wearing this look. He surveyed me silently and skeptically for a few moments, and then declared that I looked like I had a uni-brow (my head had not fully rezzed, I imagine?) and that my boobs were too big. Classic! My brother, everyone: the consummate ladies man. ;)

I’ve been listening to a lot of Radiohead lately, owing to their lush and brilliant new album, and I started to feel some motivation stirred by one of their earliest songs and my longtime favorites, “Fake Plastic Trees”. But just as the title of the song suggests, my inspiration felt feigned and insincere, like it was trying too hard to be something it was not. And then the always-wonderful Serene Footman went and wrote an incredibly timely post about how seeing Jeff Buckley (my favorite male musician) perform live had informed Thom Yorke’s vocals on “Fake Plastic Trees” – the purest expression of true inspiration – and I felt the notion of that picture and post wash away from me like sand being gently lapped from the shore.

Ultimately though, it was the beautiful Portia Pexington whose comment on my last post was so poignant and perfect, and finally set me on the right course. “Write the posts you’d like to read,” she wrote. So simple and succinct, and so beautifully wise. Just a few minutes later, when the song “Cool On Your Island” made its presence in my meandering, everything-from-your-library Spotify playlist, I finally felt like I’d found the picture I wanted to take. And then remembering that the song was one of the first ones I taught myself to play on the piano so many years ago, when the hopeful ginger dreamer thought she might grow up to be the next Tori Amos one day … It became like a love song to myself.

“I’m much stronger than you know.
Sometimes, I’m not afraid to let it show.
When will you wake up?
I want you more than the stars and the sun.
But I can take only so much
cool on your island …”

Cool on Your Island
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Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Ears // Steking Ears Season 5 by Mandala
Lashes // FATELashes v2.0 by Damien Fate
Hair // Sheena (Red HUD) by LeLutka Group Gift
* Eyes // Hypnotic Eyes (Honey) by Avi-Glam for Cosmopolitan, through June 4th New Release


Dress // Gradient Bandage Dress (Maitreya Fatpack) by TETRA
Shoes // Caty Wedges (Maitreya High) by KC Couture

Poses, Destination & Inspiration

Poses // Carola Pose 3 and Carrie Pose 3 by Label Motion
Location // Green Story
Song Spark // Tori Amos – Cool On Your Island

10 thoughts on “Cool on Your Island

    Cool on Your Island - Second Life Bloggers said:
    May 26, 2016 at 11:34 am

    […] Cool on Your Island […]


    Prettyflower Vale said:
    May 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Hey Ever, really love the lighting you chose for this pic, so very tropical and brings to mind watermelon and pina coladas. Just makes me say “aaaah!”

    I love Jeff Buckley too! I was fortunate to have seen him perform live once, in a Tower Records in L.A. I didn’t know who he was, but he was the live guest on the morning radio show. He sang something off the cuff, and I was so blown away, I called in sick to my job so I could play hooky and go see him at the Tower Records appearance they promo’d on the radio show. And boy oh boy am I so glad I did that! He was amazing. No big band, big stage, big light show, just Jeff on the 2nd level of Tower Records singing to the people down on the first floor. What a big, huge talent he was, and he will always be a favorite.

    Sometimes when I am faced with choices of being responsible, or being awesome, I just thing about that someday when I am on that bed, looking back at my life. I want to say “yah, I’m so glad I blew off the responsible thing enough time to go experience the awesome things in life.” I really don’t think when that time comes I will want to say “Yah, I’m glad I was responsible and went to work that day, and missed out on life.” lol ;)

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      May 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Prettyflower! I am seriously so in awe that you saw Jeff Buckley perform; I didn’t discover his music until after he passed away, and I’m gutted I never got to see him live. Oh my goodness, I’m seriously wiggling around in my chair right now. I want to climb in your head and relive every moment from your memories. Is that weird? I just think it’s SUCH a cool opportunity you had, and I’m wildly jealous, but I still love you. ;)

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    mrxclusiive said:
    May 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    very beautiful setting and windlight :) <3

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      May 28, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much, sweet Carmelo! I really should start noting these things; I know for sure it was one of Torley’s windlights, most likely a Sunrise setting that I tweaked a bit for the angle & time of day. I’m so happy you like my picture! ♥

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    Moz Loordes said:
    May 27, 2016 at 6:43 am

    typical bro! Gorgeous picture, though :)

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      May 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Haha! Thank you for the wonderful laugh, Moz – he really *is* a typical bro, but I love the goofy kid. Just don’t tell I said that. ;) Thank you so much for your lovely words! ♥


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