Second Life Destinations

Paradise Dawning

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When the virtual world first beckoned me to begin my Second Life anew last year, I found early on that I was really fascinated with shopping on the SL Marketplace. It felt like an interactive catalog, with a variety of search and sort options, and I really liked that I could load up my cart, chill in a sandbox, and have a lovely bunch of parcels delivered right to me, ready for my unboxing pleasure.

These days, I do still find myself shopping the Marketplace on occasion; I particularly love it for purchasing gacha items, which is largely how I found makeup appliers for my beloved Genesis Lab mesh head. But last year, my friend Kess Crystal inspired me with her wonderful Mainstore Monday series, which found her sharing finds from designers’ mainstore locations, which she hoped would inspire others to broaden their horizons, rather than exclusively exploring the vast array of shopping events.

I loved this concept, but sadly failed to do it proper justice before going on hiatus. So this time around, I decided to make it a point to visit mainstores as often as events, because if I loved something a designer created for Collabor88, Uber, or similar, I was sure to be dazzled by items from their older, non-“event exclusive” collections as well. And I’ve been enjoying it immensely! I’ll never bid farewell to my love for shopping the events; it’s one of my great pleasures in Second Life, and I just eased back into maintaining my SL Fashion & Shopping Events Tracker to boot. But mainstore visits will definitely become a deeper part of my style-creating groove and technique!

However, it’s a bit funny that I wrote all of that to accompany a picture that largely does not contain mainstore releases. Silly Ever! But my look does contain two items that came right from the Marketplace, so it all makes sense in a roundabout way. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! ♡

Paradise Dawning
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Reading (HUD 01) by Magicka
Eyes // Eris Eyes (Pine Tree) by Inkheart

Style

Jewelry // Rope Necklace (Gold) by LUXE for Uber, through May 22nd
Top // Holli Tank Top Applier (Bronze) by alaskametro<3
Jacket // Amsterdam Denim Jacket (Faded Blue) by Emery for Collabor88, through May 6th
Skirt // Vintage Maxi Skirt by Lowkey Shawty
Shoes // Brazilia Sandals (Maitreya High) by KC Couture

Pose & Destination

Pose // Cassie 2 by Label Motion
Location // 0031

Boat in the Sand

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I’ve always been somewhat shy about wearing very petite skirts in Second Life, so when I tried on the demo for Blueberry’s sensational Britain denim skirts and saw that they come with optional (and color-change!) mesh panties, I was immediately charmed and instantly sold. The exceptional designers behind Blueberry really do think of everything!

My top is the beautifully textured Ruhi Layered Blouse by Zaara, available at the current round of Colabor88. There were so many wonderful items to discover at C88, but as I only just returned, I had to sneak in for the final push. If only there were more hours in the day, and more days in the week!

Boat in the Sand
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Crave You (Variety Pack) by Lamb
Eyes // Peaceful Eyes (Harmony) by Inkheart
Tattoo // Porsenna (Faded) by .Things.

Style

Jewelry // Karina Karina Daydreamer Earrings by Maxi Gossamer for Collabor88, through May 6th
Piercing // Antares Clip-On Septum (True Gold) by PUNCH
Top // Ruhi Layered Blouse (Rose) by Zaara for Collabor88, through May 6th
Skirt // Britain Denim Skirt by Blueberry
Shoes // Caty Wedges (Maitreya High) by KC Couture

Pose & Destination

Pose // Adrianne 005 by Signature Pose
Location // 4Play

You never quite know what you’ll find when you’re delightedly tripping about the grid’s regions in more-or-less alphabetical order, but when I spied the name 4Play, I had a feeling I might encounter some sauciness! While the sim certainly advertises adult services, it was very quiet when I visited, so I spent a lovely hour or more just enjoying the beachscaping and scenery. Isn’t it pretty? ♡

4Play
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Early Autumn

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The luxe, honeyed-bronze color of the new Free Love Leather Jacket by Foxes, along with this lovely setting, were the genesis for my autumn-inspired look today!

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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Isobel (Light Reds HUD) by Entwined
Eyes // Premium (Green v1) by Avi-Glam

Style

Jewelry // Xena Necklace 04 by YS&YS
Jacket // Free Love Leather Jacket (Mural Tan) by Foxes for Uber, through May 22nd
Top // Knotted Tank (Group Gift) by Tres Blah
Jeans // Wide Leg Jeans (Mid Blue) by COCO
Shoes // Rimini Sandals by KC Couture

Pose & Destination

Pose // Berry 2 by Label Motion
Location // 50 Caliber

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As it happens, I’ve only ever experienced spring and summer in Second Life (in recent memory, at least), so the picturesque 50 Caliber sim really helped to set the mood. So much so, that I invoked the spirit of Bob Ross and gave my landscape photograph a bit of a painterly finish. “Happy little trees”, indeed! ♡

The Weekly Peek, SL12B Edition: Welcome to the Land of Awes

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Cheers to another beautiful week in the SLUniverse! Rather than looking back, this week I’m peeking forward into the singularly spectacular event that’s exploding onto the grid today in a feast of color, sights and sounds. You may land there in curiosity, unsure of what you’ll find, but “what dreams may come” will leave you feeling spellbound. This is the SL12B Community Celebration, honoring the 12th birthday of the Second Life virtual world.

SL12B New England
SL New England (please click for full size)

For those who may be unfamiliar with the annual celebration, this passage from the the official SL12B press release sums up the event beautifully:

Spanning 15 regions with over 200 exhibits and more than 600 performers, disk jockeys and speakers, SL12B is a showcase for the accomplishments and content of all SL residents, celebrating the anniversary of Second Life© leaving its initial beta in 2003.

SL’s official “birthday” is June 23rd, but this entire week is dedicated to celebrations and festivities, including interactive and highly photographic art exhibits; a diverse and dynamic series of talks and presentations; an astonishing array of musical performances, comedy shows, and performing arts concerts spread across 5 (five!) unique venues; the “Big Hunt” with a huge variety of free prizes to be found; and so much more.

I was graciously given early access to the celebration regions, along with a coterie of amazing bloggers and writers, and I was dazzled by what I saw. The best way I can describe SL12B is a World’s Fair meets Disney’s EPCOT, with a bit of eclectic art gallery and local carnival eccentricities thrown in for good measure. It overwhelms the senses and is impossible to take in superficially. When you visit these sims, you become Dorothy in her whirling, twirling farmhouse abode, spinning off into a dreamland of immersive sights, adventures and experiences. Welcome to SL12B, the Land of Awes.

SL12B Welcome Area Train
SL12B Welcome Area Train Station (please click for full size)

SL12B’s Welcome Area coaxes you gently into the experience, leading you down a staircase to a deliciously moody atmosphere, a station with a magical and ominous train whose cars traipse a skyward path, off to destinations unknown. It’s the perfect place to get your bearings, as a Welcome Board (and some wonderfully friendly resident volunteers) will greet you with quick teleports, landmarks, and notecards with performance schedules and other helpful information.

Not far from the Welcome Area is a Pod Tour station, and if you’d like a narrated tour of some of the exhibits, it’s a wonderful place to start. I took the first part of the tour, then jumped off to explore on my own. I used the landmarks to visit the various performance stages, and was delighted by their unique designs. SL12B is not a place that seeks conformity; while their universal theme this year is “What Dreams May Come”, it’s been interpreted in wildly unique and diverse ways by its many designers and artists, leading to some truly unique and extraordinary builds.

SL12B Astonish DJ Stage
Top-down view of the Astonish DJ Stage (please click for full size)
SL12B Cake Stage
The visually dazzling Cake Stage (please click for full size)

In addition to the performance venues, SL12B is a sumptuous buffet of artistic expression. The exhibits range from serenely beautiful to chaotic and hypnotizing. The official website provides SLURLs to both the hub regions, as well as direct teleports to the individual exhibitor parcels.

SL12B M&M Creations
M&M Creations by Marcthur Goosson (please click for full size)
SLB12 We Are the Music Makers and We Are the Dreamers of Dreams
We Are The Music Makers and We Are The Dreamers of Dreams by Krystali Rabeni (please click for full size)

As a child, I had the wonderful fortune of enjoying an educational entertainment center for children that was modeled on the short-lived but well-loved Discovery Zone. It was held at a children’s museum and featured interactive science exhibits, creative art stations, puzzles and play structures, and much more. So when I saw that many of SL12B’s installations were interactive, my inner child was excited and delighted! These are just two of my favorites:

SL12B The Rooms of My Heart
The Rooms of My Heart – CozeySL.com by Wendz Tempest (please click for full size)
SL12B Where Fairy Tales Come to Life
Where Fairy Tales Come to Life by xxstevonxx resident (please click for full size)

SL12B kicks off today at Noon (12 PM) SLT, and the festivities run through next Sunday, June 28th. The sims will remain open until July 4th for viewing before they go offline until next year. It’s truly a multi-day, once in year experience not to be missed!

Below, please find links to the SL12B performance schedule, which is offered as an overview as well as broken down by the individual venue. There’s a helpful page of SLURLs on the SL12B website, but I would highly recommend starting from the Welcome Area. I’m also including a round-up of some of the wonderful articles that have been written about this unique event. If I’ve missed anyone, please don’t hesitate to leave me a link in the comments! <3

SL12B Welcome Area
SL12B Performance Schedules
Official SL12B Community Celebration Flickr Photostream
SL12Big Hunt (details from the official site) | Happy Hunting TV (interview & preview)
SL12B Articles at Living in a Modem World by Inara Pey
Celebrating Dreams at SL’s 12th Anniversary by Ricco Saenz
Second Life is Turning 12! Join the Celebration! by Raznay Decosta
Second Life Turns 12! by Shug Maitland
SL12B: Five Must See Exhibits by Uccie Galway
SL12B, Happy Birthday Second Life Open June 21-28 by Kara Trapdoor
SL12B Opens Today at 12pm SLT by Daniel Voyager
Stuff to do in SL: What You Need to Know for SL12B by Tymmerie Thorne
What Dreams May Come ~ SLB12, June 21st-28th by Wendz Tempest
What Dreams May Come SL12B Celebrations by Anna Rain

Sim on a Whim: A Trancescending Experience

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Once upon a time, one of my favorite things to do in Second Life was to open the World Map, zoom out from wherever I happened to be, scroll around hither and yon, and choose a sim to visit completely at random. Then with a virtual leap of faith and a trusty double-click, I’d teleport off into the unknown! Soon I’d find myself rezzing into a completely new experience, one that was often accompanied by curious sights to see and places to explore.

The wonderfully informative GridSurvey.com reports that there are over 25,000 active regions on the grid right now, so imagine the possibilities for exploration! Even moreso when you consider that every sim has the potential to hold a number of different parcels, each with their own potential for interesting finds, as well as lofted venues and vignettes high in the sky. A friendly member at SLUniverse mentioned that there may be HUDs available that will pinpoint new locations for you to visit at random, but I rather enjoy my haphazard scroll n’ click adventuring. And sometimes, like last evening, serendipity finds me in a locale so lovely, I hardly wish to leave …

Trancescending Chill Garden
Trancescending Chill Garden (please click for full size)

I’ll be explaining the whys and wherefores of how I ended up at the Poesie sim in my next post, but for now please allow me to rhapsodize about the loveliness of Trancescending Chill Garden! Created by Australian native Pixie Marenwolf, the Trancescending gardens and main area (situated 1500 meters above) are dedicated to bringing trance music to the grid in spectacular multi-day events that occur every three months. At the recent Unity Festival, held from May 29th – 31st, live DJs from all over the world visited Pixie’s parcel to spin progressive and uplifting trance tunes.

The main landing point for Trancesending, per the Search listing, is in fact the sky platform where the festival took place, so I would recommend following the SLURL I’ve linked here for ground level access. This landing area will allow you to choose from the various Trancescending Chill Garden areas, as well as Pixie’s Bumbleberry store, which offers vintage, casual and urban women’s clothing.

Trancescending Chill Garden
Trancescending Chill Garden (please click for full size)

The Garden features four private areas with places to lounge, cuddle, relax, and rejuvenate. I had a wonderful time experimenting with windlights and shadows, enjoying the beautiful scenery of waterfalls, fountains, ponds and tropical flowers. The media stream is a fantastic accompaniment; the Vocal Chillout channel from Digitally Imported (one of the absolute best places to stream electronic music online) provides an ideal soundscape for this beautiful and intimate locale.

Trancescending Chill Garden
Trancescending Chill Garden (please click for full size)

The parcel information notes that Trancescending operates every Sunday from 4pm – 12am SLT; however I didn’t find anyone on the sky platform when I visited during that time. There’s an in-world group to join, and I plan to get in touch with Pixie to find out if the schedule has changed, as I’d really enjoy visiting when there’s live music to be experienced!

But in the meantime, guests are welcomed to enjoy the Chill Garden whenever they like. If you’re allured by the relaxing sounds and sights of crackling fire pits, seaspray, and waterfalls, I recommend “trancescending” into these aquatic gardens for a long, languorous visit.

Trancescending Chill Garden
Region Rating: Moderate
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Poesie/84/81/24