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Black Cherry

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One of the many things I had always longed to do in Second Life was to visit Elysion, a deliciously named sim with a mythical (in my own mind) presence on the grid. Its Places listing has a wonderful come hither vibe, promising a “lush adult environment catering to the sensual and artistic side of your second life.” To say I found it alluring and intriguing is wildly understated!

Friends and loved ones from my First Life know me fondly as one with a fascination with the sensual and evocative, the artistic and the epicurean. But this facet isn’t something I’ve yet delved and dwelled within on the grid, as my naturally shy and quiet nature often turns me away from curiosity and toward the safe, the familiar. But I feel a keen desire to expand my horizons this time around, so with a tiny flutter in my belly, I landed at Elysion, paid the group enrollment fee for sim access (L$650 at the time of this writing), and slowly began to explore.

I’m delighted to say that the people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at Elysion (as well as at at Blithe, a kindred sim that also requires group membership), have been wonderfully interesting and thoughtful encounters. And it makes for a very welcome reminder for me: always keep an open mind and heart. You’ll never stop being fascinated and amazed at what flows in. ♡

Black Cherry
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Ears // Steking Ears Season 5 by Mandala
Hair // Vega (Essential HUD) by Bold & Beauty
* Eyes // Ardent Eyes (Citrus v1) by Avi-Glam for Cosmopolitan, through May 21st
Nails // Jewels Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve, Omega Appliers) by alaskametro<3
Tattoo (Torso) // Flowers (Maitreya, Slink, TMP, Omega Appliers) by Aurica Store
* Tattoo (Leg) // Rose 2 Common (Maitreya, Slink, TMP, Omega Appliers) by Aurica Store for Fantasy Gacha Carnival, through June 7th

Style

Piercing // Gold Teardrop Septum (White) by Yummy for Collabor88, through June 6th
Necklace // Chevron Necklace (Gold) by Paper Arrow
Lingerie // Spring Bra & Panties (Black) by TETRA for Uber, through May 22nd
Shoes // Cecile Heels (Maitreya High) by Ricielli for The Dressing Room, through May 14

Pose & Destination

Pose // Stand 460 by !Bang Poses
Location // Elysion

Just Breathe

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It’s amazing how sometimes the simplest realities can become caught in a blind spot in our mind’s eye, and it takes an outside perspective to bring them to light. This happened to me the other day; a new SL friend said: “You’re named after one of my favorite movies!” A bit of a puzzled smile came over my face, and I began asking them to clarify which film, when all at once it dawned on me that Ever After, which has been a guilty pleasure favorite of mine since I saw it in high school, did indeed share my name. The aligning truly never occurred to me! Just goes to show how intricate and fascinating our minds really are, and it also served to highlight the fact that I really need to indulge in watching that film again, if only to swoon over Dougray Scott as Prince Charming. (Sooooo dreamy!)

The conversation also sparked the memory of a bit of dialogue from the film, where Danielle steels her will and quietly tells herself to “just breathe” before a pivotal admission to the prince about her true identity. These words, so simple in their meaning, are sometimes the only ones we can turn to when life gets challenging or overwhelming. With work and stress contributing to my weariness over the last few days, breathing deeply and letting go of tension is often the best balm I can hope for, and I’ve felt the need for the same release in Second Life as well. At times there’s so much going on, so much to do, that it feels like a great relief to just go back to basics and simply exist in the virtual world, without needing to accomplish, experience, or participate. Just be. Just breathe.

Just Breathe
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Look

Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Essences | Lou-Ann – Medium 01 (Brunette)
* Hair / Phoenix | Stella – Dark Browns HUD | Cosmopolitan Event, through August 30th
Eyes / Inkheart | Essential Eyes – Faithful
Lashes / Izzie’s | Mesh Alpha Lashes
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Ella Lipstick – 003 (LeLutka, TMP, Kissers, Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam & Sweet Lips appliers + tattoo layers) | IDK Event, through September 10th

Style

* Piercing / PUNCH | Starlet Septum Ring (18 colors + 12 metals in HUD) | The Thrift Shop Event, through August 29th
* Bracelets / LUXE | Margi Cuff, Swirl Bangle & Wrapped Bangle – Black | Shiny Shabby Event, through September 15th
* Top / Eyelure | Overlace Top – Black / White (Maitreya, Slink & Omega appliers + system layers)
* Pants / Eyelure | Campus Yoga Pants – Black / Lace Band (Maitreya, Slink & Omega appliers + system layers)
* Shoes / KC Couture | Harlem Sneakers (for Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP & Slink flat feet)

Poses & Destination

Pose / Verocity | Hula Poses (Female) – F4
Location / Free Spirit Farms

I’ve been looking for the right outfit to pair with my fantastic KC Couture Harlem sneaks for some time now, and the wonderfully casual and comfy Overlace Top & Campus Yoga Pants by Eyelure provided the perfect opportunity. Applier clothing is still something that I’m in the early stages of delving into, and I’m thrilled that Eyelure’s options included Maitreya-specific appliers (along with Slink and Omega). Sometimes I’ve found that Omega-applied clothing is a bit glitchy on the Maitreya body, requiring multiple applications (particularly after teleporting), and can sometimes pose issues when layering with tattoos. I’ve not yet noticed that issue with clothing designs that come with Maitreya appliers, so it’s always a gratefully welcomed option!

I also want to mention the wonderful Stella hairstyle by Phoenix, which may be found at the current round of Cosmopolitan through August 30th. Phoenix is one of the first brands whom I’ve found to fully embrace the idea of fitted mesh hair, and their offerings include the standard rigged mesh, a + size for larger breasts, and a fitted mesh version which I’m wearing here. I had forgotten to put on the alpha layer, but I didn’t need it at all and the hairstyle skims my shoulders and bust just perfectly. Another amazing option for mesh body lovers; SL designers truly never fail to dazzle me with their innovation!

Now if I may, I’ll leave you to enjoy your Friday while I continue my stretching and breathing here at the lovely and tranquil Free Spirit Farms. Wishing a calm and blissful weekend to one and all! ♥

The Stars Are Projectors

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Welcome to August! We just had our first major rainstorm of the season last night and it was oh, so nice! It made this post even more perfectly timed, as it’s a predominantly cool color palette with rich grays and stone influences, all things that make me think of a rain-soaked city and rolling, rumbling thunder. Featuring items from Cosmopolitan, Illusion Point, Shiny Shabby and Manga Fair!

The Stars Are Projectors
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Essences | Aribeth Seasons 02 – Medium 01 Brunette
Hair / Little Bones | Queen – Duo Tone HUD | Group Gift
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Destiny Eyes – Grey (S) | Free on SL Marketplace
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love (Light Tones)
* Tattoo / What 2 Wear | Tattoo W2W.0.8 – Faded (Maitreya, Belleza & Slink Appliers + system tattoo layers) | SL Marketplace

Style
* Headpiece / ERSCH | Samurai Head Piece
* Necklace / Secret Love | Goddess Necklace (4 metals in HUD) | Manga Fair, through August 9th
* Dress / Figment | Nemesis Dress – Silver/Black | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Onyx Platforms (Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP & Slink High Feet)

Pose
* Kirin / Maki Poses – Pose 1

Decor
* Skybox / cinphul | Pluto II Skybox | Cosmopolitan Event, through August 2nd
* Bed / Little Llama | Bed Under the Stairs – White
* Candlesticks / Paper Moon / Ornate Candlesticks & Candles | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Chair (Right) / 22769 – Bauwerk / Demon Chair – Stone/White Leather | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Quilts / cinphul / Memaw’s Quilts – Dingy 3 (x2), Summer 4 | Shiny Shabby Event, through August 15th
Chair (Left) / floorplan | Lazy Chair for Seraphim | Past Event Gift
Star Machine / Ex Machina | Kopernikus Star Machine | Past Event Gift
Stringlights / Half-Deer / Flower Stringlights – Curved

I’ve spoken before about the uncanny trickery that designers have displayed, seemingly reading my mind and releasing something fabulous right when I was looking for it. It happened once more with this wonderful skybox by cinphul, available at the current round of Cosmopolitan. I had been using a rather bare-bones skybox I’d snagged as a freebie from the SL Marketplace, so I was thrilled to find that the Pluto II model has a really clever design that allows it to fit my tiny, rectangular 512 sqm plot perfectly. (I think it’s called a parallelogram, if my memory of grade school geometry is accurate? But I just think of it as a “slanty diamond”!) Two walls are frosted glass, whilst the others have cool-toned, rustic textures. Check it out at Cosmopolitan, but be sure to get over there by August 2nd!

For a perfect pop of color, cinphul also came through with the Memaw’s Quilts collection on offer at Shiny Shabby. There are seven unique colors/prints to choose from, and you get six varieties in each pack – from perfectly draped options to quilts specifically meant for wall-hanging. My other wonderful, event-exclusive decor items may be found at Illusion Point, and they include the striking modern-fantasy design of the Demon Chairs by 22769 – Bauwerk (available in 3 different material options – carbon, metal and stone – and the colors black and white), as well as the perfectly sleek Ornate Candlesticks & Candles by Paper Moon (6 metal colors and 7 candle colors).

My uniquely charming bed was originally showcased at the Wizarding Faire, but it should now be available for purchase at Little Llama‘s mainstore, and it’s absolutely lovely! I really wanted some pops of pure white in this room, and I think it worked out beautifully. And I was rapt to find a truly unusual item in my inventory: the Kopernikus Star Machine by Ex Machina, which I believe was an event gift from the last round of We Love Roleplay. I didn’t see it in creator Hattie Panacek’s Marketplace store, but perhaps if you sweet-talk her nicely, she’ll offer it up for sale. Really is a beautiful piece that projects a bevy of soft, rotating stars on the walls, ceiling and floor of my skybox whenever I fancy!

And you know I couldn’t go long without chattin’ about fashion! My dress was just perfect for this picture – another stroke of wonderful luck! – and it’s the Nemesis by Figment. A beautifully dipped neckline, flirty hem and a stone-like cinch at the waist and I feel like an exotic, modern goddess of thunder! I was also dazzled by the gorgeous Samurai Head Piece by ERSCH, which comes in two separate attachments so you can get a perfect alignment and fit. I wasn’t sure if perhaps it was more of a bold, editorial piece than something practical, but I wore it around as I visited several Fifty Linden Fridays stores, and I really loved watching it bob along with my walk and how striking it looked. I’ve heard that every girl needs a great piece of statement jewelry, and I suppose you could say an accessory like this one will really turn some heads! ;)

I’m off to snatch some rest before a whirlwind of Mesh Body Addicts Fair coverage begins! The event kicked off today, and will be another one that’s may be very difficult to access in the early days, but your patience will certainly pay off once you get there, believe me. Hope you saved up for this month’s events, because in the words of my lovely Aussie friends, there are some real crackers! ♥

It’s a Beautiful Day

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One of the most beautiful, heartwarming, and distinctly unique things about Second Life is its residents’ desire to help those in need. It’s a profoundly moving way that the virtual world transcends its digital pixels and particles and moves into the First Life realm, with thousands upon thousands of RL dollars being donated to a number of worthy causes every year, generated from events like Relay For Life and the recently-concluded Hair Fair. But perhaps even more breathtaking is how Second Life members come together to take care of their own, as seen in the absolutely amazing number of designers who signed up for The Lexi Project, a collaborative fundraising event for Lexi Zelin, owner of AngelRed Couture.

Lexi has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and in this terribly trying time she is sorely in need of funds to assist in her medical bills and expenses. Lexi is just 28 years old, the mother of a beautiful little girl, and is well known in Second Life for her high quality, full permission mesh apparel. In her way, Lexi has offered a tremendous service to scores of Second Life merchants, offering them the means to open their own store and create their own brand through the use of her full-perm products.

The Lexi Project opened its doors on Sunday, July 26th with an extraordinary 350 stores participating, all of whom are showing a genuine outpouring of love, appreciation and care by providing 1 – 2 new items for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to benefit Lexi Zelin. For those who may prefer to donate directly, the event also features donation kiosks, and there is also a GoFundMe Cancer Treatment Fund page where donations are gratefully accepted in USD, as well as international currencies. And for a quick sneak peek at the kinds of offerings you’ll find at the event, the shirt I’m wearing in my look today is by More Than Ever for The Lexi Project.

Beautiful Day #1
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Ever Afterr
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Kensi – Honey (Long Night) | Group Gift
Hair / Fiore | Nia Hair – Daya | Gift from Hair Fair 2015
Eyes / Inkheart | Essential Eyes – Perseverance
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Jada – 001 (LeLutka & TMP heads appliers and system tattoo layers) | N21 Event, through August 10th
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Classic Silver (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace

Style
* Earrings / Che Bella | Cutie Charm Earrings – Star (4 colors in the set, 5 designs available) | Cosmopolitan Event, through August 2nd
* Rings / Secret Love | Moon Princess Rings Set – Silver (4 metal colors, each sold separately. 10 gem colors in the HUD.) | Manga Fair, through August 9th
* Top / More Than Ever | Beautiful Day Tied Tank | The Lexi Project, through August 9th
* Pants / MMC | Abby Pants (Maitreya, Belleza, TMP & Omega appliers + system layers. 4 colors in HUD.) | Ross Fair, through August 5th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Miami Heels (for Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP and Slink High)

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Zomy Poses | Portrait Poses – #4
* Pic 2 / Zomy Poses | Hands Up Poses – #1
Location / Trancescending

Today’s post brought me back to the beautiful Trancescending, which I wrote about in June and I’ve always found to be a meditative and relaxing place to enjoy the beautiful scenery and seek a bit of serenity. I’ve paired More Than Ever‘s Beautiful Day top with sweetly charming earrings by Che Bella for the Cosmopolitan event, and the wonderfully intricate Moon Princess Rings by Secret Love for Manga Fair 2015. My beautifully detailed jeans, with their lovely lace cut-out design, are by MMC and may be found at the Ross Fair, and my sultry, fabulously flicked eyeliner is by Nova Bodyshop and is offered at the current round of N21.

It’s been an incredibly busy month, full up with a truly staggering number of events, sales, and new releases from Second Life’s designers. I’m sure many of us spent a king’s ransom this month on digital delights, but I hope there’s still room in your wallet and your heart to make a purchase or donation toward helping Lexi’s fight. Cancer has touched my family several times, as I’m sure it has many others, and any time we of the virtual world can rally to help someone overcome trials and tragedies in the real world, it’s a truly beautiful day. ♥