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In a World of Pure Imeshination …

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Happy almost weekend, my loves! It’s been a whirlwind of a week, made all the more exciting for me because I took the plunge and bought the Maitreya Lara mesh body. Happiness, you are made of lush limbs and rounded curves! Not having to try and smooth out the odd planes and angles of the system avatar body in photographs is wonderful. Now I can spend the extra time playing with Windlights instead. The virtual world can be so vibrant and beautiful!

Another Girl's Paradise
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I demoed the Lara body for a day or so, and I had contemplated giving the Slink body a try as well, but the hands and feet are sold separately so it would have been a considerably more costly investment (although the sheer amount of shoes available for Slink feet is seriously impressive!)

The roster of designers who work with the Maitreya body isn’t quite so expansive yet, but it will likely grow as time goes on and updates are released. In the meantime, the wonderful Raznay published her Epic List of designers who offer Maitreya-compatible clothing, footwear, and more. If you have suggestions to add, please fill out the form on that page so we can keep the list growing!

Just Another Tequila Sunrise
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I went with a super low-cost look that shows a lot of luscious skin, and I can’t wait to find some affordable applier bikinis for my summertime beachy adventures. The exceptionally beautiful Just Another Tequila Sunrise region is my backdrop today, and has so many beautiful vistas to photograph and explore! Definitely planning to visit again soon and write a proper destination post. So many wonders of the virtual world, so little time. And there’s a more pressing matter: I have only one pair of Maitreya-compatible shoes to my name, and that will never do!

Finally, a shout-out to Infected for the gorgeous Dragon Tattoo sleeves I snagged at their in-world store. I’m absolutely in love with the colors! It seems like colorful applier tattoos are far more rare than their monotone varieties, but I’m hopeful that there will be some excellent treasures to be found in the upcoming Body Art Hunt, which launches on July 1st. Looking forward to it!

Body
Mesh Body / Maitreya | Lara v3.4
Skin / Style by Kira | Ella Skin – 01D | Past Event Sale
Hair / Entwined | Ivy – Fatpack HUD | Group Gift
Freckles / Shock | Tintable Freckles | Group Gift
Lips / Ricielli | Lipsticks 11 – 07
Tattoo (Sleeves) / Infected | Dragon Tattoo | SL Marketplace
Tattoo (Belly) / TAOX | Belly Orchids | Free on SL Marketplace

Style
Top / Lowkey | Shawty Knotted Shirt – White | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Shorts / Prism | Dusty Jean Shorts | Group Gift
Shoes / Fri. | Veronica Platforms – Cherry | Past Event Gift
Sunglasses / Cotton Candy Monster | Sunglasses – Black | Midnight Mania Board
Piercing / Besom | New Age Septum Ring – Gold | Group Gift
Necklace / Lassitude & Ennui | Signature Necklace – Black/Gold | Free at Shop Free*Style
Bracelet / Pure Poison | Danielle Cuff – Gold | Group Gift
Anklets / Cazimi | Rikah Anklet – Gold | L$1 on SL Marketplace

Pose
SKBIO / Sang 4 / Past Event Gift

Location
Just Another Tequila Sunrise

Sure That Star Can Twinkle

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Catch a Shooting Star
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When I was around 12 or so, my mom surprised me by purchasing an shabby, well-loved upright piano from a local seller in the newspaper. It arrived by the grace of a moving truck and the combined efforts of several people, and I remember feeling rich for the first time in my life. Though it had only cost a nominal $50 or so – the family really just wanted the convenience of having someone else move it from their home – to me it felt like a luxury, almost a monument. That piano had substance and took up space in the world; it was an instrument of creation and creativity, and it became the one thing in the world that felt like it was mine alone.

Mom signed me up for the most affordable lessons we could find; $8 paid to a fading jazz pianist at a local music store who started me down the same staid path that every dutiful young student was expected to take. But I was a cherry-topped chanteuse who fancied herself to be the next Tori Amos, all passion mixed with fiery angst, and none of this “First Year Piano for Beginners” nonsense. My interest in music waxed as the lessons waned, and for hours I sat pressed with my ear against a boombox balanced precariously upon the piano ledge, picking out Tori tunes by ear and belting them out with equal fervor.

We lost the piano when I was 15 and had to move, and I was heartbroken. I’d sneak into abandoned practice rooms at my high school and college, playing from ear and memory, but it was never quite the same. To this day, any time I come across a shabby old upright, faded with the patina of time and players past, I grow wistful with fond, faraway childhood memories. My heartfelt thanks to Asa Vordun and her gorgeous L’Arc en Ciel region for giving me a moment’s repose to lose myself in lovely thoughts once more.

L'Arc en Ciel
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I’m honored to have been invited to blog for My Closet, My Choice Store (MMC), and I paired the sleek and wonderfully fitted Vany Pants with the Sara Sweatshirt, a VIP group gift from Suicidal Unborn. Shae showed off the Kitty version of the sweatshirt last month – in fact, I think she may have been wearing it when we bumped into each-other on the grid for the first time! – and when I picked it up, I was thrilled to find the gorgeous galaxy print in the HUD.

MMC’s unisex Real Collection Glasses were just what I needed to shield me from the gloriously setting sun at L’Arc, and they can be found either as a group gift or for only L$1 on the Marketplace. I’m so happy when creators offer their group gifts on the MP; it’s a wonderful kindness for those who may be out of group space but would still like to sample a brand’s products.

Quality shoes for system feet are difficult to come by these days, so when I spied the indigo pumps with a soft dapple of stars in the I’m a Blue Princess outfit at Cotton Candy Monster, I had to snatch them up! I was at the store tagging a Midnight Mania board on the suggestion of a member of the SL Frees & Offers group, and was dazzled at the kawaii clothing and incredibly affordable prices at CCM. Lots of lovely items to be found there!

L'Arc En Ciel
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Body
Skin / Belleza | Mae – Sunkissed Dark | Past Fifty Linden Fridays Sale
Hair / Sentinus Hair | Stephanie – Pink | Group Gift
Eyes / SU! | Bastet Eyes – Silver | Group Gift
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Gloss – Strawberry | SL Marketplace

Style
* Sunglasses / MMC | Real Collection Glasses – N1 | Group Gift or SL Marketplace
Piercing / Diamante | Agony Facial Piercing | SL Frees & Offers Group Gift
Rings / Cae | Phases Rings – Crescent & Star | Past Event Gift
Top / SU! | Sara Sweatshirt – Stars | Group Gift
* Pants / MMC | Vany Pants – Black | SL Marketplace
Shoes / Cotton Candy Monster | I’m a Blue Princess Pumps | SL Marketplace

Poses
Chisa Creation / Winter 09 & Winter 16 / SL Marketplace

Location
L’Arc en Ciel