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Perfectly Aligned

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Carl Sagan, that most wonderful and wise multi-hyphenate (astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, author, and more) said something so thought-provoking and profound that the first time I heard it, it made the breath catch in my throat and my heart shiver:

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

I’ve remained captivated by those words because they speak so poetically and beautifully to the greater knowing that I believe is shared amongst virtually all religions; it makes itself a touchstone along spiritual journeys, and is even supported by those more rational and scientific minds, who state that energy can neither be created or destroyed, it only changes form.

Many cultures and theologies have an appreciation for this energy, this star stuff. In the Western world, we have some familiarity with the concepts of Chi (Chinese) or Ki (from Japan). But we seem to be fearful or cautious about the unseen having an effect upon our lives. That’s why meditation can be so beautiful and beneficial: the quieting of one’s mind, not to make something happen, but just to relax, to breathe, to behold and be held.

So many of us live our lives caught within a perpetual storm: thundering thoughts, sundering hope from our hearts, being in the world but forgetting that the far greater part of us is of the world too. We can be the calm in the eye of the storm; we can point our boats at the lighthouse and the shoreline and let go of the oars. We are energy, ever changing form; as vast as the ocean, and with brighter lights inside of us than the most luminous star stuff.

And in those brief, beautiful, soul-fulfilling moments when this knowing gently, graciously reminds us of who we really are … everything is perfectly aligned.


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“and the years go by
close your eyes
’cause everything is
perfectly aligned
don’t fail me now
ask me how
everything is
perfectly aligned …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Izzie’s Freckles – Body Freckles II (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink Appliers & System Layers)
Murray Hair – Lindsay (Light Blondes HUD) New Release @ Hair Fair, through July 31st *

Style & Pose

Amala Headpiece – Pearl Drop (Gold)
Apple May Designs Jewelry – Body Jewelry (Maitreya Gold)
Label Motion Pose – Carrie 5

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Elysion
🎧 Sounds: Milo Greene – Perfectly Aligned

Book of the Month

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The always lush and inspiring Elysion played host to my chic look today, although I have to confess that this little library was the third picture-capturing location I tried within the region, as there were some rather … ardent couples who decided to take up residence nearby when I was photographing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! No, the sensual energy was distracting in the most appealing way. But I do get flustered easily, so I found a quiet perch in a lovely loft and set about getting my picture done.

One of the things I’ve really come to love about regions with rez-enabled is that I’m able to use pose balls for exact positioning, and the Lyrium Beach Pose Collection not only comes with a super handy HUD, but the pose balls are also included for maximum versatility, which is brilliant and so thoughtful. Some wonderful finds from the current rounds of Kustom9, Shiny Shabby, and Cosmopolitan completed the look. Have you visited all the June events that are wrapping up by month’s end? I’m so far behind! But it’s been a beautiful month, and I can’t wait to greet July with arms open wide. I hope June has been wonderful for you too! ♡

Book of the Month
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“feel the stroke of your paintbrush,
my blank sheet of paper
I’m your book of the month,
read the fine print later …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Izzie’s Freckles – Body Freckles II (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink Appliers & System Layers)
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Damien Fate Eyelashes – FATELashes v2.0
Avi-Glam Eyes – Hypnotic Eyes (Goldenrod) *
Entwined Hair – Olivia (Naturals HUD)

Style & Pose

Mai Bilavio Jewelry – Zodiac Chain Gemini (Gold v1) New Release @ Kustom9, through July 10th
Murray Dress – Mimi Dress (Onyx) New Release @ Shiny Shabby, through July 15th *
Ricielli Shoes – Kyra High Heels (for Maitreya, Belleza, Slink & TMP) New Release @ Cosmopolitan, thru July 3rd *
Lyrium Pose – Beach 26 (from the Beach Pose Collection with HUD) New Release *

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Elysion
🎧 Sounds: Lovage – Book of the Month

Elevator Love Letter

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When you have a blogger or photographer on your Second Life friends list, you may find yourself needfully cultivating a lot of patience for distracted conversations (I’m the world’s worst multitasker, truly), as well as gracious tolerance when you get out-of-the-blue questions like “Hey darlin, where’s that one elevator again?” So this picture is dedicated to my dear friend Alex, whom I met at Elysion what feels like worlds ago, and who very kindly came through for me when I was looking for a particular locale. I hope I did it justice!

Speaking of destinations, I’m slowly working on a project that I hope will complement my SL Fashion & Shopping Events Calendar, but is more focused on picturesque locales for fellow photographers and virtual world wanderers to explore. There are some wonderful Flickr groups dedicated to SL locations, and there’s always the official Destination Guide, but the one I’m working on will be more at-a-glance and quick reference. Of particular interest are places that are rez-enabled, so if you have favorite destinations to share, please never hesitate to get in touch! ♡

Elevator Love Letter
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“my office glows all night long
it’s a nuclear show, and the stars are gone
elevator, elevator
take me home …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Avi-Glam Eyes – Radiant Eyes (Jungle)
Lamb Hair – Prove It (Dark Blondes HUD) New Release for Luxe Box June 2016

Style & Pose

Phedora Jewelry – Brigitte Necklace (Dark Gold) New Release @ AnyBody, through June 30th
Thalia Heckroth Dress – Ava Dress (in Mulberry for Maitreya Lara) New Release *
KC Couture Shoes – Andria Heels (for Maitreya, Belleza, Slink & TMP)
Nrage Studio Poses – Lovely One 5 (from the Lovely One Pose Set) New Release *

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Elysion
🎧 Sounds: Stars – Elevator Love Letter

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