“Every thread of ours connects
From the city to the wilderness
And you’re on repeat inside my head
And you’re indelible, I can’t forget …”
Style & Pose
Destination & Inspiration
Some days, my mind is stirred up with many things to say, and others find my thoughts softly settled within a gentle haze. I took this picture a few days ago, but it perfectly matches my mood today: thoughtful, thinking, musing but nowhere near melancholy. The lyrics are more pensive than I’d like, but the song has been haunting me as spring meets its gentle decline here in the States, and the pre-summer dawns beckon blistering sunrises that will soon settle into months of 110°F+ days. But today, I feel warm for all the right reasons. I hope you have a beautiful weekend ahead. ♡
“Well I know it’s just a spring haze,
But I don’t much like the look of it
And if omens are a godsend, like men, breezing in …
Certain these clouds go somewhere,
Billowing out to somewhere …
Uh-oh, let go, off on my way
Unseen, this eternal wanting …”
Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Murray Hair – Anita (Dark Blondes HUD)
Queen of Ink Eyes – Soulful Eyes (Bright Leaf)
Damien Fate Eyelashes – FATELashes v2.0
Aurica Store Tattoo – Hembra Tattoo (in White for Maitreya, Slink, TMP & Omega) New Release *
Style & Pose
Foxes Top – Vintage Tied Ties (Maitreya Lara Fatpack) for Luxe Box May 2016
SPIRIT Shorts – Kelsi Shorts (in White for Maitreya Lara, Slink Original & Slink Hourglass) New Release @ Uber, through June 23rd
KC Couture Shoes – Brazilia (for Maitreya High & Slink High)
!Bang Poses Pose – Stand 486
Destination & Inspiration
The blog post and picture I shared on Monday have received such an amazingly warm, generous, thoughtful response that I’m truly overwhelmed. To everyone who left me a comment here on my blog or on Flickr, thank you so much for your unbelievable kindness! I can’t thank you enough or find all the right words to say what it has meant to me; I’m incredibly touched and brimming with appreciation and gratitude. So much love for you all! ♡
“‘Lover’, she said
‘you put the beat in my bones,
it’s your light here in my hand,
you make it easy to see it flow’ …”
While I was writing about being a sensualist the other day, I thought about how I would distill it down to a single fascination, and the answer was immediately clear to me: if given only one sensual pleasure in life, even above carnal delights (rawr), my heart would belong to music. And one of the wonderful things about Second Life is that it’s a fascination so many of us share.
Whether waxing poetic about favorite songs with my intriguing friend Alex Monty, rhapsodizing over indie musicians with my beloved soul-sister Chloë-Dakota, or sitting in rapt appreciation as I read Serene Footman’s wonderful posts about Radiohead (a band we both love dearly), I always feel drawn like a moth to a flame to those who share the same musical passions. I’m even in the early stages of cultivating an idea that would marry my interests in both SL and music into an ongoing collaborative project with other souls who beat the same drum. I can’t promise it will ever come to fruition, but even just the lush and lovely thoughts of it have been something worth savoring.
I keep a playlist in Spotify called “Sparks”, and I add songs to it almost daily that have titles or lyrics that catch the tendrils of my mind as inspiration for future blog posts. This is another thing that has thrilled and delighted me: that people are genuinely enjoying (or at least, very kindly tolerating!) my more meandering, rambling style of blogging. I’m a lover of words first, and a photographer second; the bloggers who put together gorgeous looks and pictures daily in ways that seem so easeful and effortless have my endless admiration. I hope I don’t ever do a disservice to the designers I represent or feature on my blog, and I thank them graciously for their patience. I try to get to the goods eventually! :)
The spark for this look was set alight by the amazing Feeling Myself Headphones by Foxes, a gacha item I found on the Marketplace when I was finally thunderstruck with the realization that I could find sought-after gachas there without having to try (and fail) my luck at the machines themselves. I don’t know why I never thought to look there before, but that kind of charms me too: I feel like I learn a new trick, find a new place to explore, or discover an interesting new facet of SL every day! The lingerie is by MoDANNA for AnyBody (an amazing event if you have a budding interest in sensual wear, as I’m cultivating myself) and the lovely necklace is by Yummy for Collabor88.
Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Kira (Red HUD) by Elua
Lashes // FATELashes v2.0 by Damien Fate New Release!
* Eyes // Ardent Eyes (Hazel v2) by Avi-Glam New Release!
Headphones // Feeling Myself Headphones (Black/Silver) by Foxes Gacha Item
Necklace// Layered Chain Choker (Fatpack) by Yummy for Collabor88, through June 6th
Lingerie // Beaune Collection Lace Lingerie (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, and Omega appliers) by MoDANNA for AnyBody, through May 31st
Pose & Inspiration
One of the wonderful, kindred fascinations that so many of us share in the SL blogging and Flickr communities is a deep love and appreciation for music. Songs can often be found informing and inspiring pictures, blog posts, and even the looks we create. And some of the most enduring and beloved landmarks on the grid often have music at their core: whether it’s a well-loved dance and DJ spot, or a region like Chouchou whose very existence in rooted in the music created by its amazing owners and designers.
I’m often listening to music as I wander the grid, work on photography, or write my blog posts. And it was the soundtrack to the amazing and heartrending game “Life Is Strange” that inspired the site and sonic mood of my picture today. Without giving away any spoilers or secrets, a lighthouse features prominently in the game, and my look reminds me of something that a grown-up Max might wear on a trip in the dusky evening light to the Oregon coast. A form-fitting bikini modestly covered by a cool jacket she snagged from Chloe’s closet, and sandals with a wonderful Boho vibe that may be a bit of a nod to Rachel Amber’s memorable style.
Necklace // Alianza Necklace (Black) by MINIMAL for The Chapter Four, through May 21st Free Gift!
Jacket // Free Love Leather Jacket (Mural Elephant) by Foxes for Uber, through May 22nd
Bikini // Neve Bikini (Maitreya Royal Blue) by Miss Chelsea for FaMESHed, through May 27th Free Gift!
Shoes // CountryGirl Sandals (Maitreya Fatpack) by VALE KOER for Uber, through May 22nd
Destination & Inspiration
Both my bikini and necklace are wonderfully generous gifts given out at the current rounds of FaMESHed and The Chapter Four, respectively, and I’ll once more include the list of must-see events I mentioned the other day which are presently featuring anniversary/birthday gifts from many of the participating designers. Be sure to visit before time runs out! ♡
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!
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
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! ♡