just because

All Mixed Up

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“She’s always out making pictures
She’s always out making scenes
She’s always out the window
When it comes to making dreams …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Entwined Hair – Lily New Release @ Shiny Shabby, through October 15th *

Style & Pose

Just Because Dress – Silvia Dress New Release @ Uber, through October 22nd *
TETRA Shoes – Double Wrap Booties with Socks New Release *
Label Motion Pose – Brenda Pose 1

Destination & Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: Red House Painters – All Mixed Up

Hot Whips of Light

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“If the walls were too thin,
You would right break in …
When the window
Lets in hot whips of light
Before I feel it’s time
To control my mind
Morning …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Euphoric Eyes – Confident Eyes 05 New Release *
Entwined Hair – Zoe (Light Blondes HUD) New Release @ The Crossroads, through September 28th *

Style & Pose

Yummy Jewelry – Layered Chain Choker
Just Because Top – Emma Top New Release @ Mesh Body Addicts, through October 1st *

Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: Glasser – Apply

Electric Feel

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Please stop by The Book of Daniel fundraising event, now through September 20th, to purchase the lovely hair I’m wearing in this look, as well as items from over 120 of SL’s best and brightest designers. Every purchase will help make a difference in the life of Daniel Estro, co-owner of Zerkalo, Shiny Shabby, and The Crossroads. He’s presently battling cancer, and 50-100% of the proceeds of every purchase will go toward helping pay for his treatment. For more information on Daniel’s story, please check out this Flickr post from Neva Crystal, and click this link to visit this wonderful event in SL! ♡


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“This is what the world is for
Making electricity
You can feel it in your mind
Oh, you can do it all the time
Plug it in and change the world
You are my electric girl …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Avi-Glam Eyes – Specular Eyes (Aqua)
Entwined Hair – Dani (Light Reds HUD) New Release @ The Book of Daniel Fundraiser, through September 20th *
Aurica Store Tattoo – Ramilio Tattoo (Maitreya, Slink, TMP & Omega appliers) *

Style & Pose

Just Because Bikini – Olivia Bikini (for Freya, Hourglass, Isis, Lara, Physique & Venus) New Release @ FaMESHed, through September 27th *
NX-Nardcotix Shoes – Estela Heels (Glitter Full Pack for Maitreya, Belleza, and Slink High) New Release @ FaMESHed, through September 27th *
Imeka Pose – Sits 04, Pose 5

Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: MGMT – Electric Feel

Oceanea

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“And I’m free
I’m soaring on a thermal wind
I’m learning how to shed my skin
I made it home to Oceanea …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head – Melissa
Genesis Lab Skin – Gemma (Milk)
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Avi-Glam Eyes – Radiant Eyes (Ocean)
Entwined Hair – Amber (Light Blondes HUD) New Release @ Shiny Shabby, through September 15th *
White Widow Tattoo – Elektra (White)

Style & Pose

Just Because Dress – Isabelle Gown & Pearls *
Elephante Poses – Never Say Never Pose #6

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: The Trace
🎧 Sounds: Thomas Dolby – Oceanea

All Is Full of Love

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When I moved to Arizona, one of my first missions was to visit the Grand Canyon. Something I only had familiarity with through pictures and film references, I was awed by the thought of seeing this extraordinary geological sight in person, and I made the trip with a mixture of eager anticipation and deep reverence.

But something I was not expecting was that the Grand Canyon (as the official website brilliantly describes), “overwhelms our senses through its immense size”. I felt as though every iota of my vision was filled, my peripheral vision straining for a small measure of relief, and after a few minutes of ardently gazing, but seemingly not being able to take it all in, I genuinely felt a sense of anxious regret settling upon me. “Why do I feel so unfilled by this?” I wondered. “I feel so small, insignificant, unworthy. Is this just too immense or intense to be fully experienced in a meaningful way?”

So I did the only thing that I knew would center me: I closed my eyes and breathed deeply. The crystal clarity of Northern Arizona air was kissed with a gentle, autumnal chill that filled my lungs and quieted my mind. And in an unusual but seemingly perfect way, that’s when I began to finally to feel the fullness of an appreciation for nature and its incredible and awe-inspiring power.

But Mother Nature, as my best friend Lux wrote the other day, “is beautiful, but can also be devastating and terrible.” He knows this firsthand; his home country of Italy was beset by a powerful earthquake on August 24th, its harrowing tremors and aftershocks claiming nearly 300 lives. When heartrending events like this occur, whether caused by natural disasters or man-made violence, it’s human nature to ask why, to wonder at the sad destiny or fate that allows so many lives to be claimed long before their time. But something equally profound also takes place: we, who are so often consumed by the frustrations, stresses, and disappointments of our own personal microcosm, begin to make a profound nascent shift into caring about the macrocosm. Apathy gives way to altruism; callousness is replaced by compassion. It’s as if all at once, we remember that we’re all in this together. That being able to give our empathy, care, and support to others is perhaps the greatest expression of our humanity.

We shouldn’t need to stand on the edge of a vast and astounding canyon, or wait for the aftermath of a significant and life-claiming event, to understand the depth and breadth our significance and value; to recognize our ability to be gracious and compassionate; to allow ourselves to be vulnerable and open enough to receive, and to begin sharing those gifts with others. All is full of love. Sometimes all we need to do to see it and feel it is to close our eyes, and open our hearts. ♡


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“You’ll be given love, you’ll be taken care of
You’ll be given love, you have to trust it
Maybe not from the sources you have poured yours
Maybe not from the directions you are staring at
Twist your head around, it’s all around you
All is full of love, all around you …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Truth Hair – Vienna (Variety HUD)

Style & Pose

Just Because Top – Tess Tank Top (Fatpack for Maitreya Lara) *
Just Because Pants – Jen Capris (Fatpack for Maitreya Lara) *
Thalia Heckroth Shoes – Ciel Ankle-Strap Sandals (in Blush for Maitreya Mid) *
!Bang Poses – Recline 4 (Edited)

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: The Bay
🎧 Sounds: Björk – All is Full of Love