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Paradise Dawning

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When the virtual world first beckoned me to begin my Second Life anew last year, I found early on that I was really fascinated with shopping on the SL Marketplace. It felt like an interactive catalog, with a variety of search and sort options, and I really liked that I could load up my cart, chill in a sandbox, and have a lovely bunch of parcels delivered right to me, ready for my unboxing pleasure.

These days, I do still find myself shopping the Marketplace on occasion; I particularly love it for purchasing gacha items, which is largely how I found makeup appliers for my beloved Genesis Lab mesh head. But last year, my friend Kess Crystal inspired me with her wonderful Mainstore Monday series, which found her sharing finds from designers’ mainstore locations, which she hoped would inspire others to broaden their horizons, rather than exclusively exploring the vast array of shopping events.

I loved this concept, but sadly failed to do it proper justice before going on hiatus. So this time around, I decided to make it a point to visit mainstores as often as events, because if I loved something a designer created for Collabor88, Uber, or similar, I was sure to be dazzled by items from their older, non-“event exclusive” collections as well. And I’ve been enjoying it immensely! I’ll never bid farewell to my love for shopping the events; it’s one of my great pleasures in Second Life, and I just eased back into maintaining my SL Fashion & Shopping Events Tracker to boot. But mainstore visits will definitely become a deeper part of my style-creating groove and technique!

However, it’s a bit funny that I wrote all of that to accompany a picture that largely does not contain mainstore releases. Silly Ever! But my look does contain two items that came right from the Marketplace, so it all makes sense in a roundabout way. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! ♡

Paradise Dawning
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Reading (HUD 01) by Magicka
Eyes // Eris Eyes (Pine Tree) by Inkheart

Style

Jewelry // Rope Necklace (Gold) by LUXE for Uber, through May 22nd
Top // Holli Tank Top Applier (Bronze) by alaskametro<3
Jacket // Amsterdam Denim Jacket (Faded Blue) by Emery for Collabor88, through May 6th
Skirt // Vintage Maxi Skirt by Lowkey Shawty
Shoes // Brazilia Sandals (Maitreya High) by KC Couture

Pose & Destination

Pose // Cassie 2 by Label Motion
Location // 0031

Walking on the Sand

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The other day whilst enjoying some Flickr browsing (such a lovely way to bliss out, enjoying the amazing and inspiring virtual world photography shared there), I happened upon a picture by my friend Brandon which was accompanied by a song in the description. You find this quite often on Flickr, and I don’t always click but something sparked my curiosity, and I really enjoyed the song he linked to. Later, seeing another picture where his song was by an artist we both like, I cheekily hinted about the potential for photo inspired by a tune she had covered. He met the challenge brilliantly, and it really motivated me to try something similar.

The lovely Sand Dunes sim provided a perfect backdrop for my photos, which were inspired by the song linked below them. I think I may start looking to my music library for inspiration more often, as I’ve really been immersed in music lately, rotating between Spotify, Google Play Music, 8tracks and Songza. Always on the lookout for the ideal streaming music service that provides an extensive library of music, as well as awesome curated playlists and radio stations that populate music based on a song or artist seed. (Pandora is wonderful, but those skip limits just kill me!) If you have a favorite, I’d love to know in the comments! ♥

Walking on the Sand
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Ever Afterr
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♫ Song Spark

Look

Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Lara Hurley | Ale Midtone | Group Gift
Moles / Glam Affair | Mokatana – Moles 1
* Hair / Besom | Zim – Fade Dye HUD
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Premium Eyes – Grey v2 | SL Marketplace
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
* Eyeshadow / Nova Bodyshop | Skylar Eyeshadow – 002 | IDK Event, through September 10th
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Pastels Silver (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace

Style

* Sunglasses / KC Couture | Vogue Sunglasses – Worn on Head
* Earrings / ERSCH | Lace Earrings – White | Classically Kinky Event, through August 31st
* Jewelry / LUXE | LePearl Bangle & Rings – Silver | Kustom9 Event, through September 10th
* Outfit / Salt & Pepper | Kiara Romper – Ocean | Tres Chic Event, through September 5th
Shoes / Pure Poison | Arlequin Pumps – Light Gray (for Maitreya, Belleza, TMP and Slink High feet)

Poses & Destination

Poses / Bounce This Poses | Mega Pose Pack HUD – Destiny 4M & Candy 2
Location / Sand Dunes

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! ♥

Divine Blush

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Happy Friday, lovelies! I’m genuinely amazed we’re greeting another weekend so soon; feels like just moments ago I was buzzing about the grid picking up last week’s Fifty Linden Friday gems! Speaking of which, I prepped these photos a day or two ago so they’re not featured in my pictures, but I wanted to mention that Kirin Poses, whom I have the pleasure of blogging for, are offering the Keiko Pose Pack for FLF this week. The wonderful Wendz Tempest of CozeySL posted a preview on Flickr if you’d like to see the poses on offer, and they can be picked up from the Kirin mainstore until midnight SLT tonight. And now, onto more Mesh Body Addicts Fair loveliness!

Ever Afterr
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Divine Blush
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Look

Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / WoW Skins | Nour v2 – Tan Natural | Mesh Body Addicts Fair, through August 21st
Hair / Olive | The Steamer – Satin
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Specular Eyes – Sky | SL Marketplace
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Sagan Liner – 006 (LeLutka & TMP appliers + system tattoo layers)
* Lips / alaskametro<3 | Heat Matte Lipstick – Flamingo (6 colors with LeLutka, TMP, EVE’olution, Loud Mouth, Nyam, Omega and Slink appliers + system tattoo layers) | Mesh Body Addicts Fair, through August 21st
Tattoo / White Widow | Tesis Tattoo – White (Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, Omega, Sking, Slink, TMP, and Lola appliers + system tattoo layers) | Shiny Shabby Event, through August 15th

Style

* Jewelry / LUXE | Frida Necklace & Bangles – Rosegold (4 metal options available) | Mix Event Items, through August 31st
* Dress / Just Because | Jackie Tube Dress (Maitreya; Slink; Belleza Freya, Isis & Venus fitmesh versions + standard sizes) | Mesh Body Addicts Fair, through August 21st
* Shoes / G&D | Rome Sandals – Cream (for Maitreya high, Slink high and TMP ouch feet) | Mesh Body Addicts Fair, through August 21st

Poses & Destination

* Poses / Signature Pose | Caroline Poses – 004 & 005
Location / Dragonfly

My lovely skin by WoW Skins, perfect lipstick by alaskametro<3, the phenomenally-fitted tube dress by Just Because, and beautifully strappy shoes by G&D may all be found at the Mesh Body Addicts Fair, now through August 21st. I’m also wearing this month’s Mix Event items from LUXE, which may be found at their mainstore for a special L$150 price. Rounding out my event exclusives is the gorgeous Tesis tattoo by White Widow, which I’m wearing in the white variety. A black version is on offer as well, and may be found at the current round of Shiny Shabby through August 15th.

I’m flirting with keeping my fashion-related posts a bit more brief, as I tend to spend so much time on photos and credits that I’ve been spreading myself a bit thin lately. It’s my hope to be able to consistently post around 5 times a week, so anything that saves a few minutes these days is a blessing! :) I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week, are looking forward to a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend ahead, and are enjoying the wonderful August events so far. Please enjoy the wonderful FLF deals today, and see you again very soon! ♥