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Gold in the Air of Summer

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Years ago, I was in an unhappy relationship that was proving to be tricky to disentangle from, as we owned a small business together. In an effort to make things smoother between us, I did a lot of reading about how personality types differ, and how they can best mesh and mingle together. While the relationship ultimately ended, I have appreciation for that time in my life, as that was when I came to understand and embrace that I fall deeply into the wells of the Empath and the Sensualist. They both sound kinda sexy and alluring, but each has its interesting challenges.

An Empath experiences emotional events deeply, has a tendency toward melancholy when they’re not “feeling all the feels”, and can easily take on the mood of those around them. Sensualists are so into the things that provoke the senses – rich colors and appealing sights; evocative music; heady scents and tastes – that boredom comes easily when they’re not in some way aroused. This often leads to financial trouble (and probably some issues with addiction), as they feel compelled to continually chase and fuel their desire for stimulation.

Recently, someone asked me why I’m always so cheerful, and while I think they were playfully teasing, it gave me some food for thought. I think the Empath in me just tries to project the mood and feelings towards others like I would enjoy having reflected back at me; sort of a secular “do unto others” vibe. And when it comes to a place like Second Life which exists so much in the virtual, anything that’s particularly visually stimulating, like Flickr photography and style blogs, serves as the best possible stirring of the senses that I could hope for when the RL me can’t be physically inside the SL world. So when I’m browsing Flickr or immersed in Second Life in some way, happiness is often – as I’ve seen it beautifully and poetically written – “inhabiting my every molecule”. Or, at least, it’s valiantly trying its best to!

Gold in the Air of Summer
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However, this morning I was feeling a bit blue, but I very much wanted to get another blog post done, so I cheered myself with every possible sensual experience I could think of. (Well, not every possible experience. Insert an appropriately sly, winky emoji here!) But I poured myself a hot cuppa, put on a beloved Spotify playlist, picked out some of my favorite new releases from the debut Luxe Box and the current round of Tres Chic, and found myself a beautifully cozy perch in the always mood lifting The Trace Too region to watch the waves. The warmest, most inviting windlight I could find (with my compliments and sincere thanks to Torley), was that extra boost I needed to feel a true rising in my thoughts and levity in my heart.

Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Ears // Steking Ears Season 5 by Mandala
Hair // Luxe Box May (Size A) by Magika for Luxe Box May 2016

Style

Top // Dakota Blouse (Lace Maitreya) by Stories&Co by Flowey for Luxe Box May 2016
Shorts // Liza (Maitreya Fatpack) by EVANI for Tres Chic, through June 10th
Shoes // Vitality Sandals (Black for Maitreya Flat) by REIGN

Destination & Inspiration

Location // The Trace Too
Song Spark // Kings Of Convenience – Gold in the Air of Summer

Sometimes, the best possible balm for a trying day or a blue mood is to find the things that stir and compel you, turn them up to 11, fill your mind and view with their unique light, and then bask in the warming glow. ♡

“I think I brought everything we need,
so don’t look back,
don’t think of the other places that you should have been;
it’s a good thing that you came along with me.
You’ll shine like gold in the air of summer …”

Blue Belle

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Happy Independence Day to all of my lovely American friends! And for those who live outside of the USA, happy 4th of July anyway because it’s Saturday and that’s always a time to celebrate! Unless you’re one of those fancy Australian peeps who lives in the future, where it’s Sunday already. In that case, I really wish you’d get around to divining my lottery numbers so I can afford to buy out the delicious sales and events going on this month!

Speaking of which, an amazing number of brands are having special sales this weekend (some extend through the end of July; dates are included below). This is by no means all of the holiday sales, but these are all the ones I had bookmarked, spied on Flickr, or received as notecards in-world. Don’t blame me if you’re absolutely broke by Monday!

Ariskea – 50% off everything, through July 15th
Black Tulip – 50% off pose sets, couples & groups; through July 5th
BYRNE – 50% off everything, through July 5th
ColdLogic & Fate – 50% off everything, through July 5th
Dark Passions & Koffin Nails – 40% off (excluding gachas and discounts), through July 17th
Du Jour – 50% off everything, through July 11th
Fetch – 50% off everything, through July 31st
Heydra – 40% off everything and free VIP group join, through July 5th
HollyHood – 50% off everything, through July 29th
LOULOU&CO – 50% off everything, through July 13th
mpc. – 50% off all accessories, through July 5th
Nantra – 50% off all pose sets, through July 5th
Petite Mort – 30% to 50% off everything, ends July 6th
Pin Me Down – 50% off everything (including gachas), through July 5th
Rowne – 50% off flash sale, end date unknown
Salt & Pepper – 50% off everything, through July 5th
YumYums – closing sale ($L25 and up), through July 31st

Blue Belle
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I may be missing the red and white from my look today, but I’ve definitely got the blue covered! This lush, chic dress is by db Dollz and is exclusive to The Showroom event through July 11th. It comes in six colors, and I was head-over-heels for the rich, sapphire blue tone. Blue is my favorite color, and I just don’t wear it often enough in-world, which is an inexcusable crime! The soft ruching is a lovely detail, and I have to adore a dress that can easily be dressed up or down, and is both sexy and chic. All of the rawrs! ♥

My sweet accessory is another event exclusive: the Ribbons & Pearls necklace by Secret Love may be found at the FAD Fashion Event through July 25th. As always with Faylinn’s lovely designs, you have several metal, ribbon and gem colors in the HUD to choose from. My eyes and nails are two free Marketplace finds from TSM and By Snow, and I love the pops of purple to compliment the blues. I’m sure with that, my lavender-loving friend Holly will insist that I’m once again attempting to be an enabler, but my only response to that is: “What do you mean attempting?” /me grins cheekily

Blue Belle
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My prop is by Something New Poses n’ Props, and is specifically designed to show off shoes, which I just love! I’m using a built-in pose in my 1st pic, and the pose in my 2nd pic is by Signature Pose and is exclusive to the My Slink Obsession event, which kicks off on July 5th. Between all the ongoing and upcoming fashion events, and the weekend and month-long sales, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to offset a frenetic holiday with a heapin’ dose of retail therapy!

One final thing to sneak in: today is the final day to check out the unique, creative, dazzling builds at the Second Life Community Celebration sims. If you need some guidance on the not-to-be-missed exhibits, please visit my SL12B Event Roundup, the official SL12B website, or the Flickr photo pool for inspiration! Me, I’m off to collapse into bed and get a nice rest before the day’s festivities. Have a wonderful weekend, one and all! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Belleza | Eva – SK FLF | Fifty Linden Fridays (Past)
Hair / Magika | Dots – HUD 03
Eyes / TSM | Crystal Eyes – Purple | Free on SL Marketplace
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 4 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Arte | Cat Eyes Eyeliner – Long | SL Marketplace
Lips / alaskametro<3 | Light Lipgloss – Blush | SL Marketplace
Nails / By Snow | Maitreya Crystalline Nail Applier | Free on SL Marketplace
Tattoo / Seventy-5 | Full Floral Tattoo for Maitreya | SL Marketplace

Style
* Necklace / Secret Love | Ribbons and Pearls Necklace | FAD Fashion Event, through July 25th
* Dress / db Dollz | Scarllet Dress – Blue | The Showroom Event, through July 11th
Shoes / Fri. | Veronica Platforms – Black

Poses
* Pose 1 / Something New Poses n’ Props | Stairway to Shoes – Prop & Pose #1
* Pose 2 / Signature Pose | Ade – Pose 002 | My Slink Obsession Event, through July 22nd

Late Bloomer

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/me stretches and purrs! 🐱

Lately I’m getting by on only around 4 hours of sleep a night (or morning, as the case may be) so finding a space of solace and serenity in the virtual world is bliss when I’m working on a new photo or post. When I spied the name Chakryn Forest in someone’s profile’s picks (not that I was perving or anything … ahem), it seemed familiar to me, and when I put together this look I thought an enchanted forest would make for a lovely backdrop.

This won’t be a particularly wordy post, because there are some last minute, event-exclusive lovelies that I wanted to share, and I’d much rather you go check them out than be scrolling through my rambles! (Although I truly adore and appreciate that you do!)

Late Bloomer
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RAYNE is offering the chic, sleek Blossom jumpsuit as a free gift to group members, and it may be picked up from the Sneak Peek event, which is also where the beautiful La Boheme outfit resides that I featured on Monday. I found a sweet and apt accompaniment in the Rose Crown by db Dollz, which is a gacha prize from the Ross Fair Event. The crown comes in several sweet colors and combinations, and is beautifully crafted.

I peeked into The Dressing Room Fusion and fell hard for Izzie‘s lovely Arrowhead Necklace, which comes in both gold and silver metals with an versatile range of texture-change hues, and is a steal at just L$70. My favorite part is that it’s literally pointing at my bosoms, as if ensuring that people direct their gaze at my womanly curves. Hey, no complaints here! :)

My soft midnight black polish is from Alaska Metro‘s free tester pack, which offers Maitreya, Slink, Eve and Omega appliers. Her designs are dazzling and wildly affordable, so I highly recommend picking up the tester pack and then thoroughly buying out her entire Marketplace shop! And my ring is gift from a past round of We Love Roleplay by designer Fawny; it’s so pretty with its delicate leaf design. I realized that it was meant for the other hand, but I really wanted to show off the ring with this pose, so I was very appreciative that the ring has copy/mod permissions and I was able to easily create a left-hand version. I so dearly love when creators give us options like this!

Please be sure to check the end dates of the events as listed below, and if you haven’t already, take a peek at my Fashion & Shopping Events Calendar which will give you all the start and end dates of the currently ongoing events at a glance. I’m scheduling this post in the middle of the night, so by the time it publishes I’ll hopefully be dreaming sweetly. Good morning/night, dear readers! ♥

Body
Avie / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Clara Skin – Neva
Hair / Magika | Things – HUD 01
Eyes / SU! | Bastet Eyes – Amethyst | Group Gift
Lashes / ACD | Eyelashes 1 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Arte | Cat Eyes Eyeliner – Short | SL Marketplace
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Gloss – Strawberry Lips | SL Marketplace
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Basic Pack for Slink, Omega, Maitreya & Eve | Free on SL Marketplace

Style
* Crown / db Dollz | Rose Crown – White | Gacha Item at Ross Fair Event, through July 6th
Necklace / Izzie’s | Arrowhead Necklace – Gold | The Dressing Room Fusion, through July 3rd
Ring / Fawny | Sweet Rose Ring | Past Event Gift
* Outfit / RAYNE Couture | Blossom Jumpsuit | Group Gift at Sneak Peek Event, through July 5th

Poses
* Atonement / Crystals Pose Set – Silver Ropes | SL Marketplace

Location
Chakryn Forest