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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

Moth, Butterfly, and Torchbug

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The inspiration for my title today comes from a gorgeous piece of music I had the fortune to stumble upon from the Elder Scrolls Online soundtrack, a game I’ve not yet played, although I’m a tremendous fan of the single-player RPGs in the Elder Scrolls series. And in like kind, my look reminds me of something I might have loved to wear in Skyrim, or perhaps in another favorite RPG of mine, Dragon Age. Rather than slaying beasts today though, I’m charming them! These lovely butterflies at the gorgeous Calypso Dream sim seem to be quite interested in me, at least!

Moth, Butterfly, and Torchbug
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Moth's Wings
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Belleza | Eva FLF – Sunkissed
Hair / Elikatira | Lillian – Essentials HUD
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Blissful Eyes – Clarity | SL Marketplace
Lashes 1 / ACD | Lashes – 08 | SL Marketplace
Lashes 2 / Ri | Lashes – 04 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Grace Lipstick – 001 (LeLutka, TMP, Kissers, Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam & Sweet Lips appliers + system tattoo layers) | Totally Top Shelf Event, through August 22nd

Style
* Wings / Che Bella | Seed of Inspiration – Moth’s Treasure (6 wing colors in HUD) | Gacha Item from The Gacha Garden, through August 22nd
* Mask / Spyralle | Forest Edge Mask (4 metals & 6 leaf colors in HUD) | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Jewelry / Cae | Sebastian Necklace & Earrings (3 metal colors, 10 pearl colors & 10 gem colors in HUD) | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Dress / Les Encantades | Chiara Dress – Olive | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Feet / KC Couture | Diana Jewels (Maitreya Mid & High, Belleza Mid & High, Slink Mid & High feet)

Poses & Destination
* Kirin / Sitting Pretty Pose Pack – Pose 5 | Kustom9 Event, through August 10th
Location / Calypso Dream

With the exception of my twinkly toe jewels, everything in my style today may be found at a fashion event, three of them from the fabulous Illusion Point which is on through August 18th. From Les Encantades, I’m wearing the dreamily draped Chiara Dress, and I just fell in love with this warm, leafy green color with its golden accents. And speaking of all things leafy, how lovely is this face mask by Spyralle? I’m delighted with how perfectly it fits, and the included HUD offers 4 metals and 6 beautiful leaf colors to choose from. Also from Illusion Point is the utterly charming Sebastian jewelry set by Cae, which features a delicate crab in 3 changeable metal colors, with 10 gorgeous pearl options and 10 jewel tones for its wee little eyes.

Another wonderful event exclusive is from Che Bella and it’s the Moth’s Treasure Wings, which may be found at The Gacha Garden. Much like the recent Epiphany event, The Gacha Garden has a really unique twist to its gachas: once you’ve pulled 20 times on a single machine, you are guaranteed an ultra-rare item – a “Seed of Inspiration” – that will be retired forever after the event. To learn more about how the event works, and to see the truly exceptional list of event designers and sponsors, be sure to visit The Gacha Garden website!

I also have to mention how much I adore this rich magenta/plum lipstick by Nova Bodyshop, which may be found at Totally Top Shelf. I think this is my favorite Nova lipstick so far: it fits my pouty lips just perfectly, and the shade is striking without being too deep. Perfect! And as always with Noctea’s wonderful cosmetics, the Grace lipsticks come with a wide range of appliers, which I’ve listed in the credits above. I’m also using a pose from the excellent Sitting Pretty Pose Pack by Kirin, which may be found this month at Kustom9. Sitting poses that work well with mesh clothing can be a bit tricky, I’ve found, and the options in this pack are really lovely. I’m sure I’ll be turning to them often in the future!

One last thing to mention is how truly lovely the Calypso Dream sim is; I’ll be visiting here all the time for picture-taking opportunities, I just know it! Many thanks to the gracious Manis Lane for offering her sim to the public for exploring and photography! ♥

In a World of Pure Imeshination …

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Happy almost weekend, my loves! It’s been a whirlwind of a week, made all the more exciting for me because I took the plunge and bought the Maitreya Lara mesh body. Happiness, you are made of lush limbs and rounded curves! Not having to try and smooth out the odd planes and angles of the system avatar body in photographs is wonderful. Now I can spend the extra time playing with Windlights instead. The virtual world can be so vibrant and beautiful!

Another Girl's Paradise
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I demoed the Lara body for a day or so, and I had contemplated giving the Slink body a try as well, but the hands and feet are sold separately so it would have been a considerably more costly investment (although the sheer amount of shoes available for Slink feet is seriously impressive!)

The roster of designers who work with the Maitreya body isn’t quite so expansive yet, but it will likely grow as time goes on and updates are released. In the meantime, the wonderful Raznay published her Epic List of designers who offer Maitreya-compatible clothing, footwear, and more. If you have suggestions to add, please fill out the form on that page so we can keep the list growing!

Just Another Tequila Sunrise
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I went with a super low-cost look that shows a lot of luscious skin, and I can’t wait to find some affordable applier bikinis for my summertime beachy adventures. The exceptionally beautiful Just Another Tequila Sunrise region is my backdrop today, and has so many beautiful vistas to photograph and explore! Definitely planning to visit again soon and write a proper destination post. So many wonders of the virtual world, so little time. And there’s a more pressing matter: I have only one pair of Maitreya-compatible shoes to my name, and that will never do!

Finally, a shout-out to Infected for the gorgeous Dragon Tattoo sleeves I snagged at their in-world store. I’m absolutely in love with the colors! It seems like colorful applier tattoos are far more rare than their monotone varieties, but I’m hopeful that there will be some excellent treasures to be found in the upcoming Body Art Hunt, which launches on July 1st. Looking forward to it!

Body
Mesh Body / Maitreya | Lara v3.4
Skin / Style by Kira | Ella Skin – 01D | Past Event Sale
Hair / Entwined | Ivy – Fatpack HUD | Group Gift
Freckles / Shock | Tintable Freckles | Group Gift
Lips / Ricielli | Lipsticks 11 – 07
Tattoo (Sleeves) / Infected | Dragon Tattoo | SL Marketplace
Tattoo (Belly) / TAOX | Belly Orchids | Free on SL Marketplace

Style
Top / Lowkey | Shawty Knotted Shirt – White | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Shorts / Prism | Dusty Jean Shorts | Group Gift
Shoes / Fri. | Veronica Platforms – Cherry | Past Event Gift
Sunglasses / Cotton Candy Monster | Sunglasses – Black | Midnight Mania Board
Piercing / Besom | New Age Septum Ring – Gold | Group Gift
Necklace / Lassitude & Ennui | Signature Necklace – Black/Gold | Free at Shop Free*Style
Bracelet / Pure Poison | Danielle Cuff – Gold | Group Gift
Anklets / Cazimi | Rikah Anklet – Gold | L$1 on SL Marketplace

Pose
SKBIO / Sang 4 / Past Event Gift

Location
Just Another Tequila Sunrise

Welcome to the Jungle: Second Life’s 12th Anniversary Premium Regions

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Some of the loveliest people I’ve met in my 2nd Second Life journeys are from Australia, and I frequently marvel at how adept they and residents from around the world are at figuring out the time zone disparities when it comes to SL events. Second Life server time is the equivalent of Pacific Daylight Time in the United States, and many in-world events are timed to correspond with typical US work and leisure schedules so they can attract the biggest audience possible. Now you would think that someone such as myself, who happens to live in a place that syncs up with SLT, would be killin’ it with all my event attendance and time-sensitive deals, but that would be a logical and rational assumption, silly!

After reading all about the surreal experience of the LL gathering at Basilique, I really wanted to attend the next one, but y’know, life and stuff. /me sighs. I’ve also been sleeping really poorly lately, snatching cat naps here and there and working altogether too much for anyone’s good. So if someone would kindly clone themselves to my likeness and take care of all the day-to-day drudgery for me so I can enjoy my 2nd Second Life, I would be tremendously grateful! At this point, I’ll even take a trio of kitty cats standing atop each-other’s shoulders, draped in a trench coat and ginger wig. Hey, beggers can’t be choosers! ;)

Since I couldn’t make it to the LL Premium Member meet-up on Thursday, here are some excellent blog posts about the event and the special event area: Tymmerie Thorne, Inara Pey, Ziggy Starsmith, Markham Weatherwax. Interestingly, the SL Premium Coast regions are still open to the public (presumably they’ll be closed after the SL12B Celebration), so I sneaked over this weekend to take a look around.

My first stop was the crocodile wrasslin’ pit, because of course it would be. What else does one do at a deserted SL jungle-beach? I gave it a valiant effort, but after amassing approximately 17 pairs of prim crutches, I determined that victory was not to be mine. I’ll get you next time, Crocky McNibbles!

Ever vs. Crocodile
I’ve made a huge mistake.

The SL Premium Coast areas are split across two regions, which Inara notes was a very smart move on the Lab’s part to help ease lag during the meet-up. There’s are beach and bar areas, and various scenic spots for relaxing if you cam up into the jungle. Flying is disabled on both regions, but you may either use the Fly Override setting (found in the Advanced menu of the Firestorm viewer), or you can port around quickly by locating cushions and seating areas and choosing the “Sit Here” option from the right-click menu. As long as you’re clicking on a seat-enabled item within the same region, it should get you from place to place very quickly. That’s how I found myself on a lovely sunbeam-lit jungle pathway, climbing upward toward the curiously crumbling ruins.

Welcome to the Jungle
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While I had an enjoyable time peeking and poking around the SL Premium Coasts, the builds felt rather primitive, both literally and figuratively. There was mesh to be found here and there, but many of the items and objects were old-school prims and sculpties, and the animals had very rudimentary animations. Still, I found this to be charming and authentic in a way; it reminded me of Learning Island and the sort of vintage SL style that I associate with the in-world building and modeling tools. These aren’t slick regions by any stretch, but they still offer some pretty vistas for photography and general sight-seeing.

Linden Lab also sent out an email recently offering an incentive on Premium Memberships: 50% off for new subscribers, limited to the first billing period of the quarterly membership plan. As I wrote in my recent post, Second Life Premium Membership and Value in the Virtual World, I genuinely feel that the annual billing option is the preferred way to go, as it really is an exceptional value when you factor in the price break for yearly memberships and the amount of in-world currency that’s rewarded over 52 weeks. Still, this incentive would be a great way for new residents to try out the SL Premium benefits and determine if springing for a longer membership is worthwhile. The promo runs through Monday, June 29th!

We are creating new islands ...
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Body
Skin / Essences | Kendra – Medium 01 | Free Gift, No Group Needed
Hair / Eaters Coma | Hair 03 – Dark Mocha | Group Gift
Eyes / Asineta | Fantasy Eyes – Tropical | SL Marketplace
Lashes / Ri | Lashes 03 | SL Marketplace
Lipstick / Pink Fuel | Harley Sheer Gloss – Light Coral Pink (Mouth) | Past Group Gift

Style
Earrings / Pure Poison | Tiandre Gold Earrings | Group Gift
Necklace / Pure Poison | Boho Time Necklace | Group Gift
Ring / Fawny | Sweet Rose Ring | Past Event Gift
Jumpsuit / Ricielli | Kenya Jumpsuit – Tropicalia | Group Gift
Shoes / Daisy Shop | Mesh Ankle Boots | SL Marketplace

Poses
Willard / Young & Beautiful 1 and 2 / SL Marketplace

Location
SL Premium Coast