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Tessellate

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Warm, summery welcomes to a bright new week, my loves! This week will be a quieter one for words, I suspect, but in all the best possible ways. Usually my ‘deeper’ posts are stoked and provoked, stirred and yearned, from places of either nostalgia and memory, or thoughtful disquiet. That’s not quite the right word … think of a calm pool of water that has been disturbed by a drop of a stone, sometimes feather-light, and other times weighing a ton or more. When my mind stays calm and rested, there just isn’t as much I’m compelled to say. Ah bless, that makes me sound either enlightened or stoned, haha! Neither of which is the case I’m afraid, but I think you’re pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down. I just feel … happy. Blissfully at peace. So I’ll just let the clothes (or in this case, the delightfully cheeky Sharkini by TETRA) do the talking. I hope you’re all having a marvelous summer so far. Lots of love! ♡

Tessellate
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“bite chunks out of me
you’re a shark, and I’m swimming
my heart still thumps as I bleed
and all your friends come sniffing …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 3
Damien Fate Eyelashes – FATELashes v2.0
Avi-Glam Eyes – Ardent Eyes (Citrus v2) *
Tram Hair – F603 Hair (Amber & Cork HUD)
Aurica Store Tattoo – Flowers (for Maitreya, Slink, TMP & Omega) *

Style & Pose

TETRA Swimsuit – Sharkini (fatpack for Maitreya Lara, Slink Hourglass, and Slink Physique) New Release @ Summerfest, through July 10th *
Lyrium Pose – Beach 3 (from the Beach Pose Collection with HUD) New Release *

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Black Basalt Beach
🎧 Sounds: Ellie Goulding – Tessellate

I’ll Take You on a Trip

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One of the things I love most about following and engaging with fellow SL bloggers is learning about their process for creating looks and capturing photographs. The other evening, my lovely friend Gia Swizzle sent me a message and asked what I was up to, and I said I was spiriting around the grid, looking for a country-esque region to take a picture at. She graciously sent me some suggestions, but as it happened I’d just landed at Bella Pace, turned the camera around, and found the exact vista I’d been hoping for. So yes, dear reader, I totally was that terrible soul who stands on the landing point and forces all others to rez in on her head. So rude! I mean, I did move slightly out of the way, but I offer my sincere apologies to the few intrepid explorers who showed up and essentially landed on my bosoms. … Actually, what am I saying about apologies? You’re welcome, more like! ;)

I'll Take You on a Trip
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“We have gone to the country, in your old car
We have lost our way, so many times
Hello, hello
I’ll take you on a trip …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Damien Fate Eyelashes – FATELashes v2.0
Murray Hair – Georgina (Reds HUD) New Release *
Inkheart Eyes – Spring Eyes (Goldish)
Shiny Stuffs Lipstick – Soft Lips Applier (for Genesis Lab heads)

Style & Pose

Ariskea Necklace – Berwood Pendant
TETRA Jacket – Leather Jacket with Hoodie (Maitreya Lara, Slink Hourglass & Slink Physique) New Release @ Uber, through June 23rd *
Addams Jeans – Ginger Boyfriend Jeans with Belt (Maitreya Lara, Belleza Freya / Isis / Venus, Slink Original & Hourglass, and Standard Sizes)
Fri. Shoes – Izzie Sandals (in Buck for Maitreya Flat & Slink Flat)
Label Motion Pose – Berry Pose 1

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Bella Pace
🎧 Sounds: Cocoon – Chupee

So because I find the creative process so fascinating, here’s a glimpse at the weird, wandering, wonderful way this picture came about. It starts with my inspiration, the song “Chupee” by the French band Cocoon. I’ve adored it for years; a lovely tune strummed on a ukulele with lilting harmonies, and lyrics that are charmingly simple and sweet. One of the phrases has always puzzled me, though: “Eating your Chupa Chups …” What was a Chupa Chups, I wondered? Finally I decided to find out, and it happens that Chupa Chups is a brand of lollipops and confections from Spain.

Spain brought to mind the lush vistas of Mediterranean countries, so next I started thinking back to pictures I’d seen on Flickr that might meet that unique landscape. While I was doing so, I began putting my look together, feeling inspired by the “dress for comfort” leanings of the RL Ever, and thinking about what I might wear on a picturesque day trip. The wonderful TETRA Leather Jacket & Hoodie at the current round of Uber was perfect, and the amount of color-change options between the jacket, hoodie, and optional sweater in the HUD is truly extraordinary. I adore a pair of worn, well-loved jeans, so the Ginger Boyfriend Jeans from Addams worked out beautifully, and as my freedom-loving toesies live in sandals year ’round, the Izzie Sandals by Fri were the perfect addition.

And that once more brings me to my fortuitous landing at Bella Pace, where I found this beautiful sight right over my shoulder. What followed was about two hours of fiddling with poses and windlights, taking pictures, making the composite in Photoshop, editing the final picture, and now a few days later I’m finally writing the post. Sometimes I feel strong tuggings of envy and awe toward prolific bloggers who are able to produce amazing photographs and detailed posts much more frequently. But I try not to worry that I don’t measure up, because we all have our special sauce that sets our words, our pictures, and our blogs apart. It’s why I happily follow dozens (if not hundreds) of SL-related blogs, yet I don’t feel myself growing weary of seeing similar items; we all style them differently, and both literally and figuratively, we all look through a different lens.

So I hope this little peek into my own process has been interesting; now I’d love to read about yours! Take me on a trip? ♡

Birthday Wish

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It’s my First Life birthday! Today I turn 25 … again (and again). Such a joy and a pleasure for time to kindly allow me to stay at this tender age for another year more. ♡

Speaking of time, I reached back into my youthful memories and thought about a game I used to play when I was younger: if I could have anything at all for my birthday, what would it be? My desires back then were generally superficial and simple: I wanted to be shorter, to have blonde hair, to look just like Becky Leigh (the petite, honey-haired heartbreaker who was the recipient of every boy’s “Do you like me? Circle YES or NO” missives). These days, I’m glad to say my desires are more esoteric and thoughtful, though no more achievable. Simply put: if I could have anything at all for my birthday, I would have more time.

Birthday Wish
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“All the words are calling
Got time on my own
There’s no destination
Wondering whether I’ll feel it again …
Take some time, just hang around awhile
Like to sit this silent moment out
I don’t want to lose or let you down
Time’s just gonna change itself around …”

My picture was taken at the beautiful Follow Your Bliss region, a perfectly named and wonderfully picturesque place with many lovely scenes and sights to explore. I was particularly fond of the Gone to the Beach sign, as that pure expression of “I’m taking a day off just for me” is something that I haven’t done in a long, long while. Time has been an elusive and evasive entity of late, slip-sliding through my hands like sand through a sieve. And just as in the song’s lyrics, I don’t want to lose anything or let anyone down, but standing on the dawn of a new year in my life, I know that changes have to be made. After all, you know you have an issue with time management when you’re frustrated with yourself that you’re once more getting 7 – 8 hours of sleep a night, rather than the 4 hour naps you were subsisting on. I like to say that I can sleep when I’m dead, but I’d rather get to that point with a leisurely stroll, and not by face-desking after a 70 hour SL-and-Flickr bender. Although I’m sure there are worse ways to go. ;)

So my hope is that I can be gentle with myself and take a breather and a reminder that things can wait for a day; putting yourself first is self-care, not unkindly selfish. But if any of you does happen to have some pull with Father Time, would you sweet-talk him into sparing a few hours for me? ♡

Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
* Hair // Sharon (Dark Blondes HUD) by Murray
* Eyes // Ardent Eyes (Olive v2) by Avi-Glam

Style

Top // Ruhi Layered Blouse (Rust) by Zaara
* Skirt // Mini Skirt with Front Pleat (Maitreya Fatpack) by TETRA for Uber, through June 23rd
Shoes // Faith Sandals (in Cherry for Maitreya Flat) by Fri.

Poses, Destination & Inspiration

* Poses // Pose Collection HUD 1.2 – Model 6 & Model 16 by Lyrium
Location // Follow Your Bliss
Song Spark // Zero 7 – In Time

Cool on Your Island

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Inspiration is such a fickle mistress and curious thing. I’ve been longing to take a picture of this sublime TETRA dress for days now, but the right mood and moment had been alluding me. First it was going to be a cheeky tribute to my RL brother. We have been passing each-other like ships in the night in Second Life for years now, and when we finally found each-other in world at the same time the other day, I was wearing this look. He surveyed me silently and skeptically for a few moments, and then declared that I looked like I had a uni-brow (my head had not fully rezzed, I imagine?) and that my boobs were too big. Classic! My brother, everyone: the consummate ladies man. ;)

I’ve been listening to a lot of Radiohead lately, owing to their lush and brilliant new album, and I started to feel some motivation stirred by one of their earliest songs and my longtime favorites, “Fake Plastic Trees”. But just as the title of the song suggests, my inspiration felt feigned and insincere, like it was trying too hard to be something it was not. And then the always-wonderful Serene Footman went and wrote an incredibly timely post about how seeing Jeff Buckley (my favorite male musician) perform live had informed Thom Yorke’s vocals on “Fake Plastic Trees” – the purest expression of true inspiration – and I felt the notion of that picture and post wash away from me like sand being gently lapped from the shore.

Ultimately though, it was the beautiful Portia Pexington whose comment on my last post was so poignant and perfect, and finally set me on the right course. “Write the posts you’d like to read,” she wrote. So simple and succinct, and so beautifully wise. Just a few minutes later, when the song “Cool On Your Island” made its presence in my meandering, everything-from-your-library Spotify playlist, I finally felt like I’d found the picture I wanted to take. And then remembering that the song was one of the first ones I taught myself to play on the piano so many years ago, when the hopeful ginger dreamer thought she might grow up to be the next Tori Amos one day … It became like a love song to myself.

“I’m much stronger than you know.
Sometimes, I’m not afraid to let it show.
When will you wake up?
I want you more than the stars and the sun.
But I can take only so much
cool on your island …”

Cool on Your Island
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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
Lashes // FATELashes v2.0 by Damien Fate
Hair // Sheena (Red HUD) by LeLutka Group Gift
* Eyes // Hypnotic Eyes (Honey) by Avi-Glam for Cosmopolitan, through June 4th New Release

Style

Dress // Gradient Bandage Dress (Maitreya Fatpack) by TETRA
Shoes // Caty Wedges (Maitreya High) by KC Couture

Poses, Destination & Inspiration

Poses // Carola Pose 3 and Carrie Pose 3 by Label Motion
Location // Green Story
Song Spark // Tori Amos – Cool On Your Island

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