the chapter four

End of Line

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Happiest of Sundays, dear ones! I’m tip-tappin’ my fingers like they’re on fire to try to get this up in the wee hours of the morning, as my parents are visiting today and I, well … may or may not have left the cleaning and sundry until the very last minute. Procrastinator: who, me? Well yes, yes indeedy. But technically isn’t it their fault since I’m the lovable and faultless offspring? Yes, that works for me quite nicely! ♡

When I put on the Khloe dress by Ricielli, I loved the iridescent, deep blue-violet-silver color that really shone with materials enabled. It gave me a bit of a futuristic vibe, so I went to a place I’ve been meaning to visit for years but never have: Insilico! There are several regions under the Insilico banner, so I chose the North one at random and only made it about 20 feet from the landing zone. (Story of my life lately!) This picture was kind of a quick edit and perhaps my not my finest work, but we’re always our own harshest critics, hey? I still love the spacey vibe, and I definitely plan to visit again and explore further. And if you’re jonesing for a mood-setting tune to go with this pic, the heart-thumping “End of Line” by Daft Punk from the TRON: Legacy soundtrack was my inspiration.

End of Line
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Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Damien Fate Eyelashes – FATELashes v2.0
Avi-Glam Eyes – Ardent Eyes (Periwinkle v1) New Release *
Rezology Hair – Sine 2 *
Aurica Store Tattoo – Nori (Maitreya, Slink, TMP & Omega appliers) New Release @ BodyFy, through June 24th *

Style & Pose

Ricielli Dress – Khloe (in Dark Iridescent for Maitreya Lara, Belleza Freya & Isis, Slink Original & Hourglass, and Standard Sizes) New Release @ The Chapter Four, through June 21st *
Ricielli Shoes – Alyssa High Heels (for Belleza, Maitreya, Slink, and TMP) New Release *
Lyrium Pose (Left) – By Myself *
Label Motion Pose (Right) – Carola Pose 3

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Insilico North
🎧 Sounds: Daft Punk – End of Line

The Sirens Inside You

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One of the wonderful, kindred fascinations that so many of us share in the SL blogging and Flickr communities is a deep love and appreciation for music. Songs can often be found informing and inspiring pictures, blog posts, and even the looks we create. And some of the most enduring and beloved landmarks on the grid often have music at their core: whether it’s a well-loved dance and DJ spot, or a region like Chouchou whose very existence in rooted in the music created by its amazing owners and designers.

I’m often listening to music as I wander the grid, work on photography, or write my blog posts. And it was the soundtrack to the amazing and heartrending game “Life Is Strange” that inspired the site and sonic mood of my picture today. Without giving away any spoilers or secrets, a lighthouse features prominently in the game, and my look reminds me of something that a grown-up Max might wear on a trip in the dusky evening light to the Oregon coast. A form-fitting bikini modestly covered by a cool jacket she snagged from Chloe’s closet, and sandals with a wonderful Boho vibe that may be a bit of a nod to Rachel Amber’s memorable style.

The Sirens Inside You
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Quinn (Essentials HUD) by Elikatira
* Eyes // April Eyes (Ambar) by Inkheart New Release!

Style

Necklace // Alianza Necklace (Black) by MINIMAL for The Chapter Four, through May 21st Free Gift!
Jacket // Free Love Leather Jacket (Mural Elephant) by Foxes for Uber, through May 22nd
Bikini // Neve Bikini (Maitreya Royal Blue) by Miss Chelsea for FaMESHed, through May 27th Free Gift!
Shoes // CountryGirl Sandals (Maitreya Fatpack) by VALE KOER for Uber, through May 22nd

Destination & Inspiration

Location // Black Basalt Beach
Song Spark // José González – Crosses

Both my bikini and necklace are wonderfully generous gifts given out at the current rounds of FaMESHed and The Chapter Four, respectively, and I’ll once more include the list of must-see events I mentioned the other day which are presently featuring anniversary/birthday gifts from many of the participating designers. Be sure to visit before time runs out! ♡

The Chapter Four, through May 21st
FaMESHed, through May 27th
We <3 Roleplay, through May 31st

Desert Rose

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Merry weekend wishes to my readers and friends! I hope you’re all having a lovely and relaxing time, and keeping cool as well! ♡

Speaking of which, when I tried on the wonderful Estelle outfit by LAZYBONES at the current round of The Chapter Four, I knew it had to be mine for the fantastic “Arizona Heat Wave” print! As a (wilting) desert rose myself, I can attest to its accuracy; 8 months of summer-like weather, and often so many long stretches of time without a drop of rain in the skies. Sounds lovely in theory, but as a fair-skinned, ginger-haired, Irish/Scots lass I often ask myself … why did I think it was a brilliant idea to move here again? ;)

But you know what does keep me in marvelously high spirits? Anniversary gifts! There are 3 events on the grid celebrating their anniversary/birthday rounds this month, and so many extraordinarily generous gifts to pick up from the participating designers, it will make your head spin and your LI burst from the unboxing goodness – one of which is the foxy, fiery Juliet hairstyle on offer from MINA. So be sure to visit these celebratory events before time flies:

The Chapter Four, through May 21st
FaMESHed, through May 27th
We <3 Roleplay, through May 31st

Desert Rose
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Juliet by MINA for FaMESHed (Free Gift), through May 27th
Eyes // Spring Eyes (Goldish) by Inkheart
Tattoo (Legs) // Real Sign by Identity Body Shop

Style

Jewelry // Indyra Bangles (Golden) by Meva
Dress // Estelle Attire (White) by LAZYBONES for The Chapter Four, through May 21st
Shoes // Rhone Boots (Camel) by REIGN for Uber, through May 22nd

Pose & Destination

Poses // Hera Pose 4 and Dana Pose 5 by Label Motion
Location // ISON

Song Spark

Emilie Simon – Desert

Project Funway

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Ever’s Age – 15 days
Balance – L$615

Excelsior! I’m halfway through my first month back in Second Life, and I’ve finally managed to open, try on, sort through, and organize my first wave of group gifts and freebies – just in time to fill ‘er up again with even more amazing finds. As it happens, I still have two weeks left to check out the FabFree 30 Days List, a curated collection of free avatar clothing, accessories, and more that generous brands have on offer specifically for members whose accounts are under a month old.

Tip: If you’re just joining Second Life, keep in mind that your account starts accumulating age from the day of your registration, not from the day of your first actual login to the grid. (So if you signup through the SL website on a Wednesday and don’t install the viewer until the weekend, for example, your account will have already accumulated a few days of age.) If you’d like to take advantage of limited time gifts like these, be sure to login and visit the locations in that list within your first 30 days!

As you can see from my balance above, I’ve still only spent L$2 but have virtually doubled my wardrobe thanks to the overwhelmingly generous group gifts that I wrote about the other day. Chapter Four has closed until the next round, but the other offers are available through at least May 20th, so if you happened to miss it, be sure to click here for the Freebie Finds post!

I’m incredibly impressed with the free gifts on offer from LaVian & Co, which is the brand from my freebies & gifts post whose VIP group normally costs several hundred L$ to join. The styles mainly run to cocktail or “smart casual” attire, which will be perfect for everyday grid-hopping and finally exploring SL’s nightlife – or daylife, as the case may be! LaVian & Co’s group gifts will give me lots of options, and one of my favorite things has been the versatility of breaking up the outfits (most of which come with HUDs offering several color choices) into their individual pieces. Pre-assembled looks are something I’ve rarely been partial to in Second Life – I don’t believe I’ve ever used the “Save Outfit” feature at all – so being able to swap out tops, skirts, pants, and so on that have been packaged together is something I’ll always give high marks to. I snapped the look below when I was doing exactly that during my opening and organizing extravaganza!

Project Funway
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Skin: Enfant – Chapter Four W2 (L$0 group gift, no longer available)
Eyeliner: Langly – Eyeliner #1 (L$0)
Lip Color: Tilly – Pink Lipstick 50% (L$0)
Eyes: Chus – Poppet Lenses in Ice (L$0)
Hair: Pr!tty – Sumi / Ombre 5 (L$0 group gift)
Top: LaVian & Co – Top of the World Outfit (L$0 group gift)
Jeans: LaVian & Co – Hey Sexy Jeans (L$0 group gift)
Shoes: Mekky’s – Laced & Buckled Ankle Boots (L$0)
Poses: SKBIO Animations – Sang (L$0 group gift, no longer available)
Wall Texture:  Dy’s Yardsale & Texture Shop Grunge Shaded Texture (L$0)
Floor Texture: DT.com Parquet Wood Floor Textures (L$0)

Speaking of exploring the grid, I had a lovely chat with my friend Bee, whom I met on Day 1 at the portal on Learning Island. She’s having an absolute blast in Second Life, having already found a community in-world that meets her interests and makes her feel welcome. I teased her that she was going to have to start showing me the ropes pretty soon! And then something may or may not have been said about one of us tying up the other, but I can’t remember how the rest of the conversation went so let’s get back to the subject at hand, hmmm? /me blushes.

Honestly though, I’m overjoyed to see someone who’s brand new to the virtual world immediately finding their unique niche. It was an apropos and welcome revelation given what’s transpired over the last week, with several noted community members expressing their beliefs that Second Life is dying, declining, or perhaps just experiencing the natural ebb and flow of its age along with lessening public awareness. None of this is troubling though: it’s just transitional and part of the evolution of the platform and its membership. I rejoined again, as many often do, and I’ve met several people in the last two weeks who were joining for the first time ever, as many still do. And sometimes it takes one of those fresh, new, clear-eyed souls to kick us in the pants and remind us to relish the time we have in this virtual world, on this unique platform.

Bee’s Second Life experiences thus far have reminded me that I don’t want to spend my time in-world doing the same thing I did for a month at a time, a week off and on, over the many years my old account existed. Namely: hanging out in a skybox or at a sandbox, sorting through and organizing my inventory, maybe having IM conversations, but otherwise remaining static. That’s a perfectly valid and enjoyable way that many people exist in Second Life, but I personally want to push outside my comfort zone. It’s like on Project Runway, when the contestants are pushed to create something extraordinary from the unconventional, or design a look that’s beyond their normal comfort zone. I’ve been tuned in and zoned out for too long, and as we’ve seen time and again over the years, the things you think will always be around in Second Life – like the long-standing and iconic builds or certain thoughtful and enigmatic creators – may be forever changed, or simply vanish completely. Seeing my friend so happily immersed in her community and interests have inspired me to try on a new style and get down to the wonderfully fun business (and “funny business”) of Second Living. :)