the seasons story

Gold in the Air of Summer

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I read a passage once by an author who said that following a particularly stressful time in her life, she painted the colors of her home in the warmest, cheeriest colors she could find. In that way, it was like being surrounded by happiness and love. Although I’m woefully inept at Second Life decorating, I believe that fashion can be just as uplifting. So after an exhaustively busy week, I sought two things: the serenity of ocean waves, and the warm hug of vibrant, summery colors. And because the virtual world is made of magic, in just a few clicks I’d found both!

Gold in the Air of Summer
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Baja Cove
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Yony Skin – Neva (Blond) | The Black Dot Project, through August 4th
* Hair / Besom | Hair Fair Style 005 – Blondes HUD | Hair Fair 2015, through July 26th
Eyes / Inkheart | Emotional Eyes – Hope
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
Lips / Pink Fuel | Shine Lipstick – Pink Light (Teeth) | Group Gift
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Tropics Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace
Tattoo / Infected | Dragon Tattoo (Maitreya, Slink, TMP & Omega Appliers)

Style
* Piercing / Secret Love | Septum Ring (HUD with 4 metals & 10 gem colors)
* Necklace / Secret Love | Summer Zest Necklace | Olala Fashion Event, through July 20th
* Dress / db Dollz | Mandala Dress – Color 2 | SL Vogue, through August 4th

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Signature Pose | Shawna Pack – Pose 004
* Pic 2 / Kirin | Fun at the Beach – Beach Ball & Pose 1 | The Seasons Story, through July 30th
Location / Baja Cove

I’m flirting with a different set-up for my posts, putting the style details immediately beneath the pictures so those who just want a quick reference for what I’m wearing can find the information easily. And for those kind souls who graciously read my stories and rambles, you’ll just have to do a wee bit of scrolling to get to them. Let me know what you think! I’m always open to ideas for how to improve my blog to both benefit the designers I’m showcasing, as well as to appeal to visitors. Comments are warmly welcomed!

My dress is by db Dollz and is available in five vibrant, colorful flavors at the SL Vogue event. My other wonderful event-exclusives include DS’ELLES gorgeous Yony skin at The Black Dot Project, and the positively juicy and perfectly-named Summer Zest Necklace by Secret Love at the Olala Fashion Event, which ends on Monday. I’m also wearing my favorite Besom hairstyle from this year’s Hair Fair, which is still going in full swing and still very, very packed full of shoppers! I think I’m finally going to make a go of it this weekend and try to get in; wish me luck! And if you’re there as well, don’t be surprised if I’m invisible save my nametag, as I’ll probably be using the full-body alpha trick I mentioned in my previous Hair Fair post. Gotta minimize that lag!

I also want to mention my delightfully summery, event-exclusive pose pack by Kirin, which comes with 14 beach balls (7 each in multi-color and pink varieties), and 7 unique holding poses. The set can be found at The Seasons Story, which has a gorgeous underwater build that must be seen to be believed! Much love to the wonderful Alaska Metro, who recently updated all of her nail packs to support Maitreya nails (/me jumps for joy) while still pricing them at the amazingly low L$25 apiece on the SL Marketplace. And I can’t get enough of the beautifully colorful Dragon Tattoo by Infected. It’s sometimes tricky to find tattoos that are truly sleeves-only without designs that envelope the torso or chest as well, and these are just perfect in my eyes!

Finally, the pose in my top-most pic is by Signature Pose and it’s part of the Shawna pack that features 5 poses specifically designed for kneeling glamorously in the ocean waves. My goodness, do I adore summertime in Second Life! I hope you all have a wonderful, restful, relaxing weekend. See you again very soon! ♥

Flight of the Raven

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Be you wizard, or witch, or a muggle too, have I got a mischievous treat for you: Wizarding Faire 2015 is here! Celebrating all things whimsical, wild and wonderful about the world of Harry Potter, the Wizarding Faire will dazzle you through July 25th with magic, mystery and merriment. And one thing’s for sure: you can “expecto” that this annual faire will be full to the brim with event-exclusives that are not to be missed!

Mischief Managed!
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Reading the Harry Potter books, I always resonated the most with the ideals of the Ravenclaw House, which valued wit, wisdom and intellect in its students. I suppose that’s a kind way of saying that it was decidedly the nerdy house, and that suits me just fine. As a “nerd”, I was endlessly curious about the world and fascinated with learning. As a “geek”, I became deeply passionate about things like music, gaming and metaphysics. One common thread that connects most nerds and geeks, their interests aside, is a level of intensity and focus. And that can be both tremendously beneficial, as well as cause for strife.

My lovely fellow SL blogger Leesee at Time and Lace wrote a thought-provoking post the other day sharing her frustrations as a Second Life fashion blogger, and both the original post and its ripples have sparked some really interesting and engaging conversation. As someone who’s been reading SL related blogs for years longer than I’ve been writing one, I’ve seen both the subtle and dramatic shifts that its taken, and I feel that we’re presently in a time where the relationship between designers and bloggers is wonderfully symbiotic and mutually-respectful. Usually. There are always outliers and those (from either side) who would make untoward demands or have unrealistic expectations. But by and large, there’s an appreciation there that grew organically over time and is wonderful to see.

Being an “official” or “dedicated” blogger for any brand or event will bring with it both benefits and requirements. That’s where my Ravenclaw tendencies begin to kick in and I feel surges of high motivation and passion, but with their shady counterparts of stress and overwhelment tagging along for the ride. On Monday, I slept for a significant portion of the day simply because I was exhausted from existing on 4 hours of sleep a night. It’s no one’s fault but my own: I take far too much time to compose photos, write posts, and all that goes with it. But therein lies the rub: I do it because I genuinely, passionately enjoy it. So how do you strike the right balance?

Flight of the Raven
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Sometimes I wish I could fly away from real life for a while and immerse myself fully in the virtual world. Dr. Phil featured a Second Life related segment on his show this week, in an episode about a young man who’s addicted to gaming and is experiencing the effect of real life deteriorating because of it. I didn’t see the episode, but I appreciate that it was emphasized that the games are not the issue, but rather the abuse of them. In like kind, there are those who would cheekily say that they’re “addicted” to Second Life, but in most cases it’s meant in a light-hearted way to express how much the virtual world means to them. I’ve been back in SL for less than three months and am absolutely rapt with the inspiration and motivation I’ve found there. I’ve made new friends, experienced new things, found new hobbies, and reinvigorated my creativity. It has been as a spark to a dormant flame; a wand-lighting charm when I needed it most.

Second Life, events like the Wizarding Faire, and the amazing creators whose designs I have the honor of blogging, have enriched my 1st life just as they’ve reignited my 2nd one. This blog has become so much more, been so much more meaningful to me, than I ever expected. Thank you all for taking this ride with me, and thank you to those who share your own journeys and passions in your own Second Life blogs. I could, and often do, spend hours reading your words, enjoying your photography, and marveling over your creativity.

So although it’s been a stressful week, and real life happenstances have gotten in the way of virtual world adventures, and I dearly wish that I had a Time Turner which would grant me many more hours in the day … I know that it all will pass. For in the wise words of one Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / AlterEgo | Janae Honey – Smokin’ | Gacha Item at Oh My Gacha, through July 31st
* Hair / Blues | Luna (without wand) – Naturals 1 HUD | Wizarding Faire
* Eyes / UMEBOSHI | Glimmer Eyes – Mermaids (Chasm) | The Seasons Story, through July 31st
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Viola Lipstick – 004 | FashionTropic Event, through July 30th
* Tattoo / White Widow | Insidious Tattoo | Wizarding Faire
* Nails / Dark Passions | House Pride (Maitreya & Slink appliers) | Wizarding Faire

Style
* Glasses / PURR | Hipster Harry’s – Onyx (Rare) | Gacha Item at Wizarding Faire
* Piercing (Nose) / PUNCH | Clip-On Septum – Mira | Gacha Item at Oh My Gacha, through July 31st
* Piercing (Lip) / PUNCH | Dolphin Bites Piercing
* Necklace 1 / Nerdology | Owl Messenger Necklace – Gold | Wizarding Faire
* Necklace 2 / ForeverFamous | Time Turner (Book) – Gold | Wizarding Faire
* Ring / Nerdology | Seeker’s Dream Ring – House Pride | Wizarding Faire
* Dress / The Little Bat | House Dress – Eagle | Wizarding Faire
Shoes / KC Couture | Mina Heels for Maitreya Lara

Set, Props & Poses
* Set / Larkham & Co | Little Wizard Cottage | Wizarding Faire
* Pic 1 / KRAVE & Strike It | Fantasy Wand – Nokturn Brown + Pose | Gacha Item at Wizarding Faire
* Pic 2 / The Pose Shop | Nimblus2000 + Wand – Pose 6 | Wizarding Faire

The Wizarding Faire is open July 12th – 25th. Please visit the Mischief Managed website for more information about the sim and roleplay.

Fair Mermaiden

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Hey lovelies! Want to hear something that will boggle your mind? At this very moment, there are at least 62 Second Life fashion events in full swing on the grid, and that’s only the ones I’m aware of. Chances are, there may be even more! And with three of the most hotly anticipated events opening very soon (Hair Fair 2015, The Seasons Story, and the Wizarding Faire), I hope your virtual wallet is still hanging on for dear life. But you know I love tempting you, so you’ll get no relief from me! I’ve got a whole array of new, event-exclusive goodies to share. C’mon, dive in! The water’s fine, and it’s high tide for shopping!

Fair Mermaiden
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At the Sex Sells Gacha Fair, CNZ brings you a gacha filled with mermaid loveliness, including six different tails, a shell bra, and poses to match. Every mermaiden needs a luxurious head of hair, so I can think of none more perfect than the Check Yes style from Besom, found at this month’s round of FaMESHed. It comes in two styles: the longer, sleeker version I’m wearing here, and the slightly shorter, more voluminous version 2.

My dreamy, luminous eyes are by UMEBOSHI and are exclusive to The Seasons Story, which opens on July 10th. (You’ll have to be a wee bit patient on that one, but I promise it will be worth the wait!) And I’m mad about my gorgeous diamond septum piercing by PUNCH, which may be found at the current round of Suicide Dollz. It comes with several metal choices (plus with an optional add-on HUD for even more varieties), as well as lots of beautiful gem tones.

Booty and the Beach
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I’ve dared to go bare with my teeny bikini from Sachi, which comes in gold and holographic varieties on system layers or Omega applier for my meshy mavens. My skin and lipstick are both group gifts from Pumec and Pink Fuel, respectively, and I highly recommend picking up both! For one last event exclusive, get your buns over to My Slink Obsession and snag the pose packs from Signature Pose. I had incorrectly assumed that this event solely catered to the Slink body/hand/feet crowd, but it’s also a wonderful place to find mesh clothing, poses, cosmetics, and more. You may even find shoes that come with versions for Maitreya and Belleza bodies as well. Love the versatility!

These pics took way, way too long to get (someone kindly spank me if I spend another hour fiddling with windlights), so I’m off to dreamland, where my mind will probably get lost in some kind of SL Event Inception. If you see me wandering around a shopping area in a hazy daze, give me a pinch and wake me up out of my reverie! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / PUMEC / Milana – Summer | Group Gift
* Hair / Besom / Check Yes (Vers. 1) – Fade Dye HUD | FaMESHed, through July 27th
* Eyes / UMEBOSHI / Glimmer Eyes – Mermaids (Reef) | The Seasons Story, July 10th – July 31st
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper & Lower | SL Marketplace or in-world
Lips / Pink Fuel / Shine Lipstick – Pink (Dark) | Group Gift

Style
* Piercing / PUNCH / Diamond Septum Clicker + Earth Add-On / Suicide Dollz, through July 17th
* Outfit / Sachi / Silk Gold Thong (Omega Applier or system layers)
* Tail / CNZ / Mermaid Tail – Blue / Gacha Item at Sex Sells Gacha Fair, through July 18th

Poses
* Pose 1 / CNZ / Mermaid Swim (Rare) / Gacha Item at Sex Sells Gacha Fair, through July 18th
* Pose 2 / Signature Pose / Ade – Pose 005 / My Slink Obsession Event, through July 22nd

Location
Floridays