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I Am What I Am

I Am What I Am

I spend quite a bit of time scrolling through flickr and Facebook and I always stop to take an extra look at photos that catch my eye. As I take a few minutes to look I can’t stop myself from wishing I could take pictures that good. I see everyone else’s creativity, the lighting, the setting and the pose all together creating a thing of beauty, that I never seem to attain. I’m not saying this for someone to comment that I’m really good or anything like that. I’m just stating how I think about my own work when I compare it with other’s. And, I’m the first person to say, ‘never compare your own work with anyone else’s’, but I don’t practice that, it seems. 😀 I admire so many Second Life photographer’s work and strive to one day be as good, but I have to admit to myself, that I am what I am! I like bold colours, vast horizons, and playing with shadows. I like sunsets, storm clouds and a dusty look, and I’ll take as many pics as I need to to get the look I think is right. And sometimes I give up, knowing that it isn’t going to get any better and I need to save my sanity and not get obsessed with it. Am I completely pleased with every picture I post on flickr and my blog? Not even close…..I have my faves and some that I think a fairly good, and others I just accept as the best I could do on that given day! I’m not perfect, I’m completely self taught, and have no idea how to use Gimp or Photoshop, but I try to show a little piece of myself in each photo and convey my feelings. I put my heart into it and hope some of it translates into my pictures, that’s all I want to accomplish here, I don’t want to have the most faves, views, or comments, I just enjoy doing it. But, I’m very thankful for every fave, follow, and comment I receive, I appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time to have a look!

The September round of Hair-O-Logy is open and [KoKoLoReS] has released two exclusives for it! I’m wearing ‘Sami’ and I love how it’s up off my face and under control. ‘Sami’ needs to be worn with an updo hair base, which is included in system tattoo layer or tintable Omega HUD. I’m not very good at tinting anything, I’ll admit that….but I think I did fairly well this time around. The hair is unrigged mesh for easy fitting and has nice detail with some nice wisps flowing back from the forehead. The [KoKoLoReS] colour palette is extensive with four colour packs each holding 25 colours, the clip is also colour change! Hair-O-Logy runs until September 30.

I’ve thrown on the ‘Amala Bikini’ from Maitreya, for a quick dip!

My look all starts with the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

I found the ‘Cleanse’ pose on Market Place from {Lyrium}.

Sad Reflection

Sad Reflection

This is the day that I’m sure most people take a few minutes for sad reflection. I can’t believe it’s been 16 years since that terrible day. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing, as I’m sure most people can. It was a cool fall day, I’d gone for my daily 1 mile walk and enjoyed the clean crisp air. I’d made a pot of coffee for my mid morning break and it was then I decided to turn on the TV. Which was actually really weird, because I never watch morning TV. But, I did and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I was disturbed and in utter disbelief as the events unfolded, I couldn’t look away and as it progressed I couldn’t comprehend it all. As the years have passed I still think about that day and how everyone woke up that morning, got ready for work and carried on like it was any other day, thankfully, not knowing what was to happen. Never forget! ♥ It’s also at this time of year that 14 years ago I was at the lowest point of my life, and struggling to find a reason to carry on. Needless to say, I did manage to get through it, it’s been a lot of work and some very tough times since, but I think I’ve got it together, now! Better late than never, I guess! 😀 If only I knew then what I know now, I could have maybe prevented it, but ultimately it was that point in my life that things started turning around. Everything happens for a reason, and in order for me to rise up and live again, I had to hit that dark and cold rock bottom. So, today is a day to remember, of loved ones lost, of the strength of the human spirit, and to live each day with love and acceptance, and to never waste even one minute.

I love how this turned out, I must say! I’m showing you the ‘Amal’ hair from [BAD HAIR DAY], and this is the one hair that I will never let get lost in my inventory! It’s jaw dropping gorgeous and incredibly versatile and very flattering to ‘muh face’! 😀 I’ll remind you that the colour palette from [BAD] is huge, and oh so gorgeous! I’ll never tire of this combination here. I love soft blues and purples, and all the other colour combinations there is. There’s ten colour packs to choose from, or the fatpack, and each set has 28 colours. On top of that, the hair has two layers to customize independently so there’s a huge amount of combinations possible! ‘Amal’ is available now at the [BAD] main store or on Market Place.

Take a minute to zoom in close to see the ‘Cloudy Day Necklace’ a bit better! It’s from !NFINITY and has matching earrings included. The necklace and right and left earrings are all HUD driven separately so you can mix and match, and with each piece having 12 options, it should work for anything you might want to wear it with. I’ve picked the stormy option, which was kind of fitting today!

As per usual, I’m wearing the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘meil’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya. You can only see a little bit of the ‘Dark Metallic Eyeshadow’ from Izzie’s, that I’ve added!

This gorgeous pose is ‘Sad Reflection’ from Del May. The variety of singles and couples poses are incredible. All of the poses are expressive, super natural looking, and unique, which should really kick your creativity into overdrive!

It’s Labour Day

It's Labour Day

It’s unofficially official, it’s the end of summer today! Summer’s such a short season, it starts on the long weekend in May, which for us Canucks is called Victoria Day and ends on the first weekend in September, which is Labour Day. When I was younger it seemed that the summer was endless. But, as I’ve gotten older, time has sped up and this summer seemed to pass overnight. It just seems like yesterday was the end of April and I was planning the coming growing season, and here we are, already Labour Day and the weather forecast has a risk of frost here. I won’t be surprised if it does freeze, it’s not like this is early, our average first frost in this area is September 7, so we’re close to average. So, after a summer busy with all of the summer work I can now relax a little, and begin the fall work. It’s just as busy, but with winter getting closer, time is of the essence!

I hope everyone’s having a great long weekend, I’ve had a quiet one, which is just the way I like it. And now, on with the show.

I’m lounging on my deck today, and it was the perfect place to strike a pose! The pose here is from the ‘Steve’ set of bento poses from Animosity. The set has has 5 poses plus their mirrors and also a couple with 2 versions. It’s a very nice variety for the guy that’s in deep thought or at least pretending to be. 😀 Animosity has been releasing some incredible men’s poses, but you know me with poses…men’s…women’s…it doesn’t matter to me……I love them all!

I’m wearing the ‘Tess’ Romper from /erratic/ here. It’s exclusively for the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya and comes in a plethora of colours and prints, plus a fatpack. I chose the ‘camo’! It’s available now at the current round of ~uber~.

The ‘Pepper’ hair is one of my faves from [KoKoLoReS].

As per usual, I’m wearing the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘vivante’ tone from Avada, on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya. I’ve added a touch of shadow from the ‘Sydney’ Catwa appliers from Le Boheme.

And as for my surroundings, you ask? Well, the ‘Maple Leaf’ flag, which I proudly display in my home, is from 7 Emporium. The two ‘Reiley Net Chairs’ are from Trompe Loeil. The ‘Sunflower Pitcher’ from {what next} helps to create the autumn atmosphere. The small coffee table is from the ‘Storyteller’s Burrow’ gacha set from 8f8. And the two cups of Latte are from a gacha set from Standby, for which I couldn’t find a land mark, I’m not sure if they’ve gone, but I couldn’t find them.

Blessing and Curse

Blessing and Curse

It is both a blessing
And a curse
To feel everything
So very deeply.

~David Jones~

I’m always looking at quotes and lyrics and this one struck me as very apropos for the day. My emotions are always in a state of flux and as they swirl and change during each day, I sometimes feel I’m only along for the ride. This isn’t about being moody or unpredictable, as no one ever really sees these changes. As thoughts go through my mind I feel myself rise up in happiness and plummet when sadness overtakes me. I feel every emotion strongly and am brought to tears easily, but when I find something funny I can laugh with wild abandon. I’m not ashamed of feeling deeply and showing a soft side to my heart, for it’s not weakness, I believe it’s strength that has come from not feeling anything for far too long.

I’ve fallen completely in love with each new release from [BAD HAIR DAY]! This is ‘Kef’, the latest release, and it’s edgy, original, and completely ME! It’s unrigged mesh, scripted for resizing, and includes a mirrored version. If you’re not familiar with the colour palette from [BAD], you definitely have to get acquainted with it. There’s ten colour packs in total and each pack includes 24 textures…..plus……the hair has 2 independent layers to colour, so if you do your math you’ll see that there’s, like, at least a billion colour combinations! Ummm….math never was my strong subject! You can visit the [BAD HAIR DAY] main store or find them on Market Place.

The lovely ‘Luna’ skin in ‘vivante’ tone from Avada is still my favourite! I’m wearing it on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya. I’ve added one of the twelve colours of eyeshadow that’s included in the Satin Eyeshadows set from Buzzeri. It’s available at Blush.

Lighting by LumiPro.

I love this pose! This is the ‘Heartbroken’ pose from CKEY Poses.

Shakin’ My Moneymaker!

Shakin' My Moneymaker!

Shake your moneymaker
Shake your moneymaker
You got to shake your moneymaker, yeah
Shake your moneymaker
You got to shake your moneymaker
And then…

Shake Your Moneymaker ~sung by many, but I always think of George Thorogood’s version!~

The lyrics of this song don’t have any deep meaning or anything, for me. It probably doesn’t for anyone, but it’s catchy and has a great blues beat. At least it’s bluesy when George Thorogood does it. I can listen to most types of music and enjoy, notice I say most, and not all, I really can’t make myself enjoy rap and I’ve never cared for jazz. There’s tons of music that I’ve probably never heard of, but I’m always willing to listen to something new and give it a try. I’ve found some of my favourite artists completely by accident. I’d never really listened to Leonard Cohen until I bought an album for my Mum for Christmas and I realized that I’d been missing out on incredible poetry. At least I can go back to his older stuff and enjoy it, since it’ll be new to me. A free ticket to a Guns n’Roses concert helped me to appreciate their distinct sound. I’m not sure I’d want to go see them on their new tour….a little too much time has passed and we’re all just a little older! 😛 Way back when vinyl was all the rage for your home stereo I found a Bob Dylan album for a very low price and out of curiosity I took it home and have been a fan ever since. Everyone I know laughs at me for liking his music and my sister has been known to say, ‘He’s not even trying!’, in a very indignant tone. But, I enjoy it and don’t care what anyone thinks! Music has meant a lot to me throughout my life, and it’s one thing that can ease my anxiety or lift me up when I need lifting. It can make me smile and give me energy, when I lacked both. Heck, it even makes me want to sing and dance sometimes, but only when I’m alone……at home……..with the curtains closed…….and the lights out! 😀

So, as you’re looking at my ‘moneymaker’ note how these jeans fit it! They fit like skin and with the high waist and flared legs the attention is all on my booteh! These are the ‘Cara Flared Jeans’ from LEGAL INSANITY and available now at Shiny Shabby! These are fitting my ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya like a glove and they also come fitted for the SLink and Belleza mesh bodies. There’s two versions included in the pack one for flat feet and one for heels, so you can mix it up a bit. Shiny Shabby runs until September 15.

I’ve had the ‘Discorded’ hair from Shi. for quite some time and it’s time I wore it! This is from the dark browns pack.

As you can see I’m topless here, sometimes you just gotta let the girls breathe! 😀 I’m wearing the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘vivante’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body(bento hands included) from Maitreya.

This pose is from the ‘Loose Ends’ pose set from Le Poppycock.

I’m using the ‘We’re All Mad’ backdrop from Isuka.