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The Shape of Things to Come

Well it’s late in the hour
And a few more grains of sand will fall
On the colorful flowers
Have grown upon the dust and moss

Now I fear the worst is near
I hold them close and count their years
And pray a ray of light appears
To shine down on us here

Break down in the shape of things to come
But I’m moving on like a soldier
And I say now when all is said and done
It’s not ours to break
The shape of things to come

There’s a crack in the clouds
But only for a moment now
Like an eye looking out, in blue skies
Finds the roads we will go down

I wonder what they hold for us
I hold my family to my breast
I fear the worst and hope the best
Will come to see us blessed

Break down in the shape of things to come
But I’m moving on like a soldier
And I say now when all is said and done
It’s not ours to break
The shape of things to come

The Shape of Things to Come ~Audioslave~

I find it harder and harder to listen to the news, and I’ve always been one who keeps up on current events. But, to keep my anxiety at a manageable level and try to stay positive about life, I’ve had to cut out a lot of the news from around the world. I’m not sticking my head in the sand to avoid it all, but now I get caught up on the current affairs and then make my mind move on to something else. It can be so frustrating, completely immobilizing, and downright scary to hear of what we have become. I don’t know what it will take for things to change, but if this is the shape of things to come, I don’t want to see it.

Sorry to be a downer, I’ll just say that this is a’not enough coffee in the world’ kind of day to get me feeling alive and kicking. But, when I look at the colours of this picture that I took yesterday I feel a brightening of my mind. I just love the tones in this, it’s funny how my emotions can be swayed so easily, I’m just this blob of emotion ready to pick up vibes from something…..anything……*sighs* But, anyway……I’m wearing the ‘Sofia Turtleneck Dress’ from LEGAL INSANITY and it’s a good thing I have curves in all the right places because this really hugs them! ‘Sofia’ is Maitreya exclusive and comes in eight really pretty colours. I’ve opted for the red……so I guess you could say I’m the Lady in Red, if you must. 🙂

This tousled hair is ‘MAYU’ from Argrace.

My look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya. I’ve added one of the 4 options from the ‘Sexy Smokey Eyeshadow’ set from M I L A. My eyes are from the ‘Nissa Eyes’ set from Zombie Suicide.

I was going deep into my poses folder yesterday and came up with this one from the ‘Breathe Easy’ set from Le Poppycock.

I’m at Mother Road for this shot! I love the dry heat of the desert!

You can also catch me on my blog, What a Beautiful Mess!.

The Creative Process

1.) This is awesome.
2.) This is tricky.
3.) This is sh*t.
4.) I am sh*t.
5.) This might be OK.
6.) This is awesome.

I can completely relate to this, but I have to admit that I rarely get to step 6. I go through all the other steps, but when I’m finally done, I rarely think it’s awesome. Oh, there are times that I’m particularly happy with how something turned out, be it a photograph or a blog post, but for it to be ‘awesome’…no…not often. I’m probably my own harshest critic. Even after I consider something complete, I still look to find flaws with it, which can be annoying since I know for a fact that I will never consider anything I do ‘perfect’. But, luckily life isn’t perfect, we live in an imperfect world, so anyone(me) that strives for perfection is never going to get there. I should be happy with doing the best that I can, not comparing myself to anyone else and not looking so hard to find mistakes. When it comes right down to it, what does any of it matter? What I do, whether good or bad, doesn’t say anything about me as a person, it just says I did the best I could with what I had, at that time.

The Hipster Fair starts tomorrow and this is an exciting event. Elle Boutique(formerly Slipper Originals) is there with a new and exclusive release, the ‘Daisy Toe Rings’. They consist of 3 rings per foot with a casual design that shows off a fancy pedicure so nicely. They’re fitted for the high and flat feet of both Maitreya and SLink and the HUD is filled with 12 colours for the flower center and petals and fireflies along with 7 metals, with all being materials enabled for added shine. I’m wearing the ‘Daisy Toe Rings’ on the SLink flat feet here. The Hipster Fair runs until March 3.

This pose is another great one from the ‘Heartache’ pose sets from Le Poppycock. There’s 2 sets to choose from with each set containing 6 poses with rose props(not used here). They can be found at the current round of The Chapter Four.

I’m wearing one of the options from the ‘B&W, shiny’ mani/pedi set of appliers from alme..

The jeans I’m wearing are from an early round of Luxe Box from Blueberry.

My hair, although you can only see the top of it, is ‘G1224’ from tram.

The rest of my look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

I’m sitting on the old truck beside the gas station at Mother Road. I know there’s nothing to see in this shot, but it’s one of my favourite spots to hang out.

What I Need Right Now

I’m pretty simple in my wants and needs in life, but today I need something that isn’t going to happen. I’d love to be somewhere warm, not necessarily a beach, but where it’s warm enough for a T-shirt and shorts. It feels like it’s been a long winter so far, even though it’s been no worse than most, but I just want a break from it. I have done a mid winter warm climate vacation in the past, but the choice of country was questionable so it wasn’t the best of times. But that’s many years ago and I’ve learned from that, I don’t need anyplace too exotic, just warm and sunny. But since this is only wishful thinking at this point, exotic would be wonderful too! When I close my eyes and picture what I’d do, I’d maybe be sitting on a bench or at an outdoor cafe, reading a book and sipping iced tea. I’d be relaxed and enjoying each moment as it happens, having no plans and completely comfortable with that. I think I’d like to have some sort of shore available, to be able to look out on the water, wading ankle deep in it’s coolness, and breathing in all that moist coastal air. I don’t think I could want anything more than I want this right now. Ok, so reality kicks in, and knowing the person I am this is how it would play out. I’m up at 6 AM, breakfast from 6:30 to 7:15. After that I’d allot a half hour to have a quick shower then go shopping down the street, which will last about 1 hour and 20 minutes. I’ll plan a 45 minutes coffee break after that, but 32 minutes into it I feel I need to get going, so I cut that short. I take a taxi to the little cafe I’ve wanted to try, the one with the nice patio, I get a table outside and order an iced tea and get my Kindle out. I downloaded 5 extra books before taking this vacation so I’m good for reading material. I check the time, the service is a little bit slow, which puts me on edge, and now I can’t concentrate on the book. In all honesty, it’s not quite that bad, but I just can never be as relaxed and carefree in the moment, as I had thought I’d be when dreaming of this. I guess I have two choices when it comes to vacations, I can simply be happy dreaming about it, or I can learn to relax and be carefree and actually live it if I ever take another vacation. At this point, I sit here looking out on a cold winter day, at least I have a nice hot cup of coffee to enjoy.

I did find a beach to lay on in Second Life and I’m enjoying the virtual sand, sea, and sun, all while reading a favourite book. The beach is at Fairhaven, which offers group members rezz rights, so I could rezz the ‘Reading’ pose prop from Reel Poses. Which is available now at the Fetish Fair.

But what I want to bring your attention to is the ‘Amara Belly Ring’ from Slipper Originals. The February round of Monthly Midnight Madness is coming up this weekend and this will be one of the gifts, along with an inexpensive add-on HUD to make it a full set! It contains 5 heights for the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya, but also includes versions for the SLink mesh bodies. The full set is HUD driven with 7 metals and 10 gemstone colours with it being materials enabled. Monthly Midnight Madness starts at midnight Friday(or Saturday morning if you prefer).

The Darkness Monthly Event is up and going and this is the Anniversary round so keep an eye out for gifts for group members. Wild Roots(formerly Pimp My Sh!t) is there with an exclusive gift and 3 new releases, one of which is the ‘L’Arbre’ tattoo. It’s a gorgeous tree of life that wraps around the waist and hip with intricate detailing and an interesting design. The pack includes 3 ink tones and is compatible with the Maitreya, Belleza, and TMP mesh bodies and also anything that’s Omega compatible, along with classic avatars. The Darkness Monthly Event runs until February 28.

You’re seeing just one side of the ‘Bones’ hair from [KoKoLoReS] here. This is one of my fave hairs.

The ‘Amala Bikini’ is from Maitreya.

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

A Winter Walk

I close my eyes and envision myself taking a walk in the winter, among the frozen trees, the snow covered ground and the dazzling blue sky above. There’s no sound but the soft crunching of the snow under my boots. The air is crisp and as I lift my face to the sun I feel the tiniest bit of heat, unbelieving that just 6 months ago it could burn. The snow is blinding in it’s whiteness and my breath drifts in the air like soft plumes of smoke, I feel peace and relaxation wash over me, nature in an form brings this to me. I open my eyes, reality setting in as I put on my winter coat and boots preparing to shovel the newly fallen snow. I step outside, grab the snow scoop and start shoveling off the step then working my way outward. That’s when it hits me, my nose starts to run and my eyes water, my breath catches in my lungs as I inhale the frozen air, then I begin to cough. Within 10 minutes my fingers are cold as ice and the tip of my nose is burning, since it’s had frostbite in the past. My feet are numb and when I straighten to rest for a minute the full effect of the 28 KPH wind stings my face, so I hunker lower into my scarf. I clear snow for another 10 minutes, the cold has now seeped right into me and I feel like I’ll never be warm again, I need a hot shower followed by a cup of hot coffee and some warm fuzzy slippers. This is the Canadian prairies in the winter, the thermometer says it’s only -29°C but oh man…that wind is making it feel like -42°C. Some days I wish I lived somewhere with a warmer climate but, at least we don’t have a mosquito problem right now!

I’m out in the virtual snow in Second Life for this shot, I found some really pretty areas for pictures at Luane’s Winter World.

One thing that I love about Second Life fashion is the creativity of the designers, and how every form outer wear is created to mimic real life. fame femme has really been at the forefront of this and I absolutely LOVE the ‘Yana Puff Vest and Dress’, their newest release. They’re sold as separates which makes them ultra versatile and come in 8 really vibrant colours to mix and match. The dress is a little bit short for my comfort zone so I’ve added a pair of leggings to the outfit. The vest and sweater dress are both fitted exclusively for the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya and are available now and until February 19 at District 20. All releases from fame femme are 100% original mesh and the detailing is exquisite!

The ‘G1020’ hair is from tram.

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

This is pose 8 from ‘Pack 91’ from Overlow Poses.

Dream On

Every time I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by like dusk to dawn

Isn’t that the way?
Everybody’s got their dues in life to pay

Yeah, I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it’s everybody’s sin
You got to lose to know how to win

Half my life’s in books’ written pages
Live and learn from fools and from sages
You know it’s true
All the things come back to you

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Dream on, dream on, dream on,
Dream yourself a dream come true
Dream on, dream on, dream on,
Dream until your dreams come true

Dream on, dream on, dream on,
Dream on, dream on,
Dream on, dream on, ah

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away…

‘Dream On’ written by Steven Tyler performed here by Boyce Avenue.

It’s a musical interlude for you today! I bring you Boyce Avenue with an acoustic version of ‘Dream On’ by Aerosmith. I love when rock songs are done acoustically, it really simplifies the music and puts the focus on the lyrics instead. I love this version from Boyce Avenue, the guitar playing is pure perfection and his dreamy voice takes me away. So, enjoy your day, whichever day it might be where you are. I’m going to get another cup of coffee and spend the next 6 hours watching videos on YouTube!

The January round of Limit8 will be open for business until February 13 and LEGAL INSANITY has the ‘Arla Belted Skirt’ exclusive to the event. The skirt comes in eight colours and can be purchased as a fatpack, which is HUD driven with options to colour the belt and skirt separately. It’s really form fitting with a high waist to show of your curves and the booty is pretty damn fine! It’s fitted exclusively for the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

The ‘Neva Top’ is the latest release at the main store of /erratic/ and it’s a perfect pairing with the skirt! It comes in 16 separate colours but the fatpack includes 4 bonus colours, so you know that I had to get the fatpack. It’s really a no brainer when it comes to /erratic/, I know I’ll wear it many times.

The ‘Faith-Hope_Love’ tattoo is from Carol G Tattoo Wear and I love the positive message it sends. I love a chest tattoo, I like to think of it as a test for the guys, they can maybe improve their reading skills while staring where they shouldn’t be staring! It comes with 3 ink tones and is compatible with all the major mesh bodies, including Omega enabled ones, plus the classic avatars.

entangled poses has cleared the main area of the clearance pose sets and now there’s 2 new sets available, both perfect for your posing needs. I’m using one of the 3 poses from the ‘Larisa’ set.

The ‘Shirabe’ hair is from Argrace.

And my whole look starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya. I’ve added a bit of eye make up from the ‘Dark Metals’ eye shadow set from Izzie’s.

I’ve been making Tralala’s Diner my sim of choice, lately. I don’t think I’ll ever run out of neat little areas to take a picture.