Smooth

Smooth

Man, it’s a hot one
Like seven inches from the midday sun
Well, I hear you whisper and the words melt everyone
But you stay so cool

My muñequita,
My Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa
You’re my reason for reason
The step in my groove, yeah.

And if you said, “This life ain’t good enough.”
I would give my world to lift you up
I could change my life to better suit your mood
Because you’re so smooth

And it’s just like the ocean under the moon
It’s the same as the emotion that I get from you
You got the kind of loving that can be so smooth, yeah.
Gimme your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it

Well, I’ll tell you one thing
If you would leave it’d be a crying shame
In every breath and every word
I hear your name calling me out

Well I’m from the barrio,
You hear my rhythm on your radio
You feel the turning of the world so soft and slow
Turning you ’round and ’round

And if you said, “This life ain’t good enough.”
I would give my world to lift you up
I could change my life to better suit your mood
Because you’re so smooth

And it’s just like the ocean under the moon
It’s the same as the emotion that I get from you
You got the kind of loving that can be so smooth, yeah.
Gimme your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it

And it’s just like the ocean under the moon
It’s the same as the emotion that I get from you
You got the kind of loving that can be so smooth, yeah.
Gimme your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it

Or else forget about it
Or else forget about it
Oh, let’s don’t forget about it
(Gimme your heart, make it real)
Let’s don’t forget about it
Let’s don’t forget about it
Let’s don’t forget about it
Let’s don’t forget about it
Let’s don’t forget about it

Smooth‘ ~Santana(feat. Rob Thomas)~

So, this is really weird…….for the first time in the history of ‘What a Beautiful Mess!’, I’m happy…..two posts in a row!! ~gasp~ I can’t believe it, either. After the long dark winter that was, it’s turning into the hot sunny summer that might be. It’s only spring still, so I don’t want to get my hopes up too high that it’s all sunshine and roses in my future, but I have to admit, I’m finding it hard to not think my future’s so bright I gotta wear shades. When it came to choosing a song I couldn’t get a feel for what I wanted, so the best thing for me to do is give my mind a rest. I took the dog out for a walk, which will now become a habit that can’t be missed until she finally wimps out in the cold weather, but with the lilacs blooming is was a really nice walk! I thought about some great dancing songs, you know the ones with the word ‘dance’ in the title, but that just seemed way too easy. Then I remembered watching Rob Thomas videos last week and thought of this one. It’s a hot one, not sure what ‘seven inches from the midday sun’ means….but yea..it was a hot one, today.

A new round of Suicide Dollz is open for business and [QE] Designs is participating!! The ‘Criss Bodysuit’ is exclusive to the 2 week event and with it’s HUD holding 6 vibrant colours and black thigh-high legwarmers to accompany it, it makes me feel like dancing! It’s fitted for the Maitreya, SLink(Physique/Hourglass), and Belleza(Isis/Freya) mesh bodies.

I’m listening to the unisex ‘Swear Headphones’ from Lapointe & Bastchild. They’re a group gift at the main store with a HUD for resize and colour change.

I’m wearing one of my favourite hair from tram, it’s the ‘G1020’ hair from HUD A.

The ‘Enigma’ tattoo is from Queen oF Ink.

The ‘Maddie’ skin in ‘honey’ tone is from The Skinnery on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This is the ‘Lalalalala’ pose from Del May.

Just One of the Guys

Just One of the Guys

Having worked in male dominated jobs most of my life, I found out early on that it’s pretty darn great being just one of the guys. I mean, if I didn’t have them, who would I talk about work with when I’m the only woman there. So, I was accepted and welcomed by most of them and treated the same as the rest. There was always the older men who would look out for me and help me, even when I didn’t need it, and then there was the ones that resented having a woman in their midst. But overall, I felt a part of the brotherhood! 🙂 There’s nothing like sitting in a bar with a table of 6 or 7 men and seeing them at their best! I don’t know what that’s like when the men are all wearing suits and ties, but when it comes to truck drivers and oil patch workers, I got to the point where nothing shocked me! I learned never to leave my drink at the table when I left to pee, the story of a drink being stirred by something other than a stir stick was always present in my mind, and it wasn’t someones finger that did the stirring!! I could always dish out the jokes, but I also could take them…..because deep down I always knew they’d always stand by my side. I chose the group of guys I surrounded myself with because, although they were rough around the edges, they had kind hearts. I never felt I had to prove myself to them, they knew I could do the jobs they did, and as well as they could. I was just one of the guys, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

When I decided to create a cozy area at home, I realized that there is no cozier place to be than a ‘man cave’. I mean, a ‘she shed’ is probably fine, but there’s something about surrounding myself in games and sports related things, along with the snacks and drinks to go along with it, that’s the ultimate in creature comforts. I’ve always loved watching sports, I don’t dress up in silly things all in the colour of my favourite teams, but I enjoy a good game of hockey or football(CFL of course)! I don’t mind baseball, although it’s a bit slow for me, and I have been known to watch the ‘Master’s Tournament’ in golf. I went through a phase of watching Nascar races every weekend and I used to watch tennis, but I’ve yet to watch a basketball game, I’ll have to do that one day! So, here I sit in the man cave, the popcorn is popping, and the brewski is ice cold, so let the games begin!

I’ll start with my outfit, here. I’m wearing the ‘Boyrfriend Jeans, country’ and ‘Knit Turtleneck, navy’ from fashionably dead and available at ~uber~, right now.

The ‘My Hair, Suzy’ is from [monso].

The ‘Swear Low Top Sneakers’ are from Lapointe & Bastchild, and right now there’s an exclusive texture HUD for them as a group gift.

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

And as for my man cave? I’m sitting on the ‘Industrial Billiards Table’ from [zerkalo], which is available in PG and Adult at the current round of Kustom9. My pose is the #10 singles animation in the billiards table. Along with the exclusive Billiards table is the ‘Billiards Z’ gacha set! I’m using the ‘Cue Rack(RARE), Billiard Frame, Hanging Lamp, Wall Bar, and the Balls Set, here.

The ‘Standing Ashtray, ‘Dude’s Rug’, ‘Boho Guitar’, and the ‘Grungy Varnished Stool’ are from various gachas from ..::THOR::... The gacha area is near the landing point, which makes it way to easy to play them all! In the main store you’ll find all kinds of good stuff, the grungy and shabby are my favourite! 😀

My newest home is the ‘Tuscany Loft’ from DaD Design.

Cold, Cold Hands

Cold, Cold Hands

The old saying is ‘cold hands, warm heart’, but I have no idea if it’s true or not. I like to think that regardless of the temperature of my hands, my heart is warm. I don’t think how the body works has anything to do with personality traits, it would be more accurate if the saying was, ‘cold hands, poor circulation’, or something like that. If you want to know if someone has a warm heart, just look in their eyes, the eyes can tell you what you need to know. But, it’s not about looking at the eyes themselves, it’s seeing what’s behind them. To say someone has blue or brown eyes means nothing, it’s how much love is in them, or how much hate, anger, or indifference. Does the persons eyes smile when the lips do, or do they remain cold or dead. But, back to the cold hands that I mentioned earlier, I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here it’s impossible to not have cold hands, or feet, or any other part of ones anatomy! Because here, it’s not just your a** that’s going to freeze off, it’s everything. It’s noon right now and I’m sitting in the mid day sunshine, which is very nice, but the sun hides the true day. It’s a balmy -27°C outside right now with a light breeze which makes it feel like -37°C, which isn’t terrible, heck it’s warmed up quite a bit from early this morning. When I got out of bed it was -34°C with a breeze making it feel like -45°C! That is the kind of cold that can take your breath away, literally! FYI, the weather forecast for this area is this kind of cold for the foreseeable future, niiiice! 😛

I went to a few snowy sims looking for a place to take a picture and I decided on BinemustSnow at the Binemust sim.

Since I’m out in the cold, I’m dressed for the weather, kind of. I donned my ‘Puff Jacket Set’ from fame femme. The high neck and long sleeves do help against the cold, but that little gap on the midriff sends chills right through me.

I got into the new round of ~uber~ and grabbed the ‘Swear Lexi Engineer Boots’ from Lapointe & Bastchild! The texturing is top notch with a huge HUD with lots of options, including worn or clean boots and socks that can be worn or not. They fit perfectly over the ‘Swear Aspen Leggings’, also from L&B.

The boots work perfectly with the ‘Kaylah Jeans’ from Just Because, too!

My hair is ‘Pepper, naturals’ from [KoKoLoReS]. I love the shorts styles!

This picture is doctored a little bit so the skin isn’t accurately portrayed here, but it’s the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada, on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This is the ‘Mhm’ pose from Del May.

Snow Country

Snow Country

The northern country snow sings
An early winter soft like static, down
Quaking in the breeze like aspen leaves
Silver whispers blanketing the ground

Cloak my body in my woolen coat
Keep me warm, walk the frozen earth
Watch them slowpoke clouds pass like city crowds
And carry on in a separate world

~Brendon Matthew Thomas~

You can read this poem in it’s entirety here.

This makes winter seem so soft and peaceful, and really, for the most part it is. At least some days in my part of the world. I find that the times most like this are when it’s a bright sunny day, the thermometer hovering around the -30°C mark and just the slightest breeze to make the small branches on the leafless trees shiver. That breeze, though slight, will make that -30°C feel more like -40°C and a person needs a bit more than just a woolen cloak to stay warm. The key is layering! Start with an Under Armour undershirt and finish off with a windbreak of some sort. And in between have layers of various materials all to help keep your body heat in and the winter cold out. I’ve been outside working in the harshest of weather and though it’s not great, it’s not that bad. The worst part of it looking out the window and imagining how cold it is! It’s best to get your clothes on and dive outside, give Mother Nature the finger and say, ‘You will not beat me!’.

Today, my look is all due to the newest release from [KoKoLoReS]! ‘Charlie’ is a very cute, unrigged hair with a non detachable cap, both HUD driven with lots of colours in the four available colour packs and ten colours for the cap. It’s available now at SaNaRae.

I managed to get into the November round of ~uber~ and I grabbed the ‘Anais Cardigan’ from Lapointe & Bastchild like a shot! I opted to not add the included scarf, and it’s all HUD driven with separate HUDs for the scarf and cardigan, with the undershirt being detached for just a cropped cardigan top! ~uber~ runs until December 23.

I’ve chosen one of the nine colours from the ‘Sultry Shadow’ pack of eye shadow from Veechi. It’s available until December 19 at District20 and it’s compatible with the Catwa(seen here) and Lelutka mesh heads.

The whole look revolves around the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada. It’s available now at APPLIQUÈ, which runs until December 7. The beautiful skin is on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This pose is from the ‘Fixated’ bento pose set from FOXCITY and available at the current round of Limit8, which runs until December 13.

I was in the falling snow at the gorgeous winter sim, North, for this shot.

Resigned

Resigned

There are some things in life that just have to be accepted and resign yourself to the facts! A couple things that I’ve resigned myself to is that as time passes, I’m not getting younger and that I may not be doing some of the things I thought I might get to do in my life. It’s a good thing I never planned on being a brain surgeon…I think my time for that has passed. 😀 I have to say, though, that I’ve done lots in my life that at one point could never imagine accomplishing. Heck…there were times I never thought I’d reach the age I am….you guys all know I’m old enough to remember cassettes, well…..vinyl LP’s too, actually. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that no matter how much I love music, I myself will never play an instrument or sing. Well, I do sing…just not well…I should have specified that, but playing an instrument isn’t going to happen, my fingers just don’t move that way. You know how the hands of artistic people are shaped like they’re meant for being artistic…well my hands would maybe show that I could paint like a caveman….that would be as good as it gets. I’m happy listening to and feeling the music I enjoy and I like looking at artwork and going to art galleries. I remember a bunch of posts ago I mentioned not having a bucket list…..well I lied. There are things that I still hope to do and see one day. I don’t want to skydive….why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane? I’d like to go fishing in the Northwest Territories, though….. I’d like to see New York City, and I would die happy if I saw Eddie Vedder in concert. I’m not sure if any of those will happen, but I’ve not resigned myself to the fact that they won’t, at least not yet, since I’m still living and breathing!

Another thing I’ve resigned myself to is that it’s almost winter! The first snowfall of the season occurred overnight, it didn’t amount to much but the ground was fairly white this morning. Luckily it’s almost gone so we live to see another snow free day. But, with the thought of winter nearing it’s time to think about winter gear. Good warm footwear is a must have in Canada, but I carry that right into Second Life as well. My little mesh feet need warmth too! So here to help me with this is the ‘Bina Boots’ from LEGAL INSANITY. They come in seven colours with the fatpack being fully customizable and they fit the Maitreya(seen here), SLink, and Belleza mesh flat feet and there’s a pair of unrigged boots, for anyone not wearing those mesh feet. I was so excited that the leggings fit inside them perfectly! They’re available now at Shiny Shabby.

I managed to get into ~uber~ fairly early yesterday morning and I was happy to grab the new releases from Lapointe & Bastchild. The ‘Aspen Leggings and Denim Jacket’ are sold separately and only in fatpack form, but they’re so worth it. The leggings come in winter prints and ombre colours and the jacket and top have lots of colour and print options. The nice big collar on the jacket is a plus when there’s a cold north west wind blowing.

Also at ~uber~ is the G1020 hair from tram. The casual style is perfect for days when a hairstyle isn’t going to last long out in the elements.

As usual, I’m wearing the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘mile’ tone from Avada….just a reminder that it won’t be available until November to the general public. I’m one of the lucky ones with an early preview! The skin is on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This pose is called ‘resigned’ and it’s from Del May.

I’ve found this spot on a rooftop to really take in the views of ‘Amandia‘! It’s inspired by the Le Marche region of Italy and has a wide variety of things to do and see, with lots of areas for all kinds of photographs.