Mother Road

Hood Ornament

Has anyone noticed the lack of hood ornaments on cars? That’s what used to make a vehicle interesting back in the day! My Dad used to have an early 50’s Ford truck and it had this huge airplane on the hood, I mean it was HUGE! It was one of the most noticeable things on a vehicle and made each one distinguishable from the rest. Nowadays, everything looks alike, at least for me. I have no idea how I’d identify the make of a car if I needed to! Unless I see the back with the name on it I don’t have a clue. I mean, I can tell the difference between the ‘H’ of a Honda versus a Hyundai, but most of the basic sedans are all the same to me. So, if you happen to commit a crime with me watching you’re pretty sure to get away, because when the cops ask what the vehicle looked like I’d have to say it was a sedan…..make or year, you ask? Ummm……….could have been a Ford or Chev…not sure…maybe a Subaru….maybe from somewhere between 1998 and 2015? *shrugs* I’m better with trucks, which were always called ‘half tons’ here, until we adopted the more American term ‘pick up’! Oh….and here it has been known as an ‘end gate’ not a ‘tail gate’, but now I’m splitting hairs! Anyway, just thinking out loud this morning!

I may be one of the more unique hood ornaments in recent memory! I’m not sure what this fashion style would be called, but a friend did say, ‘that’s not gangster!’….and since I’m a farm girl from Canada, I’m about as far removed from ‘gangsta’ as a person can be! I started out with the ‘Dina Denim Mini Skirt'(ephasis on the word ‘mini) and the ‘Gigi Hoodie’ which are 2 of the 3 parts of the ‘Lush’ outfit from [QE] Designs. The outfit includes the ‘Aly Boots’, which I’m not wearing here, and the whole thing is on sale this weekend at the main store. The hood on the hoodie is detachable and I chose not to add it this time, to be a little cooler in this desert environment. 🙂 All parts are HUD driven with lots of colour options and fitted for the 3 major mesh bodies.

I absolutely love the ‘Flowers Galore’ tattoo from Wild Roots!! It comes in colour and black and white versions, with 3 ink tones and is compatible with pretty much any body you may be using. I’m a huge fan of flora and fauna so this was a no-brainer when choosing a tattoo to wear. The detailing is amazing, as is to be expected from Sandowl Violet, and this is one of the more spectacular works! It’s available now at The Skin Fair 2018, which runs until March 25. I’m not sure if it’s slowing down at all but here are the slurls for the north sim and the south sim.

The ‘Jessie’ hair and hat combo are from a collaboration between Besom X Flite. It’s from a gacha and it’s my go-to hair when I want to have a bit of attitude!

As always, my looks 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 a bit of eye shadow from the ‘Tiana Eye make up’ set from Zibska.

This is the ‘Jump Me, male’ pose from Del May!

I’m on top of the car beside the ‘Better call Saul’ billboard at Mother Road.

Someone Say Road Trip?

Destination? check
Map? check, no GPS for me…I’m old skool!
Music? check check
Munchies? checkaroo
Drinks? yup yup
Sunglasses? uh huh
Purse? oh yea!

Looks like I have all I need, if someone wants to join me, you’re more than welcome, but you have to be prepared to sing along to the music and be OK with random stops to grab lots of coffee, take pics and look around. This isn’t going to be a fast trip, but it’s going to be fun! What’s that? A reliable vehicle? Oh…….nooooo…that’s not necessary, we just go and take our chances, knowing that what happens, happens, and it’s all part of the experience! It’s not at all like it used to be, when breaking down meant time on the side of the road until someone came by who would help. No, with cell phones it takes that element right out of it, a rescue is just a phone call away. By the looks of the truck I’m taking on this road trip I better have a fully charged battery and lots of money for repairs, it could be a long trip!

A road trip in real life does require a comfortable outfit, but it’s not as important in Second Life. But, I’m keeping it casual with just jeans and a shirt, and of course great shoes! The ‘Britta Bootie’ from Ingenue is the perfect footwear for this kind of thing. First and most important is it looks good, second…..the full foot coverage makes traversing adverse terrain easy and safe, third……the lower and chunky heel is easier on the foot when not on cruise control, and I don’t think this truck has cruise control! Oh…and fourth…..did I mention it looks good? It’s fitted for the SLink and Maitreya mid foot and comes in 12 pretty colours, this is ‘toffee’. It’s available now at Collabor88.

The ‘Mindy Tank Top’ is from Just Because. I love tank tops and can’t wait for warm weather to make them a wardrobe staple again.

The ‘DWL’ jeans from Blueberry are the perfect fit and the soft denim is so comfy!

The ‘ARARE’ hair is from Argrace. This is from the blacks pack.

I’m wearing the ‘Cozy Tights’ applier from Izzie’s here, to cover up the bare, and chilly looking ankles.

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

This pose is from the super versatile ‘Live Free’ set of poses from Le Poppycock. They all revolve around going on a road trip and loving your vehicle! 😀

I’m at Mother Road for this shot.

The cooler is from the ‘Open Road Collection’ gacha set, and the oil bottles are from the ‘Garage Collection’ gacha set, both from Consignment. The gas can beside me is from 7 Emporium. The ‘fresh gasoline’ gas can is from zerkalo.

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.

Buy & Sell

I remember the first time I came across the website ‘Kijiji’, I thought there was nothing so interesting as scrolling endlessly to see what people were buying or selling. I think in other parts of the country Craig’s List is the big buy and sell website, but where I am, Kijiji is the main one, or at least the one I look at often. There used to be anything and everything available on it, from heavy equipment to women’s worn panties. Yes, back in the beginning a person could buy and sell ‘personal’ items, but that part of Kijiji was deleted quite awhile ago. Now, it’s the run-of-the-mill goods and services available, but oh what a treasure trove it is! Unless you’re looking for worn undies, then you’re out of luck!! I peruse the pets section frequently and the livestock section, always keeping an eye out for any poor bedraggled animal that needs a home. I found my little dog on Kijiji, when I was actually looking for a dog for a friend. She wanted a big hairy dog for the acreage, so I was looking for her when I came across a poodle/bichon cross that beckoned me. She did find a dog on Kijiji, and Sadie has proven to be a wonderful companion for her. Not long after that, she was looking for a truck, so being the good friend that I am, I looked on Kijiji for her in my spare time, and what do ya know…….I happened across a blue truck that looked remarkably like a truck I bought new back in the 90’s! I had always regretted selling that truck, and there it was in front of me for sale, and at a pretty good price. I ended up getting that truck, and it was the one I had owned previously, it had the same little dent where I had bumped a parking meter. I had sold it during a particularly bad time in my life, and it seemed that all of that bad stuff that happened to me after it went, kind of got erased from my life. Weird, I know! Anyway, my friend did find a truck, on Kijiji too. I told her, she has to quit looking for things to buy, because it’s getting to where I can’t afford to be buying for myself, everything that she’s in the market for!

For this shot I’m wearing the ‘Trina Sweater, Colorblock Pastels’ and the ‘Lianna High Waist Skinnies, Pastels’ both from [QE] Designs. They’re both on sale through Monday, and after that will be regular price, so there’s just a bit of time to get in on the deal! They’re sold separately, and the sweater also comes in the ‘Rainbow Pastels’ design, which is pretty also. The sweater is HUD driven with six designs to select from and is compatible with the Maitreya, SLink, and Belleza mesh bodies, and the skinnies are also HUD driven with a whopping 25 colour options and with the same compatibility as the top. This is such a pretty set!!

I’m using a pose from the ‘Phenomenal Set B’ set of poses from Le Poppycock! There’s two sets to choose from and each has 6 poses, all very distinctively different and relaxed and natural. They’re available right now at the current round of The Chapter Four.

This is the back of the ‘SHIGURE’ hair from Argrace.

You can only see the tiniest strip of skin, 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.

For this shot I’m at the lovely but very hot and dry, ‘Mother Road‘!