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Stir My Soul

After taking a picture, I take time to think about what I want to say, and usually on weekends I give my mind and opinions a day off and take a musical interlude. But, since I had one a few days ago I feel I should think a little bit this fine Saturday morning. So, after an hour or so wondering what to write, while I vacuumed no less, it came to me to talk a bit about one of the things that Second Life offers us. I’ve really come to enjoy the live music scene, that’s alive and well in-world. The quality of artists is truly amazing and the variety is vast. I take in at least one live show a day, and enjoy the time just sitting quietly listening, this morning it’s an early show by one of my favourites, singer/songwriter/guitarist Jack Slade. His sad songs and soulful guitar always stirs my soul. There really is something for everyone when looking for live entertainment, the thing to do is just go! Find a scheduled show and drop in! I follow The Keys Management Group on FaceBook and get a rundown each day of the performances going on around the grid. There’s something magical about live music that makes everything feel all right.

The ‘My Heart Jewelry Set’ is a new release from !NFINITY and it’s perfection is in it’s simplicity. The set of necklace and earrings, in either gold or silver, are 100% original mesh, resize on touch, and the necklace is HUD driven to add your initial, an ‘L’ for me! 😀

The ‘Junghwa’ hair is from [monso].

I’ve added the ‘Catwa Closed Eye’ applier from Izzie’s here, for the smooth closed eye look.

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 29 from M I L A Poses.

Dammit Jim.......I'm a Blogger, Not a.......

………..oh, you’re not saying I’m anything but a blogger, Jim? Good good, because you know I’m not a doctor! Well, the term blogger is a very general term, and what does being a blogger really define someone as? Well, anyone who expresses themselves in some form online is a blogger, in my mind. Whether it’s writing or photographs or anything that you want to show to your readers. It’s all blogging. I can only speak of blogging in terms of Second Life, so my form of blogging is showing off virtual fashion and poses, and sometimes decor or buildings, from some of my favourite designers. It all starts with choosing something to focus on in the photo, usually it’s fashion or a pose, sometimes home decor or buildings. Then there are times that I just want to take a picture that shows a little bit of myself, focusing on lighting and mood. So I put together an outfit and choose a pose, then it’s finding a location to take a picture at. I love finding new sims or new areas of sims I’ve been to, and then to see these places in different lighting is one of the things I’m OCD about. Just one more windlight, always one more, to see if there’s a better one. Needless to say, my picture taking does consume a bit of time with me trying so many! I then work on camera angle, trying to get the best vantage point to make everything look it’s best. At this point I want to add that, like anyone else, not all days go well. Some days the technical part of it isn’t working for me and Second Life is being it’s glitchy self, some days I’m just not feeling it, and this makes every picture different, with some being better than others. It’s just life…..I love it when it all goes easy and I get a good one, but it’s OK if I have to work a bit at it, and redo the shot…again and again and again. Like I did for this one. I had a shot I really liked, but then I noticed something that didn’t sit right with me. And when that happens, I can’t see anything but that…so back to Tralala’s Diner I went , recreated everything like I had it, and took new pics. It’s not the first time it’s happened, won’t be the last…I try to look closely at the image to check for, what I call, flaws. You know….the finger stuck in the hip, the hair through the neck, or the shoes below ground level. Since I don’t use Photoshop, I have to make it as close to flawless as I can in-world, which isn’t always easy. After I’ve got a picture, I then think of what I want to say in the post. Some days I have lots of things to say….and then there’s the days all you get is song lyrics or a poem. But, even though I’m not using my own words to say something, my choice of lyrics or poem are speaking for me. Once I have it all done, then there’s nothing left to do but post it, and it’s links to my various social media accounts, telling all of my faithful, and much appreciated, followers that I have something new for them to peruse!

I’m wearing the ‘Leather Jacket and Dress’ from fame femme and it’s a beaut! I like that word, ‘beaut’! 🙂 Anyway, the jacket comes in 10 colours and the dress is HUD driven with 10 colours to choose from, and it’s fitted for the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This pose is from Bauhaus Movement and it’s part of the huuuuge ‘Hearts Burst Into Fire’ fatpack available now at The Liaison Collaborative. You can also purchase any of the poses individually.

The ‘Boys & Girls 70’ hair with headband is from DURA Hair.

My skin, although altered with the windlight, is ‘Raine’ in ‘miel’ tone from Avada. I’ve added a bit of shadow from the ‘Satin Shadow Set’ from Buzzeri. And, it all starts with the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

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.