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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

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!

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.

The World of Facebook!

Weird, isn’t it? I have a couple Facebook accounts I scan through everyday, just to see what’s new and happening. I’m not addicted, not even close. But I like to scroll through my Second Life Facebook account to see what some of my favourite bloggers are doing and what the designers I follow are up to. It’s a wealth of information for Second Life, really. Personally, not so much. I saw that my Aunt shared a post about a lost dog in her area, my accountant is now on holidays, and a friend likes a cinnamon bun recipe! I don’t have very interesting friends in my real life! 😦 But on my SL account, it’s a whole other world, it’s opened up new ways of thinking for me, I see things that I never want to see again and can’t get out of my head. I’ve followed some pages that have the need to share articles that will ‘shock’, ‘amaze’, and ‘astound’ you. You know the saying, ‘you can’t unring a bell’, it’s true in the world of Facebook. As I scrolled down this morning I saw Justin Beiber throwing up on stage, I didn’t want or need to see that. I saw someone picking blackheads while asking the question, do you like it! 😮 And at this point, I have to admit that I’m now tired of reading all the quotes, blurbs, statements, and poems about how strong I am, how much of a woman I am, and how I don’t need any man. I sometimes wonder what we have become as a society, then I look at Facebook and just shake my head.

Today I’m looking rather minimalistic, and dapper I might add! It all starts with the incredible ‘Kalon’ hair from [BAD HAIR DAY]. I’m totally taken with the colour options available with it having two layers to independently colour. I’m usually not a fan of hair that’s not a natural colour, but these textures are some of my all time favourite colours. I opted for the Black & White pack here, but I’m now thinking I should have splurged on the fatpack. {BAD HAIR DAY] has only men’s hair at this time, but since I’d much rather wear unisex or men’s hair, I’m completely in my element here!

The August round of The Chapter Four is in full swing and this time I’m featuring the Jen Set from ~Nerido~. It’s available in the Gacha room and there’s five colours and three parts(skirt, top, and jacket) to play for. I’ve gone all black but the colours are all perfect for mixing and matching. It’s exclusive for the Lara mesh body from Maitreya.

Also at The Chapter Four is the Helotry Collar from Venge. It’s in the Under 100L room, so you know it’s a steal! It’s HUD driven with seven colours and two metals to select from.

I’ve added the ‘Little Black Bird’ tattoo from Aitui. It’s been around awhile, I used to wear it as a system layer, but it’s updated for Omega, TMP and the SLink mesh bodies.

I’m wearing the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘peche’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the Lara mesh body from Maitreya.

The pose I’m using is from the ‘New Bond Girl’ set of poses from TUTY’s. It was at the July round of eBento, so it should be in the main store soon.

Hey You!!  Texture a Bandana, Eh!!

It’s almost the middle of June and Hair Fair 2017 is fast approaching!! It’s time to roll those sleeves up and get to work! I’m sorry to say that I won’t be helping out with the work this year! At least not in the capacity I’m talking about here! There’s a call out for everyone to texture a bandana for Bandana Day! These bandanas are going to be sold during Hair Fair 2017, with all proceeds going to Wigs for Kids, which is such a worthy cause! There are kits available, free of charge, and all you need to do is create a texture for it! I make it sound easy, but please know that I have absolutely no skills in this area! I do have Gimp downloaded on my computer but I think it has a glitch in it! Every time I open it I hear a chuckle and a screen comes on that says, ‘Yea, right!’. 😀 So, maybe one day I can participate, but it won’t be this year. You can get your kits in-world here or get more information on the website.

Along with the ad, I found a couple of pictures I took for Bandana Day for HF ’15 and ’16! The picture from HF’15(top right) goes back a couple years, so this is the original classic avatar look I had! I’m wearing the Orchid Bandana from Boudicca Amat and couldn’t look lovelier! The lower right is from HF’16 and I’m wearing the Butterfly Bandana from Moon Amore. I’ve changed a bit!! 🙂 You can find the credits for these looks on their original posts by clicking HF’15 and HF’16.

The 2017 edition of the Hair Fair runs July 1-16 and you know it’s an event not to be missed!!