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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!.

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.

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.

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.

I Found What I Was Looking For

A few days ago I was needing a warm climate and a beach to sit on, just wanting to be truly warm inside, well……I found my sun, sand, and surf. Yea..I know it’s virtual, but it’s better than nothing. I sit here at the computer looking east, the sun just came up and it’s warmed up a bit. It’s only -28°C now, yea…..time to break out the fur lined bikini! In Second Life I’m sitting on the lifeguard chair and I have no idea how I got up here since I’m afraid of heights, but climb up here I did. Oh….and it’s a good thing this is a private beach because I’m a terrible swimmer and wouldn’t have a hope saving anyone in trouble. I can feel the warm breeze coming in off the ocean, though, and the warm afternoon sun is almost hot, but soooooo nice. Although I’ll be waiting another few months for warm weather in real life, at least I can find a little bit of relief from the cold in the virtual world.

The main feature of this post is the ‘Carribean Hut’ from Galland Homes which is available exclusively now at FaMESHed. It has a land impact of 25 and is a spacious room with lots of open windows to let in the cooling ocean breezes. It features a step with stairs leading up to the door and it’s on pilings so you can get out over the water with it, and feel like you’re on top of the world. FaMESHed runs until February 25.

I’m sitting on the ‘Lifeguard Chair’ from hive. The chair also comes in an abandoned version, but it looked a little too rickety.

The ‘lifebuoy’ on the hook and in the water are both from Dutchie. The pack of lifebouys come with four versions, the wall,floating, on the ground, and on a post.

I found the ‘Beach Poster 8’ in my Bee Designs folder, which is right full of all kinds of awesomeness!

The ‘Pampas Grass’ is from The Cube Republic. I love Pampas Grass!

The ‘Old Boat’ is from a gacha from ionic, not sure which one, sorry.

The ‘old fence’ is from [we’re CLOSED]. I’m now officially worried that Hazardous isn’t going to reopen! Please, Mandingo Quan…….please…..I need Hazardous, it’s my favourite photography sim!! 😀