kindness is like snow

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As some of you know, I’ve been pretty much on a hiatus from Second Life for more than the last year and a half. Even before that I was active on another avatar for a couple of years. I’m feeling like I have a little more time and energy for SL now, but have found that my inventory is in out-dated disarray, with a few hidden gems (I never really stopped shopping)!! As I begin again my quest to bring some order to the mess (and make room for new things), I had a couple things I wanted to share with you all.

I unearthed this lovely wintery dress from coldLogic, and thought it would be the perfect casual outfit for hopping around the grid this holiday season. Mesh clothing items are a dime a dozen these days, but it is still surprising to me that you need to search out really high quality mesh clothing. coldLogic does mesh really, really well, and I’m always confident in purchasing from them. In order to keep this post at a reasonable length, I’m just going to give you the short list of what I’m looking for with mesh clothing. Texturing is still hugely important, and that includes appropriate shading so that it doesn’t look like I’m wearing some hard stiff shell. I look for garments that are textured on the inside as well as the outside. Seriously — why are there still people who aren’t texturing the insides of garments?? When I have a little gap between my body and the garment, I don’t want to see the other side of the sim through it! Linings can camouflage so many of those pesky fit issues that are genuinely hard to work around. I look for a garment shape that is pleasing to my eye and seems to echo my build. I look for a well-made and thoughtful alpha(s). I’m sure there are many finer points that some of you have on your lists, but these are things I consider pretty basic. coldLogic does all of these things so well, and I’m happy to do my part to support them ;)

If you, like me, have some New Year’s resolutions to tidy up your inventory, you might want to check out the deal that Carlyle Theas currently has out for the Wardrobe. She’s offering a 30% discount through the gift vendor in the inworld main store (thru Christmas, I believe). That brings the price down to something that’s a little more workable for a lot of us. You can read about the Wardrobe on Carlyle’s blog, and if you google it, you can find various blogger reviews of the product. I use it myself and have found it to be a great tool, even if you use it for only a portion of your inventory. At the current discount, I’m thinking I’ll get a copy for my alt that holds a lot of my home and garden inventory (sure — you can use it for anything!).

Dress: coldLogic dress –
Ring: MG – Ring – Venus Wild Clasp
Earrings: Glam Affair – Joy Earrings ~ Tiffany
Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia Jamaica
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism (XS)
Lashes:[[Mozz]] Lashes – 04
Pose: Diesel Works

The Witching Hour


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Halloween is irresistible in SL! In a world of costume and story and personal expression… Halloween is our national holiday. Although my story today is the tragic princess Iseult — this gorgeous dress from Evie’s closet is anything but.  Beautiful shapes and textures make this dress a must-have — and it is available for a fantastic price during the month of October.

This dress comes with a witch’s hat, but I opted for a crown to top off this wonderful new hairstyle from Truth, now at the Mystical Realms Faire. I’m especially fond of the spill of curls and waves down my back — this is a very dramatic style!

Dress: Evie’s Closet ~ Iseult Witching Hour (super sale in Oct.!)
Crown: ISON – royal crown (gunmetal)
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Voodoo Rocker – Cord and Cross
Hair: TRUTH ~ Thalia (currently at Mystical Realms)
Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia Jamaica
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism
Eyelashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Pose: Reel Expression (no longer available)

the beginning is always today~

Top: coldLogic top – larsen.yellow (S) |Shorts: Maitreya * Faded * BF Jeans Shorts S | Bracelet: ISON – safari tribe bracelet (silver) | Ring: [CIRCA] – “Whimsy Dream” Vintage Heart Ring – Citrine Stone | Hair: Lamb. Halo | Skin: -Glam Affair – Artemis – Jamaica 06 E |Lashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 08 | Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo | Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism (XS) | Pose: IE [no longer available]

My RL has been exceptionally full of late — all good things, and nothing to complain about! Still — it’s good to have a few more moments to breathe and to visit my second life again! Although many of you are making the move into more of an autumn state of mind, I’m hanging on to summer for a while longer! There’s not much I like better than hanging out in jean shorts and a comfortable t-shirt.

For some time now, my friend Chic Aeon has been gently suggesting that I visit a project that I know is dear to her heart — the Machinima Open Studio Project. I wandered over there today and explored a sim full of sets and locations for every mood. I’m trying to get out of my studio a little more, and this is a great place to take pictures — I’ll definitely be back. I’m afraid that this picture is not really showing off much of the sim, but it was just what I needed for a little atmospheric background today. Visit the Welcome area of the project, where you can pick up landmarks and even a handy-dandy HUD to help you find your way around quickly.

On A Clear Day

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Just a quick post today … I managed to slip into Hair Fair to nab this terrific short style from Cheveux. And my advanced lighting stuff is now magically working! I guess I’m gonna have to learn how to use it now ;)

Hair: .:cheveux:.F056 HairBlowns04 [tinted] [at Hair Fair]
Shirt: coldLogic shirt – sisney.milk crop
Jeans: Maitreya Boyfriend Jeans Slim – Faded
Bracelet: {theosophy} Worthenbury Bracelet (Aqua)
Skin: -Glam Affair – Summer skin – Jamaica 08 E
Eyelashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 08
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism (XS)
Pose: Marukin

Hello Sailor…

Hello Sailor!
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One of my favorite seasons in SL is summer. Though some might think of SL as seasonless, we know better! There is a definite flavor of summer right now, and everytime I log in I feel like I’m on a little vacation :)

While I was on RL vacation, Slink released the Physique mesh body, which I’m sure most of you have seen already. I couldn’t wait to give it a spin. I suspect it’s going to take some time before full mesh bodies become our everyday … but I’m excited about the potential!

Shirt: Nylon Outfitters ~ Knotted Tshirt
Panties: Slink (for Physique mesh body)
Hair: lamb. Siren
Eyelashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Body: Slink Physique Mesh Figure V1
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Relaxed
Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia America
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism (XS)
Pose: 8+ Pose

Skin Fair ~ Glam Affair

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I’ve run out of time to show you much else from Skin Fair, but I couldn’t leave this event without showing the new Glam Affair skin, Romy! It’s no secret that I love Glam Affair skins, but I also so appreciate how Aida keeps up with all the new appliers and options! I know I’m not the only one who now chooses skins based on whether there are appliers available for favorite body attachments ~

My outfit is a new favorite, from Cold Logic’s spring collection — so easy to wear!

You still have the weekend to get over to the skin fair and peruse all the new offerings — there’s plenty for everyone to choose from! Have a great weekend~

Skin Fair: League

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If you haven’t found your way over to Skin Fair yet, now would be the perfect time! Things have calmed down a bit, and script limits have been removed (but please continue to shop considerately!).

It’s no secret that I tend to wear skins from the same designers over and over again. I do get attached to certain looks, and find it very hard to change things up! But with this year’s Skin Fair, I resolved to try a little harder to push my own envelope a bit. In today’s post, I’m wearing the newest skin from League, Erin. This is really a gorgeous skin, and I”m enjoying it a lot! If you’re already a League fan, you should love this one. If you haven’t given League skins a try before, definitely check this one out!

As always — avoid surprises, and be absolutely sure to demo skins for yourself — preferably with no clothes on, and with the light settings you usually use. Your view can be quite different than mine, for reasons that have nothing to do with the skin itself! It’s just a good habit to get into!

Skin: *League* ~ Erin Sunkiss [with freckles and lipstick tattoo layers]
Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Delusional Eyeshadow grey
Eyelashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism
Shirt: *Fishy Strawberry* New York Deep V Shirt [march Collabor88]
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Haters
Glam Affair – Chainedlink Necklace Black/Silver
MG – Necklace – Paris Black Diamond -Chain 1 – SILVER
MG – Necklace – Paris Black Diamond -Chain 2 – SILVER
MG – Necklace – Wild Honey Bee – Black

Skin Fair: Tuli


I know y’all know that Skin Fair is now open! It is one of the most anticipated events on the grid. And I don’t think this year’s fair will disappoint. There are lots of interesting things, covering a whole range of looks. In addition to skins, you can find makeup, all manner of appliers, and things to apply them to. It’s a good time for building creative new looks, and trying out new things. And isn’t that one of the things we love about SL??

In addition to the general festivity of such an event as Skin Fair, I’m thrilled to see some newness from a skin maker that I go way back with. In this picture, I’m wearing Tuli’s newest skin out for the fair, Sunny. This skin is a fairly delicate base skin that makes a great foundation for a variety of makeup looks. I’ve added a few things here that I already had in my inventory.

As I work my way back into fashion blogging, I’m definitely going to be trying to push out my comfort zone a little, and try new products. Here are a couple of thoughts I had as I was doing my own shopping at Skin Fair. Skip on down to the bottom if you just want to get to the credits!

I tend to wear skin from the same designer day in and day out. I’m comfortable with the look, I’ve tweaked my shape to work with it … and I have begun to identify myself with it. It simply feels like me. So trying on new skins, even great skins, is sometimes challenging! As I made my first round around the fair, I found myself trying on skins and immediately rejecting them as not being a good fit. There really is nothing wrong with establishing your look and shape and not changing a thing. But if you are looking to try something new… give yourself some time to get used to a different look. After three days of wearing various demo skins, and not changing back to my usual — I found that several of them were growing on me. My suggestion is that you grab a bunch of demos, and take some time to get acquainted :) You don’t have to buy everything on the first day!

You also might consider tweaking your sliders a few points here and there to achieve the look you are used to. Skins are drawn/shaded differently, and they react differently to your sliders. You might just have to tinker with them a little to see the full potential for your look!

And finally — nothing beats taking the demos home and getting completely naked to give them a full inspection. I usually look at it without any hair on, and then try on various styles that I like to wear. Hair can really affect how you see your avatar’s face (and it can sometimes cover flaws/features that you might care about). I also try to look at the skins in the light settings I use day-to-day, and the light settings I use for photography. Your lighting can drastically change how things appear to you — so definitely know what you’re getting yourself into.

Get all the details about the Skin Fair on their blog! And happy shopping!

Skin: Tuli ~ Sunny ~ Tone 3
Eyelashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04 [tattoo layer]
Eyeshadow: Izzie’s – Delusional Eyeshadow smokey 1
Lipgloss: Izzie’s – Lipgloss pure
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Top: coldLogic
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer (March Arcade)
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Perla
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism (XS)
Pose: Izzie’s

Spring Cleaning

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I made a comment on Plurk recently that I have decided is really the truth … The current state of my inventory has been part of the cause of my blogger’s block! In addition to my general bad habits of inventory maintenance, I’m a sentimental type, and I still have items in my inventory from my various earliest days in SL! So I’m thinking that my first step back into SL and blogging must include some spring cleaning and updating.

Fortunately, what is sometimes a chore, is also sometimes a surprising joy! Deep in the bottom drawers of my inventory, I ran across this wonderful motorcycle jacket from Purple Moon. I have no recollection of buying it or receiving it — but it is definitely an item that is right up my alley. I’m crazy about jackets of all kinds, and love outfits with a little edge to them. This jacket is still available at Purple Moon, and comes in a bunch of color combos — some of them a little unexpected — but all beautiful.

I’m still quite crazy about the Sylvia skin from Glam Affair. I think it might be the most “me”, since Giselle (now retired). This is the tone from last month’s Collabor88 — but you can find the Jamaica tone (great for summer!) of Sylvia in THIS month’s Collabor88… which is where I’m going as soon as I can get in!


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You’ve still got a few more days to get in on this round of Collabor88! And since everyone is stalking The Arcade, this is a great time to whip through Collabor88 Galaxy. There are some terrific things to be had — even if you don’t usually live in outer space.

I’m not exactly sure why I needed this kitty helmet from Katat0nik so very much — but I couldn’t leave without it. It’s terrifically fun and creative, and well made.

I’m in love with this dress from Baiastice, and I’m thinking I may need a few extra colors. This will make a terrific spring/summer dress for just about any venue, and fits like a dream.

Last, but definitely not least, this outfit just wouldn’t be complete without these super-galactic boots from Schadenfreude. Buy the fatpack, and mix and match pretty much all the parts!

I think the event usually closes up on the 7th of the month to change collections — so get on over there this weekend before you forget!

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