Lazy Bones

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This week, I’ve been reflecting on some of the things I want to make space for in my SL. This year, I want to deal with my serious case of “lazy”! I am lazy. Or maybe to put it another way, when I log into SL, I can think of 5 million things I’d rather do than mess with my inventory, fiddle with stuff, or figure out how things really work! This year, I want to make more time for that stuff. And a big thing I’m working on figuring out are mesh bodies. There’s a learning curve, and it takes some fiddling, at least at first, but I’m determined to give it a good shot this year. Towards that end, I’m forcing myself to take time to actually work with the bodies — shape them and dress them. And, because I am first and foremost a blogger — I’ll be taking pictures along the way!

I’m working with the new Maitreya Mesh Body right now, and enjoying it tremendously. I’ve been wearing it so much since it came out, I beginning to see what I’ve heard reported from other daily-wearers — the system avatar starts to look pretty rough next to it! It will probably be a long time before I can give up the system avatar entirely, but the development of the mesh bodies is really exciting — and I’m looking forward to seeing how far it can go.

In case you want to see photos of the body itself in all it’s glory, or you want to follow along with my styling efforts, be sure to check out my dedicated photo albums, linked here:

Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara : Nude Photo Album (restricted)
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara : Dressed Photo Album (safe)

Top: .: Somnia :. Snow Top
Jeans: Maitreya Boyfriend Jeans Slim – Faded
Bracelet: Eudora 3D Adis Bracelet Copper
Shoes: Maitreya Gold Liaison – Coral High-Feet
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Clover
Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia Jamaica – Base E
Lashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04
Freckles:[Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism (XS)
Pose: oOo Studio


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In 2015, I hope to create more time and opportunities for adventuring around the grid. I tend to take most of my pictures in my studio, or on my own property because I seem to find location shoots frustrating and overwhelming for a lot of reasons. But I so love all of the location shots I see from other bloggers! And, of course, my friends and my dates like to go places on occasion! There is certainly no lack of interesting places to go. Hopefully the more I practice location shoots, the better I will get :) Happy Adventuring!


Vest: .Atomic. {Faux Fur Vest} Set 1
Shorts: Maitreya * Faded * BF Jeans Shorts
Boots: !APHORISM! Cavalry Boots – Tan
Necklace: Cae :: Gravity :: Necklace
Bracelet: Fenris Leather Cuff ~silentparrow!~
Bag: ANE Holster Bag Brown 01 Leather
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0
Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia Jamaica – Base E
Lipstick: Glam Affair – Sylvia – Lipstick (Jamaica) 01 B
Lashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism (XS)
Pose: Reel Expressions (no longer available)
Location: Prehistorica


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Although it is not always a popular thought, I’m very fond of New Year’s Resolutions. I like thinking about goals and dreams, with time stretching out in front of me to work towards them. I like to think that even if I don’t reach them, I will have moved in that direction just by having first formed the intention. This year, though, I’m changing the question just a bit. This year I’m asking myself what I want to create in 2015. My goal is to celebrate the space and time I make in my life, whether RL or SL. In SL, I want to create space for a new intimate relationship, as well as close friendships. I want to create time and space for having adventures, pursuing creative expression, and enjoying my time here. I have a pretty good idea that I will have something to celebrate all year long!

Dress: [Cynful] She Bad Denim
Necklace: MG – Necklace – Tie Mask Handcuffs – Small
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Neria
Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia Jamaica – Base E
Lipstick: Glam Affair – Sylvia – Lipstick (Jamaica) 01 G
Lashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism (XS)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0
Pose: oOo Studio
Table: Schadenfreude Nemean Drum Table
Champagne: [ kunst ] – Champ. bottle / Brut

Meditation on a New Year

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This is one of my most favorite times of the year. Possibility seems to stretch out in front of me as far as I can see. 2014 is over, for better or worse. 2016 is beyond the far horizon. But 2015 is clean and fresh and waiting for me to step out into it. I hope you’ll be seeing just a little more of me in SL this year. Have a blessed new year!

Jacket: Rebel Hope Lauren Mesh Leather Jacket
Skirt: Rebel Hope Jess Mesh Skirt
Gloves: Rebel Hope Leather Mesh Laced Gloves
Scarf: Rebel Hope Mesh Wrap Scarf
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II – Jamaica 03 C
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism
Lashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04
Pose: Marukin
Trees: Botanical
Snow: Studio Skye

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~

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