Just Breathe

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It’s amazing how sometimes the simplest realities can become caught in a blind spot in our mind’s eye, and it takes an outside perspective to bring them to light. This happened to me the other day; a new SL friend said: “You’re named after one of my favorite movies!” A bit of a puzzled smile came over my face, and I began asking them to clarify which film, when all at once it dawned on me that Ever After, which has been a guilty pleasure favorite of mine since I saw it in high school, did indeed share my name. The aligning truly never occurred to me! Just goes to show how intricate and fascinating our minds really are, and it also served to highlight the fact that I really need to indulge in watching that film again, if only to swoon over Dougray Scott as Prince Charming. (Sooooo dreamy!)

The conversation also sparked the memory of a bit of dialogue from the film, where Danielle steels her will and quietly tells herself to “just breathe” before a pivotal admission to the prince about her true identity. These words, so simple in their meaning, are sometimes the only ones we can turn to when life gets challenging or overwhelming. With work and stress contributing to my weariness over the last few days, breathing deeply and letting go of tension is often the best balm I can hope for, and I’ve felt the need for the same release in Second Life as well. At times there’s so much going on, so much to do, that it feels like a great relief to just go back to basics and simply exist in the virtual world, without needing to accomplish, experience, or participate. Just be. Just breathe.

Just Breathe
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Look

Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Essences | Lou-Ann – Medium 01 (Brunette)
* Hair / Phoenix | Stella – Dark Browns HUD | Cosmopolitan Event, through August 30th
Eyes / Inkheart | Essential Eyes – Faithful
Lashes / Izzie’s | Mesh Alpha Lashes
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Ella Lipstick – 003 (LeLutka, TMP, Kissers, Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam & Sweet Lips appliers + tattoo layers) | IDK Event, through September 10th

Style

* Piercing / PUNCH | Starlet Septum Ring (18 colors + 12 metals in HUD) | The Thrift Shop Event, through August 29th
* Bracelets / LUXE | Margi Cuff, Swirl Bangle & Wrapped Bangle – Black | Shiny Shabby Event, through September 15th
* Top / Eyelure | Overlace Top – Black / White (Maitreya, Slink & Omega appliers + system layers)
* Pants / Eyelure | Campus Yoga Pants – Black / Lace Band (Maitreya, Slink & Omega appliers + system layers)
* Shoes / KC Couture | Harlem Sneakers (for Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP & Slink flat feet)

Poses & Destination

Pose / Verocity | Hula Poses (Female) – F4
Location / Free Spirit Farms

I’ve been looking for the right outfit to pair with my fantastic KC Couture Harlem sneaks for some time now, and the wonderfully casual and comfy Overlace Top & Campus Yoga Pants by Eyelure provided the perfect opportunity. Applier clothing is still something that I’m in the early stages of delving into, and I’m thrilled that Eyelure’s options included Maitreya-specific appliers (along with Slink and Omega). Sometimes I’ve found that Omega-applied clothing is a bit glitchy on the Maitreya body, requiring multiple applications (particularly after teleporting), and can sometimes pose issues when layering with tattoos. I’ve not yet noticed that issue with clothing designs that come with Maitreya appliers, so it’s always a gratefully welcomed option!

I also want to mention the wonderful Stella hairstyle by Phoenix, which may be found at the current round of Cosmopolitan through August 30th. Phoenix is one of the first brands whom I’ve found to fully embrace the idea of fitted mesh hair, and their offerings include the standard rigged mesh, a + size for larger breasts, and a fitted mesh version which I’m wearing here. I had forgotten to put on the alpha layer, but I didn’t need it at all and the hairstyle skims my shoulders and bust just perfectly. Another amazing option for mesh body lovers; SL designers truly never fail to dazzle me with their innovation!

Now if I may, I’ll leave you to enjoy your Friday while I continue my stretching and breathing here at the lovely and tranquil Free Spirit Farms. Wishing a calm and blissful weekend to one and all! ♥

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5 thoughts on “Just Breathe

    Astrid (Portia Swords) said:
    August 21, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Beautiful words, and a beautiful reminder — from a beautiful soul. “Just breathe.” <3

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      August 24, 2015 at 4:10 am

      You’re a truly kind and gracious soul, Astrid! Thank you so much for your warmth and lovely words! ♥

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    PrettyFlower said:
    August 22, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Oh I love your namesake movie too, I only saw for the first time last year. If only we could have a movie night in SL, i’d bring the popcorn,…it would be so much fun to have a bunch of blogger friends, but then I imagine it turning into a jammies pillow fight with feathers flying everywhere! Lol I think that’s my cue that it’s time for bed! Nice post Ever, may your stress melt away :)

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      August 24, 2015 at 4:11 am

      Oh my stars, that would be so much fun, PrettyFlower! I’ve seen movie screens scattered around here and there in SL, but I’m not sure what the legality is of using them – or how to use them at all, in fact. It would be super fun to have some kind of slumber party or similar though. We just have to watch out for the fellas organizing a pixel panty raid behind our backs! ;) ♥

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