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Unravel

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“while you are away, my heart comes undone
slowly unravels, in a ball of yarn
the devil collects it with a grin
our love, in a ball of yarn
he’ll never return it
so when you come back
we’ll have to make new love …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Avi-Glam Eyes – Hypnotic Eyes (Goldenrod) *
Entwined Hair – Polly (Light Blondes HUD) New Release @ The Crossroads, through December 28th *

Style & Pose

Empyrean Forge Jewelry – Levity Earrings New Release @ Tannenbaum Holiday Market, through December 25th *
Just Because Top – Aubrey Shirt New Release *
Blueberry Panties – Show Time #21 “Angel” New Release @ The Arcade, through December 31st
Tarte Bed – Skylar Hanging Bed (from Luxe Box July 2016)
Pose – My Own

Destination & Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: Bjork – Unravel

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Come Unfold

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I know places we can go, babe
Coming home, come unfold babe
The high won’t fade here, babe
No the high won’t hurt here, babe
So come lay and wait
Now won’t you lay and wait
Wait on me …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Avi-Glam Eyes – Serene Eyes (Ivy) New Release @ Cosmopolitan, through October 8th *
Entwined Hair – Amelia (Light Reds HUD) New Release @ The Crossroads, through October 28th *

Style & Pose

Blueberry Top – Shyla Knotted Top (Lara, Freya, Hourglass, Isis, Physique, Venus, and Standard Sizes)
Just Because Pants – Rena Sweatpants (Lara, Freya, Hourglass, Isis, Physique, Venus) New Release @ FaMESHed, through October 27th *
!Bang Poses – Recline 3M

Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: Lykke Li – I Know Places

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss

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Happy new week, dear friends! I know the usual mood is to be grumbly about the weekend’s passing, or to have “a case of the Mondays”, as they say. But I’ve just been so jubilant and merry these last few days, that the dawning of another lovely week full of promise and possibilities is something to look forward to. I know, I know – I sound like one part Snow White, and another part a very dedicated MDMA-enthusiast or similar! But honestly and truly, I’m not intoxicated, a Disney princess, or an intoxicated Disney princess (although that sounds like an absolute blast!) I’m just really, really enjoying being back in Second Life again. It’s so good to be home. ♡

Another thing that finds me so happy is the discovery that familiar sights and sims are still in-world and open for visiting and exploration. One of those favorites for me is The Trace Too, a gorgeous beachside sim with such a lovely vibe and peaceful ambiance. It was the perfect locale for my pictures as I enjoyed my return visit, and paid quiet homage to places that had left the grid, perhaps never to be seen again. But this fluidity of our virtual world has a certain grace to it, not unlike a beautiful dancer: you become captivated by the sights, but in order to keep from being in stasis, a sense of vitality and motion can be essential.

I’m getting a little esoteric and poetic, and it’s probably the lack of sleep playing with my thoughts, but as much as I appreciate and adore sims that are “institutions” on the grid, I also appreciate the new iterations that rise from the ashes, or the new inspirations that make the grid a constantly evolving place. But while there are some days when I’m mesmerized and magnetized to discovering new places, there are others when I just want to set adrift on blissful memories of the past …

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
* Hair // Convolution by Rezology
* Eyes // Ardent Eyes (Aqua v2) by Avi-Glam for Cosmopolitan, through May 21st
* Tattoo // Madi Tattoo (Black) by Aurica Store for Fair Play, through May 27th

Style

Jewelry // Aditya Headchains (Fatpack) by ECCO for Thrift Shop, through May 30th
Top // Dalena Laced Crop Top (Fatpack) by Blueberry
Skirt // Lise Skirt (Coral) by Miss Chelsea for Uber, through May 22nd

Pose & Destination

* Pose // Brenda Poses (#6 and #1) by Label Motion New Release!
Location // The Trace Too

Song Spark

PM Dawn – Set Adrift on Memory Bliss

Watch the Spring in All Its Plumage

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When I wrote about The Lexi Project last year, which was a collaborative fundraising effort for Lexi Zelin of AngelRED Couture, I marveled with awe and delight over the number of designers and residents to who came together to offer emotional and financial support to one of our own. And this year, it’s the lovely and wonderful Cajsa Lilliehook who was inspired to start a Blogger Challenge in honor of Bubbles Clawtooth, the designer behind beloved hair brand Clawtooth in Second Life.

Bubbles’ mother has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS / Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a heartbreaking neurological condition that attacks the nerve cells, weakening muscles and voluntary physical functions. (My grandfather had ALS when my mom was a teenager; from hearing her personal experiences with this condition, my heart truly goes out to Bubbles and his family.) Bubbles has been dedicating many tireless hours to his mother’s care, so to honor and pay tribute to him, Cajsa called upon Second Life’s blogging community to visit Clawtooth and purchase hairstyles to feature in our blogs to help bolster Bubbles’ spirit and to give his brand some very well-deserved recognition. Answering the call straight away was Strawberry Singh, who helped to broaden the audience for Cajsa’s challenge, and after delightedly spending time trying on a wealth of Clawtooth hairstyle demos yesterday (there are truly so many gorgeous styles), I’m honored to make a heartfelt contribution post of my own.

Watch the Spring in All Its Plumage
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Ears // Steking Ears Season 5 by Mandala
Hair // Beach Babe (Essentials HUD) by Clawtooth
* Eyes // Ardent Eyes (Sky v2) by Avi-Glam for Cosmopolitan, through May 21st

Style

Jewelry // The Swallow Necklaces (Gold) by Amala
Top // Fleetwood Top (Maitreya Fatpack) by Azuchi+Vinyl for Uber, through May 22nd
Jeans // Mia Jeans (Maitreya Fatpack) by Blueberry
Shoes // Hanna Wedges (Maitreya Mid in Camel) by REIGN

Pose & Destination

Pose // Stand 545 by !Bang Poses
Location // Baja Cove

My post title and picture are inspired by the song “You’re Beautiful” by Mojave 3, and it has a special meaning not only for the caring and wistful lyrics, but also because I first heard it on a mix CD (oh gosh, remember those?) made for me by the dear friend who first introduced me to Second Life, and who went on to be a long-time content creator himself. Things always seem to come full-circle in our virtual world, and with a the support of friends, fellow designers, and customers surrounding him, it’s Cajsa’s hope that we can lift Bubbles’ spirit with our gestures of care and solidarity.

So whether you’re a blogger or Flickr photographer, or you’re simply a kindhearted soul who enjoys residing in the virtual world, please do visit Clawtooth and try on some gorgeous hairstyles. And while I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting you, I’m sending so many warm and supportive thoughts your way, Bubbles. Thank you so much for all that you do. ♡

Casual Grace

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Isn’t serendipity in Second Life the most wonderful thing? When I picked up the flawlessly-fitted Elina Shorts by Blueberry the other day, I knew straight away what kind of picture I wanted to take. Then I spied the beautiful, summery-colored Tied Up Camis by Eaters Coma at Kustom9, and they worked out perfectly. Then as I was once more eagerly strolling around at Blueberry to pick up their latest release, pondering at the time if I had any shoes in my inventory that might work for the pose, I quite nearly stumbled right into a wall that advertised the Georgina Work Out Shoes as a free gift for group members! And to top it all off, Nanika had a surprise 40% off sale last week, which is where I found this divine tattoo and pose. I just love when everything falls into place so beautifully!

Casual Grace
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Oceana (Blonde HUD) by Elua
Eyes // Janus Eyes (Coral) by Inkheart
Tattoo // Vasanta (White) by Nanika

Style

Top // Tied Up Cami (Fat Pack) by Eaters Coma for Kustom9, through May 10th
Shorts // Elina Side Tied Shorts (Black) by Blueberry
Shoes // Georgina Work Out Shoes (Group Gift) by Blueberry

Pose & Destination

Poses // Deanna Std 4 by SKBIO Animations, and Ballet 3 by Nanika
Location // 0 0 Adore

The region 0 0 Adore is filled with pretty little gardens and picturesque sights. When I was growing up, my brother and I were climbing rascals, getting up on everything and anything that we could so we could feel mighty and tall like our parents. So with a cheeky smile, I glided up atop the stone wall surrounding these lovely flowers and eased into my languorous ballet pose. No flora or fauna were harmed in the taking of this picture, honest! ♡