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Your Ghost

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“let him walk down your hallway, it’s not this quiet
slide down your receiver, sprint across the wire
follow my number, slide into my hand

it’s the blaze across my nightgown
it’s the phone’s ring

I think last night
you were driving circles around me
you were in my dream
you were driving circles around me …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
L’Etre Ears – Olympe Mesh Ears
Avi-Glam Eyes – Ardent Eyes (Sky)
LeLutka Hair – H-NV-0001 Base (Naturals HUD)

Style, Pose & Prop

Yummy Piercing – Gold Teardrop Septum (White)
Pixicat Dress – Darling Dress (White)
Tarte Bed – Upcycled Pallet Bed (from Luxe Box September 2016)
Pose – My Own

Sonic Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: Kristin Hersh & Michael Stipe – Your Ghost

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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

Indelible

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“Every thread of ours connects
From the city to the wilderness
And you’re on repeat inside my head
And you’re indelible, I can’t forget …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Euphoric Eyes – Eftelya Eyes (2-02) New Release *
Entwined Hair – Lily (Dark Reds HUD) New Release @ Shiny Shabby, through October 15th *

Style & Pose

Foxes Headphones – Luxe Girl Headphones (gift from previous LuxeBox)
Thalia Heckroth Jacket – Jo Leather Jacket (in Midnight for Maitreya Lara) New Release *

Destination & Inspiration

🏠 Set: Domus Aurea Design – The Clock Loft New Release @ ULTRA, through October 15th
🎧 Sounds: Ritual – Josephine

Elevator Love Letter

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When you have a blogger or photographer on your Second Life friends list, you may find yourself needfully cultivating a lot of patience for distracted conversations (I’m the world’s worst multitasker, truly), as well as gracious tolerance when you get out-of-the-blue questions like “Hey darlin, where’s that one elevator again?” So this picture is dedicated to my dear friend Alex, whom I met at Elysion what feels like worlds ago, and who very kindly came through for me when I was looking for a particular locale. I hope I did it justice!

Speaking of destinations, I’m slowly working on a project that I hope will complement my SL Fashion & Shopping Events Calendar, but is more focused on picturesque locales for fellow photographers and virtual world wanderers to explore. There are some wonderful Flickr groups dedicated to SL locations, and there’s always the official Destination Guide, but the one I’m working on will be more at-a-glance and quick reference. Of particular interest are places that are rez-enabled, so if you have favorite destinations to share, please never hesitate to get in touch! ♡

Elevator Love Letter
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“my office glows all night long
it’s a nuclear show, and the stars are gone
elevator, elevator
take me home …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Avi-Glam Eyes – Radiant Eyes (Jungle)
Lamb Hair – Prove It (Dark Blondes HUD) New Release for Luxe Box June 2016

Style & Pose

Phedora Jewelry – Brigitte Necklace (Dark Gold) New Release @ AnyBody, through June 30th
Thalia Heckroth Dress – Ava Dress (in Mulberry for Maitreya Lara) New Release *
KC Couture Shoes – Andria Heels (for Maitreya, Belleza, Slink & TMP)
Nrage Studio Poses – Lovely One 5 (from the Lovely One Pose Set) New Release *

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Elysion
🎧 Sounds: Stars – Elevator Love Letter

Luxe Gold

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I had initially written an anguished post about the events that unfolded on Sunday morning in Orlando, but after reading it several times, I realized it just made me feel even sadder and more helpless. So instead, I’m going to publish the post that I had originally scheduled for this morning, and ask that if your heart is aching as mine has been to offer some kind of assistance to the victims and their families, please consider donating to the Pulse Victims Fund on GoFundMe, or visit this post on Strawberry Singh’s blog where she has graciously outlined various ways people can help. My heart, my thoughts, and all my love goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy. My dearest hope when we begin to rebuild and heal is that we can all unite around a common desire for peace, acceptance, respect, and equality. We won’t get there in a day, but in the words of Lao Tzu: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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There are only two days left to sign up for the June round of the Luxe Box (sign-ups close at 11:59pm SLT on June 14th), and I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts. I’m featuring one of the lovely items that came in May’s box, the Verna Dress by Tee*fy, which I really adore. It’s a simple design done exceptionally well, and I think that really exemplifies much of what we found in the inaugural Luxe Box. Nothing too fancy or thematic; just high quality, beautiful, easy-to-wear clothing with a value far beyond the initial sign-up cost of L$1000. (The box also contained a number of wonderful non-clothing items, but I will always personally get the most use out of wearables, so that’s what I’m focusing on where the value is concerned.)

The June round of the Luxe Box is L$1500, which means it increased in price by 50% over last month. Predictably, this caused some irritation amongst people in the Blueberry group, and I ended up turning off instant messaging in the group settings, because I just didn’t wish to see the complaints go further. The wonderful collective of designers behind the Luxe Box are happy to accept constructive comments and feedback; this actually led to a few designers graciously sending out updated items with more color options last month. But complaints over the unknown contents of the box prior to joining the group, and of course the cost to the end user, could have only been frustrating and discouraging for the designers and organizers to deal with. After all, potential consumers of the Luxe Box will assign value in different ways, and here is my mode of thinking:

I really adore the brand Blueberry, and if I had the funds, I would very likely buy and frequently wear about 75% of the items in their store. At Blueberry, fatpacks for newly-released items typically sell for around L$1299, and they are one of the brands that I believe have confirmed that they plan on providing full fatpacks in their Luxe Box offerings. So if there’s a 75% chance that the item that Blueberry includes in the Luxe Box is something I would happily buy for L$1299, then at the current purchase cost of L$1500, I’m only spending L$201 more for 11 additional items from the other participating designers, many of which are also brands I love. Sold!

If you’re new to the concept of the Luxe Box, or you’re still pondering whether to join for the next round, that would be my recommendation for assessing the value if you’re unsure about the cost. You might have a different favorite brand from the line-up (and you can always find out which designers are participating in the next round on the Luxe Box website), so use that favorite designer of yours as a jumping off point. But most importantly, have fun with it; remember that much of the delight in the subscription box model is the surprise factor, and the allure of the unknown. And it won’t be for everybody; just like I rarely play gachas, some people aren’t particularly keen on winding up with inventory items they may never use.

But there’s also terrific news for those who prefer to wait and see what a box contained: all previously-released Luxe Boxes are available to purchase at the in-world location beginning on the 1st of every month. You must join the Luxe Box group to be able to purchase them, and they will cost L$2000 above and beyond the group joining fee. (Ex: If you’re interested in purchasing the May 2016 box, you will need to join the June Luxe Box group for L$1500, visit the in-world boutique, and purchase the May box for L$2000.) It’s clearly much more economical to just join the group each month and get the box at its lowest going rate, but if you happen to miss one, I think it’s brilliant that this second-chance option is being provided.

So are you going to be receiving the June Luxe Box? What did you think of the May offerings? I’d love to know your thoughts! ♡

Luxe Gold
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Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Izzie’s Freckles – Body Freckles II (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink Appliers & System Layers)
Damien Fate Eyelashes – FATELashes v2.0
Avi-Glam Eyes – Hypnotic Eyes (Forest) New Release *
Rezology Hair – May Rose *

Style & Pose

Paper Arrow Jewelry – Leaf Necklace (Gold)
Tee*fy Dress – Verna Simple Dress (White) New Release for Luxe Box May 2016
Ricielli Shoes – Wendy High Heels (for Maitreya, Belleza, Slink & TMP) New Release @ Cosmopolitan, through June 18th *
Label Motion Pose – Take a Break Pose 4

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Blithe
🎧 Sounds: Young Collective – Luxe Gold