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Always In My Head

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“I think of you, I haven’t slept
I think I do, but I don’t forget
my body moves, goes where I will
but though I try, my heart stays still
it never moves, just won’t be led
and so my mouth waters to be fed
you’re always in my head …”

Look

Maitreya Lara Body
Genesis Lab Head & Skin
Avi-Glam Eyes – Entice Eyes (Blue) New Release *
TETRA Hair – Melon (Red Tones HUD) New Release @ Uber, through January 22nd *

Style & Pose

Yummy Piercing – Eclipse Septum (Gold/Pearl)
Mandala Jewelry – Legacy Earrings (Kilimanjaro)
Pose – My Own

Sonic Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: Coldplay – Always In My Head

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The Closer I Get

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“I am now
a central part
of your mind’s landscape
whether you care
or do not
I’ve made up your mind
the more you ignore me
the closer I get …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Avi-Glam Eyes – Celestial Eyes (Chrysolite)
MINA Hair & Empyrean Forge Hair Accessory – Harmony (Blondes) New Release @ FaMESHed, through December 27th *

Style & Pose

Yummy Jewelry – Layered Pearl Necklace (Gold) New Release @ N21 Event, through December 12th *

Sonic Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: Morrissey – The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get

Hot Whips of Light

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“If the walls were too thin,
You would right break in …
When the window
Lets in hot whips of light
Before I feel it’s time
To control my mind
Morning …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Euphoric Eyes – Confident Eyes 05 New Release *
Entwined Hair – Zoe (Light Blondes HUD) New Release @ The Crossroads, through September 28th *

Style & Pose

Yummy Jewelry – Layered Chain Choker
Just Because Top – Emma Top New Release @ Mesh Body Addicts, through October 1st *

Inspiration

🎧 Sounds: Glasser – Apply

For Ever

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Nostalgia is a wonderful emotion that I sink into gratefully whenever it strikes me, because it’s a kinder state of grace than memory, which can sometimes settle on the unpleasant things that have happened in life. Even its definition is perfect: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past”, although sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that “the past” truly is as far off in the distance as time would tell us. I thought about this when I found myself listening to The Smashing Pumpkins music this week, marveling at the idea that I bought the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness over twenty years ago. I can still remember listening to it softly on late autumn nights, its wildly diverse musicality underscoring everything from my first real kiss to my … well, sadder moments where my thoughts don’t wish to dwell. And it’s one of those rare albums that has songs on it that make you want to drive fast and live hard, as well as swoon underneath starlight in a lover’s embrace.

The song that has stuck with me most over the years and become a true favorite is “Thirty-Three”. I had always associated its title with the age, thinking back in my tender teenage years about how far away in time my 30s seemed to be, and wondering how they would find me when I arrived. Happy and hopeful, I aspired. Having a beautiful life with wonderful things in store. And while real life sometimes has its challenges, certainly my Second Life has met those hopes and beyond, and in its way, often feels like it exists with fewer limits, greater possibilities, and always more amazing people, places, and experiences to discover. I know I often wax poetic and romantic about SL, but I love that; I wouldn’t be so charmed and compelled to spend time within its virtual embrace if it wasn’t filling me with anticipation and contentment in equal measure. And you know me, dear ones: I love positive energy and try to radiate it fully. In the words of one of my favorite philosophers, “all is well and getting weller”. And in the lyrics of the Smashing Pumpkins, “tomorrow’s just an excuse, and you can make it last forever”.

So I’m dedicating the 33rd* self-portrait I’ve taken in Second Life this year to this wonderful idea of being content where I am, and eager for what’s coming. I went back to the always-inspiring Baja Bay, the place I took my first picture after returning to SL, and used the same hairstyle too, which is also a sentimental nod to my belief that Elikatira created the first hairstyle I ever purchased in Second Life. A lustrous pair of eyes from Avi-Glam, my very favorite eye designer, and the charmingly-named Ever Anchor necklace by YS&YS were further meaningful touches. I think I shall make this my profile picture for a while too; its lovely sunrise reminds me of how much I adore the beaches of SL, and how vivid colors and beautiful vistas always uplift my spirit. You’ll always know me as a sentimentalist, gracious readers, and hopefully with many more delighted moments in the virtual world to share. Here’s to the next 33 pictures, the next 33 places visited and people met, and to the next 33 years that life has to offer. ♡

For Ever
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“And for a moment I lose myself
Wrapped up in the pleasures of the world
I’ve journeyed here and there and back again
But in the same old haunts I still find my friends …
I’ll make the effort, love can last forever
Graceful swans of never topple to the earth
Tomorrow’s just an excuse
And you can make it last, forever you …”

Look

Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Izzie’s Freckles – Body Freckles II (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink Appliers & System Layers)
Mandala Ears – Steking Ears Season 5
Damien Fate Eyelashes – FATELashes v2.0
Avi-Glam Eyes – Ardent Eyes (Aqua v2)
Elikatira Hair – Karee (Essentials HUD)

Style & Pose

Yummy Piercing – Gold Teardrop Septum (Aqua)
YS&YS Jewelry – Ever Anchor Necklace (Gold)

Destination & Inspiration

✈ Sights: Baja Bay
🎧 Sounds: The Smashing Pumpkins – Thirty-Three

* I realized after writing this post that I had miscounted, and this is actually my 32nd picture of the year. Grrrr! I could switch the ordering and wait till I get another one done, but being able to laugh at my mistake and be gentle about it makes me feel charmed and happy, so I’m putting this up as is. If you can’t be kind with yourself about your mis-steps, you’ll never be able to move forward. Here’s to making the effort; may it last forever. ♥

The Beat in My Bones

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The blog post and picture I shared on Monday have received such an amazingly warm, generous, thoughtful response that I’m truly overwhelmed. To everyone who left me a comment here on my blog or on Flickr, thank you so much for your unbelievable kindness! I can’t thank you enough or find all the right words to say what it has meant to me; I’m incredibly touched and brimming with appreciation and gratitude. So much love for you all!

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“‘Lover’, she said
‘you put the beat in my bones,
it’s your light here in my hand,
you make it easy to see it flow’ …”

While I was writing about being a sensualist the other day, I thought about how I would distill it down to a single fascination, and the answer was immediately clear to me: if given only one sensual pleasure in life, even above carnal delights (rawr), my heart would belong to music. And one of the wonderful things about Second Life is that it’s a fascination so many of us share.

Whether waxing poetic about favorite songs with my intriguing friend Alex Monty, rhapsodizing over indie musicians with my beloved soul-sister Chloë-Dakota, or sitting in rapt appreciation as I read Serene Footman’s wonderful posts about Radiohead (a band we both love dearly), I always feel drawn like a moth to a flame to those who share the same musical passions. I’m even in the early stages of cultivating an idea that would marry my interests in both SL and music into an ongoing collaborative project with other souls who beat the same drum. I can’t promise it will ever come to fruition, but even just the lush and lovely thoughts of it have been something worth savoring.

The Beat in My Bones
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I keep a playlist in Spotify called “Sparks”, and I add songs to it almost daily that have titles or lyrics that catch the tendrils of my mind as inspiration for future blog posts. This is another thing that has thrilled and delighted me: that people are genuinely enjoying (or at least, very kindly tolerating!) my more meandering, rambling style of blogging. I’m a lover of words first, and a photographer second; the bloggers who put together gorgeous looks and pictures daily in ways that seem so easeful and effortless have my endless admiration. I hope I don’t ever do a disservice to the designers I represent or feature on my blog, and I thank them graciously for their patience. I try to get to the goods eventually! :)

The spark for this look was set alight by the amazing Feeling Myself Headphones by Foxes, a gacha item I found on the Marketplace when I was finally thunderstruck with the realization that I could find sought-after gachas there without having to try (and fail) my luck at the machines themselves. I don’t know why I never thought to look there before, but that kind of charms me too: I feel like I learn a new trick, find a new place to explore, or discover an interesting new facet of SL every day! The lingerie is by MoDANNA for AnyBody (an amazing event if you have a budding interest in sensual wear, as I’m cultivating myself) and the lovely necklace is by Yummy for Collabor88.

Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Kira (Red HUD) by Elua
Lashes // FATELashes v2.0 by Damien Fate New Release!
* Eyes // Ardent Eyes (Hazel v2) by Avi-Glam New Release!

Style

Headphones // Feeling Myself Headphones (Black/Silver) by Foxes Gacha Item
Necklace// Layered Chain Choker (Fatpack) by Yummy for Collabor88, through June 6th
Lingerie // Beaune Collection Lace Lingerie (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, and Omega appliers) by MoDANNA for AnyBody, through May 31st

Pose & Inspiration

Prop // Kendall Bed by Tarte for Luxe Box May 2016
Pose // Recline 2 by !Bang Poses
Song Spark // 2:54 – Scarlet