Take Me To Church

She tells me ‘worship in the bedroom’
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you
I was born sick, but I love it
Command me to be well
Amen, Amen, Amen

Yes, I will never get enough of that song and it WORKS for this post!

One store I’ve fallen in love with since my return to Second Life has been /anxiety/. Initially purely for their quality backdrops (and as a massive Suicide Squad fan, they had me quite easily), but their latest releases for skyboxes and furniture have been pure love and artistry. If not a little sinful where today’s blog post is concerned. 😉

For this round of ROMP, /anxiety/ released the aptly named ‘Blasphemy‘ set. Featuring a lounger that can be purchased as a PG version or an Adult version, and they’re currently running a 25% discount on the Fatpack for the duration of the event. The lounger has its own color-change HUD with 4 different options and is filled with plenty of smooth bento poses. To highlight the set is a gorgeous cabinet with several bibles, a cross, an incense burner, and a scourging whip, and just in case you weren’t feeling blasphemous enough already there is a side-table with decorative shackles and a bible touched by a bloody hand. As a finishing touch, you can buy a set of matching ankle & wrist cuffs that come with additional poses and a texture HUD to change the metals.

However, for the purpose of this blog (I prefer the ease of static poses), I used a Pose Fair Exclusive by K&S. Oh, and as luck would have it, I was recently tidying up my inventory when I found that hairstyle with the habit. Even joked to my fiance that I’d never have use for it… the guys over at /anxiety/ musta heard me. 😉 Anyway, have a look at the credits below and then make your way to this round of ROMP which runs until May 25th. 

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On Her:
Hair: +Spellbound+ Asylum (Halloween Gift) // Grimoire : Complete
Harness: \//. VoluptasVirtualis -Catlith- V1.2
Boots: BAX Regency Boots Black Leather
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Necklace – Magdalena Cross – Long – GOLD
Rings: Kibitz – Summer love rings – gold
Bracelet: Cae :: Cressida :: – FaMESHed Update Group Gift

Scene:
Skybox: /anxiety/ quebec hall – *New* @ FaMESHed
Furniture & Deco: /anxietyHOME/ BLASPHEMY FATPACK – *New* @ ROMP
Pose: K&S – // Need You // Bento pose – Pose Fair Exclusive

Oh, and Bruce? He’s nekkid, but if you like the back of his head then check out Sintiklia‘s Justin hair.

Sahara Dreams

A bargaining chip for the kingdom
A prize for a foreign prince
But beneath the veil of beauty
The gift of magic courses her veins
Pure in service of its mistress
The sole ruler one day she’ll be

A new round of ‘We ❤ Role-Play‘ brings us to today’s post. This May, WLRP is celebrating their 6th anniversary bringing you tons of items from more than 50 merchants, and many merchants have put out gifts you can buy ranging between 0L$ and 10L$! Incredible gifts I might add so don’t wait too long before visiting the event!

For this post, I’m mainly focused on the ‘Zinnea Harem‘ set by Dreaming Thicket which instantly ignited a deep-rooted love I have for the culture, along with my excitement for the upcoming, live-action Aladdin. Mixed with varying other items listed below, I put a scene together that quite frankly feels like one of the best I’ve ever done thus far. I’m really pleased with the result and I hope it inspires you guys to go on a shopping spree of your own!

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Hair: DOUX – Paola Hairstyle – *New* @ Anthem
Skin: Essences Keme #E8 – Powder Pack April 2019 (Catwa)
Eyes: Avi Glam. Solstice Eyes – Fatpack
Tattoo: Juna: Mendy Gold tattoo Woman – *New* @ WLRP

Bindi & Septum Ring: Astara – Zara Jewellery
Arm Chain & Anklets: Zaara : Raksha *Gold*
Belly Chain: GeWunjo : RIO Gold Belly Chain

Top: Dreaming Thicket – Zinnea Top & Chain – Lilac – *New* @ WLRP
Pants: Dreaming Thicket – Zinnea Harem Pant – Lilac – *New* @ WLRP

You Get Me

I am in *love* with the amount of gorgeous mesh backdrops creators have been putting out. Before my break from Second Life they were still kind of rare but nowadays? Yes, please, all of them and more, I need! That’s how I felt seeing this gorgeous, Greek, Santorini backdrop from MINIMAL when I poked my nose into this round of Collabor88. All that’s missing is the donkey to carry us to the top of the steps… I should have added a donkey… Oh well. xD

Anyway, with that backdrop in mind I decided to pick up the ultimate, summery, comfortable, casual yet fashionable, exploring outfit from Tres Blah, easy walking sandals from REIGN, and, of course, Stealthic’s brand new release. Don’t even get me started on styling hair with baby hairs because I am *hooked*.

Set up a quick shoot with my buddy Bruce who got his own new things from Deadwool at Anthem. Also used one of the gift-poses I grabbed at the Pose Fair so, check below for the creds!

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:: On Her ::
Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* LeLutka Heads “Face Claudia” Eastern
Hair: Stealthic – Mirage – *New* @ C88
Top: Tres Blah – Aspen Tunic – Cream – *New* @ C88
Jeans: Tres Blah – Flared Jeans – Original Wash – *New* @ C88
Shoes: REIGN.- LYLAH OPEN TOE FLATS – *New* @ C88

:: On Him ::
Hair: -FABIA HAIR- <Billy> Black&White
Shirt: [Deadwool] Henley shirt – black
Jeans: [Deadwool] Kojima jeans – midnight – *New* @ Anthem
Keychain: [Deadwool] Kojima keychain – *New* @ Anthem
Shoes: Meva Elias Boots

Backdrop: MINIMAL – Santorini Backdrop – *New* @ C88
Pose: *CNZ* Innocent Kiss Pose – GIFT @ The Pose Fair

 

Vacation Time

Vacation time with precious new items from Blueberry, Truth, Essences, Uber, Men Only Monthly and more!

It’s been a while and this may not be a regular thing since money doesn’t grow on trees but… I’ve missed taking photos, I’ve missed blogging and hell, I’ve missed shopping. Still ever the Blueberry junkie, I ran for Uber first thing this morning and continued putting this shot together for your enjoyment. Couldn’t resist the Mega Pack but, as always, colors can be purchased individually as well or you can get the specific pattern packs!

My buddy Bruce… well, he did some shopping of his own. Recently discovered a love for RKKN which is a new favorite store for the both of us. And with the Elevator set Amitie has released for Uber, we couldn’t resist the shot of a couple stepping out into the hotel lobby for their first vacation together.

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:: On Her ::

Skin: Essences Laleh #E6 @ Kustom9
Beauty Marks/Freckles/Blush/Eyeliner: WarPaint* #IWokeUpLikeThis2 @ Uber
Hair: TRUTH Surrender – Selection @ Uber
Eyes: RUTILE TAIL* himawari eyes @ MP
Earrings: Kibitz – Blair earrings – silver @ Kustom9
Necklace: MICHAN – Angela Necklace @ Flourish Sales Studio
Top: Blueberry – Alicia – Hooked Tank Tops – Fat Pack @ Uber
Pants: Blueberry – Alicia – Flare Pants – Fat Pack @ Uber

:: On Him ::

Skin: [VENDETTA ] – T5 JASON Skin – CATWA @ Men Only Monthly
Custom Brows: Magnificent – [MF] Brows – Rick Shaved – Catwa & Omega Applier @ TMD
Hair: Vango. Oscar_Ombre @ TMD
Eyes: Madame Noir Edgar Eyes pack @ Men Only Monthly
Shirt: RKKN. Farrell’s Plain Shirt Cream @ Man Cave
Pants: RKKN. Farrell’s Pants Moss @ Man Cave
Shoes: SEMLLER Cocktail Low Tops WHITE @ Equal10

Elevator Backdrop: Amitie @ Uber
Pose: .Focus Poses. Couple 26

Roar for Roro – New Blueberry Release

Blueberry‘s brand new release ‘Roro‘ brings an old classic back to the grid in high quality mesh design fitted to the most popular mesh bodies as well as standard sizing. ‘Roro‘ is a cropped sweater top with a knit-like design that can be worn as just the crop sweater or combined with a longer tank top. When buying the top, the main color you purchase is for the cropped top while the bottom tank part is changeable via the HUD. Or you know, you can just fatpack it which has become a very good yet very bad habit for me. Along with this Blueberry top I’m wearing a pair of fringed boots, a new release from !Rebel Hope at FaMESHed this month and my new do is ‘Nataline‘, another new release at FaMESHed this time by Elikatira.

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HAIRSTYLE: [e] Nataline – Essentials *NEW* @ FaMESHed
HEAD: CATWA HEAD Jessica
MAKE UP: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* CATWA Head “Face Maddison” Mixedtype *NEW* @ DeeTaleZ
LIP GLOSS: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* Catwa Heads “Lipstick transparent gloss” *NEW* @ DeeTaleZ
BODY: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara 3.4
EYES: IKON Charm Eyes – Poltergeist

TOP: Blueberry – Roro – Maitreya/Belleza/Slink – Fat Pack *NEW* @ Blueberry Mainstore
JEANS: Blueberry – Mia Jeans – Tucked in Boots – Maitreya
BOOTS: !Rebel Hope Gigi Mesh Fringe_Maitreya *NEW* @ FaMESHed

RINGS: Izzie’s – Celestial Midi Rings (silver)

PHOTO #1 POSE: GLITTERATI – Runway + GLITTERATI – Shoe addict (DECOR)
PHOTO #2 POSE: *CS* To Paris

Tender Autumn Day

As the nights last longer and the leafs change their shades
The wind is getting colder and the sun’s warmth fades
Summer is making place for her Autumn sister 

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HAIR: Magika – 01 – Darkness Falls *NEW* @ Magika
BODY: Own shape & Maitreya‘s Mesh Body – Lara V2.1
HEAD: LeLutka Mesh Head-STELLA
FACE APPLIER: Glam Affair ( Lelutka Heads ) Clara Applier [ Jamaica ] *NEW* @ Uber
EYES: IKON Triumph Eyes – Oxidation

SWEATER: !Rebel Hope – Careless Mesh Top Cashmere *NEW* @ FaMeshed
JEANS: !Rebel Hope – Jealousy Mesh Jeans White *NEW* @ FaMeshed
SHOES: N-core KAIA “Nude” for High Feet (Rigged Mesh)

NECKLACE: MG – Necklace – Flower Heart
RINGS: Izzie’s – Celestial Midi Rings (silver)
WATCH: Izzie’s – Opulent Watch Full Set (women)
BRACELET: Noodles – Initial Bracelet Silver

Come Away With Me

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

Another collaboration with the ever so talented Brennan Maven from ‘These Conversations Kill‘, formerly ‘The Saints of Fashionation’. This guy’s as much of a shopping and photography addict as I am and he is more dedicated to blogging than I am. If you’re a dude or like to play a dude or just wanna spoil that special guy in your life, make sure you check out Bren’s blog because it’s always full of brand new releases just for guys! For today, we’ve put together looks with new items from Men’s Only Monthly, Shiny Shabby, Kustom9, Collabor88 and various new store releases.

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On Brennan:

SKIN: >> Aeros Avatar Aeson << 2015a *NEW*
EYES: IKON Odyssey Eyes – Nymph
EARS: >> Aeros Ears Aeson << Nude :: [2015a] *NEW*
HANDS: SLink AvEnhance Hands Male v2.1 – Relaxed
HAIR: MINA – David – Dark Browns *NEW* @ M.O.M
FACIAL HAIR: Clef de Peau – Beard 4 Brown

SHIRT/WAIST SHIRT: [BUC] “Pizza NEVER Lies” Tied2Tee *NEW* @ M.O.M
JEANS: [AR2 Style] Biker Jeans DARK DENIM *NEW* @ M.O.M
BOOTS: UC – Classy Boots Black *NEW* @ M.O.M

On Ashlene:

BODY: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
HEAD: LeLutka Mesh Head-STELLA w/ Glam Affair Karin Applier
HAIR: Tableau Vivant \\ Dreamy hair *NEW* @ C88
EYES: IKON Triumph Eyes – Oxidation *NEW* @ Shiny Shabby

TOP: AMITOMO.crop top + loose shirt + choker #6 *NEW* @ Kustom9
SKIRT: [nn] -Mesh Mini -denim/ripped
BOOTS: REIGN.- Julliette Boots- Cocoa
BRACELET: Kibitz – Ariel bracelet – silver *NEW* @ Enchantment

POSE: PURPLE POSES – Couple 349

Enchantment : The Little Mermaid

For this round of Enchantment you’ll be captivated by everything that is The Little Mermaid. From the classic Disney look to a more fantasy type style or just give it your own spin and if you’re not into dress-up but you’re dying to decorate your new home (or grotto), there’s plenty of that too. This edition of Enchantment is different to previous others. Instead of running around and collecting stamps, you can visit the main sim where tons of creators are lined up with a wide variety of mermaid skins, accessories, hairstyles, home decorations, fun underwater rideables and plenty more! On top of that, aside from shopping at the main location you can also do a hunt that’ll take you to 25 of the designers’ stores for some unique and free goodies. Death Row Designs has released this gorgeous underwater grotto set-up which comes with various static poses and some solo animations as well as some couples poses to snuggle up with your Mer-lover. Mer-chandise Cove released a full set of mesh tails and shells in many different colors allowing you to go for that Ariel look, try your hand at one of her sister’s looks or just create your own mertastic combination. Being the Disney nut I am I went for the more classic look somewhat trying to re-create the scene from ‘Under the Sea’ and I think it came out rather nicely.

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BODY: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
HEAD: LeLutka Mesh Head-STELLA w/ Glam Affair Karin Applier
HAIR: *ARGRACE* Akane – Coppers
EYES: IKON Charm Eyes – Clarity

MERMAID SHELLS: *M.C.* Princess Bra – Purple *NEW* @ Enchantment
MERMAID TAIL: *M.C.* Princess Tail Green *NEW* @ Enchantment
HAIR ACCESSORY: no.match_ ~ Mermaids HAIRPIN *HUNTGIFT*

SCENE: DRD- andolys Ariel’s cozy spot *NEW* @ Enchantment
ARIEL’S FRIENDS & ERIC STATUE: Characteristics

Inspired by:

The Little Mermaid – Under the Sea

Not Alone – Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme

In light of Strawberry Singh’s Monday MemeSecond Life Made Me Learn Challenge”, here’s my contribution for today. I will warn you upfront, this is a more serious post than I’ve ever done before and possibly a little heavy so I won’t blame anyone for scrolling past my answer to her Meme and heading straight down to “the look”.

What Second Life made me learn doesn’t lie as much in software programs or discovering hidden passions. I dabbled in Photoshop and imaging software long before Second Life existed, I never used WordPress but I’ve been writing fiction since I was 15. I messed around with 3D mesh stuff before I ever discovered Second Life, many thanks to the Sims! My biggest and most valuable lesson lies in something else entirely; Second Life taught me that I’m not alone and I’m not broken. All my life I have struggled with depression, anxiety, the most horrendous mood swings and heavy emotional loads. Growing up it was often blamed on my parents’ divorce, a death in the family, I was wrongly diagnosed with ADD and whichever didn’t fit that label was filed under puberty instead. Once I hit my early 20s I found myself having dropped out of high school after having made several fiercely dedicated attempts to graduate and I was jumping from one job into the next. They never lasted long. I couldn’t make them last, somehow. The problems I had always had were still there and this time there was no puberty to blame it on, there were no deaths in the family and by then my parents had been divorced for a near 15 years. By all means, surely I should be doing better by now and be more stable yet I wasn’t. If anything, I was worse than before. Every few weeks, sometimes with a few good months in between, I’d call in sick to work. I wasn’t actually sick as in shaking with fever and nauseated but I was in that dark hole of despair again where I felt lifeless and the mere thought of leaving the comfort of my room, my house, send me into a massive panic attack. Getting dressed and setting up to actually leave the house would suffocate me, send my heart racing, have me break out in sweats and tears until eventually I’d just drop myself to the floor and cry. I was never able to explain this to my bosses, I didn’t understand it myself and I felt ashamed and how could I possibly hope for understanding and compassion from others when I had none for myself? I hated myself for getting like that, for lying about being sick and figured I was just a lazy and manipulative person. I deserved to get fired time after time for being such an irresponsible and selfish person. I didn’t know where the depression and anxieties came from, often enough there wasn’t a ‘trigger’ to pinpoint at all. I’d wake up like that and that was it for the next amount of days or weeks. Eventually I just told myself I was crazy and wrong, broken. I wasn’t the right kind of human being, I was a mistake that should have never happened. Other people were fine and normal, they’d go to work and make a career. They had no trouble getting out the door, they didn’t have a panic attack in the middle of a crowded mall and fainted as a result of it but I did so surely, I was just wrong and bad. Alas after being fired from my longest lasting job to date, one I actually enjoyed and was starting to advance in, I fell into the deepest and darkest hole of despair yet. I was unemployed yet again and all I had to entertain me, to keep me connected to the world somehow was this little ‘game’ I’d heard about on MTV. Second Life. Second Life resident Keiko Takamura was featured on an episode because she was a virtual musician. After watching the episode, thoroughly impressed, I joined Second Life myself and began my adventure expecting nothing more than some entertainment and perhaps social interactions. Along the way, I made friends and lost friends, joined venues and watched my favorite hangouts close down but more importantly, I met a few really close friends. People I genuinely connected with, felt comfortable with and through getting to know these people from literally all corners of the world I discovered one massive revelation; I wasn’t alone and faulty at all. I wasn’t the only person suffering from depression, panic and anxiety episodes. It wasn’t even an uncommon thing. Many people I met had similar issues and some were worse of than I was. I wasn’t faulty, I wasn’t broken or a mistake. I had a disorder. In a sense, I had never lied at all. I was ‘sick’ just not in the common sense and understanding of the word. There were names for these disorders and entire studies, something I just simply never knew because in the real world it’s often still treated as such a taboo. There’s a lot of stigma and misconceptions attached to any mental disorder and people don’t really talk about it openly. But they do online. I guess it’s somehow ‘safer’ that way. You don’t have to sit face to face with someone and tell them all these things, dreading the moment where you look them in the eye and see the disdain that screams “You’re a freak and psycho!”. The fear for a lack of acceptance and the fear of judgment is still very real even online but it’s somehow easier to cross that bridge when you’re on your computer at the other end of the world, safely in your own room. Being able to talk like that, make friends and find out that I’m not alone in all of this has really helped me accept myself more. It’s helped me understand myself and my ‘condition’ more. It’s even been very ‘healing’ towards my condition. I’ll never be fully ‘fixed’ obviously, I still have my episodes here and there but I guess you can say that nowadays I know how to handle myself and manage those episodes better because now I understand it more. Not always, but most of the time. Furthermore I’ve discovered that through this all, despite of how I am, I deserve to be loved and cared about. Something I had never known or felt before. My best friends and my fiance accept every single part of me. The dark despairing morbid part of me that sometimes rears it’s ugly head as well as the better sides of me. With them, I don’t have to be afraid to be depressed, to cry, to be upset and share my dark thoughts. I can talk to them, tell them every ugly part of it and they still love me. They still care, they’re still there. I can tantrum and scream and cry and bitch and push all I need to, they’re not going anywhere. I never knew such a thing existed but it does and that’s probably the most priceless lesson and gift I’ve ever gotten out of Second Life. That is what I’ve learned. I’m not alone, I’m not a mistake, I deserve to be loved, I am a good and loving person and if anything, I’m simply not perfect. And that’s okay.

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This month’s Uber is in full on Boho theme, one of my favorites. So colorful and rich, so cheerful and alive. The cockatoo on my shoulder was a gift from a friend. She’s very interactive and cheerful, she learns tricks and chats your ear off. Mine’s a flirt, hitting on anyone I’m hanging out with and she does ask to be fed but thankfully, feeding her is a simple menu option and totally free of charge. No breeding, no food to buy, just a loving and fun pet. I adore her! Oh and my Slink hands are the newly updated ones! I’m quite pleased, I love my updated multipack folder which has all hand types packed up in 1 single folder and size, the size which is now changeable via the brand new utility HUD. Great product update and if you haven’t gotten yours yet please do head on over to the Slink mainstore and hit the redelivery terminal.

HAIR: TRUTH HAIR Delphine – variety *NEW* @ Uber
BODY: Own shape & Maitreya‘s Mesh Body – Lara V2.1
SKIN: -Glam Affair – Angelica Cygana – Jamaica 03 *NEW* @ Uber
LEFT HAND: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2 – L – Prosper
RIGHT HAND: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2 – R – Victory
FEET: Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Flat
EYES: IKON Charm Eyes – Fjord *NEW* @ IKON
LASHES: *Mon Cheri* “Falsies”

TOP: -Pixicat- Bohemian.Top (Green) *NEW* @ Uber
SHORTS: Blueberry – Cossy – Denim Ripped Shorts – Blue *NEW* @ Uber
SANDALS: MG – Barefoot Sandals – Bali Gypsy
JEWELRY: Izzie’s – Coin Jewelry Set (silver) *NEW* @ Uber
SHOULDER PET: [ free bird ] My Pet Cockatoo – Green Crested

SCENE: All items are available at this month’s Uber
Kalopsia – Gipsy Shack (Cream)
N4RS Boho Sideboard
N4RS Copper Bowl
:CP: Falling Over Books
:CP: Delilah Blossom Prints – Floral B
:CP: Scattered Wine
:CP: Delilah Mirror
:CP: Delilah Bed – Blossom
:CP: Composition Notebook

 

There in Spirit

Are you feeling spiritual? This month’s N21 seems to think so with many colorful new releases from a wide variety of designers. Browsing through everything, the Foxes ‘Spiritualist’ outfit stood out to me most, an instant favorite. I kinda loves Foxes (and Birdy and Alchemy, damn Nina!) anyways and this new release doesn’t disappoint either. It’s fresh, colorful and comes with a dozen mix & match opportunities between the wide variety of skirts, tops and kimonos. Also featured is the ‘Shiny’ hairstyle from Tableau Vivant which comes with a new ‘Frizzy Chic’ color HUD and is available now at Shiny Shabby. Get your info on the full look below! ❤

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HAIR: ~Tableau Vivant~ Shiny hair – Naturals II *NEW* @ Shiny Shabby
BODY: Own shape & Maitreya‘s Mesh Body – Lara V2.1
SKIN: -Glam Affair – Alice Jamaica – 04 *NEW* @ Kustom 9
HANDS: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Casual
EYES: IKON Charm Eyes – Green *NEW* @ IKON
LASHES: *Mon Cheri* “Falsies”
MOUTH: [PXL] SweetLips 01
MOUTH APPLIER: Glam Affair – PXL Sweet Lips Appliers ( Alice ) 02 *NEW* @ Shiny Shabby

KIMONO: Foxes – Spiritualist – Kimono – Song Bird *NEW* @ N21
TOP: Foxes – Spiritualist – Top – Violet *NEW* @ N21
SKIRT: Foxes – Spiritualist – Skirt – Sky *NEW* @ N21
BOOTS: REIGN.- Marylin Boots- Gray *NEW* @ N21
NECKLACE: (Yummy) Hamsa Necklace – Silver *NEW* @ N21
HEAD PIECE: Foxes – Spiritualist – Head Piece – Silver Pack *NEW* @ N21