“Pier” into your soul

The beach is the perfect get-away-from-it-all.   The sound of the water can soothe you, the smell of the salty air can refresh you, the power of waves can energize you.  Just to see the majestic scenery that creates one of Nature’s stunning backgrounds can make you forget all about your troubles for a while.   Standing on a pier reminds you to take a moment to stop, reflect on your life, look deep into your soul, and remember that the power of the sea is within you, and just as the shoreline can get better over time, so can  your life.  The ocean has the power to remove obstacles, and so do you.

In this post, I am wearing two version of the “Two Toned Tied Halter Top” by Aurora’s Closet –  Blue/Grey, and Nude/Grey.   Both have a light, breezy design that pairs perfectly with your favorite set of shorts.   The sides expose just enough of the bosom to provide a tease, but still covers you so that it can be worn on non Adult-rated sims.   I am wearing the size for the Freya mesh body, created by Belleza, but it also fits the following:  Classic Avatar (5 sizes, including an alpha layer); Freya, Isis, and Venus by Belleza; Hourglass & Physique by Slink; Curvy & Fine by Tonic, Lara by Maitreya, as well as Ebody & TMP.   Alone, the tops are 69L each, but you can get a version that comes with an HUD (8 textures) for 169L.

Top #1: “Ladies Two Tone Tied Halter Top ~ Blue/Grey ” by .:{ Aurora’s Closet }:.

Top #2 is “Ladies Two Tone Tied Halter Top” ~ Nude/Coral, which is similar to: “Ladies Two Tone Tied Halter Top ~ Nude/Grey ” by .:{ Aurora’s Closet }:.

Shorts:  “Milly” mesh leather shorts by Blueberry

Hair:  “Angie” (Reds04 Fade) by TRUTH

Eyes:  “Moroccan Nights” by Poetic Colors

Mesh body:  “Freya” by Belleza

Skin:  “Niska – Cinnamon” by Lumae

Sim location:  Finesmith, Inc. Clothing & Free Photo Studio

 

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Lyrical icon

In Second Life, as well as real life, there are many clubs that reflect the feel of certain eras.  In the virtual world, you can open up your own club in less than a day, but to get the proper feel of the venue, research has to be done.  Music has to be carefully selected, atmosphere has to be perfect in order to correctly represent the *true feeling*, and staff has to entice the guests with flare & mystery.  The legendary Cotton Club in Harlem, NY managed to do all of that, with help from the likes of Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Sammy Davis Jr, and many more.

Wikipedia page for the real Cotton Club

There are two Cotton Clubs in Second Life, at the time of this blog;  the well known Cruiz’s Cotton Club, and the location that I visited, the quiet & quaint Cotton Club on the Balandin sim.    If jazz music and warm company is your speed, this place is for you.   It’s great for spending a bit of time alone while you relax, or taking a loved one to dance the night away to your favorite soulful tunes.

In this blog, I am wearing the Charlize dress, and the Falling Leaf fingernail HUD (both from ~*Moolala*~), that are available at the current Twe12ve event.   Each are 99L.   The Charlize dress fits all of the Belleza mesh bodies, as well as both of the Slink mesh bodies, and the Lara mesh body from Maitreya.   I am wearing the Belleza-Freya mesh body, and I did have to adjust the alpha layers a little bit, for my lower back, but that was only because my shape is more curvy than most.  You may not need to do any adjusting at all, but I do recommend using panties underneath the dress (especially if your AO bends over a lot).  The fingernail HUD has Maitreya and Omega appliers.  Both of the HUDs come with 10 colors, and the textures from both coordinate with each other, helping you to create the perfect look.

Dress:  “Charlize” by ~*Moolala*~, at the Twe12ve Event

Manicure:  “Falling Leaf” fingernail HUD set by ~*Moolala*~, at the Twe12ve Event

Shoes:  “Simply Divine” by Dressed By Lexi

Hair:  “Tymber” by TRUTH

Eyes:  “Blaze Of Glory” by Starla Farella

Mesh body:  “Freya” by -Belleza-

Skin:  ” Niska : 6 – Cinnamon” by Lumae

Jewelry:  “Lora – Turquoise Silver” by EarthStones

Sim location:  “Cotton Club” at Balandin

 

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Honoring “Movember”

The month of November is special for a lot of reasons.   You have Veterans/Remembrance Day, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Independence Day (Antigua and  Barbuda), Thanksgiving, and many other holidays celebrated around the world.  Another celebration is called “Movember“, which (as stated on the Wikipedia page) “is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.”

“Movember” on Wikipedia

In honor of this worthwhile cause, I decided to create a blog to help spread the word around Second Life.    Mαɳɖi Loχεℓɥ Jαɱεs (Mandilena Loxely in Second Life) has created a very handsome jersey tank for the guys,  called “Beard Season”, that is perfect for getting the message out about Movember.    You can purchase it as part of the “All About The Beard” jersey tank set, that comes with a 8 texture HUD (5 prints, 3 plain).  It has 5 mesh fits for classic avatars, as well as sizes for Belleza, Slink, Signature Gianni, TMP, Adam, and Aesthetic.   This set costs 199L at the in-world store.

━━━━━━━━  MODELS:  Steve & Sarah Waverider   ━━━━━━━━

  Photo location:  Amani Resort playground  

 

━━━━━━━━  Steve’s outfit  ━━━━━━━━

Shirt:  “Beard Season ~ Men’s Jersey Tank ~ Blue” by Aurora’s Closet

Pants:  “Stovepipe Jeans – Stone” by Slink

Beard & Moustache:  “Inkubator Beard – Harold” by Action

Skin:  “Marcello/Mocha/360 Waves” by Ooh-la-licious

Mesh Body:  “Physique (male body)” by Slink

Hat:  “Oversized Beanie (grey)” by INDI Designs

Eyes:  “Green eyes” by JStyLe

Bracelets:  “Man bracelet” by JStyLe

Tattoos:  “Skulls (H13003)” by Letis Tattoo

 

  ━━━━━━━━  Sarah’s outfit  ━━━━━━━━

Shirt:  “Movember Mustache Fall Sweater Off Shoulder” by #bubbles

Pants & Shoes:  “Gunna Get Me Some Happy” Jeans & Ugg Boots (Pastels) by Pink Pearl Designs

Skin:  “Niska : 6 – Cinnamon” by Lumae

Mesh Body:  “Fine Beauty” by Tonic

Hair: “Ambriel” by TRUTH

Eyes:  “Intense Eyes-Grey” by Curves

 

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Queen for a day

One of the joys of Second Life is that you can pretend to be anything you want, even royalty!   I was able to do this for many years as a Princess, a Queen, and also an Empress.  While style and class were very important to me, I made it a point to never let the title get the better of me.  At the end of the day, when I logged off, I was still a regular person, and the personality I have in real life needed to  shine in the virtual world.  Still, I rather enjoyed the stories of castles, dueling knights, royal engagements, decisions regarding conflict, and the general comradery amongst my Queendom/Empire constituents and those of other royal lands.  The memories and friendships will be cherished for a lifetime.

In this blog post, I decided to go for a more refined look, as opposed to my usual “hippie diva” attire.   My manicure is from ~*Moolala*~, and it can be found during the Jerky Turkey hunt going on now, until November 30th (prizes are 1L each).   There are two fingernail HUDs included, for Maitreya and Omega.   The hint for this location is “Love the life you live to love!”

Manicure:   Jerky Turkey Hunt 2017 fingernail HUDs gift from ~*Moolala*~

Shirt:  “Michelle” Cropped Sweater by Hilly Haalan

Scarf:  “Gift Scarf” by Hilly Haalan

Pants:  “Armelia (Dusky Pink capris)” by Aurora’s Closet

Mesh Body:  “Lara” by Maitreya

Hair:  “Olivia” by enVOGUE

Skin:  ” Niska : 6 – Cinnamon” by Lumae

Eyes:  “Turquesa” by JStyLe

Glasses:  “HOC – Rectangle Framed Glasses ” by Guu Nishi

Hand poses:  shi.s.poses hand poses

Photoshoot location:  Amani Resort

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Candy Girl

If I were to say that I had an addiction to anything, it would be sweets.  I LOVE candy!   The sweeter, the better.  Chocolate, fruit flavored, sour — you name it.    So I fell in love with the Dollypop sim, which is just as sweet as the soda that flows in its streams.   You can feel like a little kid again in the play area, or lounge by the beach sipping your favorite bubbly pop!  An ice cream shop awaits you if you aren’t ready for Summer to end, and there is refreshment galore!   It’s still under construction, but worth a visit for those who love a delicious end to Summer!

In this blog post, I am wearing the pink version of the “Armelia” ladies camo outfit by Aurora’s Closet.  You can find the full version, with 8 camo textures for 299L.    Each individual set is 199L.   It’s the perfect attire for a walk with your sweetie, or for working out.   The capri pants show off all of your beautiful curves, while the top gives a bit of a flash of the underside of your bosom.  The sneakers raises your feet to walk tall & proud, or kick them off & wear this outfit to lounge in.  Comfy & soft, it’s perfect for the upcoming Autumn nights!

Featured (from the Marketplace listing):

Top: 5 Classic & Fitmesh Sizes with Alpha Layer plus Belleza Freya, Isis & Venus, Slink Hourglass & Physique, Tonic Curvy & Fine, TMP, Maitreya & Ebody.

Bottoms: 5 Classic & Fitmesh Sizes with Alpha Layer 
plus Slink, Belleza and Maitreya.

Sneakers: For a High Foot in Slink, Belleza and Maitreya.

 

Outfit: “Armelia” by Aurora’s Closet

“Armelia” – SL location

“Armelia” – Marketplace link (rating: Adult)

Hair: “Elie” by TRUTH in Candy tones (August VIP gift)

Mesh Body:   “Lara” by Maitreya

Sim location:  dOllYpOp!

 

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