Summer Reign

Summer has officially arrived (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), and when the days get hotter, many people want rain!  Sometimes, like today, our wish does get granted –  many times over!    In my part of the real world (Alabama), we spent most of the day drenched in rain, but given the recent temperatures, it was a welcomed relief… even if it did come with a Tornado Watch/Warning.   It is just a reminder that Mother Nature will always reign supreme, no matter the season, and it’s always best to be careful what you wish for.  🙂  Still, the rain can be calming, and provide a relaxing end to a Summer day.

In this blog post, I am wearing the “Olive Top {Tie Dye}”, created by ~*Moolala*, for this month’s The Darkness Event (which is going on until June 30th).  There is also a Dark version available with skulls.  The Tie Dye version comes with a HUD which features 11 texture options.  It comes in six mesh sizes:   Slink (Hourglass and Physique),  Maitreya (Lara), Ebody,  Large, and Small.  I am wearing the top made for Maitreya, and I didn’t have to do any adjustments with my alpha HUD for my mesh body.

Top:  “Olive Top – {Tie Dye}” by ~*Moolala*~, for The Darkness Event

Shorts:  “Cossy – Blue” by Blueberry

Mesh Body:  “Lara” by Maitreya

Skin:  “Niska – 6 – Cinnamon // Petals” by LUMAE

Hair:  “No_Manhattan (Browns)” by No.Match

Jewelry:  “Lora” (earrings) and “Peace & Love” (necklace) by EarthStones

Boots:  “Festival Wellington Boots – Multi Texture” by [The Mesh Cloud]

Pose set:  “Girl and Umbrella. Poses. Full Perm” by <K & S >

Weather HUD:  “Real Rain – Rain Effects on Floor” by Brazilian Surf

Firestorm Sky Preset:  “Ambient White” (5:30 pm)

Sim location:  Amani Resort (opening mid July 2017)

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Warm Nights

We are mid way through June, and where I live,  Summer officially starts in about a week.  Of course, in Alabama, the temperatures are already in the 90’s during the day, and the nights are pretty warm.  Just a few months ago, your feet could be met with cold temperatures at night, but now, your skin is greeted with water that feels as warm as the sun.     In Second Life, I enjoy laying out on the beach with the nighttime sky filters, because it creates a nice contrast against the bright colors of swimwear and lounge chairs.     The perfect Yin to the Summer Yang ..it’s Heaven.

In this post, I am wearing the “Zara Kini”, created by ~*Moolala*~, which is currently featured at the Jersey Shore Beach Bling Carnival until June 30th.    It comes with two options for textures –   11 striped colors and 10 non-striped colors.    It has two standard fits (large and short), along with the fits for the following mesh bodies:    Ebody,  Maitreya – Lara, and Slink – Physique & Hourglass.  Crisscrossed straps in the front, and regular straps in the back , help show off your curves, while the bikini coverage still leaves enough to the imagination to turn all heads at the beach!

Swimwear:  “Zara Kini” by ~*Moolala*~, featured at Jersey Shore Beach Bling Carnival

Mesh body:  “Lara” by Maitreya

Skin:  ” Niska : 6 – Cinnamon” by Lumae

Hair:  “Ambriel” by TRUTH (June’s VIP gift)

Sim location:   The Dreamer’s Island

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What a BEACH!

It’s Summertime, and you can’t have Summer without going to the beach, even if it’s just in the virtual world!  One of my favorites is Cape San Blas, which is part of the Second Life surfing community.   What I like most about it is that it’s a fairly quiet sim, that is perfect for practicing your surf techniques, spending time with that special loved one, or just relaxing by a fire while the sounds of the waves relax you.    If you are lucky enough to rent a cottage here, then this serene oasis awaits you every day.

In this blog post, I am wearing the “Tyra” outfit by ~*Moolala*~, which was created for the FitMesh Designers Expose’ (that runs until June 30th).   The Asian style halter top comes with 12 texture options in the HUD, and the waist high shorts, which are a bit cheek-y, comes with a 7 texture options HUD.    The mesh size are as follows:  Classic Fit (XXS, XS, S, M, L),  Maitreya (Lara), Belleza (Freya, Isis, and Venus), Slink (Physique and Hourglass), and The Mesh Project.   I am wearing the outfit that is sized for Belleza – Freya, and I didn’t have to do any adjustments with my alpha layers.

Outfit:  “Tyra” by ~*Moolala*~, for the FitMesh Designers Expose’

Mesh Body:  “Freya” by Belleza

Skin: “Niska : 6 – Cinnamon ” by Lumae

Hair:  “Mackenzie” (FLF Exclusive) by Wasabi Pills

Sky setting: “Bree’s Appleblossom”  (Firestorm)  

Sim location: Cape San Blas Beach

 

 

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Daydream

One of my favorite sims in Second Life is called “Black Kite”.  It is a privately owned sim, which does have public access for shopping and photography.  The lighting is calming, which is perfect for just lounging around & daydreaming.   It’s a surreal environment, that almost reminds you of something out of a fairy tale.  The blues and greens relax you, while the bright clouds compliment the greyscale shades to provide just the right ambience of serenity.

In this blog post, I am wearing the “Penelope” dress, created by ~*Moolala*~, for the Stuff Style event, which runs until May 30th.   The bodice is princess style, and the long skirt hugs the curves in the most flattering way.   It comes with a texture HUD with nine options of blue, yellow, green, pink, purple, red, grey, white, and black.   This beautiful dress will fit the following mesh bodies:  Slink Hourglass & Physique,  Maitreya – Lara, The Mesh Project, Tonic Fine and Curvy, and Belleza (Isis and Venus).  I am wearing the Lara mesh body, by Maitreya, and the only adjustment that I needed to make on my alpha HUD was to black out the nipple area.

Dress:  “Penelope” by ~*Moolala*~, for the Stuff Style Event , through May 30th

Mesh body:  “Lara” by Maitreya

Skin:  “Niska : 6 – Cinnamon :: Petals {Freck/DarkBrow}” by Lumae

Hair:  “Lila – Reds04” by TRUTH

Shoes:  “Begonia” by Glamistry

Sim location:  Black Kite  

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Sweet victory!

For those who don’t know, I battled two forms of cancer (lung and ovarian) over the last few years.  Friday, May 19th, was my last day of the battle, and I am officially cancer free!  I couldn’t be happier about the news!     Second Life is currently hosting a home and garden expo, benefiting Relay For Life, from May 19th to June 4th.   All proceeds from the products, made by many talented creators, go to help raise money for cancer research in real life.

One of the sponsors is Suzy’s Bakery, who has made many delicious treats to appease the taste buds of all!  There are:

Breast Cancer Cupcakes
Expo Chocolate Cake 
Expo Strawberry Cake 
Garlic Ice Cream Cone
Unicorn Cupcake

Be sure to stop by and support a great cause…and get some yummy desserts too!

Sim location:  Suzy’s Bakery @ RFL H&G Expo 2017 – Sponsored by BeYou 

SL Home & Garden Expo web site

Facebook page for SL Home & Garden Expo

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Promise

Today is a truly sad day in the music world:  Chris Cornell, best known as the lead singer for the band, Soundgarden, passed away.   Being someone who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, I became familiar with his music after Soundgarden’s album,  “Superunknown”, was released.   I was already emerged in the grunge music scene (thanks to bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Nirvana), but this record stuck out the most.   The growls and emotion could not be topped by many, and the songs’ topics helped connect to so many, because we could relate.  During my darkest days with depression, I would listen to Soundgarden on repeat, and I felt as though their songs were my therapy.    Chris worked with many talented musicians over the years, but my favorite has to be when he made the song “Promise” with Slash (formerly of Guns & Roses).    This part of the chorus stuck out the most:

“Promise me
You won’t let them put out your fire”

I promise, Chris.

Rest In Peace.

Wikipedia bio for Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell discography

Youtube video: “Promise” – Slash featuring Chris Cornell

  “Promise” lyrics

Sim location:  Countryside  

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Ode to my mother

Today is Mother’s Day in my part of the world, and this is the first time where it’s a joyous & somber occasion.  My mom passed away in March, and while I am saddened by her sudden passing, I try to keep my depression at bay with fond memories of her loving nature, and her love of nature.  She found the beauty in so many things, that most would overlook.  Her biggest ambition was to help those who needed a voice of justice.  She was proud that I served in the military, but she was even more proud of  my sons, for overcoming every obstacle that was put in their way.    Little things like a bird singing when I am crying, or finding her favorite flavor of wine in a store, reminds me that she is never far away, even though her life on Earth has come to an end.  Her legacy will forever live on.

In this blog ,  I am wearing the “Blossom” dress, created by ~*Moolala*~, available now at the store.  With a breezy tank top and a slimming mini skirt, it’s simply adorable, and perfectly made for Summer outings.    The top and skirt both have fourteen floral patterns, and seven solid patterns, via the texture HUD, to create all sorts of beautiful combinations.      It is available in the following mesh sizes:   Fitmesh, Ebody,  Maitreya- Lara, Slink (Hourglass and Physique), and Belleza (Freya, Isis, and Venus).   I am currently wearing the one for Lara, and I didn’t need to make any adjustments with my alpha HUD.    Due to the skirt size, I would advise using the pelvic alpha options, or a panties texture.

Outfit:  “Blossom” dress by ~*Moolala*~

Mesh body:  “Lara” by Maitreya

Skin:  “Niska : 6 – Cinnamon :: Petals {Freck/DarkBrow}” by Lumae

Hair:  “No Waste” by No.Match, at the HairOLogy event

Jewelry:  “Big Hoop Earrings” by Âɖяίαɲα (adriana.arun)

Sim location:   Calas Galadhon Park Sims  

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