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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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Fabulously Fit

The virtual world offers a variety of avatar styles for every creator.  There are times when a person , like myself, finds motivation to get healthier by bridging the real life world with the pixel world.  Studies have shown that when someone makes their avatar work out at a gym, even just watching their virtual persona “get fit” is encouragement for the real life person to do the same.   You can make your avatar run on a treadmill, and even earn “fitness points” while you do the same in real life.   It is also kind of fun to watch the expressions on the avatar’s face while doing exercises like boxing, because they perfectly mimic our faces.

In this post, I am wearing the “Pretty Hard Catch” butterfly top, created by ~*Moolala*~, for the Hard Catch Hunt.   It is made for the Lara mesh body, by Maitreya, but you may be able to fit it on a different mesh body with some adjustments to your alpha HUD.   I am wearing the Lara mesh body, and this top fit perfectly.   It’s perfectly paired with my workout/yoga shorts, but would look great with jeans or a skirt as well.

Top:  “Pretty Hard Catch” for the Hard Catch Hunt, by ~*Moolala*~

Shorts:  “Sylvia” shorts (black) by Blueberry

Mesh body:  “Lara” mesh body by Maitreya

Hair:  “Dasha” (reds) by TRUTH

Shoes:  “URBAN SWAG – Wedge Sneakers” by Mesh Agency

Boxing gloves:  “Boxing Poses – Single Poses” by Purple Poses 

Sim location:  8 Mile Gym

 

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Fashionista

“Fashionista” –  a word frequently used in Second Life.   In a virtual world, you can be the model of your dreams, wearing fabulous clothing, in styles that could rival the real life runway.   When you walk down a flight of stairs, or strut around on the catwalk, all eyes are on you …you’re the star, holding the attention of adoring fans.  The moment you arrive is talked about, whether on time or fashionably late.   Everything from your hair to your shoes is on point, and the smallest detail is never overlooked.   Your attire could be talked about for days, or immortalized in a magazine article.   It will be remembered;  you will be the Talk Of The Town.

In this blog post, I am wearing the “Ashton” dress, created by ~*Moolala*~, for The Darkness Chamber Fair, which runs from now until July 22nd.   It is a cocktail dress with a low cut bodice, that is sexy , and still leaves plenty to the imagination.   There are 10 polka dot textures on the HUD, for the front of the dress.   It is made to fit the eBody, Maitreya (Lara), and Slink (Hourglass and Physique) mesh bodies, and also comes in Large and Small sizes.     I am wearing the Lara mesh body by Maitreya, and due to my personal avatar shape, I had to make some adjustments with my alpha HUD.   You may not need to do this, but I have included a screenshot, in case your avatar is on the curvy side, like mine.

Dress:  “Ashton” by ~*Moolala*~, at The Darkness Chamber Fair until July 22nd

Hair:  “Forever Yours” by EXILE

Eyes:  “Eyes Of The World” by EarthStones

Skin:  ” Niska : 6 – Cinnamon” by Lumae

Mesh Body:  “Lara” by Maitreya

Shoes:  “Begonia” by Glamistry

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

Sim location:  Finesmith, Inc. free photo studio

 

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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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