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  


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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Spaced Out

One of the most fascinating topics , in my opinion, is outer space.  There is so much that we know, and even more that we don’t know.  Our knowledge helps us understand the world around us, and our imagination explores its own questions & wonders.       The sim that I visited is called “Sagan Planetarium”, named after the late astronomer, Carl Sagan.  He constantly reminded us that there is more to the universe than what our eyes can see;  we just have to be open to the idea that somewhere out there, another life form could be wondering the same about us.

In this blog, I am wearing the “Estrella” dress, created by ~*Moolala*~, available from now until May 30th at The Darkness Event.    This cute mini dress has an out-of-this-world starry pattern, available in 7 colors on the texture HUD.   The skirt stops mid-thigh, to expose plenty of leg, and the halter top closes with a strap down the middle of your back, to show off the universal appeal of your shoulders.  This comes in 5 Fitmesh sizes, along with sizes that fit the following mesh bodies:   Belleza (Venus, Isis , and Freya), Maitreya (Lara), and Slink (Physique and Hourglass).   I am wearing the dress for “Lara”,  and I didn’t have to make any adjustments with my alpha HUD.

Dress:  “Estrella” by ~*Moolala*, for The Darkness Event

Mesh body: “Lara” by Maitreya

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

Hair: “Kare” by TRUTH (group gift for May)

Eyes: “Eyes of the World” by EarthStones

Anklet/Shoes:  “Leaf Lullaby – Black ( for Maitreya)” by Roped Passions

Sim location:  Sagan Planetarium

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A fine time to dine

In real life, one of my favorite places to go to eat are what many call “Mom & Pop” diners, “Hole In The Wall” restaurants, etc.   To me, there is just something wonderfully nostalgic and comforting about them.   The prices are sometimes higher than what you would pay at a fast food restaurant, but the quality of the food more than makes up for it.   I prefer to visit them during “down times”, when most patrons have already been served during the usual dining hours.   In Second Life, you have a bit of an advantage, as more & more diners are opening up, but some are still quiet and quaint.   Em’s Cafe is no exception.  It’s just off the road in the southeast corner of the CiChild Sim, and while you may be the only one visiting at the time, it welcomes you to stay a while & take a break from your virtual adventures.   You can enjoy a chat with friends, have a cup of coffee, go online, write a letter, or even shop for the cutest decor inside the Yard Sale.  It’s truly a treasure, and not to be overlooked.

In this blog post, I am wearing the “Oceana” dress by Aurora’s Closet.   A light and breezy design is perfect for Spring, and the buckles on either side of the torso are cute & sassy.  The skirt part of the dress flares out, but not so much that you have to make a lot of adjustments while seated.   It comes with a texture HUD, with 8 beautiful pastel colors (I am wearing the green/teal).    It will fit most avatars, due to it including the following mesh fits:  Classic & Fitmess (alpha layer included), The Mesh Project, Ebody, Maitreya, Tonic (Fine & Curvy), Slink (Physique & Hourglass), and Belleza (Isis, Freya, and Venus).   It is currently on sale on Marketplace for 239L (link is below).

Dress:  “~ Oceana ~ Ladies Buckle Flare Dress with HUD” by Aurora’s Closet

Mesh Body:  “Lara” version 4.1 by Maitreya

Skin:  “Niska” (Cinnamon) by Lumae

Hair:  “Independent Women” (in dark reds) by Exile

Shoes:  “Begonia” by Glamistry

Glasses:  “Red Argyle Glasses ” (for females) by The Vintage Touch

Sim location:  Em’s Cafe


Happy anniversary!

Today is my one year anniversary with WordPress!   Even though I have had to take a lot of break from blogging over the past 12  months, I have thoroughly enjoyed creating posts about some of my favorite stores in Second Life.  It gives me a chance to work out a new look for my avatar, as well as discover beautiful & intriguing sims that I always want to revisit.  Thank you , dear readers, for all of your help & support!


Food For Thought

A friend of mine recently told me about the Ristorante Ivanna, which is a brilliant Italian themed restaurant, located on the Water Haven sim.     It’s a self service establishment, that is perfect for dates, or just taking a break from a busy day.    The decor is romantic and inviting, and the choice of dining animations are very realistic.   Of course, I had to have a cup of coffee while creating this blog, as I usually do, and that was available as well.  For those wanting something with a bit more kick, there is also a bar inside the building, where you can dish out your woes to the bartender, or nourish your taste buds with the variety of meals.

In this blog post, I am wearing the current group gift for ~*Moolala*~ called “Boobie Tattoo Top”.  There are 5 mesh sizes;  XS, S, M, L, and XL.    Due to my personal shape, I am wearing the XL top, with my Maitreya-Lara mesh body.   The only adjustments I had to make was to hide the nipples via the alpha HUD.   This top fits most mesh bodies, and covers enough in the front to wear to even a PG rated sim, but also shows enough on the sides and in the back to give a sexy view.  The Asian tattoo texture gives a graceful nod to the Oriental culture.    To receive wonderful group gifts such as this, be sure to visit ~*Moolala*~ ‘s store today!

Top:  “Boobie Tattoo Top” – group gift from ~*Moolala*~

Jeans:  “Tink -Ocean” for Maitreya, by Blueberry

Mesh body:  “Lara (v4.1) ” by Maitreya

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

Hair: “No_Smoke” by No.Match

Eyes:  “Eyes of the World ~ Earthday Birthday Gift” by EarthStones

Glasses:  “Rectangle Framed Glasses #001”  by Guu Nishi

Sim:  Ristorante Ivanna – Italian restaurant


Embrace the Darkness

One of the most intriguing aspects of Second Life is embracing what many would consider their “dark side”.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be something macabre;   it can just be admitting that you love “the strange and the unusual”, as mentioned by Lydia Deetz in the movie, Beetlejuice.  For me, it’s the dreary overcast of a storm, the soul shattering intensity that only comes from thunder, the way in which a storm’s wind can make you second guess your safety for only just a moment…and the rewarding relief when it’s over.  To know that you survived, you conquered a fear while observing something beautiful and powerful.

In this blog post, I am wearing “Morgana”, created by ~*Moolala*~, exclusively for The Darkness Event, which is going on now until April 30th.  The halter top comes in 10 colors, and the bow intertwined in the collar has 9 color choices, along with 3 metal choices.  The metal for the belt has 3 option as well, and the top and pants can be controlled with a HUD.    The top fits all three Belleza mesh bodies (Freya, Isis, and Venus), Maitreya’s “Lara” , as well as both of the Slink mesh bodies (Physique and Hourglass).   The leather pants has 5 Fitmesh sizes (XS, S, M, L, and XL), one size for Maitreya, and non specific sizes for Slink and Belleza.  I am wearing the “Freya” body for Belleza, and I have included snapshots of my alpha layer adjustments.  Your results may differ.

Outfit:   “Morgana” by ~*Moolala*~, for The Darkness Event

Mesh Body:  “Freya” by Belleza

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

Eyes:   “Destiny Eyes – Maya (M)” by IKON

Hair:  “Gemma” (dark reds) by Analog Dog Hair

Glasses:  “HOC – Rectangle Framed Glasses #001”  by Guu Nishi

Photo sim location: DIY photo studio at Blue Kiss


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