Living in the Aftershock of Someone Else’s Earthquake — Longreads

A decade after her mother’s death, Ashley Abramson reflects on being raised by a parent addicted to opioids.

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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!



The Mystery

The thoughts, the stare, the allure.  The wild side.   Is it dangerous?  Will it break your heart, or leave you wanting more all the same?  Could you resist?  Would you even want to?  A dark place with a warm, inviting smile that awaits you…

In this blog post, I am wearing “Tia” , which can now be found at ~*Moolala*, and purchased for 89L.  It includes a 12 texture HUD, with a ferocious striped pattern.   This seductive cocktail dress fit Slink (Physique & Hourglass),  Maitreya (Lara), Ebody, and also comes with two standard sizes. I am wearing it with my Maitreya-Lara mesh body, and I didn’t need to make any adjustments, though you may want to use an alpha option or panties in the lower half.

Dress:  “Tia” by ~*Moolala*~ 


Mesh body:  “Lara” by Maitreya

Skin:  ” Niska : 6 – Cinnamon :: Petals” by Lumae

Hair:  “Elie” (group gift) from TRUTH

Necklace & earrings:  “Peace & Love” by EarthStones

Sim location:  Blue Kiss photo studio



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




“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



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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