Merry and Bright

You know? I thought it would be at least another week or two before the cheesy/schmoopy holiday spirit started taking over. Chalk it up to several years working in retail; December First hasn’t been the beginning of my holiday season for at least a decade.

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Life can be funny, though. Now that I’m watching my nephews full-time while their parents are busy being industrious, productive members of society, my world is smaller than it used to be but also more encompassing than I could have imagined. Through the eyes of a one year old and a three year old, life is full of amazingly entertaining things! It is joyful, sweet, and pure. Mostly. They are little boys, after all, and fart noises are apparently hilarious at any age.😉

This outfit came together in about as long as it takes to sing your favourite holiday tune. I was already playing around with Aisling‘s new Miris dress (brand new at the December round of We❤ Role Play) and Aethia boots (ditto for We❤ and I am going to wear the HECK out of these things forever) when Lucky and I started taking out our latest and our wackiest finds from the newest round of The Arcade. We had a big laugh when I equipped my flying gingerbread cookie from Howl and from there, well, it was a hop, skip, and a jump to decking myself out in Santa colours and taking to the skies!

We❤ Role Play Opens at 1pm, December 4th and Closes December 31st, 2016.
The Arcade Opens December 1st and Closes December 31st,  2016.

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley ~ New @ Uber (until December 23rd)
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: (NO) Art Nails  – For SLINK hands – Reindeer ~ Nylon Pinkney ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Makeup: !Musa! Eyeshadow Raxy ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Hair: Exile:: Snow Fall ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)

Dress & Sleeves: .aisling. Miris ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)
Boots: .aisling. Aethia ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Ring 1: Kibitz – Christmas ring 1 – gold ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Ring 2: (Yummy) Snowflake Rings – Delicate ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)Ring 3: Kibitz – Christmas ring 2 – gold ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Catkin – necklace – black ~ Plurabelle Laszlo ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

COOKIE: Howl– Flying Gingerbread Cookies X-mas 1 ~ Gacha Item ~ Worusaai ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)
Pose: SLC SS Pose Night Breeze for Portrait Group A (06) ~ Manmoth Nishi ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

 

We <3 Winter

I’ve been thinking about time a great deal lately. About the way my life has been changing and how much I wish I was able to hold onto some parts of my past, carrying them, along with all the wonderful newness, into the future with me.

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I didn’t realize exactly how important photography was to me until I didn’t have the time for it any longer. It was a lack that I sensed in the back of my mind most days but as there wasn’t much I could do about it, I set my jaw and carried on as best I could. I became used to it. I almost gave up blogging altogether.

But then previews for the new round of We❤ Role Play started showing up in my notices and I realized that I have such an attachment to this event. I remember the first ever round of We❤ RP and, like many other SLers, I’ve watched it grow to become one of the best monthly events anywhere. I am proud of it and of all the people, past and present, that have worked so hard to coordinate some of the most talented designers and, month after month, bring such beauty and imagination into Second Life. In some small way, I feel as if it’s my event, which is ridiculous, but true.

Maybe winter is the time of year for nostalgia, for reminiscence, and that’s all right. All I know now is that, even after crashing about twenty times today, I wasn’t going to let this shot get away from me. I’ve missed taking photographs as much as I’ve missed styling and writing about things that matter.

In other words: I can’t quit you, We❤. You mean too much to me.

We❤ Role Play Opens at 1pm, December 4th and Closes December 31st, 2016.

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Diana Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley ~ New @ Uber (until December 23rd)
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere

Hair: MINA & EF – Harmony – Blonds ~ Mina Nakamura & Empyreanforge ~ New @ FaMESHed (until December 27th)

Dress: *Sweet Kajira*Neus Fitted Dress & Foulard Blue Maitreya ~ Bronte Denja ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)

Necklace: *Sweet Kajira*Neus Fitted Necklace ~ Bronte Denja ~ NEW GIFT @ We❤ Role Play (until December 31st)
Ring: (Yummy) Snowflake Rings – Marquise – Diamond RARE ~ Polyester Partridge ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until December 31st)

Pose: *PosESioN* Ivyana 7 ~ Dahriel

Trees: Heart – Wildwood – Ancient Hawthorn – Lilith Heart ~ New @ FaMESHed (until December 27th)
Grass: LB_Grass{Winter} ~ Cari McKeenanSnow: [PM]Pixel Mode – Snow Forms ~ Tya Fallingbridge ~ New @ FaMESHed (until December 27th)
Sim Surround: Y.B -sim surround landscape Dolina pine snow ~ Yony Bing

Moments

I’ve had my moments, days in the sun
Moments I was second to none
Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like the day I walked away from the wine
For a woman who became my wife
And a love that, when it was right,
Could always see me through
Lookin’ at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments

Emerson Drive – Moments

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Yep. I know, this photo does not really show what we are wearing, the look on our faces, or anything I would normally do for a blog. That my friends is my point here. This photo and post is about the feeling. I’ve seen a lot of posts over the last month talking about “blogger requirements.” Those things being having to post a certain amount, needing a specific number of Flickr views, and followers. I understand that it’s a business thing and that the creators want to get the biggest audience they can. The issue for me is when the requirements are so tight that it truly sucks the enjoyment out of what you’re doing. Continue reading

Perspectives II

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about Perspectives and how each of us can have such a different view even when looking at the same things. I’ve done a couple of shots and posts on my own since that one and while I was happy with the way they turned out, neither has really hit that spot. You know the one that just feels right? Portia and I sat down the other night, to once again try out our perspectives on a photo. Same pose, place, and styling, but completely different shots.

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The Madness

Music. The soundtrack of our lives? It’s probably true for most of us, at least in my opinion. I’ve always used it as a tool of some sort. Whether it amped me up for raid, galvanized me for some struggles on the horizon, or just plain relaxed me at late hours of the night. It’s my therapy.

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“The other side of fear is freedom
the other side of pain is healin’
The madness keeps me from the other side
The truth a lie
The shame the Glory
The love the hate
an endless story
The Madness”

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Creative Slumber

Lately I have been struggling seriously with ideas and creativity overall. It’s driven me absolutely nuts because I -want- to do things, take pictures, make posts, but I just can’t find ideas. I’m hoping that doing something simple will help break the ice.

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Breathe It In

Gosh, I can’t remember the last time I allowed myself the pleasure of doing a headshot.

It is a pleasure, though, and feels somewhat like a vacation from the sorts of scenes and compositions I usually put together. I love the big shots, don’t get me wrong, with credits that are longer than my actual blog post, but it’s nice to cam in closer. To do something simpler. To let a the picture be what it wants to be instead of what you need.

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Blogging can be difficult, stressful, and frustrating at times, especially when RL decides to jump into the mix and take away most of our free time. Lately, I’ve taken to sneaking online in the middle of the night – you know how it is when you wake up to get that glass of water, stretch your legs, etc. – just to get an hour of interruption-free PhotoShop time.

To take pictures like this one and just breathe it in.

We❤ Role Play Opens October 4th and Closes October 30th

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Christy Rose Pale *Catwa Appliers* ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie 4.9 ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere
Makeup Appliers: !Musa! Eyeshadow Laura Light (Omega) ~ Filomena Quinnell ~ NEW @ We❤ RP (until October 31st)

Hair: Exile::Hot ~ Kavar Cleanslate ~ Gacha Item

Top: N-Uno – Sheila Dress // N 4 // Maitreya ~ Numer0Un0 ~ NEW @ We❤ RP (until October 31st)

Accessories: *N*KOMURASAKI HAIR ACCESSORIES / NECK WHITE ~ Taiko McCaw ~ NEW @ We❤ RP (until October 31st)

Pose: SLC SS Pose Coastline ~ manmoth Nishi

Perspectives

Have you ever taken a break from Second Life? What was it like coming back after whatever amount time you were away? Portia and I took about a month and a half away because of real life changes and the new WoW expansion launching. The WoW thing being more my side of things as I had to get ready for more raiding. She’s been taking care of her lovely nephews most of the week and I’ve quite enjoyed the Skype time I’ve gotten with those little guys. Truly awesome to see the interaction that a one year old can have with you even from that far away.

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There’s a Time and a Place for Everything

Good morning, bloggies!

I have been sitting on this outfit concept for, I kid you not, a couple of weeks. It started with the most incredible pair of leather pants (you can see them below) from Moon Elixir and, sure, it might have spiralled out of control from there. >.>

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The thing is .. I really love mixing and matching. Very few things make me happier than taking a bunch of different wardrobe pieces and throwing them together in new and exciting ways! Well, exciting for me at least.😉 Some outfits are like puzzles and it takes a while to figure out exactly what I want to do with them – this outfit in particular started off with a fantastic fur coat from Birdy, the Moon Elixir pants that I may just wear forever, and my nude Murray shades that I can’t for the life of me remember where I bought them but I’m SO GLAD I DID. Aside from these pieces, I must have swapped out half a dozen tops and a million other accessories before landing on this particular combination .. but I’m glad I did.🙂 AND I’m glad I waited until Uber hit this month so I could work in .Shi’s wicked new Binah hair!

Some things really DO come out better if you wait for the proper time.❤

The Arcade Opens September 1st and closes September 30th*
We❤ Role Play Opens September 4th and closes September 30th*
Shiny Shabby Opens September 20th and closes October 15th
Uber Opens September 25th and closes October 23rd

~ Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Lara Hurley-Christy Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Head: CATWA HEAD Annie ~ Catwa Clip
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Ears: ^^Swallow^^ Ears Elf HD – High Definition ~ Luciayes Magic ~ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (until Oct. 15th)
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant ~ Siddean Munro
Nail Appliers: [LB French Soft] *Slink & Omega* Manicure ~ Santana Lumiere

Hair: .Shi : Binah / ~ Joy Laperriere ~ NEW @ Uber (until Oct. 23rd)

Coat: Birdy –  Fur Coat  – Maitreya – White ~ Tyr Rozenblum ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (until Sept. 30th*)
Pants: Moon Elixir  – Rebel – Pants – Maitreya ~ Elixirblack ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until Sept. 30th*)
Chestlace: .aisling. Viralia Style 2 – MAITREYA Lara – Damian Kleiner ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until Sept. 30th*)

Sunglasses: MURRAY- Marion Sunglasses / Mesh ~ Oliviamurray
Earrings: Zibska ~ Dalka Earrings ~ Zib Scaggs ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until Sept. 30th*)
Bracelets: *League* Wanderer -Oak- Bracelet -Hand (Discs) ~ Nena Janus
Ring Set: :[P]:- Kerraleth  Rings [-Sl.Elegant] ~ Aikea Rieko ~ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (until Oct. 15th)
Ring: SPELL : Elowen Ring ~ Iakua Arriaga ~ Gacha Item
Cigarette: .06 [ kunst ] – Short Cigarette Holder (hand) ~ Kunst Himmel ~ Gacha Item ~

Pose: an lar [poses] The Odessa Series – Four ~ Katya Valeska ~ NEW @ We❤ Role Play (until Sept. 30th*)

Location: Kessel – AFTER THE FALL

*Events are closing in a few days – MAKE HASTE! :O