When Sarah came to town

Sarah outfir by Azul

When Sarah came to town it was by mid day train,

it was usually late but on that day it was perfectly on time

When Sarah came to town it was if time stopped still and so did I,

she stood on the platform in a chic city type two tone outfit ,

of black and pale pink from the tip of her high heeled shoes to the top of her huge floppy hat.

When Sarah came to town she stepped off the train and looked around

then she took off her hat and looked at me with violet eyes sparkling with mischief.

When Sarah came to town it was as if everything else faded into the background

and all I could see ..was Sarah.

When Sarah came to town

Azul has released Sarah in a range of colors, this Sakura and black combination is limited to  buying on the Marketplace , for other colors head to the mainstore.

Other details: .LeLutka.Head.Simone 3.0, Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1, Alix honey [ the Skinnery], [theSkinnery] Copacabana Lipstick Kit (LeLutka Applier), Hair is the current VIP group gift from TRUTH / Elie, and eyes are Avi Glam Lucent eyes Amethyst ( Lelutka applier). Shoes are Hortensia heels from Glamistry and the purse is an old gacha item {Back in 1930} Purse Pink, Belle Epoque. Poses used: Shy Chic, Picture This and location is  Chelsea by the Sea ( SLurl; http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Balamb%20Garden/91/195/24 ).

Azul on Marketplace: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/11590
SLurl to Azul: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/joia%20azul/128/128/1103

SLurl to Avi Glam: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dallas%20County/86/93/1522

 

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Puddlejumper

Puddlejumper

Rain rain go away, come again another day..

Singing in the rain

Spring seems so far away in New Zealand as the winter rains pelt down against my window for the 4th day in a row.. I look at the SL summer fashions and sigh. Some days it’s harder to be excited about bikinis and tiny shorts when all you see outside are banks of grey clouds. So I decided to have a little fun with several items from this month’s round of C88, with lots of bright and pastel plastics why surely I could enjoy splashing about in the rain!

Dreaming of Spring

Another close up to show off these Vivid eyes from Avi Glam, I actually purchased this pair before reading that Avi Glam was accepting blogger applications. These are a new to me color called Darkwood which are a rich and complex brown with a hint of hazel to them.. and when they catch the light like this- just gorgeous! Remember that you can purchase the AG Vivid eyes as singles or a whopping big fatpack..you may start off buying one or two colors but trust me if you can get the fatpack you will not regret it!

Other details: my basic avi look is the Lelutka Simone bento head, Maitreya body, Alix, honey applier from the Skinnery. Hair is a newly released style from EMO-tions which you can find at August’s round of The Liaison Collaborative, the wide fabric headband is color changeable on the hud .  C88 clothing items; Tee*fy Layla Vinyl Skirt Long – White and Foxes – Becca – Lara – Vinyl Top – Blue . Other older items which you should be able to find at individual mainstores are: Addams – Mesh Rain Boots, alaskametro<3 “Lipslick” lip makeup – Lelutka HUD and Rainbow striped socks applier ( incl SLink, Belleza, Maitreya, omega), ripped pastel from Avi Candy. The BOOM  Rain no rain umbrella ( puppy) is a past gacha item and may not be easily available, but as it rains immediately around you when opened I couldn’t resist pulling it out for these photos.

Poses used are 24 carat from Double take and the location of the photoshoot was Rustic retreat : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/DYNASTY%20CITY/81/180/26

SLurl to Avi Candy: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Down%20Under/70/136/21

SLurl to Avi Glam: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dallas%20County/86/93/1522

SLurl to TLC ( EMO-tions hair release) : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Remarkable/232/184/23

Teardrops and my eyes

Teardrops headpiece, Zuri Jewelry + Vivi eyes- Amber, Avi Glam

I am very excited about having been accepted into the group of Avi Glam bloggers, as anyone who has been visiting my blog recently will attest I appear to have fallen head over heels for these eyes.  Not only are they beautifully rendered but they come in so many easy to use options. In these photos I am showing the recently released Vivid eyes, which are available to purchase in a fatpack or individual colors of which there are twenty. They range from  Frost, an almost white color through to a black version, Coal. I selected the Amber color and added some makeup from Alaskametro to emphasize the gorgeous color . Makeup used includes : London lipstick and On fleek palette  both by Alaskametro and both as Lelutka makeup options.

Something I especially appreciate with Avi Glam eyes is the different applier options included in a pack. You receive a pair of mesh eyes with a hud for these, plus if you use another type of mesh eyes eg those that come with some popular mesh heads- Catwa and Lelutka each of specific huds made for them but there is also an omega applier option included! I used the Lelutka applier option and as well as having the option to select eye size ( S, M, L), you can select to color eyes individually allowing you to create a look of heterochromia if you desire ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterochromia_iridum).

Teardrops and my eyes

The beautiful headpiece worn is one of the newly released Teardrop headpieces available at the Zuri Jewelry mainstore, this option is the Black diamond and Grape Amethyst version. Although I am not showing the earrings you will find that there are co-ordinating earrings also available.  This hairstyle from EMO-tions is called Pippa and is available at the current round of Enchantment. It comes with an optional headpiece of it’s own which I will show in another post soon. The gown worn is called Thalia and is a previous release from Zaara. Poses used are from the Citrine series from an lar [poses].

SLurl to Avi Glam: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dallas%20County/86/93/1522

SLurl to Zuri Jewelry: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jewels%20Isle/196/193/25

SLurl to Enchantment: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nymphai/182/88/2728

Sound of silence; finding serenity

Sound of silence- photo by Brysen Miller

Wrenched from family and familiar

twisted, turning, crashing earthbound.

Unnoticed yet underfoot-

color sleeping away with life’s blood,

layer after layer of flesh eroded.

A delicate filigree , uncovered

exposing what once pulsed with vitality

a framework shaken, breaking apart

unable to withstand

Mother Nature;

a return to womb

life force’d

underground.

Additional inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

Pose: Finding serenity, by Something New- props n poses ( Coming soon)

I would like to acknowledge and thank Brysen Miller, a dear friend who added his creative talents to this post with his photo, thank you.


The above writing was something that is very personal writing for me, but something that has been more on my mind of late. This was written on one of many nights when my mind wouldn’t settle, I was emotional, vulnerable and unsettled. My mother had passed away ( one month after we were told she had gastric cancer), I have always been close to my mother , but it was a difficult relationship at times . Due to the instability of her mental health there were many times in my life when I was her caretaker, her parent in some respects, her guardian in others. When she died there was an aspect of losing a part of me, not only in the loss of my beloved parent but in a way the framework that surrounded my life was shaken – no longer was her care the pivotal factor in my life.

On sharing this writing with a close friend she was concerned about my wellbeing, if that is a concern when you read this please be reassured that although there is a grieving in this writing it is also an embrace. My mother and I shared a love and connection with the natural world and the written word, so though she is physically no longer here I still feel enveloped by who she was as a person and a mother.

Xia, of Azul

Xia, Azul

Xia is the name of this sexy top and skirt combination from Azul, which you can currently find at the On9 event. Available in a range of 8 colors, be sure to head there to try a demo and pick up your favorite before the event closes at the end of the month. This fun hairstyle “No Champaign” is from No_Match, also at the On9 event, with the blonde packs being at a slightly lower price during the event.

I must confess when I was styling this outfit I was slightly inspired by Xena ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xena:_Warrior_Princess ) , though a rather glam, night club kind of warrior princess. The Isadora headband from Zuri Jewelry is in the display stands at mainstore, remember to wear your group tag when purchasing this and you will get a refund. The armbands are a gacha from Promagic and the shoes are Cleo from NCore.

Azul + No Match+ Zuri Jewelry

The stunning ocean hued Lucent eyes from Avi Glam are enhanced by makeup from Oceane Body Design : Eyeliners Fat Pack 1 – OMEGA  and Lovely Lipsticks FP 2 – Lelutka [HUD]. Oceane is the creator behind this dewy soft skin as well,  Gina skin Perle Omega [HUD], shown here on Lelutka Simone head.  In the last post I mentioned that this is currently available at the Mesh Body Addicts Fair – I will include the SLurl again below so you can try the demo.  Photolight used is Strawberry Singh’s Close up and poses I believe are from my collection of poses from oOo Studio.

SLurl to On9: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tropical%20Orchid/246/193/999

Slurl to Jewels Isle where you will find Zuri Jewelry and Oceane’s Body Design :http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jewels%20Isle/196/193/25

SLurl to Mesh Body Addicts Fair : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dragontail/126/130/25

Three maids from FGC

In this post I am bringing together three different looks with items from the current round of Fantasy Gacha carnival and a few different events around the grid. Check after each pair of photos for the details.

gO @ FGC+ EMO-tions

First up the sexy Idril dress in red which is a common in the gO machine (FGC), I’ve added the Anne single white Lily from a Lode gacha at Chapter 4 ( not current) the shoes from Breathe are also gacha wins.

Gina, Oceane Lelutka applier, EMO-tions + Lode

In all of these pictures I am wearing Gina a recent release from Oceane’s Body Design at the Mesh Body Addicts Fair. In this picture it’s Perle omega applier on Lelutka Simone. In the first picture I also added lipstick from Oceane’s Moon collection ( an earlier release). Other details include: Alanis hair, EMO-tions @ Hairology, Avi Glam appliers Elysian Onyx, poses used are Unforgettable from NanTra.

Isra, Poets Heart @ FGC+ EMO-tions + Oceane

This outfit is the Isra collection from Poet’s Heart , the bikini is one play, as is the pants/ sleeves combination ( available in 8 colors ), the Rares I am showing are the headpiece and veil.

Oceane+ EMO-tions + Avi Glam 2

Gina miele Catwa applier on the Catya ( Bento ) head with Maureen hair from EMO-tions ( previous release). Also from Oceane’s are these gorgeous mesh lashes made especially for wearing with Catwa mesh heads – these are the Mix and Match Ms La Fleur which really highlight the Serene Hazel eyes from Avi Glam ( mainstore) . Poses are from NanTra again, the Bardot collection.

 

SMD @ FGC+ EMO-tions

The final outfit to show from the current round of Fantasy Gacha Carnival is Psalm of Soraya Gown Set, this is one of the common color options, look at that gorgeous  lacing on the back.

Gina Catwa applier, Oceane + EMO-tions @ On9

Still wearing the Catya mesh head this time the freckled version of Gina in perle. The EMO-tions hairstyle Belara, complete with detailed chain headpiece is available at the current round of On9. Another pair of beautiful eyes from Avi Glam are the Lucent eyes in nut, this time applied with the Catwa appliers. Poses used for the last photos are Eternal Beauty from NanTra.

SLurl to Fantasy Gacha Carnival : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halong%20Bay/127/127/24

Hairology: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waterton%20Way/73/154/2796

On9 : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tropical%20Orchid/246/193/999

Mesh Body Addicts Fair : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dragontail/126/130/25

Mermaid murmurs

Mermaid poses, SN

We once saw the world together
And in many interesting views and varieties
We were once strong
Seeing all of this around us
As lords, fairies, mermaids, and goddesses
However
In the ways of life
Life goes on
Time marches on

( stanza 1 from : Lords , Fairies, Mermaids,and Goddesses – poem by Justin Gildow ; source https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/lords-fairies-mermaids-and-goddesses/ )

EMO-tions hair, Oceane's Rosieskin

I wanted to include an unedited photo with natural lighting to show off the lovely Rosie skin from Oceane’s Body Design. This recent release, shown here in Avorio tone , is available as a Lelutka applier, Catwa applier or Omega applier. Be sure to demo today and enjoy the sultry features and satin-like skintones. SLurl to Jewels Isle sim where you will find Oceane’s Body Design http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jewels%20Isle/196/193/25

The shell and beaded hairstyle is another glam design from EMO-tions, the top and hip decor is from !dM at the current round of Epiphany, whilst the mermaid tail is a gacha from Decoy ( I can’t remember which event or when sorry ). SLurl to EMO-tions mainstore:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hells%20End/134/145/25

However I can tell you that the fantastic mermaid poses used in the first and final photo are from the Mermaid set from Something New – props n poses. This 4 pose set is available at the Indie Tepee event . SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Thor/39/208/36

Mermaid murmurs

Pennies from Heaven

SMD Pennies from Heaven gown

Silvan Moon Designs has prepared a lovely fitted gown  for The Trunk Show, a new event focusing on Weddings and Romance. The Pennies from Heaven gown comes with a hud allowing you to choose from a range of 11 different color combinations, each with delicate detailing at the neckline and bodice. Included are Maitreya and Slink fit gowns plus white and black bento gloves ( not shown). So mark your calendars as this event opens on August the 16th and promises to be an occasion to remember.

Other details for these photos: include Alix in honey LL skin applier from The Skinnery, Avi Glam Eyes, Alaskametro makeup and hair from EMO-tions. This hairstyle was released at Hair Fair and includes the option to wear a cute little military style cap, or without as shown, check out the EMO-tions main store to see if Dessia has arrived.

The beautiful Orchid jewelry is a new color release of a popular set from Zuri Jewelry. The vibrant Champagne/Rose/Gold combination is gorgeous and is currently available as the Steals & Deals special – but only for a few days more! Check out the Jewels Isle Sim where Zuri Jewelry has their mainstore as there is currently an End of Summer Blowout sale , check out more information here : https://zurisjewelsisle.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/let-summer-go-with-a-blast-at-jewels-isle/ or grab the SLurl and explore the fantastic specials. : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jewels%20Isle/202/195/24

Dessia EMO-tions , Orchid set, Zuri Jewelry + SMD gown

 

 

Miss Behavin’

Sam, Azul @ On9, EMO-tions sale & SN

The subscription box craze of SL is not slowing down, these cover such a range of items : skins, clothing, decor and now photography poses with the release of Flash Shot.  This is a monthly Pose Box – Pre-Orders per group join for customers are open every month from 1-15th for 500L$ . On 15th at midnight the ability to join group is closed and the box will deliver on 16th via group notice. At the end of the month the group will be cleared and the box goes to the headquarters and is available for all who missed it for 1000L$ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Moonspell/38/42/1999.

The stage and poses I am using in this post is from Something New – props n poses for the Flash Shot subscription box. The stage is beautifully textured with two curved walks around the side of the center stage. The pose pack includes 4 beauty model poses ( as animations and in pose balls).

Next up I want to mention the fantastic two piece outfit shown here, Sam from Azul is currently available at the On9 event- but only until 28th of the month so be sure to hurry over and check out this sassy outfit in a range of colors. Both the jacket and skirt are included in a range of sizes, standard sizes and for different mesh bodies.

For us mainstore shoppers, and those who love a good hair sale head to the EMO-tions store where all mesh hair fatpacks in the store are on sale until 10th August ( EMO-tions SLurl : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hells%20End/134/145/25).

Miss Congeniality ( prop and poses) SN in Flash Shot, Dead Dollz @ Epiphany

To finish off this post I want to give an honorable mention to a few more stores/ items . My skin is the new Alix  from The Skinnery which you can find at Shiny Shabby. This is actually a ‘ clean skin’ but I added some Alaskametro ( Lelutka) makeups which I couldn’t resist when I went exploring their mainstore the other night.  My studded Heart jewelry is the Elite collection from Zuri Rayna, meaning you can change lots of the details with a few simple clicks – this is not a new release but I believe it is still available in the store. My shoes are another older release and are a gacha item from Reign ( Forsaken heels). Last but not least the simple swimsuit and the ” Miss Awkward” sash are from the current round at The Epiphany and are part of the Miss Chevious gacha machine from Dead Dollz

I dream away

Catching her dreams- SN @ Twe12ve

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes  { source https://www.goodreads.com/quotes }

This lovely pose prop titled Catching Her Dreams, is from Something New- props n poses and is currently available at the Twe12ve event ( until the end of the month). The prop includes the wearable jar and the Dreamcatcher/ stone/tree/grass/ sunflowers as a single piece. SLurl to Twe12ve: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Brewery/79/199/21

For this photo I have rezzed it in front of a garden backdrop that I picked up at SecondSnaps.

Other items : my super sweet hairstyle is from EMO-tions Tragedy was released at the Hair Fair so it should be in store soon if not there already. EMO-tions mainstore: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hells%20End/134/145/25

Body; Lelutka Simone head with Lisl applier from The Skinnery, Lucid eyes in nut from Avi Glam, Glam Eyeshadow ( for LL) from Arte and the Maitreya mesh body. Clothing ; yso tied shirt -maitreya- (yellow floral) from Ison and Roadie Capris – Grey , from  Maddict- both are available at the current round of C88 and the Good Golly Miss Molly shoes, from Belle Epoque , a gacha item you will find at the current round of Chapter 4.

Dreams for another day