Posted in Events, Fashion, Home Decor, Second Life, shopping

Dark & Merry Christmas?

I’m a tad different from everyone else in my family, which should come as no shock to anyone that knows me or where I live. Most of my close friends in SL know that my RL bedroom has dark burgundy walls and all of my decor is black & white, with an abundance of skulls on the walls, shelves, and even the bed. Its a pillow, calm down, I don’t sleep with skeletons. My favorite holiday is Halloween and I love all the clearance sales after Halloween, because its a great time to pick  up new and interesting decor.

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So, what does this have to do with Christmas? Well, for a while we would put up a tree in every room of our house, smaller table top trees, of course. My favorite tree of all time was an artificial black tree that I decorated with black, silver, and red ornaments. So, when I discovered that there were actually some goth themed ornaments and decor at Tannenbaum I was elated! It really doesn’t matter what kind of tree you want to have…the proper decor will be at Tannenbaum! So, if traditional or candy colored Christmas isn’t your style? Then to you I wish a Dark & Merry Christmas!♥

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Tis the season for shopping, Tannenbaum AND Uber just opened! Trust me, there are finds at every turn just waiting for you so mix them up and create a festive winter look all you own. As always, keep smiling and happy shopping! ♥

wearing:
hair: #Foxy – Candy Clouds. (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
CATWA HEAD Gwen
[theSkinnery] Opal (Catwa Applier) (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
::SG:: Lets Go Eyeshadow – JESSICA HEAD Catwa
::SG:: Clara Lips for CATWA Heads only!
**RE** Lux Krista Earrings
Amala – The Sibley Spider Choker
[ kunst ] – Cigarette & holder
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
BUENO – Open Cardigan (*new* @ Uber)

scene:
.aisling. Candles
Corvus : Black Mesh Rug
DRD burtonesque gothic chair
[BDKX] -//- Merry Krampus  (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
MadPea – The Witching Hour – Wall Sconce
[BDKX] -//- Dressed Table 03  (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Can’t Even – Bauble Xmas Tree (Silver and Black)  (*new* @ Tannenbaum)

tree & decor: (*new* @ Tannenbaum)
Botanical – Douglas Fir Christmas Tree for Tannenbaum
ornaments are a variety from the following tree decor gachas
Fancy Decor
The Horror!
[Fetch]
Garbaggio

poses by Bauhaus Movement

Posted in Fashion, Home Decor, Second Life, shopping

Gacha, Gatcha, Gotcha!

I have no idea who originated the quote or if I even have it right…or even close, but I’ve said it for years never believing for one second that I was being original, “Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one, but everyone doesn’t want to hear yours.”
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I’ve been on the grid for almost ten years now and I’ve witnessed a great deal of change. Not just from base prims to flexi to sculpts to mesh, but photography and marketing, too. I’m not claiming to be an expert on all things Second Life. I’m far too easily distracted by occurrences in my own small world. However, I have had the pleasure of once upon a time owning a store, a club, and various jobs along the way. From customer service to management, I’ve tried my hand at quite a few things. This isn’t even my first attempt at blogging. One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is the approach to marketing.
Hunts don’t seem to be as big of a deal as they once were, as a lot of designers just didn’t put as much effort into the hunt prizes and fewer people wanted to participate for that reason.
I remember when Gachas first showed up and I thought they were such a cute novel idea. They quickly became an addiction and even a way of life for some. It took me a while, but I think I’ve finally gotten my personal relationship with these vexing little machines under control. The irony is in the name…although I’m not even sure what is the correct spelling anymore.
A few years ago, I took a year long break from the grid and upon my return Events were all the rage. I’m not sure when they started exactly or which ones were even first, but they’ve certainly become the most common method of shopping now. More focus is placed on events these days than actual brands and some designers don’t even seem to have an actual store, but can be found in all the big events.
Now the newest trend seems to be the monthly boxes containing exclusive content. You pay L$XXXX each month and receive a box of merchandise that will surpass the value, containing exclusive items.
Another trend, that I first noticed happening with Gacha projects, is the colloboration efforts between designers.

Now, these are all amazing and fantastic ideas and I love all watching the innovation. I love all the excitement over new and shiny things being delivered in new and shiny ways! I know a lot of people out there aren’t happy about the monthly boxes. There are people out there that are even anti-gacha…I know, can you imagine? Well, here’s the good news!  No one is forcing anyone to participate in ANY of these events. Period.  No one forces anyone to participate in  Second Life and no one is forcing anyone to shop. So, unless a designer is being unethical, I just don’t believe we should be lashing out at them on social media, which seems to be a trend of its own these days. Plus, it kinda just makes you look childish, mean, and bitter…so put on your big boy/girl panties and try to be enough of an adult to warrant having a social media page in the first place, will ya?
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I will continue to enjoy my Luxe Box, my gachas, and anything else on the grid that I see fit…judge me if you want, but you have to admit…I look FABULOUS! ♥

wearing:
hair: Tableau Vivant \\ My Day @ Gym (*new* @ The Arcade)
CATWA HEAD Dyana
**RE** Simone Heart Collar
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
#2 MC.Night Essentials.Top 2pack.Black (*new* @ The Arcade)
#3 Mc.Night Essentials.Shorts.Black (*new* @ The Arcade)

scene:
STATEMENT [pixel perfect – wall art]
DRD gg rug round 60sflowers (DRD VIP-September Group Gift)
Soy. Shitamachi Alley Garden – Shabby Stands  (*new* @ The Arcade)
16 Fancy Decor: Decorative Orb (*new* @ The Arcade)
little bones. Plasma Ball (*new* @ The Arcade)
[LJ] Slumber Party – Slumbervision – Horror – RARE (*new* @ The Arcade)
[LJ] Slumber Party – Slumbervision Videos –  Horror RARE (*new* @ The Arcade)
[LJ] Slumber Party – Slumbervision VHS – Horror – RARE (*new* @ The Arcade)
Intrigue Co. – Plushie Pals: Beth the Bride (*new* @ The Arcade)
:CurelessAmore: /Surrealisme/ Reservoir Balloon (*new* @ The Arcade)
R(S)W & YKFK Ladybug Top (*new* @ The Arcade)
MadPea Little Shop of Nightmares – Flesh Eater Junior (*new* @ The Arcade)
MadPea Little Shop of Nightmares – Flesh Eater Junior(the box was cool, so I used it, too)
-tres blah- Golden Cage – Coffee Run (*new* @ The Arcade)
Fancy Decor: Inlaid Box (Group Gift)
Sway’s [Peacock] Table Lamp . cobalt (*new* @ The Arcade)
[LJ] Slumber Party – Sleeping Bag – Prints (*new* @ The Arcade)
* SORGO – Pain Killers (*new* @ The Arcade)
[LJ] Chipsters – Chippers – Salt & Vinegar (rez) (*new* @ The Arcade)
+Half-Deer+ Cutie Clutter – Hair Accessories (Pastel) (*new* @ The Arcade)
+Half-Deer+ Cutie Clutter – Spilled Black Coffee (*new* @ The Arcade)
JIAN Lively Labs :: Family Bed (*new* @ The Arcade)
Kalopsia – Cecilia’s Cage Pics (White) (FLF-Sept 16)

Posted in Fashion, Home Decor, Landscaping, Second Life

Wrecking Ball

“I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was break me
Yeah, you wreck me”
~Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball

This is one of those songs that people either love or they hate. For me, I think I’ll always love it, because the lyrics and melody are so powerful. Naturally, I can’t help but chuckle a bit at times when I hear it because I think of the video and all the parodies that have come out since. Oh, how I wish they had reigned in some of their ideas for that video. I think this song could have been less of a joke if Miley hadn’t licked that damn sledge hammer. The fact remains that I love the song and it struck a chord the first time I heard it and still does. I’ve been the wrecking ball and I’ve been wrecked. Haven’t we all? And not just by love, but other relationships, too. Doesn’t matter if its friends, lovers, or even family. We are all subject to the proverbial wrecking ball.
(Ok, it might not really be proverbial, but its my post and I say it is…shhhh, I do what I want, you know this.)
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As I’ve been working on this post, I’ve been thinking about how we tear down each other’s walls and sometimes we just tear each other down. Even how sometimes we are the wrecking ball in our own lives. Sometimes that can be a good thing, others not so much. We’ve probably all impacted someone’s life one way or the other, so we’re left to ask ourselves which type of wrecking ball are we? What kind of wrecking ball do we want to be? I’m going to step out on a limb and assume that most of us try to be good people. None of us are perfect and from time to time we screw up. *gasps* Yet, we continue to subscribe to bullies and their tactics, regardless of their intent, their motives, or their tactics. As mature adults (sticks her tongue out, I can be mature…shhh), we have the power to fight the nastiness, but not with more hate…we need more love.

So, for today, how about we all go out and try building each other up, instead of tearing each other down. I think the world could use a nice boost of positive energy and what better community to do it than Second Lifers? Afterall, we are world wide!

wearing:
[RA] Tiwa Hair  (*new* @ Hairology)
CATWA HEAD Dyana
:BAMSE: Clockwork Heart Choker – Black
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
.:cheeky:. arm Bands! Black
**{FORMANAILS}**Accessoires – NIKOLAJ2 UNISEX
[Since1975] – Bat’sGacha – Wheel ULTRA RARE (gacha garden)
Addams // Addams Pro Top Gym // Black
Addams // Addams Pro Short Gym // Red
::MA:: Wedge Sneakers Boots “Kingston” {WEAR ME} – PACK

scene created using:
MESH BRICKWALL KIT + MANY EXTRAS – URBAN JUNGLE
STATEMENT [wrecking ball] [RARE]
{anc} cracked glass (cloud)
MadPea Why So Mad? – Wrecking Ball RARE

pose by Del May edited using AnyPose

 

Posted in Fashion, Second Life

Sunny Dispositon

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition. Martha Washington

It’s not always easy to remain positive in the face of adversity, but I believe there’s a choice and we simply have to find the strength to make a conscious decision to change our outlook on what’s going on around us. You can find the silver lining just as easily as you can find the shadow, but in order to find that silver lining you’ve got to lift your head and look up to the sky rather than look to the ground.

Here’s to having a sunny disposition…even if you’re looking at the floor. *winks*

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hair: .Entwined. Amena (*new* at The Gacha Garden)
headband: MadPea Floral Crowns – Fae (*new* at The Gacha Garden)
dress: Tee*fy Verna  Simple Dress – Maitreya – Sunset (Luxe Box May 2016)
shoes: JD – (May) Group Gift – Sky

Sway’s [Hana] Tulips in wooden Bucket

Posted in Fashion, Second Life

Everywhere I Look

“Imagination is the true magic carpet.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Isn’t that true? Especially in a virtual world like Second Life where we’re not only allowed but encouraged to push beyond the boundaries of our own imaginations. I’m continuously amazed by all the beauty I encounter in this virtual world. From beautiful clothing, to furnishings and decor…and best of all, the places people build to share with the rest of us. Whether is an RP sim, a game experience like the ones from MadPea, clubs, homes, or places designed specifically for exploring.

Lately, I’ve taken that same awe in wonder that I find myself with in a virtual world and looking at the real world in similar ways. It really is an incredible world we live in, whether looking at nature, man-made structures, or even destruction…there is beauty and awe to be found at every turn if we simply open our minds and take a good look.

While that really has very little, okay, nothing to do with my look here…I will say that I took these pictures on the stage area of a new club called Dante’s Inferno. I love this little place. Its beautifully decorated and the owners have been genuinely welcoming…that’s been my experience anyway. I encourage you all to open your eyes in both worlds and look with your heart at all the wonders surrounding us. ❤

As seen above:
hair: Magika – Honey Whiskey
head: CATWA HEAD Gwen with Atelier Pepe -Ashley applier
eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Ice
body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara with Atelier Pepe-Ashley applier
necklace: .ET. L’odeur du cuir Necklace White
jacket: Mimikri – Alba Fur Jacket bone
lingerie: UC_Wild_wife_corset_white
claws: Meva Claws Silver
shoes: #EMPIRE – Columbine