It’s beginning to look a lot like…

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Admittedly, winter has never been my favorite season. This is mostly due to my cold allergy (literal cold allergy- I get rashes from the cold, yikes!) but this year I was, for once, looking forward to the frosty but cozy season. Most of my Second Life friends also fully decked the Flickr halls with winterry captures, naturally making me even more excited for the holiday season.

Tannenbaum opened her holiday market again for the year of 2016, bringing you a selection of high quality, wonderous winter goodies. 22769 ~ [bauwerk] released a lovely decor set for all your cozy “landhaus” needs. They also released a bunch of ornaments in a gacha set, with a silver and gold tree topper as a rare prize. I enlarged the topper and placed it next to my pre-decorated tree for you to see, which reminded me that there are always more ways to use decorations creatively in Second Life.

Sn@tch has also been on top of their winter game, releasing some incredibly fabulous outfits for all your holiday needs. This sweater dress with glittering stars is one of my favorite new releases so far. It’s absolutely adorable and incredibly cozy too. If you would like to keep up with the holiday releases for Sn@tch, I highly recommend you to follow Ivey via Flickr or her store blog. Sn@tch releases new items twice a week with occasional freebies to keep an eye out for as well.

Wishing you all a wonderful winter! ♥


Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Venus Mesh Hair @ The Crossroads *
Sweater dress: :::Sn@tch Solar Sweater::: *
Head: .tsg. Dakota Mesh Head X Tone *
Eyes: AG. Melancholia Eyes – Fall *
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Pose: Pose It-Impression [Winter] 1 – preview for Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms

Scene:
Botanical – Stacked Crate Tree with Lights
Botanical – Hanging Capiz Star Lamp
Botanical – Hanging Capiz Lamp
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Landhaus Kitchen Table Brown @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Babble Game @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Christmas Cup @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Porcellain Deer Head Walldecoration – white @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Candle Globe Common @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Candy Cane Globe Common @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Snowman Globe Common @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Hot Chocolate Globe Common @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Moon Globe Common @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Tree Topper Silver RARE @ Tannenbaum *
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Landhaus Chair Brown @ Tannenbaum *
LAQ Decor ~ Christmas Tree – Silver
Scarlet Creative Country Keep


Event dates:
The Crossroads | December 3 – 29
Tannenbaum | November 25 – December 25

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Great fear of shallow living

Great fear of shallow living
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Living life to the fullest, it’s something most of us wish to do, though it is hard to paint a picture of how this life is supposed to look like. Perhaps that is because “living life to the fullest” differs for all of us. Some find happiness in lifelong commitments, whereas others prefer to continuously rotate their lifestyle. Whilst some find satisfaction in a life spent with their beloved family in the suburbs, some strive for more.

Personally, I have not been able to make up my mind as to which life I desire to live. I enjoy chasing my dreams, big or small. I fear of it taking its toll on me though. Adventurous living and dream chasing can become quite exhausting, and perhaps, quite lonely too. Despite the fears, the presence of this wanderlust filled adventurer inside me is not to be silenced. How I wish to see the depths of the oceans through my own scuba mask, or feel the raindrops fall from Amazonian jungle leaves gently roll down my arm.

But there’s a part of me that has great wishes of lifelong romances and the perfectly average family life. Picking up kids after soccer practice or ballet classes. A lifestyle complimented by family dinners and movie nights. Even waving the youngsters goodbye as they go off to start their very own life, how heartbreaking it may be, is part of this contrary desire. But of course, here as well, lies angst and fear. Fear of living a dull life, growing weary of the routines and ordinariness of it all.

These fears are insignificant compared to my great fear of shallow living. Truth be told, I’d much rather follow either of the lifestyles above and put up with its unfavorable consequences, than to live a life in which I feel as if I’m not living at all. Delving into the beauty of either of these lifestyles would (partly) compensate for its unfavorable consequences anyway.

To conclude, remember to always be grateful for what you already have. Because sometimes it might feel as if we live a shallow life, as if life as a whole is simply meaningless. Well, my dear reader, this is up to you to change. Often times this change is only as minor as shifting perspectives, opening your eyes and noticing the slightest changes that cause no day to ever be the same. You will see that life, even in its seemingly most ordinary state, is actually an extraordinary spectacle.

“I must be a mermaid
I have no fear of depths
and a great fear of shallow living”
– Anaïs Nin


Credits:
*Hair: Love [Sippy Cup] [Mystics] @ Hairology
*Top: :::Sn@tch Batik Halter Bikini Top (White-U):::
*Tail: *M.C.* Sea Mist Tail – Pink
*Head: CATWA HEAD Destiny V4.9 @ MBA Fair 2016
*Head applier: Lumae :: Eirtae – Imryll // Bare @ MBA Fair 2016
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
*Eyes: AG. Elysian Eyes – Ocean

Pose: Nais – Delphine – 06
Location: Mermaid’s cave


Event dates:
Hairology | August 10 – 30
MBA Fair 2016 | August 1 – 21

The beauty in never growing up

The beauty in never growing up
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Adulthood seems to be a reoccuring theme on my blog, as it is also a reoccuring fear that casually lingers between my everyday thoughts. Fortunately, Buzzfeed tells us that it is possible to be the real life incarnation of Peter Pan! (Sort of…)

In all seriousness, I genuinely did enjoy watching this short but powerful video. I remember being incredibly worried myself about not being able to wear pastel colours when I would grow up because “that is not what adults wear”. It is a strange thing to worry about, but it troubled my mind regardless.

What saddened me though were the few comments calling the video “useless” or another one of Buzzfeed’s “we ran out of idea’s”-moments. To be fair, Buzzfeed does have their quirky moments (to put it lightly), but video’s such as these can, besides being very amusing, also be quite helpful and comforting. It reminds me that there are others like me who would love to rock pastel hair and bold coloured clothing at the age of 30, and that it forgiveable to not be a perfect, society crafted adult, but to be yourself instead.

What I mean by that is that some of us grow up to be different than the stereotypical pile of responsibilities and wisdom that is an average adult. Honestly, it’s okay to be either; so long as you are being yourself and feel comfortable with the person you are. Often times we find that we channel a spirit that we are not, purely for the sake of fitting in or being able to reach society’s standard and sometimes, sadly, your friends or families standards. Remember that this right here is your life and it is up to you to decide how it is shaped. Don’t let standards decide who you are, how you dress, or the life you live in general. You are the artist of your own lively masterpiece and the conductor of your own spiritual orchestra.

“To me, getting older isn’t changing who you are
because of what people expect you to be,
but really owning who you are”
Mynxii White


Credits:
*Headpiece: PH – Mad Hattery – Jester RARE @ Fantasy Gacha Carnival
*Bodysuit: :::Sn@tch Allegra Swimsuit (Violet-P):::
*Head: CATWA HEAD Dyana V4.9
*Head applier: Lumae :: Eirtae – Elanil // Bare @ MBA Fair 2016
*Eyeshadow: .::frosting::. Shimmer Shadows – Fiesta, Green/Purple (Omega) @ The Makeover Room
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
*Left eye: AG. Elysian Eyes – Amethyst
*Right eye: AG. Elysian Eyes – Aqua

Location: The Place


Event dates:
Fantasy Gacha Carnival | August 7 – September 7
MBA Fair 2016 | August 1 – 21
The Makeover Room | August 1 – 25

Tennis Court

Tennis Court
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I will admit that I have never been a huge fan of Lorde in the past but since I started listening to her music (aka today), I started to understand the hype around her. She is incredible and has such an iconic vibe and aesthetic to her. Her song, Tennis Court, had the perfect sound for a day like this where I simply stare out my bedroom window and my mind lingers off to the greyscale clouds, waiting for the rain to fall. In the meanwhile I hear the electronic drums beat and Lorde’s soothing voice echoes in my ears.

I have a tendency to easily forget things but it’s moments like these that I don’t want to forget. Even the smallest aspects of my carefree summery life are meant to be unforgettable. I may not live the ideal young, wild and free life and my life may not look like an indie music video but even these seemingly small moments in which I simply listen to Lorde whilst philosophically staring out of my window are worth remembering. I started keeping a journal, besides my Second Life one, which has helped me improve my memory whilst expressing my emotions and reactions to everyday scenarios in a creative and inspiring way. Reading back about certain forgotten adventures and mischief, how big or small, made me realize that every moment spent doing the things you love or being around the people you love is worth remembering… remember that ♥

“Because I’m doing this for the thrill of it, killin’ it
Never not chasing a million things I want
And I am only as young as the minute is full of it
Getting pumped up on the little bright things I bought
But I know they’ll never own me”
– Lorde, Tennis Court

Credits:

Look #1:
Hair: 
#Foxy – Fries Hair @ The Chapter Four *
Tank: 
[ZE] Kara Open Tank {SPRING}-xs @ Designer Showcase
Head: 
CATWA HEAD Amy V4.9 *
Head Applier: 
.::WoW Skins::. 2016 ROSA MILK Catwa applier *
Body:
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Eyes: 
AG. Elysian Eyes – Ocean – M @ Cosmopolitan *

Look #2:
Hair: #Foxy – Nuggets Hair @ The Chapter Four *
Top: :::Sn@tch Surfside Halter Top (Pineapple-S)::: *
Skirt: :::Sn@tch Connie Sport Mini Skirt::: *
Head: CATWA HEAD Amy V4.9 *
Head Applier: 
.::WoW Skins::. 2016 ROSA MILK Catwa applier *
Body:
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Eyes: 
AG. Elysian Eyes – Ocean – M @ Cosmopolitan *

Poses: Overlow Poses


Event Dates:
The Chapter Four | July 4 – 24
Designer Showcase | July 5 – 31
Cosmopolitan | July 4 – 16

Geektopia

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Geektopia 1.0 is a new event hosted by Bee Event SL. The designer line-up is incredible and there are many lovely and creative exclusives and gacha’s that will warm your inner geek’s heart. I’m currently wearing the exclusives from darkendStare. and Cute or Die! (such an edgy store name, love it!) and you can get these until the 3rd of July. So grab your pocket protectors, hold on tight to your controllers and let’s get shopping!

Also, happy new week! This is going to be my last week before my semester deadlines and I am honestly not sure how much I will be around. I still have so much to do and it is literally driving me insane with guilt and stress. However, if I suddenly disappear this week, just know I’m probably suffocating myself in study books so you should have nothing to worry about. (Sounds like a normal Thursday afternoon for any student, right?). Thank you for all of your kindness and patience, I truly can’t say it enough ♥

Credits:
Hair:
 Love [Under Pressure] [Candies] @ Inspiration SL *
Bodysuit: :::Sn@tch Pixie Latex Swimsuit (Peach-U)::: *
Shoes: [CoD!] Eternity & Future Boots @ Geektopia 1.0 *
Phone: 7.Le Coq D’or – fruit phone {fruit}4 @ The Showroom *
Headpiece: darkendStare. cyberbunnie headset [white/pink] @ Geektopia 1.0 *
Head: CATWA HEAD Helena V4.9 – I will vlog her soon, stay tuned! *
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5

Pose: Overlow Poses – Pack 73 (5)
Location: InSilico


Event Dates:
Geektopia 1.0June 19 – July 3
Inspiration SLJune 19 – July 10
The Showroom | June 17 – 27

The Sn@tch Book

The Sn@tch Book
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The Lookbook is one of my new Flickr albums in which I will display a collection of outfits compiled to show off a certain style, item, brand or event. Lookbooks tend to inspire me, both in real life and on Second Life. One lookbook that recently sparked such inspiration in me was the Inspiration lookbook, which I find a very suiting name, by the wonderful Tarani Tempest. She displayed a set of outfits which all looked very unique yet in some way, they matched perfectly.

The inspiration for my lookbook today comes from one of my favorite stores on the grid, Sn@tch. Sn@tch was founded in 2007 by Ivey Deshanel and has been around ever since. The store offers a variety of products ranging from appliers to various mesh items. Ivey uses Omega appliers which does not only make it easy to use but that also makes all of her appliers useable for many mesh bodies.The system layers are also included for those who still use their system body.

If you are not familiar with the Omega system or would like to know if your mesh body is also omega competible, I recommend you take a look at their blog which contains a lot of information and also lists all of the supported meshes.

 

Credits:
Look #1:
Hair: 
Love [High by the beach] [Brunettes] @ SaNaRae *
Top: 
:::Sn@tch Kacie Lacy Camisole (Black-S)::: – NEW! *
Shorts: 
Entice – Stars Are Blind Shorts – Blues *
Choker: 
!TLB – Kawaii Skelly Choker/Grey *
Head: 
CATWA HEAD Alice V4.9 *
Head Applier: 
May Skin – mocha tone (Enfer Sombre*) @ Whimsical *
Body: 
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Eyes: 
AG. Hypnotic Eyes – Azure @ Cosmopolitan

Look #2:
Hair: 
Love [Beauty Kills] [Gingers] @ The Fantasy Collective *
Top: 
:::Sn@tch Anya Sheer Wrap Top (Pink-S)::: – NEW! *
Skirt: 
*Fishy Strawberry* Freshman Skirt – Black Corduroy
Choker: 
AsteroidBox. Heart Collar // Black *
Sunglasses: 
AsHmOoT_Accessories Coll_Sunglasses_Basic/Black *
Head: CATWA  HEAD Alice V4.9 *
Head Applier: 
May Skin – mocha tone (Enfer Sombre*) @ Whimsical *
Body:
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Eyes: 
AG. Hypnotic Eyes – Fjord @ Cosmopolitan

Look #3:
Hair: Love [Wandering Love] [Blondes] @ Whimsical *
Top: :::Sn@tch Posey Bustier (Green-U)::: – NEW! *
Skirt: Ninety-Oops! Strippes Skirt XXS
Choker: NOVA Anti-Valentine Choker – PSYCHO
Necklace: AsteroidBox // Coffin Cutie // Batty Necklace // Spooky RARE *
Head: CATWA  HEAD Alice V4.9 *
Head Applier: May Skin – mocha tone (Enfer Sombre*) @ Whimsical *
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Eyes: AG. Hypnotic Eyes – Mirage @ Cosmopolitan

Poses: Overlow Poses – Pack 66


Event Dates:
SaNaRae | May 25 – June 18
Whimsical 
| May 18 – June 8
Cosmopolitan 
| May 23 – June 4
The Fantasy Collective 
| May 22 – June 15