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Okay, so I’ve been…a bit nowhere. For a long time. And I apologize for that. A lot of you were really great supporters of my blog and made me feel like part of this community and it made me happy. I kind of spaced for a while, mostly spending time shopping, sailing, and sleeping around. The two people who are most important to me in SL have kind of disappeared and SL started to have less and less of a draw. Not that my other friends aren’t important – I love you all! However, there are two people who are gone and I feel their absence every time I’m on. And that’s kind of depressing.
Soooooo I started taking a little time off. Spending less and less time in SL. And it was nice! Getting back to things I enjoy in RL and spending more time with friends there and all that. So I made a decision over the past week. I’m officially (because before it was just me not being around) taking a hiatus from the blog and will be on SL significantly less for a while. One day I do want to get back to this, because I love writing and taking photos and I want to continue doing that. It just might be a few months before I do.
So this isn’t goodbye, farewell, auf wiedersehen, or good night. It’s ‘see you soon!’ It’s we might be apart for a little, but I’ll be back and I’ll be excited to hear your stories then.
Also, if you are Chrissa or you are Isobel and you’re reading this, please, please, please…you have my e-mail. Get in touch with me? Just let me know you’re okay. I’m worried. A lot.
Anyway, see you soon, friends! Have fun in SL and take care of yourselves.
(Ugh…that’s the best I can do with that title?)
Before we start, please forgive me for my long and rather unexplained break. I was…well…if I’m honest, lazy. The times I’d pop onto SL with the best intentions I wound up having just too much fun. Today, however, I resolved that I would have fun and get my blogging on!
Oh! A spot of news! Belleza updated their mesh body to include Bento hands, and there was much rejoicing! With that in mind, I’ve switched over to my Belleza Freya body on a semi-permanent basis. I’ll miss my Maitreya exclusives, but I just like the way I look in Freya more. Enough chit-chat, let’s talk fashion!
This afternoon the AMAZING Superharry Kingmaker was spinning 70s and 80s disco and dance tunes at one of my favorite clubs on the grid, Cling. I think I’ve talked about Cling in the past, but it’s my second home-away-from-home. I love it here, and if you’re ever in the mood for a little nylon or latex and some fantastic tunes with some amazing company, you should come by!
I’m wearing Soraia from Insanya which is at this month’s The Season’s Story event. I love Insanya. LOVE them. They just exemplify tastefully trampy with a high quality, fun, and rather reasonably priced array of pieces from this sexy dress to skirts that bare the entirety of one’s bottom (I have that one too).
The pantyhose are from Bebe, and thankfully they use an Omega applier so I’ll still be able to wear them! LOVE how my curvier (my niece told me the word is thicc, spelled just like that, but I just can’t quite bring myself to say it) thighs, backside, and calves look with nylons, leggings, tight jeans, etc.
What I’m Wearing
Nylons: Seduction from Bebe (MP Link)
Shoes: Malia by KC Couture
Hair: G0911 by tram
P.S. The party got a tiny bit wild…
The Whore Couture Fair is here! Running through the end of the month, my favorite annual event in SL (and my most budget-destroying) will be open for the vending of all things running the spectrum between the pleasantly sexy to the tastefully trampy to the outright slutty…and I love it all.
I think my favorite thing about the WCF is how unabashed it is. This is a fair that recognizes that people like sex. People like looking sexy even to the point of looking downright, well, whore-y (not a word, but I think it works in this context). And there is absolutely zero wrong with it. If it’s not your bag, that’s totally cool, there are zillions of other shopping events for you, but this one is my favorite.
I tried to go almost all WCF today; I’m wearing the April harness and April lace vest from United Colors with the Jenna shorts from Insanya (LOVE Insanya – have I said that before?). The hair is Miya from Limerence, also available at the Fair.
Before signing off, I wanted to give a little advice to those visiting the WCF this month:
- It’s crowded AF. Be ready for TP fails. I had to hammer my way in using the Seraphim HUD.
- They’ve instituted some pretty stringent limits on scripts to try and reduce lag. I wound up removing nearly everything but some unscripted hair and applier undies. Jewelry, mesh clothing, any mesh bits, shoes, AO…get rid of as much as you can or they’ll bounce you right out.
- Demo away from the fair. I grabbed armloads of demos and popped home (where I could get my AO and such back on) before demo’ing. It’s really the only way to know if that blistering hot lingerie is going to fit right when you have the sultry turned up to 11 and your special someone sits slack-jawed in a lust-crazed awe and…you get where I’m going with this.
I’ve visited the WCF twice and you can bet I’ll be back – shout at me if you see me! 🙂
What I’m Wearing:
Harness: April Harness by United Colors (Whore Couture Fair)
Vest: April Vest by United Colors (Whore Couture Fair)
Shorts: Jenna Shorts by Insanya (Whore Couture Fair)
Shoes: Malia by KC Couture
Hair: Miya by Limerence (Whore Couture Fair)
Nearly every weekend I go sailing with the two yacht clubs of which I’m a member. The early cruise on Sundays is with the Rainbow Sails Yacht Club, and the afternoon cruise is with the Leeward Cruising Club. I’m still very much a neophyte sailor, but sailing has rapidly become one of my favorite activities in Second Life. It’s a passion I really want to share, so I thought I’d talk a bit about getting started if you want to give it a go yourself.
So this is a BWind BBK – it’s a one-man sailboat that you can get for the best price around: free! Stop by Tradewinds Yacht Club and pick one up. It comes with a notecard that has some pretty good rudimentary instructions and is pretty straightforward. There’s also a little ‘how-to’ video available. It’s a fun, agile little ship to sail that really gives a great feeling for sailing on a wind-powered vessel and has a great sense of speed. If you’ve ever been curious about sailing, this is where I would start. Get a free one, rez it at Tradewinds, skim the instructions, and set sail.
Eventually, you’ll probably want a boat you can bring a few friends out in…or something bigger…or something that looks nice in pictures…or just something that’s just a little more fun to sail than the BBK. There are A LOT of options and I don’t want to tell you what to get. I can tell you what the first larger boat I bought for myself was, and that’s the Loonetta 31 by Motor Loon, which is what I’m sailing below. The Loonetta is a great beginner boat and I still sail mine very frequently. It’s also very reasonable as far as higher-end sailboats go at 3500L.
The next time you ask yourself, “What am I gonna do in SL today?”, pop over to Tradewinds, get yourself a free BBK and try sailing! Linden Labs absolutely nailed sailing in SL, it’s super fun, really rewarding, and there’s such a neat community surrounding it – many of whom I’m sailing with every weekend.
What I’m Wearing
Bikini Top: Leffe by erratic
Shorts: Carrie by erratic
Hair: HoneyAna by TRUTH
First off, I hope you’ll forgive me for my little break! I feel like I’m blaming more and more on this over the past few weeks, but I injured my right arm and working it too hard gets awfully painful after too long. It’s on the mend, but it still hurts. Hopefully, I’ll be back on my 1-2 posts a week schedule before long – thanks for sticking with me!
We’re back with this week’s #SecondLifeChallenge from Strawberry Singh, and it’s on an exciting, heartbreaking, breathtaking, uplifting, blissfully happy topic that also weighs in as soul-crushing and the number one seller of ice cream pints in the world – Love and Dating.
Let’s go to the questions!
Do you date in Second Life?
Absolutely – I love it! I love going out with someone interesting, whether it be sharing an SL interest like sailing or surfing or visiting art galleries, going dancing, checking out a musical performance, or even just exploring a pretty sim. There’s such a wonderful, exciting energy to dating; it’s full of potential and electricity and it’s never boring.
Share some locations in Second Life that you think are ideal to go to on a date.
I’ll share two. The first is Frank’s. Nota bene: Frank’s is a private club and the cost to join isn’t cheap. When I first joined it was 500L, it’s now up at 1,000L. Is that a lot? Absolutely. Is it worth it? If you ask me, yes. The sim is beautiful, the music and DJ’s are top notch, it’s the perfect spot for two people looking to spend some time together to get dressed to the nines and go dance, sit and talk, people-watch, or just walk about this really lovely sim.
Two is Virtual Ephemera. Ephemera is free, but that doesn’t make it any less special. There is SO much to do at Ephemera, and exploring it with a date is exciting and fun. There are plenty of places to stop and sit for a talk (or…something) and there are often DJs at the multiple party spots at the sim.
Share a story of one of your favorite dates/proposals you’ve experienced in Second Life, or something someone has done for you that meant a lot.
The woman I’d been seeing had found out I liked riding motorcycles and suggested a specific route for an outing. We put on some riding gear and went for a ride across a sim I’d never visited. It was lovely: grassy meadows and trees surrounding a narrow road. After 15 minutes or so she suggested pulling over to take a break. We went offroad to this small hill overlooking a small lake where she’d left a picnic blanket, basket, and a plushy unicorn. Even though she and I have parted ways, I still have the unicorn.
Have you ever fallen in love in Second Life?
I have. It’s very different because on an intellectual level I knew full well this ‘ended’ when I logged out of Second Life, but it didn’t stop it from creeping into my mind even when I was nowhere near the grid. Musing over something we’d done together or something we’d planned for the future. I knew this wasn’t an RL relationship of any kind – I didn’t want it to be. It didn’t stop it from being immensely powerful and terribly painful when I realized it was over.
Have you ever gotten partnered or married in Second Life?
Once. I still adore my partner, and we spend a lot of time together, but ultimately a formal partnership wasn’t a great choice for either one of us. I think I’ll keep the details to myself, but just say my partner and I are much better as very close friends than as partners.
I’ve gotta run – I have a date! I’m being taken to an art exhibit. Wish me luck!
What I’m Wearing:
In the tub…
Towel: Amara by erratic
Hair: Tiana by TRUTH
Tub: Mesh Bathtub by PrimPossible
On the town…
Dress: Iris by PiZazz (MP Only)
Hair: Fallon by Moon
Top: Kawaii Top by Candy Crunchers
Jeans: Sammy by Blueberry
Boots: Sammy Boots by Blueberry
Hair: Mary by FABIA
That title is a little joke. When I was first exposed to this absolutely beautiful style of dress, I could have sworn the name was Chenogasm…as in rhyming with orgasm. It reduced me to giggles every time I saw it in text, wondering why it would have such an unusual name.
I have since, of course, learned the truth about the Cheongsam dress, and just how absolutely beautiful they are. They’re sexy and gorgeous, elegant and playful, suggestive and classy, exotic and wonderful, and you should have one in your closet.
My favorite is this one here from Kaithleen’s. The fatpack might set you back a sizable piece of your clothing budget, but it comes with a bountiful array of textures, including the more traditional florals as well as solid colors. I never regret having made the plunge with it. I have some cheongsam-style dresses from other designers, and they’re nice, sure, but this is the one I come back to every, every time. Not only is it perfect for a night out on the town, when trying to impress a date (I can speak from experience that it totally works for that), and it looks pretty fantastic strolling around the streets of London on a foggy night.
(Not that kind of strolling!)
I’m wearing it with pantyhose from Nena, which include a…errr…slightly more adventurous ‘pulled down’ version which I’ve not shown here, but certainly could have it’s time and place. The shoes are from KC Couture, which has more cute tootsie wear from floor to ceiling than one can shake a stick at (not to mention some cute jewelry and piercings too).
Okay, friends, shopping time!
What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Cheongsam Dress – Kaithleen’s
Pantyhose: Pantyhose v1 – Nena (MP)
Shoes: Adalia – KC Couture
Hair: G0911 – tram
Shopping and cute clothes and fun items in Second Life really do make it for me. It’s the ultimate Barbie, complete with dream house, glam convertible, even Malibu Ken/Kim. Luxe Box made that into this fun surprise social event; I’d get together with friends in the same room or in the Luxe Box group, squeal excitedly when our boxes arrived, and then gush and share pictures about the new outfits we’d put together. Luxe Box was great – it was like Christmas and Margarita night where I walked away each month with tons of cute clothes, shoes, hair, accessories, furniture, and even little pets.
Luxe Box officially announced this past week they were closing up shop after an almost two-year run. I felt like what better way to say goodbye to something that has been such a fun and fulfilling part of my Second Life than by taking a few pictures.
I’m wearing some jeans from Blueberry that were in the September 2016 box. I remember being SO excited that Blueberry was participating that month AND when it turned out to be this fantastic pair I was overjoyed. These were my go-to jeans for a long, long time, and I still wear them quite frequently. One of these days I’ll get some pictures shot that really show them off, beacuse they make my legs and my backside look fantastic. I’ve paired them with a cami from Foxes from the February 2016 box. This cami looks just cute AF with jeans, but I’ve worn it a lot with skirts and, occasionally, with just a pair of undies for some playful boudoir-ish pictures.
The shoes, however, are far and away the most worn item I’ve ever received from a Luxe Box. These wedges from Reign are super cute and I wear them at least twice a week, and since they come in literally dozens of textures they never get boring. For the first few pictures, I’m sitting in a cape wagon from Tarte – I believe this was in the November 2017 Luxe Box, but I’m not 100% certain on that. What I am certain about is it’s a wonderfully romantic spot to curl up with someone special…and if you’ve got more on your mind than curling up, well, Tarte has you covered there too.
It may sound a bit silly, but I’m going to miss Luxe Box so much. This wasn’t just an exciting monthly surprise of lots of cute clothes and such (although that was a big part of it), it was this neat community bound together by sharing our experiences with our common interest. That’s what I’ll miss the most. Adios, Luxe Box. Thanks for two wonderful years, countless outfits, hairs, and housing items, and a little Corgi named Simon.
So let’s not end on a down note – let’s end on one with a little promise for everyone who maybe didn’t participate in Luxe Box. While Luxe Box was going on, designers had to agree they would not sell anything they contributed to Luxe Box. Now that Luxe Box has turned out the lights, ALL of those cute clothes and hairs are fair game to be sold. I think we’re going to see an influx of some really great stuff available for the first time to folks who maybe never tried out Luxe Box, and that’s exciting! I’m happy for folks who maybe never got a chance to wear the best wedges on the grid or some truly magnificent jeans. That is a silver lining I can get behind.
What I’m Wearing:
Top: Romantic Cami by Foxes
Jeans: Luxe Box September by Blueberry
Shoes: Stacey Wedges by REIGN
Hair: Boyfriend by Lamb
My blogging muse, Strawberry Singh, posted a new #SecondLifeChallenge this week, and it goes a little something like this:
Here are the instructions for the #SecondLifeChallenge this week: Share what you do in Second Life (or in real life) to relax and reduce stress.
Mine involves my sailboat and throwing navigation out the window. I pick a direction and set sail. I never fail to find something interesting, be it someone’s home or boat or plane or island. I might just drop anchor a ways off, set the windlight to something pretty and lay down on the deck, trying to forget for a while about whatever has me chewing on my pencils.
I’m wearing a double from erratic! This is my favorite bikini and it comes in SOOOOO many cute textures. For my Maitreya body, it’s probably my go-to ‘kini. The denim shorts…I have oodles and oodles of denim shorts, no lie, but these are my “sailing shorts.” I think it’s the bandana tied about the belt loop; it adds a flavor that makes me feel like it should be worn doing something outdoorsy…like sailing!
I think most everyone has heard a little something about Luxe Box closing its doors, and I’ll talk about it in more detail in my next post. Until then, I’m just gonna chill and take in this…tropical island/winter wonderland.
What I’m Wearing:
Bikini: Leffe by erratic
Shorts: Carrie by erratic
Hair: Mary by Fabia
So I’ve gone through some trials and tribulations with the Luxe Box over the past few months. November was a disappointment, December it was back on form, but January brings changes in Luxe Box, and I made a decision.
First off, the designers that participate in Luxe Box are all high quality, and nothing included in the subscription is ‘junk’. It’s just not for me. I want to make sure I make that part clear; Empire, Lamb, Moon, Ison, Foxes – all of them are quality and if their wares are your style, they’re very, very solid choices.
Luxe Box is making two big changes. Instead of the usual 12 items in each box, there will be 8 every month, and instead of the monthly rate of 1,500L to subscribe, it will set you back 1,000L to join the Luxe Box group. From a straight mathematical standpoint, that seems pretty fair, right? Lower the amount of items in the box by a third, lower the price by a third – all’s well. The thing is, fewer items means, say, two items that aren’t for me being the box being 25% “bad”. I’d rather pay the extra 500L and have a better chance of really enjoying my box rather than feeling disappointed at a quarter of my purchases.
So I made a decision. I made a small list of designers that have been in Luxe Box in the past. I’m going to check at the Luxe Box Boutique every month and if any of those designers are listed as participating, I’ll subscribe. If not, I’ll pass. I figure even one fat pack from Blueberry or Vinyl or any of the other designers on my list is worth 1,000L, and the rest is gravy, right?
What I’m Wearing:
Top: Royal Cardigan by ISON (Luxe Box, January 2018)
Skirt: Vandi by Decoy (Luxe Box, January 2018)
Shoes: Pointsettia (sic) by EMPIRE (Luxe Box, January 2018)
Hair: Yunkyung by Monso
Hi everyone! I hope you’ll forgive my little break in blogging. Between work and holidays and holiday recovery I’ve hard a hard time being able to put the time together for a proper post, but now I’ve got some nice tea and a house filled only by the jazz stream I listen to in my SL home – it’s blogging time! (Incidentally, I totally recommend that jazz stream, even if you’re not big into jazz. It’s just perfect music for just about any occasion.)
The close of Heavenly Peach had me looking for more ‘go-to’ hangouts. I’ll always have Cling, and I love that club and the great company there, but a body needs a list of places to swing by. It’s with this in mind I present The Trans-Dimension.
Trans, as folks (well, me, at least) often call it, is a beach/nightclub that caters primarily to the transgender crowd, but everyone is happily welcomed, regardless of sexual identity or preference. Over the last week, I’ve danced with straight guys, bisexual women, a hilarious trans girl, and a male elf with a backside at which I may have stared at a bit too long. I love how, by and large, SL is such an accepting place and that these groups all gather to meet and have fun in the same place. It gives me hope.
Anyway, Trans has a SUPER COOL dance floor that lights up when one walks or dances across it. The music is from all over the place, but mostly pop from the 80s, the 90s, early 21st century, and today – their DJs are all very engaging and a lot of fun, and I’m always greeted by just about everyone there when I port in; I love that feeling! I feel like if I’ve walked into a place and a group of people have taken a second or three to say, “Hi Keyli!”, then I’m in a good spot.
One of my favorite spots at Trans is actually off the dance floor. They have a little tropical pool complete with a diving board! I’m not quite sure why I like diving boards so much, but I think posing on them is fun, but I could jump off them for hours.
It’s probably not a bad idea to bring up that Trans is an A-rated (is that the terminology? no one seems to get it when I call something A-rated) establishment, meaning, in short, it’s sunny with a chance of nekkidness. That might not be your bag, which is totally okay. There is a club for everyone in SL! If Trans isn’t yours, I hope you find it. If it sounds like your kind of place, however, I hope you’ll come join Azkadellia, Abbie, and all the rest of the super cool people at Trans. And bring your swimsuit because that diving board is awesome!
What I’m Wearing:
Bikini: Ceija Bikini – JUSTICE
Hair: Mary – FABIA