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Optimism and the Art of Sailing

Sailing on Sunday with the RSYC.

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.

The BWind BBK – the perfect starter boat!

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.

Bombing about in my BBK…which still needs a name…

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 Wind$hopper! Complete with custom Cling hull texture!

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

 

 

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#SecondLifeChallenge – Love and Dating in Second Life

100 strokes…not THAT kind!!!

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.

(That’s KirkWilliams in the background and, yes, he is just that dreamy…)

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.

Exploring alone – not quite as fun, but Ephemera is still gorgeous.

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!

Which way back to my place? I’ve gotta get ready for my date!

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

In the…jungle???

Top: Kawaii Top by Candy Crunchers

Jeans: Sammy by Blueberry

Boots: Sammy Boots by Blueberry

Hair: Mary by FABIA

 

❤  -K.

#SecondLifeChallenge – Relaxation

The voice of the sea may speak to the soul, but lounging on deck is pretty good too.

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.

Bodies in the…sand? Tropical drink…freezing in your hand…

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!

Love this ‘kini from erratic!

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

Late Nights and Sleepy Mornings

 

Some Friday nights, even after being up way too late enjoying SL after a margarita or two, I just can’t find sleep. Those nights I often wind up skimming the MP, reading other blogs, poring over Flickr, or just bouncing from page to page hoping sleep is right around the corner.

 

 

 

Tonight I’m wearing some new socks by erratic which are on sale, but just this weekend! At 99L each they’re a steal by themselves, but half of that will be returned in the form of erratic store credit (and, to be honest, I can ALWAYS use erratic store credit). Many of the new socks have kind of a wintry, holiday theme and are not to be missed. The hair is called Faryn from TRUTH, and you can find it at Uber until December 23rd (and probably at the TRUTH main store not long thereafter).

 

 

(And yes…finally I did get to sleep. The bad thing about really late nights – they lead to really late mornings. Thankfully, on Saturday, that’s not a bad thing at all.)

 

What I’m Wearing:

Top: Kim by Addams

Panties: Cheeky Panties by enertia

Socks: Eva by erratic

Hair: Faryn by TRUTH (at Uber)

 

Turn and Face the Strange

Not long ago…like a few weeks, maybe, I wrote this:

I have a bit of Bento Head anxiety, and it’s ironic because it is for many of the same reasons I had Mesh Head anxiety in the first place. I remember being afraid I’d “lose my look”… I’m worried that if I do pick up a Bento Mesh head I will lose my current look. That said, however, part of me wonders if it would be a similar experience – would I find a head/shape/skin that I felt captured “me” better than my current look?

Sooooo…after a (very) small personal financial windfall, spending an hour teeming with envy over my friend’s GORGEOUS new visage, and a third glass of wine, I steeled myself and ported to Lelutka, resolved that it was time to retire my lovely, but behind-the-times, Catwa Tumble mesh head and move forward. I bought a stack of lindens and sallied forth.

Over the next four hours, I demo’d seven heads from three different creators, three shapes, and four skins before finding one with which I really connected. One that was not me, but still me. I can liken it to hearing one’s voice recorded live – I can identify that it’s me speaking, but it sure doesn’t sound the way I hear it.

When the dust settled and the money was spent this is where I wound up:

Okay, so, this is with very little makeup and the shape still needs a little work, but when I look at this I don’t see someone who isn’t me – I see an evolution of my avatar, and for my money that’s Bento Mission Accomplished.

Speaking of makeup, I never realized how much Catwa applier makeup I have…I need to go shopping.

A little celebration dance on the deck of my Bandit 60 sailboat, christened the Nauti Animations!

The new look:

Head: Greer by Lelutka

Skin: Paris by YS&YS

What I’m wearing:

Top: Janelle ‘Pretty As Fuck’ by erratic

Jeans: DWL by Blueberry

Hair: Rumor by TRUTH

Bracelets: Friendship Bracelets by BOOM (of course!!!)

Earrings: Abigail by Amala

 

(The shape is a massaged version of the default combined with my previous shape.)

It’s going to take a while to gaze into the virtual mirror and see that face looking back; for a while I’m sure I will feel like I’m living in the wrong body (or at least the wrong face). I’m utterly certain of one thing, however, and that’s that I LOVE this look! And the animations! OMG when I wink or make a little face or smile or frown – it’s almost TOO human.

How did I do?

❤  -K.

PS: This week’s #SecondLifeChallenge from Strawberry Singh has to do with creating a scary Halloween avatar, and I’m not a big fan of scary, so I’m going to skip this week. I’ll be back next week!

Eighty-eights

We’re in the middle of one of my very favorite shopping events, Collabor88. And while the fact that all prices at C88 end in 88 (188, 288, etc.) really does nicely scratch a weird little OCD itch, the reason I love it is SO many top drawer designers come out with some truly amazing and creative new pieces. I’m wearing a couple today I’d like to talk about.

I have a LOVELOVELOVELOVE/mildly-dislike relationship with Erratic. There’s almost nothing designed there that isn’t incredible. The lingerie, the swimsuits, the dresses, the separates…everything is just gorgeous. A little spendy, but, still, gorgeous. However, they are, by and large, Maitreya only. I love my Lara, but occasionally (alright, I’ll come clean – quite often) I want to turn the curves up with Belleza’s Freya and I have to leave all of those gorgeous pieces in the closet.

That said, I LOVE this dress. Usually, I’m not quite so keen on high necks or long sleeves, but this dress is just magic. I can’t wait to wear it out this Fall and Winter. At 188L per texture, it’s an absolute steal.

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Today’s shoes are by REIGN, and they just scream sexy autumn to me. I love the socks and the boots are my favorite height – just a tiny bit over the knee. These will probably be my go-to boots over the cooler months until Spring comes back ’round, as I can wear them with either Lara or Freya.

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Dress: Nishi Hooded Dress by Erratic @C88

Boots: Autumn Boots by REIGN @C88

Hair: Lani by Amacci

Piercings by PUNCH

❤ -K.