Holidays

Holidays

 

“Feelings or emotions are the universal language and are to be honored. They are the authentic expression of who you are at your deepest place.”  Judith Wright

Whew, what a week… Instead of Christmas shopping for loved ones, I was met with a few set backs. Having health issues is never easy, especially around the holidays. As a result, I was having a difficult time getting into the holiday spirit. I tried to mask my own feelings by putting on a happy face–but that doesn’t always work. I found this quote and I immediately gave myself permission to just let my feelings roll through me like a wave. I’m better for it. I started to feel….dare I say it….jolly. In the end, I took a picture capturing what Christmas is to me–the satisfaction of doing something kind for the people who love and care for me–and feeling tired after all that wrapping.

Now onto this wonderful dress and hair.I found the dress at Collabor88 by ISON. I love this company. I own so many pieces from them and always find myself wearing them time and time again. I also paired this cute party dress with hair by Pr!tty. You can find both of these wonderful items at Collabor88.

Since it is the holidays, I’m taking some time off to visit loved ones. I’ll be gone for a few days, but I’ll be back soon enough. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!! Stay safe and watch something fun!

I’m sending you all virtual cookies!

Violet XOXO

Credits

Head–Catwa–Annie by Catwa.Clip (catwa.clip)
Body–Maitreya–Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Dress–ISON–Sugar Plum Dress by Harry Hyx
Hair–Pr!tty –Krissi by 오식 (karla.marama)
Shoes–Just Design –Bollywood Leather by Dave Freeman (davidefre)

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Winter Queen

Winter Queen

 

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” Aristotle

I’ve always found this statement to be true. In a virtual world, it’s hard not to have someone who doesn’t always like us. People aren’t always the best version of themselves. Personally, I’ve had my moments. Then, there are times where someone is just bad news. Either way, we are always our own worst enemy. I know this to be true because I’ve dealt with my own little struggles, which are always rougher than any enemy could dish out.

In the past week, I’ve thought a lot about the past few years in Second Life–the good and bad. I’ve seen websites dedicated to blasting sl enemies and sharing information. I’ve seen back biting fights. People sharing Im’s and saying some pretty mean things about each other. It’s all out war sometimes.

Despite all the bad things that can happen or be said in this little big virtual world, people come together in times of tragedy. Perky Button lost everything in a fire and on plurk people came together to set up fundraisers. People cared. Maybe….just maybe.., this is the true spirit of the holiday season–not gift giving, or stressing about the desires of others. Rather, the holiday season is about caring about people–those you love–friends, family, and pets–even strangers.

Putting everything aside to come together is a victory. It’s a victory of self, to see past hatred. Humanity exists beyond the mesh, textures, and rezzing. Someone created a sign that read… “There are no miracles here.” I posted the picture awhile back on my feed. I was swiftly met with a comment of disagreement. I laughed it off and thought nothing of it. Now, I see the miracles that can happen inworld–love, care, compassion, and empathy. It’s all the good things in life.

With all these feel good emotions, I went shopping with a really good friend of mine who has given me compassion, care, love, and empathy in the worst of times. We went to the Chapter 4 where I picked up this beautiful lipstick by Arte. Then, we headed over to the arcade. I won this rare body suite by Birdy. I adore this outfit. I paired it with some of my favorite holiday hair from Magika. Now, I’m ready for a cough cough cough dirty Christmas.

I’d like to briefly mention Bento. It has hit the grid officially in the Second Life viewer. While I am so excited to see animated hands and mesh that’s capable of being edited, I am disappointed in the lack of male bento heads. There always seems to be inequality, when it comes to male vs. female products inworld. I was disappointed in seeing only female hands available at Vista. I’ll wait to blog any such items, until they are available to men as well. I like going shopping with my guy friends–just saying designers. Please don’t throw tomatoes at me. It is the holidays. Love you all.

If you’d like to find some of these wonderful finds, please look down below at my credits.

Have fun holiday shopping!! Bring someone along with you!!

Cheers

Violet XOXO

Credits

Head–Catwa–Annie by Catwa.Clip (catwa.clip)
Body–Maitreya –Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Ears–Mandala –Steking Ears by 菊之介王子 (kikunosuke.eel)
Lips–Arte–Julie Lips by Miriam Lemondrop
Eyeshadow–Studio Exposure–Catwa Limited Edition Pretty Girl–no longer available by Ash Kezenn (ashamti)
Corset–Birdy –Cabaret Tyr Sinister (tyr.rozenblum)
Hair–Magika–Sparkle by Sabina Gully
Eyelashes–L’Etre –Angel Lashes #10 by Dᴀᴠɪᴅ Cᴏᴏᴘᴇʀ (dam1710)
Eyes–IKON–Charm Eyes by Ikon Innovia
Skin–DeeTalez–Susanna by deetalez.com (steffi.villota)

Away

 

Away

 

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” Earl Wilson

I saw this quote and thought it was appropriate. I stepped away from the virtual world. I even went off the grid to shut off (literally) all the noise. I think it’s important to take time for yourself, when the world becomes too much. It gives us time to breathe, a new perspective, and revitalization. I highly recommend taking a break from gadgets of all kinds–computers, cell phones, and tablets. I left all those things alone for three days. I was unreachable. I have to say…. I feel healthier for doing so.

Okay, now we should talk about all the exciting things going on around the grid. This will be the first in many posts. When I came back from my break, I returned to a shopping fest. Uber opened a few days ago. The arcade also opened. There’s also faMESHed. I bought things from each of these events. My poor wallet is screaming at me, but I gave it chocolate to calm it down. I look forward to blogging about them and discussing all of my latest adventures.

If you love makeup, then Uber is the shopping event for you. I bought quite a bit. The eyeshadow in the above photo is from itGirls. This is fast becoming one of my favorites. The lipstick is from Izzie’s. I always had a soft spot for Izzie’s. I really enjoy buying there products. I even enjoy visiting their store. I always seem to find something new and shiny. Speaking of new makeup, they are also selling new makeup for the Catwa head at their mainstore . I bought a bunch of it. I couldn’t refuse. What can I say? I love all things makeup! I should really blog it more often, since it is my weakness. You can find the eyeshadow and lipstick in this photo at Uber. Details can be found down below under the credits.

Okay, what are you doing still reading my blog? There’s shopping out there to be had!

Be kind to one another.

Cheers,

Violet XOXO

Credits

Head–Catwa –Annie by Catwa.Clip (catwa.clip)
Body–Maitreya –Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Eyeliner–itGirls –Catwa Eyeshadow appliers by Annie Jolifaunt
Lipstick–Izzie’s –Catwa Applier Cora Dark Matte lipsticks by Izzie Button
Ears–Mandala –Steking_Ears Season 5 by 菊之介王子 (kikunosuke.eel)
Eyes–IKON–Promise Eyes–Nymph by Ikon Innovia
Eye lashes–L’Etre –Angel Lashes #10 by Dᴀᴠɪᴅ Cᴏᴏᴘᴇʀ (dam1710)
Hair–Runaway –Marina Hair by Candela Kira
Skin–DeeTalez–Susanna by deetalez.com (steffi.villota)