The World

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive. Jamais Cascio

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive. Jamais Cascio

 

This blog is much later than I ever intended. But it’s not due to a lack of effort. This one photo has a ton of things from events. I’m so excited about this one little photo. My feet really did hit the pavement.

Before I get into all the glorious shopping details, I want to talk a little bit about this quote and the name of the picture. I found this quote which touched a chord with me–especially right now. My whole world relies on me bouncing back and being resilient. Pain will ebb and flow. Sometimes you just have to do what you can on the good days. I thought about resilience, after having a truly difficult week with pain. I’ve always been one to say that I was in pain, but never really how that pain made me feel.

Bouncing back and not focusing on the bad days is so important. I’ve learned that yesterday may have been awful, but today can be better. You can’t focus on yesterday’s pain, when there’s a life to live today. My train of thought really brought me to the concept of resilience. Many of us have had to be resilient to stay strong in a virtual world. Many people bounce back from heart ache, failure, and criticism. There’s a resilience in bouncing back from those things. It’s definitely a skill.

I haven’t been the most resilient person sometimes. I’ve had trouble bouncing back from life’s bumps in the road–which goes for second life too. But in the end, I had the ability to overcome. Life doesn’t really give you a choice. Life is also mean and it will give you that lesson over and over again of resilience–with the rocky path that is life.

Speaking of rocky paths, I picked the picture to represent the world because of so many things. I’m a little touchy when it comes to prosthetics portrayed in second life. Any time I’ve portrayed myself with a piece of me that’s artificial like an arm or leg, I go through something emotionally. It’s more truth in that one picture. It’s one window. One peak to a mask lifted. I don’t normally run around inworld with a prosthetic anything for this reason. BUT.. if there was ever a reason to do it… it was the signs in the universe and this really hard week.

I’m scheduled to have a knee surgery in the very near future. My mother is disabled from a knee surgery that refused to heal correctly. It’s not something that I have told others about. I’m nervous and scared for so many reasons. However, seeing that prosthetic painted beautifully was a hopeful sign. Despite increased difficulty, it gives me hope that something hard can be beautiful in the end. Since this picture represents a big part of my world, there was no other arcana card in the tarot deck suited for this pic—other than the world. This is my world. These are my fears. This is the cause for such emotional upheaval. But you know what… it’s still beautiful–scars and all.

Now to create that beautiful reflection, I went to several events. My skirt came from the Dubai Event. It’s by Legal Insanity and called the Anna skirt. My head piece came from LODE and it’s from shiny shabby. My shirt is from Kustom9 by E.Marie. My legs are from N21 and by DRD. There’s also a gold flower pot in the background by Eliavah and available at Whimsical. As you can see, there are so many great events on the grid. If you need further info on any of the items featured in this picture, please check out my credits below. Thank you

One quick note, I was really hoping to see pashminas, rugs, and jewelry…gold at the Dubai event. I’m hoping to see these items. I have a few pashminas in real life from the middle east and I love them. I hope to buy a couple inworld soon. 😛

Much love,

Violet xoxo

P.S.–thank you to everyone who checked in with me this week and made me laugh–spent time with me. I’m really thankful for that.

 

Credits

Nails–N21–Sakura mesh nails by Nylon Pinkney–N21 May 2018
Rings–Yummy–Sweet like candy by Polyester Partridge N21 May 2018
Hair Piece–LODE–Valley Wreath (cotton) Rare by Chirzaka RV (chirzaka.vlodovic)–Shiny Shabby May 2018
Legs–DRD–Frida Prosthetic by Jaimy Hancroft–N21 may 2018
Shirt–E.Marie –Bustier Top by . E м i . (emilianamarie)–Kustom9 May 2018
Skirt–Legal Insanity –Anna skirt by EGO THE SIZE OF RUSSIA (datrip.blackbart)–Dubai May 2018
Hair–Stealthic –Somber by Hunter (stealthic)–Kustom9 May 2018

Furniture

Suitcases–Nutmeg–Old Suitcases Pink by Neva Xenga (nevacrystall) Shiny Shabby may 2018
white bag–Nutmeg—Straw bag pink–Neva Xenga (nevacrystall)–Shiny Shabby May 2018
flower vase–Eliavah –Stillglasses Roses 1 by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–whimsical May 2018
Rugs–Trompe Loeil –Teigan Glamping Rug–by C. Edo (cory.edo)–mainstore
backdrop/chandelier/ottomon—-foxcity — My Wardrobe Photobooth by Satomi Masukami–Kustom9 May 2018
Potted plant–HIVE–Cordyline Tree by hive (thehivestore)–mainstore
Pose–Foxcity–Selfie by Satomi Masukami–Kustom9 May 2018

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The Lovers

 

 

"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit." Khalil Gibran

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” Khalil Gibran

I know it’s early for another blog, but what can I say? There’s so much good stuff out right now. I just had to do another post…… you know to validate all my shopping. Seriously, the grid has been hopping with events. It’s a little late in the evening… very late, so this post will be a little short.

Some may have noticed links to music, I include them because music is part of blogging for me. It’s insanely relaxing to blog with music…and I like sharing. I have been on a very big hip hop/R&B kick for the last week or so. In the area that I grew up in, this genre of music was really popular. And I’ve been spending time in real life with some long time friends. We busted out the music and partied with BBQ, one very sunny day. This song reminds me of that weekend.
Now, for my title, it’s still my tarot card series. This picture is inspired by the lovers card. I was also inspired by….cough..cough…cough… The Red Light District event—-not to mention a few other events. But, I have to mention those events, because they were so good. I’m just going to blabber away where everything is from because there are so many of them.
To begin, my shorts are from Eliavah. I found them at equal10, which is a fairly new event. I’ve been to it a few times and I have to say it. I kind of love it. So definitely go to Equal10 and check out Eliavah’s merchandise. Just Because created this tube top with an option of having a ruffle or without, which was perfect for this outfit. The shoes are from Vale Koer which is now out along with the tube top at Collabor88. Now moving along to the male model, he is wearing an outfit by Gabriel at TMD, to include the shirt and pants. His necklace is from Real Evil Industries. I’ve never heard of this company, until now, it’s called Zoom, which created his glasses. His hair is from Doux. It’s called Troy and now on sale at Man Cave.
And finally, the furniture is next. The bed is on sale at The Red Light District and it’s by Krescendo. The lights are from Ariskea and the chair is by second spaces. You can find the chair, and lights at Collabor88–and my tube top. Last, but certainly not least, my backdrop came from a new company called House of Shade, which is working with foxcity. Speaking of which, my pose is from Foxcity.  I highly recommend every item, and event listed.
Whew… that’s a lot of stuff for one post. Thank you, if you’re still reading this. I know it’s a lot of events, but there are some really great things out for sale and a lot of wonderful events. There’s a lot of information in that second paragraph. So you can always check down below at my credits.
Finally..finally finally, this quote is so meaningful to me. I agree so completely. Love. I could say a lot of things about love, but I do need to end this blog in a reasonable amount of time. For me, it shapes my entire world. My whole reason for being here is to love. Love gives us life, honey. And without it, there would be a world of darkness. It’s wonderful to give and receive love in all its lovely forms. So love each other harder. And if you hate someone, love them enough not to do harm. Love is a wonderful emotion and it makes the world go round.
Be kind to one another,
Cheers,
much love
Violet
Credit:
  • Me

Hair–Doux –Selena hair by Dᴀᴠɪᴅ Cᴏᴏᴘᴇʀ (dam1710)–Equal10 May 2018
Shorts–Eliavah –Twinsilk Shorts by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Equal10 May 2018
Halter–Just Because –Hester Top by Annie Melson–Collabor88 May 2018
Shoes–Vale Koer–Reference Sneakers by Bob–Collabor88 May 2018
Pose Foxcity –Steamy–by Satomi Masukami–mainstore

  • Furniture

Backdrop–House of Shade –Good Trip by Shady (shady.bonne)–mainstore
Lights–Ariskea –Latern chandelier by ariskea (diaxm)–Collabor88 May 2018
chair–Second spaces –Uban Gyspy Chair by Elle Kirshner–Collabor88 2018
Bed–Krescendo–Crave Bed by KrescendoStore–Red Light District May–2018

 

  • male model

Hair–Doux–Troy by Dᴀᴠɪᴅ Cᴏᴏᴘᴇʀ (dam1710)–Mancave May 2018
Shirt–Gabriel –Spring Shirt by Takuya Jinn–TMD May 2018
Pants–Gabriel –Jeans Rollup by Takuya Jinn–TMD May 2018
Necklace–Real Evil Industries –ReVox Unleashed Necklace–mainstore
Ears–Mandala –Stretched Ears by 菊之介王子 (kikunosuke.eel)–mainstore
Glasses–zoom–Aviator–by Jonas Acanthus—TMD may 2018

 

The Moon

I don't know what sex appeal is. I don't think you can have sex appeal knowingly. The people who seduce me personally are the people who seem not to know they're seductive, and not to know they have sex appeal. Omar Sharif Read

“I don’t know what sex appeal is. I don’t think you can have sex appeal knowingly. The people who seduce me personally are the people who seem not to know they’re seductive, and not to know they have sex appeal.”  Omar Sharif Read

I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Romp. This round is pretty great. However, I do wish that more clothes and items were geared towards men. But I’m always wanting more items for men. Girls have all the fun. It’s so not fair. I know …I know.. I know, but you’re a girl!! So? I still want options for everyone to enjoy. 🙂

Anyway, I chose this quote because I totally agree with it. I think the most seductive people seem to be those who have no idea. It’s always the way! There’s something so alluring about a mask, and a neon dark lit room. I know that it just screams seduction or at least it does for me.

Now onto the title of this post, the moon is another major arcana card in the Tarot deck. It’s a card that I get a lot, in readings. It represents hidden facts, jealousy, deception. This card is connected to the night. I always think seduction happens at night—why…. I have no idea. But anyway, that’s enough about this card, lets talk about Romp.

Every time I go to Romp, I always find items that make me feel a bit hawt. The bed, corset, cuffs, and shoes are all from this wonderful event. This is definitely one of my favorite outfits. And it came from this event. breathe created my shoes. My corset was a collaboration between Altair and [CX]. The bed is by Dictatorship and it’s called contempo. I really do like this company. They do run on the expensive side, but some of my favorite furniture comes from this company. The bed in the picture is currently available at Romp.

Speaking of pictures, I felt very inspired by Nicki Minaj and her videos for this one. I think they are insanely creative, so there are links to some of her music with this post. I love taking pictures and listening to music. I think music and art go hand in hand. It adds to my creativity and sets a mood for the pictures. I had a lot of fun creating this picture.

I thoroughly enjoy taking pictures. I would never be able to take these photos without the help of the designers who spend hours of learning how to make their creations. Thank you so much for allowing me to be creative. Without you, my photos would not exist. I really do appreciate all of their hard work. So a big thank you!!

Also, to change the subject a bit, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!! I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday.

My next blog post will feature Collabor88. I’m sorry that my post is a little late. It is coming soon. I promise. Real life has been super busy lately. BUT I’ll be around a bit more soon.

Before I end this post, I want to put love out there in the world again. I really hope that everything is going well for every one inworld. I’m sending you all love and light. It’s important to put out love in the universe. I always believe what you put into the world will come back to you in spades.

Okay now get out there and head to ROMP!!! If you like any of the items featured in the above photo, please check out my credits down below.

Credits

Hair–stealthic –Paradox by Hunter (stealthic)
Mask–Le Forme –Bunny mask by Lou (louise.marsault)
corset–Altair&[CX] collaboration–Bunny Suit by Helli Nikiforov (thanako) and Cᴇʀʙᴇʀᴜs (kamayari)–Romp May 2018
Cuffs–Altair&[CX] Collaboration –Bunny Suit by Helli Nikiforov (thanako) and Cᴇʀʙᴇʀᴜs (kamayari)–Romp May 2018
Shoes–Breathe–Michi by daisa Admiral–Romp May 2018

Bed–Dictatorship –contempo by Dee (dictatorshop)

Pose–Bauhaus Movement –Disseminated Anime Style by LouLou Hill (loulou.teichmann)

Death

I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents. Pablo Picasso

 

“I don’t believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.” Pablo Picasso

I love this quote. I’ve had a  lot of run ins and accidents. I mean… Who hasn’t? We all endure some type of accident in life. It really is what we take away from them. I also believe there is no such thing as accidents, because everything happens for a reason. I have to believe that needing surgery…. is for a reason. And in the virtual world, I have to believe everything happens for a reason. It’s all a journey.

Speaking of journey, I named this blog post Death because it is one of the major arcana in Tarot Cards. The death card isn’t really about death though. It’s about change. If you think about it, you have to let something die out to change. You have to make way for rebirth. With death and rebirth, you learn a lot along the way.

I chose this picture to represent death is because of the skulls on the bike. Skulls have been used as a symbol for death–so I too am using them for that reason ♥. With death (change) and accidents, they occur for a reason–to grow, learn, mature, and move forward with that new knowledge….. like I should never be allowed to drive a motorcycle. With new knowledge comes wisdom.

While I’m talking about new  knowledge, It wouldn’t be right to not include the credits of this outfit. So here we go. Look no further than this month’s round at Uber.  My body suit comes from Foxes and my helmet is from Astralia. The motorcycle is from Sau. There is a color hud for the helmet and the bike. The theme this month was definitely everything motorcycle. It’s not my usual style, but sometimes it’s nice to change it up. If you’re wondering where those lovely items are located, please check out my credits down below.

Credits

Bodysuit–Foxes–Audrey bodysuit by Tyr Sinister (tyr.rozenblum)–Uber april 25th 2018
Helmet–Astralia –Fashion Biker Helmet by Astralia–Uber april 25th 2018
Motorcycle–SAU–Raider by NiR McBride–Uber april 25th 2018
Boots–GOS–Ariana Thigh High boots by Gos (gospel.voom)

Strength

 

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

I really believe in this quote. As I sit here, knowing that the next few months will be a little scary, I know that it will make me stronger in the end. It’s quotes like these that give me hope for the future, despite any hardship that will come in my path.

Speaking of strength, it became the name of this blog, but the name for the blog definitely has a story behind it. For months, I’ve been toying with the idea of making second life pictures with the inspiration from the major Arcana in a tarot card deck. I think it’s appropriate to start with this particular card, because of where I am in life. I’m learning to be strong, to balance life, and to face fear straight ahead. It’s not easy being strong, especially if you’re scared. But it takes strength and courage to go into the unknown. Health issues deal with being strong and being courageous, so I had to go out of order and start with this particular card.

Sometimes we find strength in ourselves and sometimes we find it through other people to get us through the rough spots. People can give us hope. They can make a dim room seem bright. People are a big part in becoming strong. We don’t gain strength by going at it alone and it’s not always about showing people the best parts of ourselves. Strength comes in so many forms. Sometimes in second life, we find our strength in this virtual world, but the alternative is also true. You have to be strong enough to face the criticism or harsh words……or even self doubt in this virtual space. It takes strength to face the hard words of others and still put your best face forward, despite it all. Second life will test you but then again so will life. It will put your strength to the test. You have to be pretty strong to get through life without losing yourself. So my message to residents… stay strong in whatever fears or tribulations that you face. You will get through it.

So I took my strong self exploring and found this little nook. I snapped a pic with a gorgeous dress from Addams. It’s actually a mainstore release. I hardly ever blog mainstore releases, but I really adore this dress. I just had to blog it. It is just so pretty and delicate. Then, I headed over to the Chapter four and played the Lode machine until I won these two items. on my head. Note, this prior round of the Chapter Four is closed, but you can usually find previous releases at their mainstore, so I would check the Lode mainstore for the head piece (I linked the slurl down below in my credits).  I adore this outfit. It makes me feel so delicate. There’s something to be said for having strength while also being delicate.

Stay strong, face your fears, and be brave!

If you like any of the above items in the photo, please take a look at my credits.

 

Much Love,

Violet

XOXO

Credits

Dress–Addams–Dinorah Halter Romper–by AmaliaRainwood
Flower crown–LODE-Primula Crown by Chirzaka RV (chirzaka.vlodovic)–Soon to be re-released.
Moths-LODE-Primula Moths by Chirzaka RV (chirzaka.vlodovic)–soon to be re-released at the mainstore.