Wheel of Fortune

 

 

“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.”

 

“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.”

So I’ve been feeling a little lost lately. It’s easy to feel like that, when so many things change all at once. It led me to the Wheel of Fortune card in the tarot deck. Feeling lost leads to finding yourself sometimes. So it’s whatever is in your cards in the future. Fate plays a hand in your wheel of fortune. Which leads me to my next topic…. getting caught up with my blog… It was all fate…

Playing catch up with blogging and trying to heal isn’t always the easiest. And I know eventually, I will be all caught up. But for now, I have to apologize for this post being a little late. I am very sorry. BUT … we must continue on and discuss shopping.

This month’s round of Uber is INSANE. I bought a lot of things from uber. My dress, shoes, and coat rack are all available at this event. Vinyl created this wonderful whimsical dress. Eudora3D made my wonderful shoes. Finally, dust bunny created this fantastic coat rack. I am really smitten with these items. I think many others will be too. When I put them all together, I could feel the crisp air floating around me. I knew fall was literally at my door step.

BUT, I didn’t just feel the love of fall at Uber. I also felt it at Hair Fair. Eliavah created this wonderful ponytail with tendrils hanging down on one side of the head. This hair does include versions with the tendrils down the left or right side. This hair makes me want to grab a hot chocolate and sit wrapped in a blanket on the porch. Finally, the pumpkin sign and barrels came from brocante. It was available for 50L. Unfortunately, it is available, but at full price.

When I created this picture, I had every intention of blogging it on Friday, but my health prevented me from blogging this photo. Again, I am sorry this photo is a little late. I will say that all the fall creations have me excited for the seasons changing. I hope you get in the spirit of fall and visit Hair Fair–and Uber. Okay my lovely followers, I must end this blog a little short. I am extremely tired, but thank you for taking a minute to read my blog. If you like any of these items, please check out my credits down below.

As always, be kind to one another.

 

Cheers,

Violet xoxo

credits

Hair–Eliavah–Sora Hair by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Hair Fair September 2018
Dress–Vinyl–Blvd Tartan Dress by lιттle тoaѕт (sukoshitosuto)–Uber September 2018
Shoes–Eudora3D–Aida heals/socks by Eudora3D
Decor

Coat Rack–Dust Bunny-Branch Coat Rack by Noel Bunny (lxlnoel)—Uber September 2018
Flower pot–Ariskea–Hawaii Hibiscus potted pearl by Aris (diaxm)–
Door Mat–[tea.s]–wicked Mat–Welcome by Tea Poop (tea.soup)–marketplace
Yellow brick road–FDD–“Yellow Oz” by Sveta Bridger (seller.xenno)–No longer available
Sleeping cat–Dust Bunn y& Omen–Sleeping Bengal In Bed by Damien (damascusvera) and Noel Bunny (lxlnoel)–available on marketplace
Sleeping Dog–Jian–Silly Shibes sleepy pup RARE by JIAN (jiansl)–gacha item, check marketplace
Chairs–Hive–worn dining chair by hive (thehivestore)–mainstore
coffee table–Hive–Shabby Coffee table by hive (thehivestore)–mainstore
Oil Can–Keke–roadtrip oil tin can by ᴋᴇᴀɴ ᴋᴇʟʟʏ (kean.kelly)–marketplace
cabinet with blankets–Apple Fall–Blanket Curio by Apple Fall (warehousefifteendesigns)–gacha
Candle–Hive–weathered pumpkin candle by hive (thehivestore)–mainstore
Flower Sign–Floorplan–Fresh flowers sign by Tegan Serin–mainstore
Pumpkin Sign–Brocante —pumpkin patch sign by Tegan Serin–mainstore–mainstore (fifty linden friday Sept. 28, 2018)
Drum Corn on the cob—brocante –Farm Bucket Stack/Autumn–by Tegan Serin–mainstore (fifty linden friday Sept. 28, 2018)
Drum Apples–brocante–Farm Bucket/apples by Tegan Serin–mainstore (fifty linden friday Sept. 28, 2018)
Leaves–keke–Blow me away Rowan Leaves by ᴋᴇᴀɴ ᴋᴇʟʟʏ (kean.kelly)–mainstore
Grass–{anc}–garden by anc “wild garden lawn” fresh green by aki69–mainstore
Scarecrow–scarecrow–Happy Scarcrow by Laurent83 Waco–marketplace
Pose–foxcity –Breezy by Satomi Masukami–mainstore

 

 

p.s. I know that my pictures are a bit smaller. I’m working on the issue. For some reason, they are uploading smaller than I took them.

 

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Seasons Change

 

 

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer

 

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer

I’ve been trying to catch up with my blog posts. While catching up with my blog posts, I’ve gone through a few really tough moments in both words. It’s hard sometimes to play catch up in any world. Also, when you’re not at your strongest, it seems like the world can see that moment of weakness and play upon it. I hate to think people do that in any world, but I know people do. So in the midst of frustration over playing catch up, I found this quote.
Sometimes you’re going to fail, or be rejected. It’s really hard not to take it personally. Either you body will fail to do what it’s supposed to do. Or maybe you get rejected from a potential job, or even relationship. It’s so incredibly easy to lash out. It’s easy to get angry and upset. It may even be our first reaction to the situation. BUT, the best thing a person can do is vent… get it out of your system to someone you trust. Then, move on emotionally, look at the situation critically and analyze your actions. Can I change my behavior so this doesn’t happen again? Can I look at this situation as a learning experience?
I believe that every experience a person has can ultimately teach us something about ourselves. I’ve seen time and time again people lash out on social media, get angry, and total lose their cool. No matter what happens to you…. no matter what is said to you, no matter what is done to you, there is one thing that will always save you and that is yourself. How you react to any given situation can either doom you or can save you in the future. You get rejected. Thank them for the opportunity and walk away. No good ever comes from lashing out. I once read a Joan Rivers book and she gave me the best advice that I’ve ever received. Don’t get mad or seek revenge on someone in a business situation, because you never know when that person will be your boss one day or vice versus.
I bring all of this up because I’ve had a lot of time to think about failure and rejection. I’ve even dealt with failure and rejection. It’s never fun to deal with those issues but they are always teachable moments. Maybe we have them to humble us. It may even be the match that lights the fire. It drives us to work harder, be more, and push us. I don’t look at failure or rejection as a personal attack on me or my work. I look at it as a learning experience… a chance to improve. When you look at a situation in a different light, the situation changes. A negative can become a positive.
In the past month, I’ve had to go through a huge emotional upheaval. I think all residents can relate to going through things either in second life or real life that plagues the mind. You get this one moment or quote that makes a person stop in their tracks. I had to look at my health and not focus on the difficult road in front of me–future surgeries, physical therapy, and pain. I could focus on all that hardship and focus on it. OR I can look at how it will shape me to be a better person. I can look at everything as an opportunity to feel better. If I spend all my time focusing on the negative, I miss out enjoying all the good parts of life. So perception is everything… How our view of what happens to us or around us impacts our life and even the people around us.
So I don’t want people to fear the winds of change. I don’t want to fear change myself. Rather I’m taking the journey of change…humbled and thankful. I know this blog post is more reflection than blog, but it’s a reminder to me and maybe to others too… keep your chin up and work hard. You will get to where you want to be or destined to be, just keep trying and moving along. You WILL get there. Also if you must seek revenge, I take the advice from beyonce… work harder my friends. I have never regretted working harder…ever. And when possible, work smarter…not harder. That’s it for my wise words of wisdom. And when I say work harder, I don’t mean taking on too many commitments. I mean..take something you love to do and hone your skills. Do something that you enjoy and work hard at it. You will get personal joy and growth over time.
Finally, I’m going to talk about my blog. There are a ton of items featured by events. My shoes are from Cosmopolitan by Utopia@Design. My shirt if from Eliavah and available at the fabulous… Au Lovely event (I would not miss this event). I keep going back and buying things. Also my pants are from the ever fashionable Ison and available at one of my favorite events..Collabor88. I also bought the leaves and dog at Kustom9. The dog is from Black Bantam. The leaves were purchased at Kustom9 from [anc}. The two chairs are from Fri. and sold at Collabor88. The bunnies and squirrels with books are available at The Arcade. The door, pictures, and decor on the stool are from Collabor88. As you can see, there are many many many items from various events. Shopping is wonderful right now and there is no better way to bring in autumn than with a new do, nice clothes, and some fresh furniture. Hey, I had to get a dog in there too. I do love my animals. So if you like any of the items features in the picture above, please check out my credits.
Remember… keep your chin up and find something to smile about today.
Be kind to one another
Cheers,
Violet XOXO
Credits

hair–Entwined –Charlotte–by Bʟᴀɪʀ (vivienmarli)–Au Lovely September 2018
Blouse–Eliavah–Amaranthine Blouse by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Au Lovely September 2018
Jeans–ISON–Livie Ripped jeans by Harry Hyx–Collabor88 September 2018
Shoes–Utopia@Design–Robin by Elisabetta Hyun–Cosmopolitan September 2018
Decor
Painting on left–Madras –Adoora Welcome Autumn Frame by Karthikeyan Engineer–collabor88 September 2018
painting on right–madras –Adoora Mt. Kusatsu Shirane Frame by Karthikeyan Engineer–Collabor88 September 2018
Jars–Madras –Jar Decors by Karthikeyan Engineer–Collabor88 September 2018
Door–Madras –Adoora Welcome Door Decor by Karthikeyan Engineer–Collabor88 September 2018
Stool–Madras –Adoora Stool Decor by Karthikeyan Engineer–collabor88 September 2018
tiny bag–Madras –Adoora Door Stopper by Karthikeyan Engineer–Collabor88 September 2018
rug–tarte –Farmhouse rug by Alessandra Donato (alixxbella)–mainstore
Dog–black bantam–Best in show yorkies gacha by Stasey Oller–Kustom9 September 2018
Bunny on blanket–Birdy–Loafs Bunny dark by Dani (nina.helix)–The Arcade September 2018
Bunny in planter–++half deer++–Forest Sonata bunny planter white by Halo (halogen.magic) –The Arcade September 2018
squirrels with books and glasses–++Half Deer++–Forest Sonata books dark by Halo (halogen.magic)–The Arcade September 2018
white blanket with lights–++half deer++–Blanket Clutter–all colors by Halo (halogen.magic)–Collabor88 2018
Chairs with cushions and pillows–Fri–Pallet lounge A and B light by Darling Monday–Collabor88 September 2018
Leaves–{anc}–autumn leaves red by aki69–Kustom9 September 2018
Skybox–[ba]–Paris Penthouse–by Barnesworth Anubis–collabor88 September 2018

 

pose–foxcity—partition by Satomi Masukami–kustom9

 

Just a quick note… If you like these shoes, you will have to hurry. Cosmopolitan closes on the 22nd.

The Magician

 

 

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. A. C. Benson

 

 

 

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. A. C. Benson
I’ve had a whirl wind of a week with a lot of surprises. First and foremost, I’d like to thank Utopia for adding me to their bloggers group. I was completely taken by surprise and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity. I hope that I can make Utopia@Design proud. Again, thank you so much for adding me to your blogging family.
Okay, now I have to talk about Collabor88’s birthday bash! As many know, I absolutely adore C88. I’ve been having a love affair with this event, since I started blogging. I look forward to the birthday bash every year. It remains to be one of my favorite events on the grid.
So it is my pleasure to say, this round is ridiculously fabulous. I should just hand over the designers my wallet now. There’s just so many wonderful items that I will be blogging this event a bit this month, but some of my favorite items are from this event. Every year, I find myself wearing things over and over again from the birthday round, so it really isn’t an event to be missed.
The picture above was inspired by Eliavah’s flower hairpin and dress. You can find this beautiful dress at Collabor88. The hairpin is available at Okinawa Summer event. This beautiful pin is called nightbloom. Her dress at collabor88 goes by the name Rafflesia. It’s really lovely. I really wanted to be an elf for a day in this cute little dress. I felt so soft and feminine in this piece. The Okinawa summer event runs until the 31st and you can find this wonderful hairpin there. I have to say that I really love this hairpin and I’m probably going to use it in my hair for another outfit. It’s just so pretty and … I am a sucker for a nice flower. My shoes are at Collabor88. They’re by Pure Poison and they’re called Haley sandals. I really love gladiator type sandals. I have been hoping for awhile that someone would make sandals like these. I will be using these again….shamelessly. I bought sandals like these so long ago, but I can no longer wear them, since they were made pre-mesh, so I was very very very happy to see these. I won’t stop gushing about them–and again you can find these at C88.
Moving right along, there’s so many items in this picture that it deserves two paragraphs…or more :D. My ears are fantasy elf ears and they’re from mandala. I can’t recommend them enough to people. They remain to be some of my favorite items that I use. You can find them at the mainstore. Let’s talk hair for a second. Can we just give little bones a round of applause for her work. If she makes hair, I’m going to buy it. I just hand over my cash willingly and happily. This hair is also available at Collabor88 and is called king. It comes with a styling hud. I have to say styling huds are one of my favorite things that designers create. It gives customers options, when it comes to styling and personal preference. Now onto another company that I use all the time. I’m addicted to them and I have been, since I started. blogging.
On the bottom of the picture, there is an ice cream cone filled with flowers. This is by the wonderful ++half deer++. It’s an older release, but… I really love this item, so we’re including it. It has the appropriate name of Ice Cream flowers. I just want to wear this with every outfit. It’s so dreamy! BUT, the pink and purple crystals in the background, those ARE from this round of collabor88 and.. by …you guessed it–half deer. They go by the name dreamsugar crystal. I knew right away that these deserved to be in a fantasy picture. There’s a bug at the bottom of my screen. It’s from Azoury and called endless butterfly. There are rigged and non rigged versions included. My carriage is from {anc}. Just like half deer, I have so many items from {anc}. I happily pay this company for their products. Putting {anc} together in a photo always creates something truly special. And yes, I’m totally gushing about them. I make no apologies. Totally adore them. This iron carriage can be found at Collabor88 as well.
The flowers are by {anc} and the grass is by Hayabusa Design. I really love grass that sways, like it’s blowing in the wind. Again, {anc} created these star flakes. they’re animated and gorgeous. I found them in my inventory and it’s the first time that I’ve used them. I’m going to use these again too. They just feel special. Mishmish made a baby winged unicorn awhile ago. It’s so cute though. I had to use it. My unicorn is a pet and meant to be worn, but I stole a moment to include her in this picture.
To close this blog, I want to talk about the inspiration for this picture. Really, my inspiration came from {anc}’s carriage and Half Deer’s crystals. They both seemed like something out of a fairy tale. So I knew right away that The Magician was the card for this series. As I started to edit this picture, it became obvious which card the picture should represent. There was just something magical about it. The Magician card in the major arcana means that “the revelations [in your life}  are best applied to the pragmatic and physical aspects, rather then the ephemeral or theoretical.” This is so incredibly significant for me. Some times you go through life and things don’t make sense. Then, life gives you the chance to understand those confusing moments in a practical way–making sense of life.
I’ve made a lot of choices in my life, which turned out to be the right answer for me. Sometimes we have to wander to understand where we are going–or need to go. I’m thankful for my path–with all the smiles and tears. Like that one quote by lady gaga, I like the good days and the bad days, because it means that I’m alive. We make sense of it, when it matters.
Okay that’s my final thought and shopping extravaganza info. There will be more blogs to come covering the Birthday Round of Collabor88, please stay tuned. If you like any of the items featured in the above photo, please check out my credits down below.
Credits

Ears–Mandala –Fantasy Elf Ears by 菊之介王子 (kikunosuke.eel)
Hairpin–Eliavah–Nightbloom Hairpin by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Okinawa Summer Event August 2018
Dress–Eliavah–Ruffleasia Dress by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Collabor88 August 2018
Hair–Little Bones –King by Nova Faerye—Collabor88 August 2018
Shoes–Pure Poison –Haley Sandals by Shaleene Kenin–Collabor88 2018

Decor

Ice Cream Flowers–++half deer++— Ice cream Flowers by Halo (halogen.magic)
Carriage–{anc}–Iron Carriage by aki69–Collabor88 August 2018
Unicorn–Mishmish–baby winged unicorn by Aime Takaaki
Bugs–Azoury –Endless Butterfly by Mayhem Seetan—Collabor88 August 2018
Crystals–++Half Deer++—Dreamsugar Crystals by Halo (halogen.magic)–Collabor88 2018
Stars–{anc}–Star Flakes by aki69
pillow–Le Poppycock –Every moment by Olivia Lalonde
Flowers–{anc}–Garden “spray” wild flowers by aki69
Grass–Hayabusa –Wind Field of grass and flowers by Motoko Oanomochi

The Hanged Man

"I just love mermaids. I was a mermaid in my past life. I just feel it when I go in the sea. I just feel a connection there between me, and the water, and the fish - they speak to me - and the shells - they ring out to me." Ella Henderson

 

“I just love mermaids. I was a mermaid in my past life. I just feel it when I go in the sea. I just feel a connection there between me, and the water, and the fish – they speak to me – and the shells – they ring out to me.” Ella Henderson

I’ve taken pictures for a really long time in second life, or at least it feels like a long time. I’ve always wanted to take a mermaid photo, but I didn’t want to take this photo until I could do it justice. So I was really excited to feel like.. I’m getting to the point where I feel able and capable.

It’s always nice to feel capable. In the past, I would shy away from photos that were too difficult for me to take. But, I’m growing and I’m so happy people are growing with me. I was so giddy to put this picture up on flickr. I’m very proud of it. I had an image in my mind of what I wanted it to look like and this is exactly like I pictured.

I’ve always loved the beauty of mermaids. They’re mysterious and gorgeous. I also love the ocean. I’ve spent most of my summers near water. So I can definitely relate to being called to the ocean. I’m much calmer and relaxed, after I go. It reminds me that the world is so much bigger than I am.

But, sometimes people can remind you how the big the world is too.  I am very lucky to have the friends and people who care about me inworld. I have leaned on my friends here in sl this week. I am so incredibly thankful for the time people have given me. I’m glad the world is big, because I’ve surrounded myself with some really great people who pulled me through some really tough things in the past and present. I’m thankful for the shoulder and time. I’m thankful for the role play… well I’m just really thankful.

Blogging hasn’t been the easiest these last few weeks. Life can just be rough. So my blog posts have been slowing down a bit. I needed some breathing room inworld to relax with good friends and do some fun silly things. Sometimes when family stresses you out… you just need to go inworld and be a mermaid. I was for a few days.

To help me fantasize about something else for a few hours, I headed over to the arcade. This entire outfit came from the arcade. My top and gems are from Birdy. My tail is from Belle Epoque and my hair is from a previous gacha by Tableau Vivant. My entire surroundings were created by {anc.} products. I love {anc.}. I always enjoy going to their mainstore and shopping. It’s always so dreamy there.

Before I go, I want to talk about The Hanged Man card in the Tarot card deck. This card was the inspiration for my blog post and upside down photo of a mermaid. I wanted to place her in the water rather than land. It’s my second life artistic interpretation. “This is the card of ultimate surrender, of being suspended in time and of martyrdom and sacrifice to the greater good. This is the archetype to meditate on to help break old patterns of behaviour and bad habits that restrict you.” https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/hanged-man/

I can relate to this card, but I think everyone can at one time or another. Right now, I am suspended in time, before everything changes. And who doesn’t have bad habits? There’s a few that I could break. Anyway, this was part of the inspiration for my blog post.

Please check out the arcade and maybe even step into {anc}.

Be kind to one another.

Cheers,

Violet XOXO

credits

Bracelets–Belle Epoque –Ocean’s Daughter by Janire Van Belle (janire.coba)–Arcade June 2018
Tail–belle Epoque–Ocean’s Daughter by Janire Van Belle (janire.coba)–Arcade June 2018– tail is rare.
Body gems/Bikini bottom–Birdy–Siren by Tyr Sinister (tyr.rozenblum)–Arcade June 2018
Hair–Tableau Vivant–Editorial underwater by M4ri1yn Magic–old gacha item

Ripple–Anc.–ripple soybean oil by aki69
Fish–Anc–I’m a planet gacha by aki69
bubbles–Anc–Bubbles by aki69
Ocean dust–Anc–Ocean dust by aki69
Sparks–Anc.–leaping sparks by aki69
Thunder–Anc— by aki69
Ripple oil-Anc– by aki69