A Day In The Sun

When you start recognizing that you're having fun, life can be delightful. Jane Birkin

 

When you start recognizing that you’re having fun, life can be delightful. Jane Birkin

Whew, lets talk about second life for a minute. If you haven’t heard, Linden Lab is working on some stuff, which has been impacting SL. They’re going to be doing maintenance from the 13th to the 16th. And I …like so many others.. have felt the effects. I really wanted to do this photo about three days ago, but I had log in issues, rezzing issues, and things disappearing on me issues. Needless to say, I am very happy to get this post out for the world to see. Please bare with me this month.
So let’s talk about this fabulous summer time inspired photo. I couldn’t do it without some really great designers. So lets begin. My pants are from Eliavah and you can find this playful number at the latest round of Collabor88. My top is from Pseudo and you can also find this top at collabor88. My flowers are from lode and my hair is from Beusy. Nate’s shorts are from Noir and available at Fameshed. Finally, lets talk about this awesome pose. The pose is available at this month’s round of Pose Fair. She has made this fantastic pose. She also created a backdrop to go along with some other poses, but that’s meant for another post.. for another day. Please check out Cuca@Designs at Pose Fair. If you like any of the items featured in the above photo, please check out my credits below.
Lately, I haven’t been online much. I’ve been dealing with real life quite a bit. Some may have noticed me working on photos or not online. I haven’t really been able to have a lot of free time lately. Hopefully it starts to slow down a bit. I came across this quote, while thinking about having fun online. It really is important to smell the roses, get lost in the rain, and have some fun. It’s delighting in fun that you really start to enjoy life. Fun is definitely something that I need a little more of these days. And who doesn’t need a bit of fun every now and then?
Hopefully I’ll get a little more time inworld and some down time. In the meantime, I will share with you all my haul. So get out there, shop, and bring a friend.
Be kind to one another,
Cheers,
Violet XOXO
Credits.

Flowers in hair–LODE–Peony Poem by Chirzaka RV (chirzaka.vlodovic)–Shiny Shabby May 2019
Hair–Beusy –Siren Hair by On Mini Hiatus (colorless)–mainstore
Shirt–Psuedo–Isabelle Top by Smith Dash–Collabor88 May 2019
Pants–Eliavah–Suki Jeans by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Collabor88 May 2019

Pose–cuca@designs –Get Wet 02 Couple Pose by Cuore Capalini Carillon (cuore.capalini)–Pose Fair May 2019

Male avi
Shorts–Noir–Damon Shorts by N O I R (noirstore)–Fameshed May 2019

A Time To Be Thankful

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. Dalai Lama

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. Dalai Lama

I am incredibly thankful for a lot of things this year. One, I’m thankful that I’m here. I was watching a show called Lost Girl. There’s a line from a character who talks about how having life is so special. You have memories good, bad, and everything in between, but you have them. You have a chance to make them, no matter what you’re going through. No matter your hardship. You are living. I am living and that in itself is something to be grateful for. That one line changed me. Of course, I didn’t write the line word for word. it is paraphrased. It is definitely food for thought.
Then, I came across this quote. You open a door for someone. They respond with the common thank you. It is a sign of appreciation and respect in the act itself. It is the recognition of kindness being noticed. Showing others that they are thought of.. and appreciated is so incredibly special. Then you have the recognition of what someone else is doing for you. It’s always always always important to show others gratitude. It’s important to let them know that any act of kindness no matter how big or small is appreciated. It’s something that maybe is lacking–our outward appreciation of the positive actions done to us by others.
It’s Thanksgiving here. And I love reminding myself to tell people what they mean to me. It’s a practice that has given me a lot of meaning. It softens the soul, knowing that others care for each other. We are all meaningful and we are all important to others–even strangers. I rely a lot on strangers, family, and friends. There is no way that I couldn’t have all those people on my mind. Sometimes the people who have helped me the most in the last year has been complete strangers in my real life. People helping me into wheel chairs, opening doors, and helping me in any way they can. I’ve been helped by medical staff. I’ve been helped by friends who visit to raise my spirits. Even inworld, I see that same kindness. So I try to practice gratitude as often as I can. This year has definitely taught me that people help and aid others, even when they themselves are struggling and sometimes I am never aware of those struggles. I had a cancer patient open a door for me. There was no way that I could help her, other than show her my appreciation. The only thing she asked of me was to pay it forward to others. And I have every intention to do so.
So in the spirit of gratitude, I want to thank the designers and creators who work so incredibly hard to create these beautiful items featured in this photo. I want to start off with this fantastic dress. I can not gush enough about this dress. I love it… I really do. I think this may be one of my favorite dresses. I plan on wearing this again quite a bit. It’s just gorgeous and the detail is beautifully done. You can find it at Equal10 by Eliavah and it’s called Serenade. My hair is from SINTIKLIA and called Gigi, which is available at collabor88. You’ll have to hurry though, because before you know it.. the next round will begin. My flower crown is by Lode and it’s called Lilu, and you can find it at this latest round of the chapter four. Ali (the blond) is wearing the same flower crown, but in a different color, She is also wearing a top from moon elixir and it’s called night bloom, which is available at this months romp. It’s a really cute set with options to color the straps and remove the pom poms. Ali’s hair is from Rama and you can find it at Equal 10. There are some really great events and sales going on with black friday and a lot of them have already started. So get out there and bring a friend. Let the shopping begin.
If you liked any of the above items, please check out my credits below.
Be kind to one another and show your thanks this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving ♥♥♥
Cheers,
Violet XOXO
Credits.

Hair–SINTIKLIA–Gigi by Sintiklia (sintikliasims)–Collabor88 November 2018
Flower crown–LODE–Lilu Wreath by Chirzaka RV (chirzaka.vlodovic)–Chapter four November 2018
Dress–Eliavah–Serenade dress–by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Equal10 November 2018
Fox–jian–held red fox by JIAN (jiansl)–mainstore

Ali (the blond)

Hair–Rama–avril by Katarina Monk–Equal10 November 2018
Bra–Moon Elixir –Night bloom by ElixirBlack–Romp November 2018
hair crown–LODE–Lilu Wreath by Chirzaka RV (chirzaka.vlodovic)–Chapter four November 2018
lower part of the body.. dear half–Tentacio and {Psychio-Byts} by ƪιƪ ϻοמšҭёѓ (psikotik.gothly) and May Tolsen–old gacha item on mp

Decor

Sheep with flower in mouth–Black Bantam–baby lamp pose 6 by Stasey Olle–kustom9 November 2018
Sheep to the left–fawny–Dolly the sheep by Stephen (akirakiyoi)–old gacha item
Turkey–Jian–Turkey Collection by JIAN (jiansl)–mainstore
Faun–Jian–fallow faun by JIAN (jiansl)
fountain–HEXtraordinary –The faun fountain by Corwin Lacourte–mainstore
Grass–HPMD–wild grasses by Sasaya (sasaya.kayo)–mainstore

The Entertainer

 

"Do one thing every day that scares you." By Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” By Eleanor Roosevelt

 

As I sit here writing this blog, I’m thinking of all the things that scare people. I’m scared to do a lot of things, but I can’t let the fear win. Second life can be like that too. Sometimes doing things that scare you will give you the most satisfaction–maybe it’s taking pictures, starting a business, or as simple as talking to people. Life in general can be a bit scary. However, if we don’t do things that scare us, then we deny ourselves the opportunity to live. Second life is just like that… If you don’t try the things that scare you, then you’ll never fully live.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the cost of fear. It’s a truly high price. It stops us. It denies us experiences. It’s that feeling of facing a wall, even though you have the tools to take it down. It stops that thought of being capable.

After surgery, I was scared and frightened. I began to move and again fear took over, literally stopping me from taking a step. It’s such a simple thing, yet it became the size of a mountain. It took my breathe away. Thoughts raced through my head of all the what if’s. But in the end, I took a step. It scared me, but I did. Second life has it’s own wall of fears that so many people battle. And sometimes, you just have to take a step toward whatever scares you. Taking that first step over fear is huge. I encourage people to be brave and take that first action. It may just lead you to a path that you were meant to take.

Moving along to my picture and the discussion of fear. I wanted to portray an image of dancing, having fun, and living in the face of something scary. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there, despite whatever negative feeling is stopping you. Feel the fear. Don’t let it win. Fight it. And in the end you will know more about yourself.

If you want to dance with some friendly skeletons (which is a little scary), all you have to do is stick with me for a little longer. My gorgeous outfit is from the Eliavah gacha, which is available at the epiphany. I really really rally like this outfit. So I recommend it highly. The skeletons are also available at the epiphany and they’re by consignment. The pumpkins and pictures are out at Collabor88. The pumpkins are by Aloe and the pictures are by Fancy Decor. If you want any of these items, please check out my credits down below.

credits

Head piece–LODE–Mimosa Big Crown by Chirzaka RV (chirzaka.vlodovic)–gacha
Jewelry–belly, head, and legs–Empyrean Forge by Empy (empyreanforge)–Fameshed X, October 2018
Hair-Eliavah –Divinity Hairy–by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–The Epiphany October 2018
Skirt–Eliavah –enchantress Attire–by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–The Epiphany October 2018
Top–Eliavah –enchantress Attire–by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–The Epiphany October 2018
Fans–Eliavah –Lunar Fans–enchantress Attire–by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–The Epiphany October 2018
Veil–Eliavah –Starry Veil–enchantress Attire–by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–The Epiphany October 2018
Decor

Lights–Alegria–Dacing Starts Fireflies by Alegria (katanablender)–no longer available.
Pumpkins–Aloe –pumpkin Container by AlliKeys–Collabor88 October 2018
frames–Fancy Decor — Lee Leaning Art by Jake Vordun–Collabor88 October 2018
standing Skeleton–Consignment –Skull ptures Static by ValiantCo–Epiphany October 2018
Caged Skeleton–consignment –Skull ptures–caged by ValiantCo–Epiphany October 2018
Skeleton sitting on wreath—consignment–Skull ptures wreath by ValiantCo–Epiphany October 2018
Skeleton in stocks–Consignment —Skull ptures stocks by ValiantCo–Epiphany October 2018
Candles –heir–Candle cluster by ᵀᴱᴹᴾᵀᶤᶤ (temptii)–no longer available
mist–Boudoir –Mesh Mist by Precious Restless–marketplace

Piano–Zerkalo–Grand Piano by Daniel Estro (danielestro)–gacha check marketplace

 

 

Note… I took the pose before blogging it. I’ll get back to this post to include the pose at a later time. Also fans were added.

 

 

The Empress

 

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. George Sand

 

 

Bouquet–LODE–Accessory Matthiola Bouquet by Chirzaka RV (chirzaka.vlodovic)–older gacha item
Choker–.aisling.–Karishma by Druunah Esharham—older gacha
Necklace–.aisling.–Karishma by Druunah Esharham—older gacha
Tears–.aisling.–Karishma by Druunah Esharham—older gacha
Tiara–.aisling.–Karishma by Druunah Esharham—older gacha
Veil–.aisling.–Karishma by Druunah Esharham—older gacha
Gown–Dead Dollz–Bridal Gown Rare– by Kiddo Oh–Arcade June 2018
Hair–Doux–Julie by Dᴀᴠɪᴅ Cᴏᴏᴘᴇʀ (dam1710)
Pose–Nantra–Follies by Nancoix Urquan–Vintage Fair 2018–soon to be in her mainstore.

 

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

Woodland Pixie

Sad.

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a great start to the new year! One of my favorite movies is Hope Floats, and there’s a great quote in it about life. “Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts.” Once you get past the scary beginning, I hope the middle of the year has all the good things in life.

Now on to my picture, it’s  a little bit different from what I usually post. I’m crying, and wearing a hair accessory. My hair is white. Is this a trend? Why is she out in a fall setting right after the holidays? I will probably go back to black hair or change it. My hair color changes with the wind sometimes. For right now, I want to be a little different.

I went to the chapter 4 event, which I usually don’t buy anything there. However, I saw this head accessory from Lode. It’s called Iris and available as a gacha. I took a chance and won it in yellow, but yellow really isn’t my favorite color. So I tried again. I was lucky and won it in red. I have many, many, many hair accessories from Lode. They always do an amazing job. I have to tip my hat to them for always making me feel pretty.

Speaking of pretty, I walked over to see this half pulled up hair from Pr!tty. It was adorable. So I tried my luck again with a gacha and I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t usually like white hair, but this really makes my skin pop.

As soon as I put the hair and accessory on, it reminded me of a woodland fairy. I found this wonderful autumn sim called Pandora Box of Dreams. I put on a dress, which was hidden in the back of my closet and headed over to my new found sim.

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit blue. There are times in everyone’s life that are difficult–where nothing goes right. I  was having one of those moments. So I let my life be seen in art–which I rarely ever do. Despite all of that, I still have hope that things will get better. So I decided to make it light around me–with very happy colors.

I hope you all get a chance to visit the Chapter 4. There are some great finds this round. And remember, if you’re having a tough time, it will pass. Now, I really should take my own advice.

In the mean time, happy shopping and be kind to one another!!!

Cheers,

Violet xoxo

Credits

Head–Catwa–Annie by Catwa.Clip
Body–Maitreya –Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Hands–Slink –Relaxed by Siddean Munro
Hair–Pr!tty –Ari–Chapter 4 by Karla (karla.marama)
Hair Accessory–Lode –Iris–Red–Chapter 4 by Chirzaka RV (chirzaka.vlodovic)
Dress–B.C.C–Ariel Dress Candy–Pink by LULU (vitamingirl)
Nail Polish–Beauty –Blossom by Alaska Metropolitan (alaska.metropolitan)
Shape–Body Doubles –Jennifer Lawrence by Lyra Blackthrorne
Skin–DeeTalez–Susanna by Steff (steffi.villota)

Pose–Imeka –Lulu Pose by NatiWilliams
Location–Pandora Box of Dreams

Note–And I just notice my post missing a title…. Oh well I can’t be perfect–nor do I claim to be.