{ A warm hug on the inside }

“Hot cocoa is like…”

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CREDITS

Mesh Head – Annie – Catwa

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Applier – Renee – Glam Affair **NEW** @Uber

Makeup / Applier – Winter Blush – Izzie’s **FREE GIFT**

Hair/Scarf – Handknit Muffler+Nao(Rare b) hair female – Sleepy Eddy **NEW** @TheArcade

Hat – Cat Beanie (charcoal) – (Milk Motion)

Top(s) – Irina Suit Jacket, Leda Hoodie Sleeveless, Adele Short Sleeves – ADDAMS **NEW** @Mainstore

Bottoms – Silvia Ripped Boyfriend Jeans – ADDAMS

Other / Appliers – Nordica Leggings (cranberry) – Alaskametro<3

Shoes – Skates (white) – N-Core

Other – Gushi Gloves – …Mutresse…

Scene

Hot Cocoa Stand Gacha: Complete Set – Sway’s **NEW** @TheArcade

Holly’s Home Gacha: Wooden Christmas Tree (white) – The HIVE **NEW** @TheArcade

Stack of Blankets – Vespertine

Old Lanterns – [we’re CLOSED]

{ Will I always feel this way.. }

She lifts her skirt up to her knees
Walks through the garden rows
With her bare feet laughing
I never learned to count my blessings
I choose instead to dwell
In my disasters
I walk on down the hill
Through grass grown tall
And brown and still
It’s hard somehow
To let go of my pain
On past the busted back
Of that old and rusted Cadillac
That sinks into this field
Collecting rain
Will I always feel this way
So empty
And estranged?

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and of these cut throat busted sunsets
These cold and damp white mornings
I have grown weary
If through my cracked and dusty
Dime store lips
I spoke these words out loud
Would no one hear me?
Lay your blouse across the chair
Let fall the flowers
From your hair
And kiss me
With that country mouth
So plain
outside the rain is tapping
On the leaves
To me it sounds like
They’re applauding us
The quiet love
We’ve made
Will it always feel this way
So empty
So estranged?

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Annie – Catwa

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Ella (Pale) – League **NEW** @Mainstore Release

Mesh Eyes – Chromatic (Ghost RARE) – Buzzeri

Hair – Mahogany Gacha: V1 (Ombre 5) – Due **NEW** @Kustom9

Outfit – Carolina Wool Dress, Virginia Wool Coat, and Rain Boots – Addams **NEW** @Mainstore Release

Accessory – Brolly (white/black stripe) – The Pose Shop **NEW** @SadNovember

Pose – Seasons #6 – oOo Studio **COMING SOON** @No21

Scene

Chelsea Townhouse – Apple Fall

Boxwood Hedges, Brick Wall, Scrolled Wrought Iron Fencing, Vintage Porch Mailbox – Botanical

Leaves – Action

Puddle Jumper V1 – The Pose Shop **NEW** @SadNovember

Autumn Abode Gacha: Autumn Wreath – SAYO

Itchy Grass & Dwarf Forest – Alirium

Old Brown Trees – L12

{ Cool girl }

You can run free, I won’t hold it against ya
You do your thing, never wanted a future
Fuck if I knew how to put it romantic
Speaking my truth, there’s no need to panic
No, let’s not put a label on it
Let’s keep it fun
We don’t put a label on it
So we can run free, yeah
I wanna be free like you

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I’m a, I’m a, I’m a cool girl, I’m a, I’m a cool girl
Ice cold, I roll my eyes at you, boy
I’m a cool girl, I’m a, I’m a cool girl
Ice cold, I roll my eyes at you, boy
Rules you don’t like, but you’re still gonna keep ’em
Said you want fines for whatever reason
Show we can chill, try and keep it platonic
Now you can’t tell if I’m really ironic
No, let’s not put a label on it
Let’s keep it fun
We don’t put a label on it
So we can run free, yeah
I wanna be free like you

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Amelie – CATWA

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Mesh Hands – Slink

Mesh Ears – Shiny Ears – ^^Swallow^^

Skin / Appliers – Lucinda (Tone 02) – YS&YS **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Tattoo / Appliers – Blind Game – Identity **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Hair – Tommy – EMO-tions **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Mesh Eyes Gacha – #2 Eyes – L’etre

Outfit – Romina Dress – Addams **NEW** @N21

Top – Coco Leather Jacket – Legal Insanity **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Shoes – Dark Magic Heels – Astralia **NEW** @TheFantasyCollective

Jewelry – Koko Earrings – RICIELLI **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Other – Negotiator Gacha: Leo Gun – BAMSE **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Pose – Mob Girl – Maison

Location – CerberusXing Mainstore

{ Be soft }

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Dyana – Catwa

Mesh Body – Hourglass – Slink

Skin / Appliers – Mia (Peach) – INSOL **NEW** @TresChic

Mesh Eyes Gacha – #2 – L’etre

Hair (w/Hood) – Giselle (for Giselle Mesh Dress) – BESOM & ADDAMS **NEW** @Mainstore

Top – Giselle Mesh Dress – ADDAMS **NEW** @Mainstore

Bottoms – Cherish Leggings Appliers – LYBRA

Shoes – Double Wrap Bootie w/Socks (grey) – TETRA **NEW** @Kustom9

Jewelry – Tresser Choker (white) – (Yummy) **NEW** @N21

Other – Sleepy Bengal (Gray) – O.M.E.N **NEW** @C88

Pose (closeup) – Riri #1 – KIRIN **NEW** @Kustom9

Location – Blithe

 

{ Wrong Turn }

…sometimes asking for directions is out of the question.

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I promise you won’t have to wonder thru any Jurrasic parks to get your hands on this new outfit from Addams.  It’s available now at Collabor88 and will be thru the month of September.  With a texture changing HUD you can adjust and mix and match your top, pants, belt, bra with a variety of colors and fun camo patterns. Perfect for a little safari / military / dinosaur hunting roleplay or maybe just for loungin cause it’s super cute and casual!

Also a quick note on the LAQ Trinity Mesh Head (that I love for obvious reasons).. it’s been updated with some really great new features and more expressions options!  So be sure to keep an eye out for a new post with details about that soon!

I was also informed that I was running unnecessarily from a Veggiesaurus but one can never be too careful I say.  It’s possible I smelled like asparagus.

STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Trinity 1.5 – LAQ **NEW UPDATED VERSION**

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Petra (Jamaica) – Glam Affair

Hair – Elira – TRUTH

Outfit – Stefani Military Suit – Addams **NEW** @Collabor88

Boots – 50s Jump Boots – Tonktastic

Pose – Scared – Dunphon

Prop – Map (from Bon Voyage pose collection) – Sari-Sari

Location – Dawn Kingdoms / Prehistorica

{ Livin it up in the City }

This hit
That ice cold
Michelle Pfeiffer
That white gold
This one, for them hood girls
Them good girls
Straight masterpieces
Stylin’, while in
Livin’ it up in the city
Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent
Gotta kiss myself I’m so pretty

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Trinity – LAQ

Mesh Body – Hourglass – Slink

Skin / Appliers – Petra (Jamaica) – Glam Affair **NEW**

Makeup (default w/head) – LAQ

Hair – Only You – Lamb. **NEW** August Luxe Box

Outfit – Miriam Bodysuit w/Laces –  Addams **NEW** August Luxe Box

Top – Cropped Bomber Jacket – ISON **NEW** August Luxe Box

Shoes – Jenny Patent (no socks) – Just Design **NEW** @Kustom9

Accessory – Girl Headphones – Foxes **NEW** August Luxe Box GIFT

Bag – LuxeBag – Foxes **NEW** August Luxe Box GIFT

Poses – City #4 & #2 – oOo Studio **NEW** @FiftyLindenFridays

Location – Ciudad INK 

{ My Happy Place } Coming soon to TLC!

Hi lovelies.. this is gonna be a pretty long post of pics so I’m keeping it short n sweet with the wordiness.  I’ve been a fan of DRD (Death Row Designs) for a while, Jaime is notorious for her epic Arcade/Gacha Collections and so not surprisingly it was love at first sight with this adorable Summer Dock set that is coming soon to The Liaison Collaborative for the “Endless Summer” theme.  It’s perfect for that beach/lakeside party on the dock with friends, and is chocked full of cute animations and seating all around..including in the canoe! (click on the images to enlarge!)

And speaking of friends, I called my girls to come join me for some fun in the sun and snapped a few pics of us for oOo Studio‘s new poses that will also be available at this round of TLC!  Perfect for groups of 2, 3 or 4 people.

The Liaison Collaborative opens up on August 7th and will continue til month end.  Plenty of time to get your end of summer party started!

STYLE CREDITS (on me)

Mesh Head – Trinity – LAQ **NEW**

Mesh Body – Hourglass – Slink

Skin/Applier – Petra (Jamaica) – Glam Affair **NEW** @Uber

Hair – Lila w/hat – Wasabi Pills **NEW** @Uber

Top – Felix Long Sleeve w/buttons Shirt – Addams **NEW** @Collabor88

Bottoms – Marisa Doble Lace Shorts – Addams **NEW** @Collabor88

Shoes – Kafa Espadrilles – Mutresse **NEW** @Collabor88

DECOR CREDITS

The Summer Dock Complete Set (including Canoe) – Death Row Designs **COMING SOON** @TLC

Beach Life Gacha: Hanging Sign (sun), Hanging Sign (happy), flip flops, driftwood candleholders, tictactoe board – LOTUS **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Lemonades & Bucket of Lemonades – Keke.

Open Road Gacha: Cooler (blue) – Consignment

Sunning Towel Prop – oOo Studio

Newport Beach Towel – DIGS

Poses – Sprites One, Two, Three – oOo Studio **COMING SOON** @TLC

Location – My home sim

{ Red Velvet Vixen } NEW Poses from oOo Studio!

“Take your pleasure seriously…”

You know what they say about redheads…  *smirks* okay, normally I prefer the blonder hues (because blondes have more fun, right?), but occasionally it’s fun to channel my inner vixen with some red velvet tresses.  Like a rich decadent cake, that just begs you to have a bite… or several.

Speaking of velvet, oOo Studio has a new set of sultry and seductive poses out for Fifty Linden Fridays called “Velvet” and yes that means you can get an entire set of poses for only $50L.  But that’s today only so you better get a move on if you want them. And I knowwww you want them.

Also.. I have to mention this furniture set I picked up from Abiss.  It’s a gorgeous new collection called Alto and the textures on it are amazing.  That’s truly what sold me when I saw how detailed they were.  Especially the *ahem* sexy black velvet. There are a total of 20 different texture change options and over 200 animations (both PG and Adult).  The set comes with 2 armchairs, 1 sofa, and an accent table.  You can purchase it in store, however, if you’re not wanting to spend the big bucks on the copy versions, you can get the transfer / no copy set on Marketplace right now ON SALE 30% OFF!

Have a luscious weekend!

STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Annie – Catwa

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Clara Gacha: Asia 01 – Glam Affair **NEW** @TGG

Hair – Georgina (mixed) – Damselfly **NEW** @FaMESHed

Outfit – Elizabeth Gacha: Corset, glooves, stockings (black-RARE), glooves (white-COMMON) – Addams **NEW**

Bottoms – Cerise Panties (darks) – Erratic

Shoes – Dahlia Heels – JustDesign **NEW** @FaMESHed

Jewelry – Diana Earrings – Astralia

Jewelry – Vintage Pearl Necklace (black – modified/removed flowers) – GizzA

Poses – Velvet Set – oOo Studio **NEW** @FLF

Alto Living Room Set: Armchairs & Accent Table – Abiss **NEW** ON SALE @Marketplace

Le Miroire de la Marquise – Kalopsia

Vintage Corner Gacha: Lights (modified lampshade color) & Cabinet – Apt B

Velvet Puddled Curtains (black) – Spot On

Ice Love Gacha: Sintetic Fur Carpet (gray) – Concept}

Classic Chandelier (silver) – Fancy Decor

{ She used to be mine }

It’s not simple to say,
Most days I don’t recognize me.
These shoes and this apron,
This place and it’s patrons
Have taken more than I gave them.
It’s not easy to know
I’m not anything that I used to be.
Although it’s true,
I was never attention sweet center
I still remember that girl.

She’s imperfect but she tries
She is good but she lies.
She is hard on herself.
She is broken but won’t ask for help.
She is messy but she’s kind.
She is lonely most of the time.
She is all of this mixed up
And baked in a beautiful pie.
She is gone but she used to be mine.

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CREDITS

Wearing

Mesh Head – Jessica – CatWa **NEW**

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Estee (Champagne) – [TheSkinnery] **NEW**

Hair – E816 (beige) – tram **NEW**

Eyes – Maple (opal) – [TheSkinnery] **NEW**

Top – Thelma Wool Cardigan (white) – Addams **NEW** @Uber

Bra – (comes with the Lara mesh body) – Maitreya

Bottoms – Lazy PJ Pants (pastel blue) – Miss Chelsea **NEW** @Uber

Shoes – Slippers (knit) – JustDesign **NEW** @Uber

Pose – Sit 024 – !bang

Scene

Build – Arcade Gacha: Cozy Log Cabin – [ zerkalo ] **NEW**

Courduroy Couch, Solid Wood Center Table, Leather Mini Stool, Book one is reading – Soy. **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Shinjuku Modern Home Gacha: Rug & Floor Lamp – TORO **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Homme Set Gacha: Can Pot & Newspaper – [Toiz]

Posed Cats Gacha: #9 Ready to Pounce & #19 Cuddling Pair (RARE) – (Fashionably Dead)

{ Finding Balance }

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As a mom, this time of year is a bit of a challenge in my house.  The start of the school year is always busy preparing and getting back to a routine.  Having to keep everyone on task and keeping up with homework assignments, volunteering in the classroom, PTA fundraisers, and extra curricular activities.. and before you know it, it’s Halloween, then Thanksgiving and SURPRISE!!! … Christmas again.  It all comes on so quickly, I hardly have time to think let alone do anything for myself.  But I still have all my other responsibilities around the house.. the cooking and cleaning, nonstop picking up after 3 boys and 2 cats, and then there’s Second Life and blogging and client photography.

I have determined that in order to keep my sanity…either I need to 1. win the lottery 2. discover how to clone myself or 3. find balance.  Since 1. and 2. are likely to not occur within my lifetime, I’m going to need to focus my energies on 3. FINDING BALANCE.  It’s a lot harder than it sounds.  Life is like juggling a bunch of balls, the more you add to the mix, the more difficult it is to keep them all going.. eventually one is going to drop. And when one goes, sometimes they all go.  I learned years ago that too many balls can have a devastating effect on one’s mental and physical health.  It’s important to know your limits.  I still struggle with this daily. Learning to say “no” has always been hard for me.  I’m a people-pleaser by nature and don’t like disappointing anyone.  My attempts at being WonderWoman have made me sick more often than I care to admit.

There are things that I do for myself though… that are good for my soul.  They help me push out the stress for a little while and refocus.  Sometimes in the middle of blogging deadlines, I will stop and do a photo for me, something personal.  It’s therapeutic.  Just as every few weeks I treat myself to a manicure and pedicure in my 1st life.  Taking care of myself is just as important for me as it is for the people in my life.  I’m no good to anyone if I’m a wreck.  I know I can really only speak as a woman and mother, but I think these ideas are pretty universal across all people in that: moderation is key.  Too much of anything can be.. well? too much.

Anyway.. maybe it was the massage I finally had last night, after 4 years of having a giftcard for it but took the plunge and got it done.  It was just what I needed.  I know I deserved it and plan to make it a regularly scheduled event now.  A little light at the end of a very busy tunnel each month.

For those struggling and juggling and still seeking their light.. I wish you balance. I hope you find those things in your life that help you stay centered and at peace. ❤

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Katra Ballerina (Europa 04 A) – Glam Affair **NEW** @Uber

Hair – Arden – TRUTH **NEW**

Eyes – Crystal Eyes (angel) – Buzzeri

Top – Ana Tank Top w/Gym Top 2.0 – Addams **NEW** @Uber

Bottoms – Cora Shorts (patterned) – Just Because **NEW** @Uber

Poses – Yoga Poses – oOo Studio **COMING SOON** @FLF

Scene for Photo #1 – Kennedy Interiors by Britain Knave-Kennedy

Build for Photo #2 – For Eku The Retreat Prefab – Scarlet Creative