{ Head of the Class }

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In my neck of the woods, it’s just about time for school to start up again which for me is accompanied by a huge sigh of relief as the house is much quieter.  However, it won’t be long before I’m back at school myself, as I’ll be finally going back to get my Bachelor’s degree.  “MOM! I finally know what I wanna be when I grow up!”  Hitting the books again after all these years is a bit daunting, but I’ve been assured by everyone that I don’t have anything to worry about.  See back in my youth, I will admit, I was pretty academically minded and an over-achiever.  I might cry if i got a “B”.  And that perfectionist side of me is going to have a hard time letting some kids half my age get better test scores than me, so I’m going to have to up my game.  Make sure they know I mean business.  Gotta get in practice of late nights and lots of coffee…  Oh. Wait.  I might already be ready for that. *grins*

For those of you I know who are going after your education as an adult.. I applaud you and admire you.  It won’t be easy, but that was only 18 years ago right? *nervously laugh*

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Alright, about the pics… First I’d like to say I’d been waiting to blog this cute ready-for-school look for a couple weeks now.  Pretty much from the moment I laid eyes on this plaid dress from Valentina E. at the August round of FaMESHed.  It was just right for what I wanted.  Paired with the super adorable knee high socks and heels from LaRoo and maybe I can call it ‘geek chic’.  I’d also like to mention that this really well done, MESH, low-prim, and low-cost schoolroom that is a perfect set for your back-to-school photos or RPing I found on Marketplace from Utilizator.  And lastly, the poses (in the classroom) are from the new group gift “Brevity” by oOo Studio that will be in store in the next day or two.  The class picture is also courtesy of oOo Studio’s “Yearbook” pose/prop… with several different poses to choose from and backdrop colors.

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Now go sharpen those pencils and shine those apples!

CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Harley (05 – Peach) – Pink Fuel *past Arcade item*

Eyes – Vanity Eyes (Denim) – IKON

Hair – Tanya (Black Coffee) MESH – Wasabi Pills **NEW**

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Dress – Louise Dress (Teal) MESH – Valentina E. **NEW**

Bag – Sophmore Satchel (black) MESH – Mon Tissu

Jewelry – Window to my Heart (silver) MESH – Maxi Gossamer **NEW**

Shoes – Alice Knee High Pumps MESH – LaRoo **NEW**

Books (held) MESH – Dark Midday Designs

Mad Nerd Glasses MESH – Mad Mesh by Domsson Lean

PROPS / SET / POSES

MESH Classroom – Utilizator

“Yearbook” Photography Prop – oOo Studio

Brevity Singles Poses – oOo Studio **NEW** Group Gift (coming soon!)

HELLO! It’s time to shop… the ARCADE!

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September is just a few short hours away and that means it’s time to play, play, play… and pay, pay, pay those super fun Gacha machines at The Arcade!  The Arcade is turning ONE and this round is so super fabulous I can’t wait to show you all more of what there is.  You’ll surely want to indulge in all the goodies, and gorge yourself on Gacha madness.

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Make sure to check out The Arcade Blog to see all the amazing offerings from the designers and to start making those shopping lists.  As well as submit your own pics using Arcade items for the photo contest in The Arcade’s Official Photography Flickr Group!  You might even win advance entry into the next Arcade round!

Happy shopping everyone!  Hope to see you there!

CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Candy (America 03 E) – Glam Affair **NEW** @The Arcade

Eyes – Ascension Eyes (Hazel) – **NEW** IKON

Hair – Heck on Wheels (Coco) MESH – Clawtooth **NEW** @The Arcade

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Dress & Jacket – Roberts (Citrus) MESH – ColdLogic **NEW**

Bag – The Donut Bag MESH – Milk Motion **NEW** @The Arcade

Speech Bubble (Hello) MESH – [Monso] **NEW** @The Arcade

Foodies – Blueberry Slushie, Liquorice, Nachos and Cheese, Popcorn and Pretzel –

*exclusive concessions items for The Arcade Bloggers*

{ A Bird’s Song } FLF & FaMESHed

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When I would play my song
You used to sing along.
I always seem to forget
How fragile are the very strong.
I’m sorry I can’t steal you
I’m sorry I can’t stay
So I put band-aids on your knees
And watch you fly away

I’m sending you away tonight
I’ll put you on a bird’s strong wing
I’m saving you the best way I know how
I hope again one day to hear you sing

You know we’re not so far away
Get on a boat, get on a train
And if you ever think you’re drowning
I’ll try to slow the rain
In two years or so
Drop me a line
Write me a letter
I hope to find you’re doing better, better than today, better everyday

I’m sending you away tonight
I’ll put you on a bird’s strong wing
I’m saving you the best way I know how
I hope again one day to hear you sing
I’m saving you the only way that I know how
I hope again one day to hear you sing
I hope again one day to see you bring your smile back around again

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CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Harley (Peach) – Pink Fuel **NEW**

Eyes – Eyelids MESH – Slink

Hair/Hat – Jill (Gingers02) MESH – Truth

Rigged MESH Hands & Rigged Barefeet – Slink

OUTFIT

Top – All Tied Up (Yellow) MESH – Sugar Button Boutique

Bottom – Denim White Tulle Skirt (Dirty blue) MESH – Baiastice **NEW** @FaMESHed

Shoes – Kasey Boots (brown) MESH – LaRoo **NEW** @FaMESHed

Jewelry – San Remo Bangles (Gold Aged) MESH – Maxi Gossamer

Jewelry – Window to My Heart (Short – Gold) MESH – Maxi Gossamer **NEW** @FaMESHed

POSES & PROPS

Lattice Fence Set MESH – Botanical **NEW** @FaMESHed

Fabric Bird (Songbird Red) MESH – Vespertine

Classical Guitar (Floral) MESH – Standby Inc. **NEW**

Melody – oOo Studio **NEW** for FLF

{ The Color Purple } More Love Donna Flora!

Although I was away from SL, Plurk and blogging for the past week and a half while family was in town visiting, I am glad I didn’t miss the chance to get back and blog some of these items I had picked up at the Love Donna Flora! Event in support of Squinternet Larnia.  The event is still going on until August 11th and some of the items are exclusive to this event so they won’t be sold in stores after that time.  So I do encourage you, if you haven’t been over to the sim… stop in to check it out!  I know what you’re thinking, do you reaaaaallly need more stuff?? (Yes of course you do, if I have to have an SL closet bursting at the seams, so do you!)  But seriously, even if you’re not interested in shopping the event itself, perhaps you’d consider just monetarily helping support a fellow SLer, designer/creator who, just like you, is a real person beyond the computer screen who is battling one of life’s biggest adversaries: cancer.  Every little contribution can help ease the financial burden she is facing in keeping her store afloat as well as trying to find alternative medicines in fighting this deadly disease. 

To read more about Squinternet’s journey and see the amazing support of the SL community rallying for her, read the Love Donna Flora! blog HERE.

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I chose the color purple for this blogpost because 1. the monkey was purple and how could I not do a post including him and his cuteness and 2. the Love Donna Flora logo itself was purple and I felt that was somewhat symbolic.  Purple is a color often associated with royalty and really, when it comes to all things vintage in SL, Donna Flora IS the queen.  For those who are of a spiritual nature, the color purple is also synonymous with suffering and patient endurance.  Considering the scope of what Ms. Larnia is going through in her life, that too seems quite appropriate.  And lastly, it is also a color that signifies honor and victory and sacrifice (i.e. the Purple Heart).  May it also be true for Ms. Larnia that though this journey is full of sacrifice, I pray she comes out a winner in her own battle.  And I hope she feels the love and support of all of us cheering her on along the way.

CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Lulu (Arctic 02 D) – Glam Affair **NEW** @LDF

Eyes – Twinkle Eyes (Aqua) – Insufferable Dastard **NEW** @LDF

Hair – Mana (Brown Diamond) MESH – D!va **NEW**

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Top – Naomi (Purple) MESH – MOLiCHiNO **NEW** @LDF

Bottoms – Swinbourne Shorts (Purple) MESH – MOLiCHiNO **NEW** @LDF

Jewelry – Midsummer Blossom Earrings (blue) MESH – (Yummy) **NEW**

Watch – Gloria – Donna Flora

Misc – Lavendar Monkey (black) MESH – *MishMish* **NEW** @LDF

POSE / PROP

LDF Set 2 (Pose 9) – Flash Friendly Poses **NEW** @LDF

Furniture – Colette Armchair (violet) MESH – {Vespertine} **NEW** @LDF

**Please note I have stopped including links to the individual stores listed, due to time constraints.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any trouble locating a particular store that I have listed in the style credits. 

Thanks so much for your understanding!

{ Premiere } For Love Donna Flora

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I’m sure by now many of you have already heard about the Love Donna Flora! event coming soon from July 25th – August 11th.  But if you haven’t, I would love to take this opportunity to share with you what it’s purpose is and what it means to me to participate.  The purpose of this event is to help a beloved member of the SL community, Ms. Squinternet Larnia, creator of the store Donna Flora that has for years blessed our SL lives with the most beautiful and well-designed vintagewear on the grid.  In late 2011, Ms. Larnia discovered she had breast cancer that had already metasized to her bones.  It has been a tremendous battle for her over the years to defy the odds and continue to seek out new treatments, therefore her ability to keep creating has been diminished and her store that we love so dearly is barely able to make tier.  I have never had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Larnia myself but I know her brand well.  It has been on my radar since nearly the start of my SL experience 5 years ago and remains a go-to place for all things vintage inspired, particularly for me, her exquisite jewelry collections.  Her eye for detail and textures in keeping with the eras she is designing for are unmatched.  It would be a shame to me to see her amazing work fall away and disappear.  But more importantly this is an opportunity to support  a woman that has given so much beauty to Second Life.  What I love about this event is not just the fundraising and financial help we can provide her through the generosity of many other wonderful designers, but also how quickly the community rallied and wanted to offer Ms. Larnia messages of hope and love.  This is the first post of a few I will be doing in the coming weeks to promote this heartfelt event. To read more about the event and designers participating as well as to read the posts and well-wishes from fellow Donna Flora lovers or to leave one of your own, see the Love Donna Flora! blog.

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Since this is my debut post on the event, I am showing off the Pose Prop “Premiere” from oOo Studio, available at the Love Donna Flora! event with 100% of the proceeds being donated.  The red carpet backdrop allows you to add your own custom texture or logos, while glamming it up with 8 female, 7 male, and 3 couples poses.

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CREDITS  ON HER

BODY

Skin – Katya (America 03 E) – Glam Affair **NEW** @The Boutique

Eyes – Ascension Eyes (Hazel) – **NEW** IKON

Hair – Francine (Naturals) MESH*Calico* **NEW** @Hair Fair

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Dress – Blythe Gown (Bronze) MESHRebel Hope **NEW**

Shoes – Grace Sandal (Bronze) MESH[Gos Boutique]

Jewelry – Julia Necklace, Earrings, and Ring (white) MESHDonna Flora

Bag – Delirium Clutch (black) MESHMOLiCHiNO

POSE / PROP

Premiere – oOo Studio **NEW** @Love Donna Flora!

{ Down by the Boardwalk }

Playing catch up as usual… I have been juggling too many projects at once to get things out as timely as I would’ve liked to.  I keep thinking it will get easier, but maybe I should just stop being so hard on myself.  The work will always be there.  I just have to accept that it’s ok that I’m not perfect all the time. I know, I can hear the audible gasp, “What??! Trin’s not perfect?”  I’m afraid to tell you folks, the truth is out. 😛

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I found this adorable outfit at Summerfest a couple weeks ago, paired it with some cute mary janes, hair and teddybear backpack I found at Collabor88 (June).  Then enter in the Belleza FLF skin from last week that was a perfect match.  But it was oOo Studios poses “Katrina” for FLF today that really spurred me on to get it blogged finally.  The poses have a youthful, care-free feel about them, making this look the ideal choice for them.

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The scene featuring Barneworth Anubis’s new Boardwalk building kit is from the last round of the Garden that ended this past week, and as much as I wanted to buy everything in the place (cuz omgggg the cuteness!), I had no time to build myself a beach this past month.  It’s on my (ever-growing) to-do list.  But no worries, even though I’m blogging all these events that have since ended, I’ll make sure you know where to find all these great items at the end of this post.

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Hope you all are having a fun-filled summer, full of sweet treats & sunny days! 😀

BODY

Skin – Jade – Belleza **NEW** (FLF Edition 7/5)

Eyes – Ascension Eyes (Hazel) – **NEW** IKON

Hair – Mimi (Type A – Brown Diamond) MESHD!va **NEW**

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Dress – Striped Sundress (multi yellow) MESHMilk Motion **NEW**

Shoes – Cotton Mary Janes (yellow) MESHFri. **NEW**

Jewelry – Summer of Love Peace Sign Earrings and Necklace MESHMaxi Gossamer **NEW**

Jewelry – Knit Friendship Bracelets MESH*BOOM* (past Arcade)

Bag – Teddy Backpack Pal (white/blue) MESH(fd) **NEW**

SCENE

Boardwalk MESHBarnesworth Anubis **NEW**

Ice Cream Carts MESH{What Next} **NEW**

Slushie Cart MESH.:Standby Inc. **NEW**

POSES

Katrina – oOo Studio **NEW** (FLF Edition 7/12)

*modified head position in closeup*

{ A Morning without Coffee is like a Day without Sunshine }

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 Life has had me pretty busy lately… all work and no play can make Trin a dull girl and we can’t be having that.  So sometimes it’s good to just stop, take a deep breath, and de-stress.  Anyone that knows me knows that I have an affinity to coffee (that’s a fancy way of saying, I love it… a lot 😛 ) and if I don’t get my morning coffee life can be pretty rough.  It’s therapeutic really.  So I think we can all agree, I should not be denied that simple pleasure.

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I’m also gonna throw out a few other tidbits about me as well, and why I chose this particular scene/theme… I am a girly girl, I love pink, and I love pajamas.  So there, I said it.  The cute new PJs are from Blacklace and naturally I would snag my favorite color. Perfect for lazing about in the early hours when procrastinating the day’s to-do list.  That’s something I’m oh-so good at.

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I went ahead and took the liberty to girly up this beautiful mesh house by Barnesworth Anubis and what better way to do that was to add the ultra feminine vanity set from Tres Blah at the Arcade!  This was the ONLY collection I got the complete set of at the Arcade and I’m so excited about it.  So detailed and well thought out.

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Now if you don’t mind, I might just snuggle back under those comfy covers, daydream and snooze a while longer… The work is gonna have to wait for now.

CREDITS

BODY & OUTFIT

Skin – Harley (Peach, #8) – Pink Fuel **NEW** @the Arcade

Eyes – Eternal Eyes (grey) – IKON

Hair – Hold on Loosely (Natural Fusion 2) MESHExile **NEW** @FaMESHed

MESH Hands & Rigged Barefeet – Slink

Pajamas – Chloe Cami & Pants Set (Pink) MESHBlacklace **NEW**

SCENE

House – Santa Barbara Bungalow MESH[ba] Barnesworth Anubis

Cobble Hill Bedroom Suite (White) MESHTrompe Loeil **NEW** @FaMESHed

Vanity, Dress Form, and all accessories MESHTres Blah **NEW** @the Arcade

Mendoza Cabinet, Thrift Shop Chair (Aunty Patsy Floral) MESHTrompe Loeil

Books, Baskets, LOVE Letters, Flowers, Easels MESH{af} Apple Fall **NEW**

Figurines (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Chichen Itza, Stonehenge) MESHPilot **NEW** @the Arcade

Old-fashioned telephone MESHfloorplan. (Gacha)

Carmen Drapes, Charlotte Home Lemon Tea Tray MESHLISP

Oolong Teacup Planter MESH[ARIA] **NEW** @the Arcade

Plants, Antique Standing Lamp, Open Book w/glasses MESHDutchie **NEW**

Rocking Chair, Round Accent Table,  MESHFri.Home

Sunhat (straw) – (YUMMY) **NEW** @Summerfest

White Fur Rug MESH[Tia]

Slippers & Newspapers MESH – Meli Imako (Marketplace)

Kitty & Bed – Zooby’s

POSES

Hana (close up) – oOo Studio **NEW**

Tea Pose #4(w/teacup prop)LISP **NEW** @the Arcade

{ All the World’s a Stage } FLF

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have  their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts…” (William Shakespeare)

This couldn’t be more perfect a statement for the world of Second Life as well as First Life… I’ve come to realize lately more than ever that sometimes you have to accept that people will come and go in your life or that at times you will be close and then over time drift away.  Perhaps only to fulfill a need for a time, to play the role they were meant to play and help grow you in some small way… sometimes even by hurting you.  But life doesn’t stop there, and you have to brush yourself off and go back out in the spotlight.  You were meant to be there afterall.  You were meant to impact someone else’s life too.  Maybe you will never know that you even did.  Life is just a succession and combination of experiences.  Be who you want to be, do what you want to do, and love who you want to love.  So when the curtain closes, you can take your bow for a job well done.

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And now putting away the deep-thoughts hat and getting to the styling.  Today oOo Studio is releasing this lovely new set of poses for Fifty Linden Fridays called “Elizabeta” designed to show off the hands, particularly the Slink Mesh hands that we love so much.  Mixing and matching the different hand poses along with the modeling poses to give you some unique looks.

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CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Alyx (Peach, Smokey Eyes, Auburn) – Pink Fuel **NEW**

Makeup – Classic Lipstick (Ruby Red) – Pink Fuel **NEW**

Eyes – Vanity Eyes (Denim) – IKON **NEW** (VIP Group Gift)

Makeup – Couture Eyeliner no.01 MESHGlam Affair

Hair – La Madame (Feux) – Vanity Hair

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Gown – Miss Luana Barzane (Eden) MESH [Amarelo Manga] **NEW**

Heels – Grace Sandal (Gold) MESHGOS Boutique

Jewelry – Miss Taylor (Emerald) Necklace & Earrings MESH [Amarelo Manga]

Accessory – Vintage Cigarette Holder – DDD Digital Dragon

LOCATION

The Looking Glass Sim

POSES

Elizabeta – oOo Studio **NEW** (for FLF)

{ Drifting Dunes }

Neva-Beach-Full_FINALSo in my last post I said I had a date with the beach… and as promised, here I am at the dunes near Neva River… a beautiful beach with picturesque rocky outcrops courtesy of Studio Skye.  It was warm but with a salty breeze and I had the perfect outfit to stroll along the shore in… the cute little PLAYA top that from MIEL that was featured in FLF this past week and the new maxi skirt from DRIFT which I will admit I am loving everything from that store and Kalli keeps cranking out new stuff like nobody’s business.  BOTH items are mesh and come with a color/texture changing HUD so you can change your look easily and won’t break your inventory or your budget.

I know not everyone had the chance to see Neva River while it was open, but hope you’ve enjoyed my glimpse into this lovely paradise through some of my photos.  Neva is sure to bring us more inspiring settings in the future.

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CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Alyx (Peach, Natural Eyes) – Pink Fuel **NEW**

Makeup – Tanabata Skin 01 Freckles – My Ugly Dorothy

Eyes – Eternal Eyes (grey) – IKON

Hair – Mango (Browns) MESH=DeLa*= **heavily edited**

MESH Hands & Feet – Slink

OUTFIT

Top – Playa Top MESH MIEL **NEW**

Bottoms – Hangover Maxi Skirt (wrinkled gauze) – DRIFT **NEW**

Jewelry – FRIENDO Necklace & Bracelet – MIEL

Jewelry – LUN Earrings  MIEL

POSES

 Closeup – Savage Beauty 03 – Ma Vie.

Full – Glance – Del May

LOCATION

Neva River Sim (now closed)

{ Good Girls Go Bad }

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For anyone that follows my work (even prior to blogging) they would probably say I have a certain style to my photos.  I am sure most of the time it comes across as more romantic and whimsical (like my last few posts), sometimes sensual.  Not usually edgy.  Although it’s fun to venture outside the box sometimes.  It’s one of the things I like best about Second Life actually: being able to change my style according to my mood or just simply to be different.  I’ve often felt that in my real life I am viewed a certain way… I’m a mom, the good girl, the wife.  I do dishes and laundry and carpool kids to soccer practice.  Yet there is so much more to my interests, my personality, ME… than what everyone sees.  In RL, I can’t dye my hair black and wear leather studded miniskirts when dropping my son off to school (well, I can, but I’m sure I’d get some pretty strange looks, particularly from my 6 year old).   So sometimes I enjoy exploring those not so typically ‘good girl’ sides to myself through my SL.  Because here, I am anything I wanna be.  For the moment.

CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Alyx (Peach) – Pink Fuel **NEW**

Makeup – LesMakeups (Monica) – MiaMai

Eyes – Eternal Eyes (grey) – IKON

Hair – Betty (black coffee) MESHWasabi Pills **NEW** @FaMESHed

MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Top – Lua’s Cropped Shirt MESHThe Secret Store **NEW** @FaMESHed

Bottoms – Studded Skirt (grey) MESHCracked Mirror **NEW** @FaMESHed

Stockings – Patterned Stockings (Skulls/black) – Erratic

Boots – Salina Boots (Black) MESH – :FANATIK: **NEW** @FaMESHed

Jewelry – Roho Ring (Large) MESHMaxi Gossamer

Jewelry – Love Rocker Necklace MESHMaxi Gossamer

Face Piercings – Against the Stream (Ink) MESH:Hebenon Vial:

POSE

“Daphne” Singles – oOo Studio **NEW**

LOCATION

Toxian City