Luxe Box January 2017 Reveal

Hey guys – hope everyone is enjoying the new year! I have decided to do another Luxe Box reveal & review. The first one I did was in June, so things have changed a little since then. Now you can join the group on the 15th of the month for 3000L. This comes in handy because if you really want an item (or more) after you see what is in the subscription for the month, you can still get it.


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My Rez Day – 7 years in Second Life

I’m not sure why it seems harder to make this blog post for this rez day. Maybe because for some reason, 7 years in SL is a huge deal for me. I think it’s because when you do something for 7 years, that means that you have put significant time and effort into it. I think the next major rez day will be  10 years in Second Life (if I make it that long). 

I will say that I wonder how Sansar will impact my time in Second Life – I may not even want to stay in SL for whatever reason. There were people who were so gung ho about Sansar last year that it seemed like they were ready to leave SL right that instant. Also, there is real life to consider. I have seen plenty of times where changes to RL work, family, health etc. keeps people out of Second Life. I hope that I will always be able to make my own choices, and to leave SL on my terms if the day ever came to pass.

Do you celebrate your rez day? If you do, what do you normally do for it? If not, why not?

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Merry Christmas!

Hey guys! I just wanted to make a quick post to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas – I hope you all had fun today 🙂 There are a number of holidays this time of year, so I never understood why some get offended if one decides to say “Happy Holidays!” instead. It’s all meant to wish people well, so let’s all just have fun!

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The 12 Days of Christmas at Chop Zuey

Hey guys! Some of you may know about the wonderful presents that Belle gives us around this time of year. But just in case if you didn’t know, I thought I would show you!

If you have never heard of Chop Zuey (shocking, I know!), Chop Zuey is my favorite jewelry store. There is a sim full of gorgeous pieces for both men and women. For instance, look at this jewelry set that came out last month:

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Happy Winter!

The first day of winter officially rolled in on December 21st. In real life I have gotten some snow already, and did the obligatory shoveling. I do need new shovels, though. Thankfully, winters in SL can be enjoyed with all of the inconvenience and freezing cold weather!

Location: by Dorian (closer to the edge of the sim)
Dress: Ghee FW16 Grace Gown – River 
Hair: [e] Estelle
Skin: Glam Affair – Summer v3 – Jamaica – August
Jewelry: Chop Zuey –  Moksha Pearl Necklace and Bracelet
Pose: Corpus

I would like to say that it is hard to find a winter sim that isn’t laggy! i must had visited several sims and had to leave because I couldn’t move that well at all. If anyone knows of any nice winter sims, leave the slurl in comments or let me know inworld 😀

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My reflections as a blogger

While I was away, Ember Adored made a blog post regarding feeling tied down as a blogger, and how she broke free of the stress that tends to come with blogging nowadays in Second Life. When I read the post I really wanted to respond, but wasn’t able to.

Hair: Exile:: Eyes On Me (@ December’s C88)
Skin: Glam Affair – Summer v3 – Jamaica – August
Glasses: Glamistry
Sunglasses PU2002
 Earrings: Chop Zuey – Pentecostal Shoulder Duster Diam Earrings
Jacket: Mutresse… Tita Coat (@ December’s C88)
Location: The Cyprian Garden

It’s no secret about how I feel about blogging; I have shared some of my sentiments in the past.

https://monisworldsl.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/blogger-sponsorship-in-second-life/
https://monisworldsl.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/why-do-i-blog/

And I have also had meetings with fellow bloggers:

https://monisworldsl.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/sl-blogger-meetup-today-at-9-am-slt/
https://monisworldsl.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/bloggers-office-hours-today-1-5-pm-slt/

When a blogger creates a post, it’s comparable to creating art. You have styling (fashion), staging a scene (H&G), taking a photo (involves photography), and writing up a post (for those who still like to express their sentiments). And whereas it’s nice and can even boost our self-esteem when our art is appreciated, I believe that bloggers that are in it for the long run are intrinsically motivated. That is who I feel content creators should look for when selecting bloggers, and not base it on criteria that can be easily manipulated. But what do I know?

Let’s get to the questions that Ember asked us:

What are some of the biggest things you have agreed to in an application in order to get into a bloggers group?

Honestly for my own sanity, I stay away from too many crazy requirements. All of the stores that I blog for at the moment have reasonable requirements. For events it can get a bit more hectic, but that is more so because of the number of items that you receive. This is why I am hesitant to join a monthly event.

Some of the following requirements have turned me away from applying:

  • Blogging ALL releases. I have no idea what you would release in a given calendar month, and just because you want to overextend yourself doesn’t mean I am able to do the same).
  • Getting 99+ faves /1k+ views on every Flickr photo. Suppose if my audience doesn’t like a particular photo that I did. Does that really take away from me being a blogger? It’s another thing if you were working as a social media manager and the team notices that certain releases aren’t responding well to the public. But that is marketing and research, not a personal blog.
  • Blogging x% of all releases. This is the same as the first requirement. Suppose if a store wants 50% of all releases blogged, and one month they double or even triple the amount of releases. It’s not like you know in advance that this is happening – all you see is the huge amount of releases sent to you, and you get slammed with work.
  • (For events) Blog x amount of posts, and have at least x amount of items in each post. This can be tricky to do if you do not know what you are getting in advance. This requirement wouldn’t necessarily turn me away, but I would have to look into it before making a decision.
  • Assigned stores to blog (for an event). This is not necessarily a turn off either, but what tends to happen is that while your assigned stores still have not sent out the items for you to blog, other stores are sending items. These are items that you want to blog as well. Then the event or blogger manager sees that there are lots of posts that feature the same content creators, and get upset that people are not doing their job. So yeah – this is not a deal breaker but it can get messy.

Why do you blog? 

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I’m back – just in time for the holidays!

Hey guys! I took about a week after I was able to get back into Second Life to look around the place, and to shop! I really had fun for the first time in a while, just shopping and buying what I wanted. Some items I saw on social media while I was away, and others I discovered after I had came back.

Hair: *Besom~Atom
Skin: Glam Affair – Summer v3 – Jamaica – August
Earrings: Chop Zuey – Pentecostal Shoulder Duster Diam Earrings
Top: Stories&Co. Quinn Shirt – Navy (currently @ C88)
Pants: Stories&Co. Party Leggins – Black (currently @ C88)
Shoes: REIGN.- MONETTI HEELS
Pose: (old pose from them) Dare
Location: KOWLOONS GATE REBONE

I wanted to take my time and ease myself back into my routine because I realize now that September & October were pretty much me operating on burnout mode. I never want to feel that way again – so many things to do, and not enough time to do them all. Even my friends tried to tell me that it was just too much happening. Certain activities suddenly required a lot more focus and attention than I was accustomed to, and new responsibilities quickly ate up my time. Now that I am back, I have noticed that I can get my tasks done a lot more quickly. I think in 2017 I will look into planning some scheduled breaks so I don’t reach that level of burnout again.

The pictures that you see today were taken at KOWLOONS GATE REBONE. I had fun exploring the area – felt like a real life Chinatown in the city.

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The outfit that I am wearing is from Flowey. I got it from this month’s C88 round, as well as a few other items. A trend that I have seen lately is that designers are making fitted sleeves for the mesh body. For those who know me, I like to wear Slink hands/feet with the Maitreya body. So when designers do things like make shoes that rig to the foot and leg, I have to switch to Maitreya feet. I have not done this with the hands…I find that if I can’t make myself fit into a Slink size, I will just not buy the top.

1. Bento hits the grid

I admit that I haven’t demo’ed any of the Bento heads yet, but when I do it will most likely be the ones from Catwa and Lelutka. A number of people have gotten pretty good results, and as a result they are starting to look like themselves again (pre-mesh head). This is a good thing! I was tempted to get the Vista Bento hands, but I may pass. Maitreya is rumored to get an update soon for Bento, whereas Slink is still working on updating their alpha hud and body. In my opinion, Slink should had been on the forefront of Bento to get back some users that they have lost this year due to the increasing popularity of Maitreya. But we will see what happens next year with that.

2. Advent calendars

I used to love Advent calendars – I would find as many as I could and visit several places a day to get all of the items. This year I am only making an effort to visit two places – the one at KittyCats and the 12 Days of Christmas one at Chop Zuey. You do need to be in the Chop Zuey group though to get their items. If you are still looking for more places to find Advent calendars, you can check out Fab Free’s list.

 

3. Discord Designs

APPEAL: Discord Designs - So here's the thing...

I saw this on Flickr the other day from the owner of Discord Designs ( a hair store):

(excerpt from Flickr):

Hi… It’s Kalli… long time owner of Discord Designs in Second Life. I made hair, braids, dreads, beards and all that sort of thing with a degree of manic intensity from July 2007 through July 2014… although even then there was a definite drop in releases from late 2012.

So… here’s the deal… If you wish to see anything more from me, please come by Moonsong before the 23rd and buy something… Anything… to allow me to get through this month’s tier payment. I’m around 9K shy at the moment… so at the end of the day that’s just fifty purchases.)

I went there and was looking for a donations jar or something of the sort, but didn’t find anything. Not sure if I will have time to look for hair I may want. I might go back before the 23rd though. If you ever bought anything from Discord Designs or generally like what they have, stop by!

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That’s all for now guys – happy shopping, and make sure you look for all of the good deals!

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