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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Shoebox Event – September Round

Hey guys! A new shoe event has opened on the grid at 8 pm SLT on September 4th. The name of the event is called ShoeBox, and it is created by Rebeca Dembo (owner of CandyDoll), and co-owned by Skye Everidge. I am not sure if they both created the event together, for when I hear about the event, I only hear about Rebeca. However, if you look at the website and group, Skye is listed as a co-owner.

The event will start on the 4th of each month, and last until the 1st of the following month. This month we have 14 stores participating in the event.

I was surprised to see that a number of stores had shoes for only Maitreya feet – almost half the stores. It’s one thing if you have a certain style of shoe, and only a certain foot will do (e.g. Ingenue’s kitten heeled bootie). But if it’s a generic high or flat heel, there is no reason why a minimum of two sizes cannot be made. It just seems like in the rush to get items created by the deadline, shortcuts were taken by only rigging one size. I hope this will not be a trend for future rounds. People have written messages on Flickr expressing their pleasure or surprise regarding the items for this round. Go check out the photos and fave what you like, then come back here!

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Now, let’s see some shoes! All of the shoes can be currently found at the Shoebox event.

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Dog Days of Summer Hunt @ Blacklace sim

Hey guys! The Dog Days of Summer hunt is on now at the Blacklace sim. You will be able to look for seashells throughout the participating stores.

I tried to get a list of stores that were participating, but that didn’t work out too well. So I did the hunt myself to see how many shells I could find. Then I compared the stores to the stores that submitted something on Flickr, and I think there was one store on Flickr that I couldn’t find a shell for. They didn’t have a hint sign outside of their store either, so go figure.

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What will you do this 4th of July?

Hey guys! This coming weekend is a great weekend, for we have the 4th of July (US), and Friday’s Canada Day! So there are lots of goodies around the grid.

Blacklace is having a 4th of July event with other stores on the sim. The carts are set up around the pavilion, located at the center of the sim. They have both discounted and exclusive items. The event is running from the 29th of June to the 5th of July.

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Look at all of the goodies that Blacklace has to offer! ^^

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My thoughts on June’s Luxe Box

Hey everyone! If you haven’t heard, Luxe Box has released its second subscription box to its group members. For those who do not know what Luxe Box is, for 1500 L you get access to 12 designers’ new releases. Even though you do not get to see what you are getting beforehand, these are all quality designers. For those who are used to buying fatpacks of items, this SL subscription box will be right up your alley. If you are the type to buy 1-2 items at a time, the 1500L can be your monthly indulgence. There is always at least one “WOW!” item, and if you are a fan of one of the participating stores, it can be a real treat. You can join (or rejoin) on July 1st, and all past Luxe boxes will be on sale for 2000L (for active subscribers).

Luxe Box June 2016 - Second Life

I think he was trying to take me somewhere…I had asked him his name so that I could add it to the hud, and then all of sudden he started to fly…*winks*


Skybox: Scarlet Creative – Alaouite Skybox
Hair: Lamb – Prove It
Dress: Tee*fy Sabrina Dress
Boots: Reign Estee Heels
Bear (sparkles not included): MishMish – Beary ice Cream

I had fun taking this photo after I walked around the skybox. I actually used the unpacking animation from Exposeur (who is having a closing sale until the end of June), and made the box transparent so I could still use the pose.

Okay – on to my take on the June Luxe Box!

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The Allure of Female Dominance

The other day I was asked by a guy whether I was a dominant woman, because I “looked” like one.  I told a friend, and after taking note of what I was wearing said, “It’s a lace top and a mini[skirt]”.

So that got me thinking – how do we perceive someone to be “dominant”?

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This is a photo that I took in on of the skyboxes over at the Manor Suites. They have a nice dungeon scene, and I decided to sit in this lovely chair and treat myself to a few puffs on a pipe as I pondered on my question.

Is it their confidence? How they look? Words that they use? How their words affect others? Their physical stance and attributes?

Some people may say that how I am dressed in my photo would definitely make me look like I am dominant. Dressed in black, laced thigh high boots, hair pulled up and out of my face, and the look on my face could give off those signs. Others may see what I am wearing as an invitation to exert control over me because I am a woman that is showing skin, or simply because they perceive me to be a challenge.

On the other hand, if I were perceived as being submissive, could that give me an advantage? If you know how someone will act because of their assumptions, could you not manipulate the situation to be in your favor? If that is the case, could someone who represents him or herself to be submissive actually be dominant in certain situations?
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