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“The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.”

Thalia Heckroth™ has made minimalism and simplicity her design signature. But just as  Doris Janzen Longacre was correct when talking about simple living not being simple, minimalist design is just as deceptively complex. Embellishment is easy, structure is hard. Look at the structure on this gorgeously simple dress. Look at the bodice and the way the sleeves are inset. This is a deceptive form of simplicity that is the hallmark of good design. I decided to go for pink, out of the many color choices this dress comes in. I was tired. Pink wakes me up. Shoetopia is opening on the 25th and I am checking out the shoes that will be featured. Unpacking can be fun…particularly when the package is this adorable. You see that purse? It’s the box my shoes came in. How fun is that? The shoes are also from Thalia Heckroth™ and aren’t they shiny and pretty? I like heels with pointed toes more than any other shoe shape. They are the most elegant and sexiest shoes there are.… Read the restGive a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world


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Pink Makes Everything Pretty

Altair’s dress for Collabor88 is as flirty as it can be. It comes in a range of colors and with a HUD to change the colors of the bow and the ribbon at the babydoll waist and the hem. I chose pink because pink makes things pretty.  This dress is all about the legs.  Which makes it great for showing off gorgeous shoes.  Exile’s hair is great for showing off everything, including the lovely jewelry from Minimal and the fabulous Amaya skin from Glam Affair. **SHOPPING LIST******
Clothing: ALTAIR
yasuho dress .violet. maitreya @ Collabor88
Shoes: Amacci Shoes – Vienna – (Slink High) @ Collabor88
Jewelry: MINIMAL – Knox Earring -Silver- L – @ Collabor88
MINIMAL – Knox Necklace -Silver- -Resizer- @ Collabor88
Skin: Glam Affair Amaya Lelutka @ Skin Fair
Hair: Exile:: Not Today @ Collabor88
Poses: aDorkable
Appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 227
Glam Affair – Amaya ( LeLutka Applier ) America
Eyes: [PXL] REFLEX Eyes (M) ~ GreenGold
Mesh Attachments: .LeLutka.Cate.Teeth 1.1
.LeLutka.Head.Cate 2.6
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Deluxe V1.2.5
Slink Hands – Dynamic – Female L (anims) V1.1
HUDS: .LeLutka.Cate.HUD 2.6
AnyPose Expression HUD v1.0 – Wear Me
Slink Ankle Lock

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Lazy Days with Collabor88 and The Arcade

It’s a good think I got this gorgeous rare bed from the DRD gacha at The Arcade because it’s perfect for lazing about and so are some of the new releases from Collabor88
OMG, look at how worn this little dress from Hucci is! I am embarrassed to confess that I have one just like this except it’s pale blue. My best friend once told me, “Most people throw their sleepwear away when it has more than three holes in it.” She just does not know how incredibly soft a twenty year old sleep dress can be. And you know what, I wear a sweater with my sleep dress, too. My sweater is way too big and totally soft, too. Mine is teal. I thought about wearing those colors but thought it was just too similar, especially with the bed head. And flip flops, too! I like flip flops better than slippers which are often too warm. I wear them in the house all the time. I am not one for wearing leg warmers though, but they are gorgeous. I love this hair from Moon. It’s perfect for the outfit I am wearing.… Read the rest“Sometimes, when we cannot attain the freedom we are fighting for, we free ourselves by carving a new path to freedom.”

Overwhelmed with the New

Gizza released a gorgeous formal gown at The Liaison Collaborative. It comes in rich jewel tones, deeply saturated colors such as this rich ruby red. It has a full, flowering skirt that falls deeply in the back. These skirts are sometimes controversial. Sometimes they are a failure, but when well done, they are beautiful, flashing your legs while still providing the length of formal wear. I kind of think we should name them by how well they work. Hi-lo or waterfall skirts if they work and mullet skirts if they do not. By the way, Slink has updated their hands so they are rigged to the Bento skeleton. Note the very, not just released, but updated. What does that mean for you? It means that to have new Bento hands, you can simply update your old ones without an additional investment. How generous is that? How does it work? You go to the mainstore and click the redelivery terminal and the update will be sent to you. If you bought the multipack, you will get the whole shebang, the dynamic hands, the idle HUD, and a fifteen pose HUD of static poses.… Read the rest“There has always been an elegance to the application of excellence.”

I am alive, and drunk on sunlight.

I am loving the outfit released by Zaara for Collabor88 this month. The February C88 showcased folk designs and how appropriate that Zaara release something representative of her country’s traditional, and still current, fashions.  I fell in love with the orangery from Milk Motion for the Arcade, or should I say L’orangerie? I also got a new pet at The Arcade from Jian. I stopped by to get a hamburger from the burger truck from Contraption for The Arcade, but it wasn’t open yet. My makeup is bold and colorful and part of the new makeup sets from Glam Affair, a massive release in coordination with the new Chloe Bento head. The gorgeous hair is from Exile for Collabor88. The earrings are from Kungler. The art is from Milk Motion’s set at the Arcade. ****SHOPPING LIST******

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If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.

Henny Youngman once said, “If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.” It makes me sort of want to see one of his routines. I kind of think this little romper might lead to doing things tonight…so I will sleep late. You can find your own in Birdy’s gacha at The Arcade. Be sure to sleep late.


Coming or going, it’s delightful.

The shoes are from Ingenue and available at The Arcade which opened today.

Can you believe I got the RED hair on the very first pull in Clawtooth’s gacha at The Arcade? I was thrilled. I also was pretty lucky with the Birdy gacha, not getting a pile of duplicates.

The rings are from Yummy and also at The Arcade. I love the intricate details. My skin is Glam Affair’s Chloe made for the new Chloe Bento head from Lelutka. Glam Affair released several eye and lip makeup appliers that are worth a deep dive. They are gorgeous. ****SHOPPING LIST******

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Our imagination is the only true freedom we have.

Our imagination is the only true freedom we have. Before you decide that is depressing and melodramatic, consider this. What really impinges on our freedom more than anything? Is it the government or is it the mores and expectations of friends, family, and community? What stops us from pursuing our dreams, the police or our fears?  There are many things that hold us back, health, financial limitations, even time, but for those of us who live in a relatively free society, we are the ones who limit our freedom. As a white woman in the United States, I am relatively free of governmental repression. Of course, there are many cultural limits on women’s freedom and if some get their way, there will be governmental restrictions as well. But given the continuum of freedom in the world, I am comfortably situated on the relatively free section. I have been arrested a few times for my political activities and always released with an apology. For people who are not white, police encounters are more dangerous.… Read the restOur imagination is the only true freedom we have

Who Doesn’t Love Paddington?

So, when I saw ALT by TRUTH was releasing an item called Paddington, I was expecting a coat. Who wouldn’t? Thinking about it, though, a classic crew neck sweater and button down shirt is what Jonathan and Judy would have worn. They were very proper and tucked in their shirts, but who cares about that when such a gorgeous and versatile sweater, an investment set, is released. I really appreciate it when the creator notes what items work well under their mesh pieces. There is a color change hud that allows you to choose eleventy million (24) colors for the sweater and the shirt, plus a dozen prints and even three button colors. So, I wanted to wear a pencil skirt and tried on a few. I chose this one from Emery because the fabric is exactly right for this outfit. I adore these sandal pumps, they are very delicate but have the bold zipper going up the counter. Truth released this lovely hair style with the beautifully arranged curls. It’s called Delaney and a lovely casually chic style.… Read the rest“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”

Folkloric

I always like to bust up sets and mix and match because it shows that the clothing people make in Second Life is more versatile than we think. For that reason, even though the Irina cropped sweater I am wearing from The Secret Store comes with a beautiful skirt that coordinates with it, I chose to wear a different skirt to show it can be done. Of course, you know and I know it can be done, but a reminder is useful.  And likewise, this gorgeous pleated skirt from ISON was released with a coordinating top with gorgeous embroider on the shoulders. I love these knife pleats. Every time I see them, I am reminded of this amazing fabric store I went to in Algeciras. I have been to larger ones since, but this one had the feeling of centuries of tradition. The building was incredibly old and there were shelves that went up nearly to the ceiling which was at least twenty feet high and rolling ladders to climb to reach the fabrics. Even the cash register must have been from the 19th century, covered with ornate leaves and flowers.  … Read the restalthough the actual image is clear enough, the interpretation is infinitely blurred, a sort of enormous rainbow of every possible color you could imagine

Stories & Folklore

The theme for Collabor88 this month is StoryTime and the creations showcased are a rich display of folkloric traditions and influences. There is a lot of embroidery, a lot of beautiful colors and rich traditional fabrics. Sissy Pessoa ran with the idea into a more modern direction with this gown and capelet. It has all the traditional flower forms, but the dress itself is quite modern and made even more so in the sheer version.
But sheer or opaque, it’s bold and beautiful. Both the dress and capelet come with the sheer or opaque options. With the sheer option, I can show off these gorgeous pumps from Ingenue that are also for Collabor88’s Storytime inspiration. Designer Betty Doyle’s display ad features the red pair because her inspiration was the somewhat grim Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The Red Shoes. Also at Collabor88, Phoenix released this Tiana hair, long and lush. The earrings are from Kungler’s, part of the January Cosmopolitan showcase.… Read the restWith freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?

Resistance Is Fertile

This sign, a riff on the Borg’s mantra,made me laugh. I always just point out the Borg dies in the end. But I laugh because where I grew up, we competed against Fertile in sports and other competitions. More amusingly, Fertile happens to be just about 25 miles from Climax, another town we competed against. When you’re in high school, such things are hilarious and even to this day, pranksters add distance to Fertile signs to the “You are Entering Climax” sign and vice versa. By the way, whoever ordered “You are entering Climax” is my hero. That sign is gone now, replaced by the much less amusing “Climax Pop. 300” sign. Not that we weren’t without our own embarrassing names. A few miles out of town, there used to be a glorious road sign, “Bullshit Valley, Next Left” That was the name of the valley. That was the sign. When I was home this summer, I saw it has been “cleaned up” and now reads, BS Valley.… Read the restThe history of liberty is a history of resistance.

It’s Only Fashion Is Back

Our web site was down. Somehow there was a virus in the database. Is that not the strangest thing? I don’t know if that would affect readers or not, but thankfully it’s been fixed. I shot these pictures last week. I was still shocked by the Orwellian phrase “alternate facts” that in a healthy society would completely discredit the people who promote them. But, since people no longer distinguish between fact and opinion, alternate facts seem to be growing. Aldous Huxley, though, had the right idea. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” I fell in love with this lovely sweater from NYU for FaMESHed. It came with a gorgeous asymmetric skirt, too, but I wanted to show off the gorgeous ribbed waist line of the sweater and it tucked into the skirt. You can see the top and skirt together here. But look at that beautiful ribbing at the bottom…I had to find something to wear that showed it off. The Lesha trousers from Baiastice were perfect.… Read the restFacts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

V for Victory

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always” Mahatma Gandhi
I am ready to resist, though if we’re marching, I have to change my shoes. Lizziah released a darling cropped sweater and skinny jeans, each in four colors. I confess cropped sweaters confuse me. Warming shoulders, chilly tummy. It’s gorgeous. Look at the details. The super-long sleeves, the ribbed band not the sweater, the sticking o the pockets. P.S. The V pose is from Gingerfish for Bento hands. I don’t have any yet and used Slink. The other poses are from aDorkable. Glamistry’s Azalea pumps are gorgeous. There is a HUD for all sorts of customization. I added this fun necklace from Mandala. The nails are from Flair. The gorgeous hair is from Truth and the skin is Glam Affair’s new gacha set Susan ****SHOPPING LIST******
Clothing: [LIZ] Mesh Crop sequin sweater Lara [Metal]
[LIZ] Mesh Skinny Jeans Lara v1
Shoes: Glamistry : AZALEA Heels
Jewelry: FEMALE_Necklace [MANDALA]LEGENDARY(ALL-COLORS)
Skin: Glam Affair – Susan Applier – America 01
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Miriam
TRUTH HAIR Miriam [Back Whisps]
Poses: aDorkable & Gingerfish
Appliers: Glam Affair – Susan Applier – America 01
.Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 228
Eyes: [PXL] REFLEX (Read more...)

View original post on Its Only FashionRead the restWhen I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always

The Borg Loses in the End

Yesterday, three million women and men marched in every state and on every continent in the world. Every continent, even Antarctica. In 51° below Kotzebue, Alaska, people marched. In sunshine and rain storms, desert heat and arctic cold, people gathered to resist. Of course, the naysayers mocked and dismissed. “Resistance is futile,” they quote The Borg, an implicit confession of corruption. They forget, the Borg is destroyed in the end.
I adore this leggings from Vinyl. They are just perfection. The tank is from Zaara. Both are at Collabor88 this month. The shoes are from Ingenue. Of course, resistance is more than one march on one day. We know that. We don’t need to be mocked or disparaged for our success and our enthusiasm. We are not naive. We know that we must organize now, not just march. We must speak to our neighbors, our friends, and our family. We do not need to argue with the opposition. They are not ready to listen and may never be, but we outnumber them if we only act and if we vote.… Read the restThis, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. Philip K. Dick

Building dikes to hold back the tides of fear

Resistance requires strength. Sari-Sari released a set of ballet poses with their exercise equipment for Collabor88
Building up my pixel power, I am wearing some great exercise clothes from this round of Collabor88. The pants are from Decoy and the sports bra and top are from Zaara. My sporty hair cut is from Mithral Lovely skin and makeup options in Glam Affair’s Ravenna are perfectly subtle. The earrings are a bit fancy, but who remembers to change their earrings at the gym? ****SHOPPING LIST******
Clothing: Decoy – Heartbreaker Leggings: White (Maitreya Lara) @ Collabor88
Zaara : Fatima yoga tank breathe @ Collabor88
Zaara : Geeta sports bra waves @ Collabor88
Shoes: fri. – Marsali.Flats (Gray) – Maitreya
Jewelry: (Kunglers) Angie earring – Amethyst @ Cosmopolitan
Skin: Glam Affair – Ravenna ( LeLutka Applier ) America @ Collabor88
Hair: Mithral * Gromwell @ Collabor88
Poses: Sari-Sari * Collabor888 and aDorkable
Appliers: LeLutka.HBSE-NV-0004 HUD.Red
Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – Set 1
Glam Affair – Ravenna ( LeLutka Applier ) America
Eyes: [PXL] REFLEX Eyes (M) ~ GreenGold
Mesh Attachments: .LeLutka.Head.Simone 2.1
.LeLutka.Teeth.Simone 2.0
Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet V3.5
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1- Elegant1
HUDS: .LeLutka.Simone 2.1.HUD
AnyPose Expression HUD v1.0 – Wear Me
Slink Ankle Lock Soy the Studio with mirror and ballet barre @ Collabor88 (Read more...)

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Free, unrestrained and unhindered.

Epictetus wrote in the Enchiridion, “The things in our control are by nature free, unrestrained, unhindered.” We control our own actions, words, opinions, what we like, what we don’t like, and what we want. If we stick to what we control, he suggests, we are free of restraint. It is when we try to influence the things outside our control that we are trapped. It’s good advice. The difficulty is figuring out what we can control. That’s been on my mind a lot. There’s a lot I don’t like happening, but what can I control? I can choose despair or resistance, that’s up to me. I need to focus on what I can do, not what I wish would happen. So even though I feel like kicking more than an exercise bag, I will instead focus my mind and my heart on resisting despair.
This month’s Collabor88 theme is Chic Gym and Purple Poses sure delivered a one-two-kick-punch salvo with their SportTime pose props. I am using the single poses.… Read the rest“the things in our control are by nature free, unhindered, and unobstructed"

And bring your dollies three

Blueberry / Show Time / Maitreya – Nel Shoe Hey, hey, oh playmate,
Come out and play with me
And bring your dollies three
Climb up my apple tree Slide down my rain barrel
Into my cellar door
And we’ll be jolly friends
Forever more, more, more. Pizza – Nightspot [Red] Tailcoat and {Luxuria} Lia Bodysuit – Applier *kale green*

So sorry, playmate
I cannot play with you
My dolly’s got the flu
Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo Ain’t got no rain barrel
Ain’t got no cellar door
But we’ll be jolly friends
Forever more, more, more (Kunglers) Lakshmi necklace – Citrine Paper Couture Three Green Bead Earrings and TRUTH HAIR Ari Hair, Bangs, and Headband *League* Lelutka Head Applier Luna -Pale -Set 1 and LeLutka.Head.Simone 2.0 ****SHOPPING LIST******
Clothing: GizzA – Nightspot [Red] Tailcoat – Maitreya Lara
Shoes: #5 Blueberry / Show Time / Maitreya – Nel Shoes ALL / RARE
Jewelry: (Kunglers) Lakshmi necklace – Citrine
Paper Couture P.C; Three Green Bead Earring L
Skin: League Luna Pale
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Ari [Bangs]
TRUTH HAIR Ari [Headband]
TRUTH HAIR Ari [Use w/Bangs]
Poses: aDorkable
Appliers: {Luxuria} Lia Bodysuit – Applier kale green
League Lelutka Head Applier Luna -Pale -Set 1
alaskametro<3 “Gala” nailpolish Berry – Slink HUD
Eyes: [PXL] REFLEX Eyes (M) ~ GreenGold
Mesh Attachments: LeLutka.Head.Simone 2.0
.LeLutka.Teeth.Simone 2.0
Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet V3.5
Maitreya Mesh B (Read more...)

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The choices that are my own…


My computer has been on sabbatical since December 18th. It took a trip to Cupertino to soak in the warmer weather and pick up a new logic board. Luckily, it returned last night just in time for me to show off this gorgeous dress from ISON before Collabor88 shimmies itself into a new monthly showcase on the 8th. Is this not lovely and it comes in five colors and I posed on that pose stand clicking the HUD through those colors over and over and over and over again trying to decide. It was impossible, they are all wonderful. So, I eenie-meenied my way to this lovely rose shade. I am decisive like that sometimes.


Speaking of choices, I am not one for resolutions or for self-help books. I laugh in their general direction! However, I have decided that there is a self-help book that appeals to me, The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday. I am going to try to read it one-day-at-a-time, as intended, though the temptation to read it all at once is strong. It has already made me roll by eyes a couple times, but I have read and appreciated Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus in the past.… Read the restWhere then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . .

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.

Rilke was right to note that the new year would be full of things that have never been. Every new year brings us innovation, discovery and change. In that, every new year brings us something to hope for despite looming dangers. Despite the many losses that have made 2016 a bitter and sorrowful year, I fear we may look back on it with longing as the Grand Panjandrum takes the oath he will break that very day and every day that follows. Tomorrow will follow tomorrow and time goes forward inexorably. All we can do, then, as we teeter on the edge of the abyss, is resist despair, resist defeat and find sanctuary in community, in beauty, and in certain knowledge that the arc of the moral universe may have gotten a kink in it, but it still bends toward justice.


It may be that Second Life® becomes a refuge, a haven of sanity and compassion in a world that has turned vicious and violent. There is a culture of tolerance, open-hearted decency, and cross-cultural respect in Second Life that may be a safe haven for people who find the open embrace of bigotry by our political leaders offensive and intolerable.… Read the restAnd now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. Rainer Marie Rilke

Arcade Angels

There’s all sorts of angelic options at The Arcade, but I did not take the usual route. I did add wings from The Secret Garden (tsg) but instead of rest of their angelic creation, I went the naughty angel route with this deliciously sexy Show Time dress from Blueberry. This dress is much too short and bootylicious to be standard issue angelwear, but I don’t believe in standard issue clothing.
There is something heavenly, though, about the gold spun Nei boots that come with Blueberry’s dress in the gacha at The Arcade. Tableau Vivant’s Evening updo works well with the crown from Balderdash and its matching necklace. Fabulous nail appliers from AlaskaMetro, earrings from Paper Couture and a coordinating Show Time mask from Blueberry complete the look. I tinted the mask with a hint of grey so it was not such a white-white in contrast to the rest of the jewelry. My skin is a new release from Glam Affair for Lelutka Mesh heads – and now that mesh heads can be fitted and individualized, I checked out this newest shape from Juicy, an old business made new again.… Read the restMay You Find Some Comfort There