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Confession .30. Have I Done Enough?

Let me tell You what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory…
You have no control
Who lives, who dies, who tells your story…

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When I don’t know what else to do, I blog.

Of those of you that see this, fifty percent of you don’t read the words I write in these things.  Of those of you that see this, twenty-five percent of you will start reading and give up halfway through (hell, maybe you’ll give up right here.)  Of those of you that see this, twelve-and-a-half percent will read it all the way through, but not understand what any of this is.  Of those of you that see this, six-and-a-quarter will understand but not have any clue “what to do for you”, as if anything you do can make me feel less… weird.  To the remaining six-and-a-quarter percent… hi there.  Thanks for being here, and thanks in advance for not hounding me about how I’m feeling.

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I Told You Time And Time Again…

I’m so ready for war
Got my soldiers and all
You should call on the Lord
Cause you’re taking the fall

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“We uncontrollable.  You tamer than a dog on leash.”

The third runway challenge for Miss Virtual World, fourth challenge overall, was this past Saturday.  And this song has been stuck in my head since the Empire episode it played on, on Wednesday.  I’d already mostly, if not completely, styled by then, but still for whatever reason this song served as my inspiration, and spoke perfectly to the attitude with which I styled.

Unfortunately, for me, this challenge was my last this year.  My journey has been cut short.  And yes, to me it feels like “cutting short”, but I’ll reflect on that, and everything else when it’s less raw.

The theme behind this runway challenge was “Fash and Furious”, based around the Fast and Furious series… HOWEVER, while we were asked to look to the series for inspiration, the briefing went DEEPER than that when our challenge was described to us.  We were told to “make being illegal look fashionable.”

That was the object.  The object was not to recreate the movie.  So I did not draw inspiration from particular characters, or a particular movie from the franchise.  Instead, I took my inspiration from the overall style briefing, the objective we were given, and the series as a whole.  With that, this is what I got.

My backstory for this particular challenge may have been a bit intense for some of the judges… but hey, it’s me.  Take it or leave it.  (For those who might be confused because of how broken up my backstory was for this challenge… not a long rambling paragraph about meaningless things that have nothing to do with the inspiration behind the outfit… everything from here to the end is the backstory that was read out on Saturday.  As I said earlier, I will blog at a later time about an overall reflection of my journey this year, at a time when the feeling is less heartbreaking and less raw.  Love you guys.)

“You don’t know me.  But you’re about to.”

There is nothing like the thrill of an adrenaline rush, no matter what it is that causes it.  Speed, tension, danger… anything that causes your blood to flow and your heart to race.  It makes you feel alive!  That is what Tivi screams when she takes this runway this morning… and it is a vital part of understanding who she is.

“Thrill me!” comes the cry of the bold red on black.

“Excite me!” call the spikes that litter the top and heels.

“To bore me is to lose me!” chime the chains across her shoulders.

Everything about her riddling a harmonious discord… a chaotic sort of stillness… a loud silence.

“I am a woman!  Not a fairytale princess!  I have emotions, opinions, a temper, a very loud voice, and one hell of a right hook!”  A smirk will pull across blood-stained lips.

“You don’t know me.  But you’re about to.”

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*~* I Told You Time And Time Again… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup Option 04) || Glam Affair
Body: Lara Mesh Body (v3.3) || Maitreya
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Airwaves II (light blondes) || Vanity Hair
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant 1) || Slink
Feet: Avatar Enhancement Feet (High) || Slink
Nailcolor Applier: Half Glitter Fall 2015 (Red) || -{ZOZ}- || from Rock Your Rack
Eyeliner: London Liner (Black Eyeliner Only) || Madrid Solo
Lipstick: Essential Lipsticks (Red; Matte; Dark) || Pink Fuel
Lip Shine: Grace Bonus Lip Gloss Only || Madrid Solo
Bustier: Rosalie (Black) || Maci || from Rock Your Rack
Jacket: Opium Jacket, Sleeves, & Skirt || Eshi Otawara
Pants: Abandon Pants (Grey) || Dead Dollz
Heels: Geeky Heels (w/ Color Hud) || Ducknipple
Back Pearl Necklace: Pearl Necklace (Back Only) || EMO-tions
Shoulder/Chest Chain: Scarlett Body Chain (Black) || Noodles
Forearm Cuffs: Yseult Cuffs || Zibska

Pose (photo 1): Runway I 6 – Level 4 || Vitalis Animatum
Pose (photo 2): Runway I 5 – Level 4 || Vitalis Animatum

Blogging Tune: “Dynasty” – Yazz & Timbaland ft. Empire Cast

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Find Light In the Beautiful Sea…

You’re a shooting star, I see
A vision of ecstasy
When you hold me, I’m alive
We’re like Diamonds in the sky

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“I knew that we’d become one right away.”

Alright.  If you know me, you know I don’t do pomp and circumstance too often.  I’m an agoraphobic in RL, I don’t like situations I can’t easily escape, and with my anxiety I am constantly thinking about everything that can go wrong and every situation I cannot escape from.  I don’t like large crowds.  I’m that person that sits in the corner of the restaurant with my back to a wall so I can see and analyze everything that’s going on.

That is my life.

However, today I did something in SL that was entirely different for me… and I had the time of my life.  Eleseren Brianna, the reigning Miss Virtual World 2015 organized, along with the wonderful staff of The Rose Theater Ballroom, a ball in honor of the 2016 MVW Misses.  We got to dress up in gowns and jewels, put men into suits (or women into gowns) and drag them along, and just have fun and actually breathe and allow it to register… we are Misses.

It was a large crowd.  A very large crowd.  I believe the sim crashed once.  Individuals were crashing left and right.  The lag was present and everyone was dealing with it.  But between the gorgeous voice of Lisa Bruun and the DJ skills of Mex Thorn, three hours came and went rather quickly.

And Chimera, who graciously donned a suit and agreed to accompany me, proceeded to thoroughly embarrass me (in a good way?) by having Mex play a song for me in front of a sim full of people.  I had to re-teach myself to breathe, but I don’t think he noticed.  *Grins*

All in all, I had so much fun.  It was nice to just sort of let being here at this point in my journey truly sink in.  A goal of 3 years has been realized, and it is everything I thought it would be and more.  It’s pushed me, challenged me, and made me grow as a model, a stylist, and a person.  I adore it, and I thoroughly look forward to the next few challenges.

Basically, I had a great time, I got to look pretty, and I got to dance with someone who was pretty amazing, and listen to him sing in my ear.

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*~* Find Light In The Beautiful Sea… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup Option 04) || Glam Affair
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Alice (Light Blondes) || enVOGUE
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Nailcolor Applier: Falling Leaves French (Option 6) || ZOZ || Cosmopolitan
Eyeliner: U-Color-It Bold Liner (Thin Set; Manually tinted to match) || Madrid Solo
Gown: Tomoe-San (Blue) || Junbug
Crown: Official Crown MISS VIRTUAL WORLD ICELAND || Made by Delypop Cresci
Jewelry Set: Ursula Jewelry Set (Manually Tinted) || Virtual Impressions

Pose: Pure Gold 4 || PosESioN

Location: The Rose Theatre Ballroom

Blogging Tune: “Diamonds” – Rihanna

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Line Your Lips And Keep Them Closed…

Run and hide your crazy and start acting like a lady
Cause I raised you better
Gotta keep it together even when you fall apart
But this ain’t my mama’s broken heart

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“Leave it to me to be holding the matches when the fire trucks show up and there’s nobody else to blame.”

Honestly?  I just love the lyrics in this song.  It’s had me giggling all last night and today.  That’s really the only reason I’m blogging it.  Lately traveling back and forth between the rental and the new house, I’ve heard it on the radio a lot.  It’s a couple years old, but it’s one of those things I forgot exists until hearing it again.

And it’s great!

Anyway, you’re getting stuff in a bit of a reverse order today.  You’ll get a press release about Rock Your Rack a little bit later today, but I couldn’t resist blogging this when I got it yesterday for one of the fashion shows to take place during the event.  I just fell in love!

Yesterday was quite a long day, so to get this little gem in my inventory somewhere in the middle of all of it, I was able to have something really awesome to wear to the last scheduled meeting/rehearsal for Rock Your Rack last night.  Jamee and the team are working incredibly hard to bring an event that surpasses expectations set by last year’s amazing turnout.

This particular outfit is one of Lavian & Co’s Autumn/Winter ’15/’16 releases for the event, and I tell you what, they NEVER disappoint me in color options.  I’m such an indecisive person, and I love having tons of options to play with, and with this particular outfit… brace yourselves… the HUD gives you 36 (yes, THIRTY-SIX) different colors for the main body of the jacket, 36 colors for the sleeves, 36 colors for the pants, and 36 colors for the belt.  Mix and match to your heart’s content!  I was in heaven for a good few hours playing with all the different colors.  Meanwhile, my partner was in his own personal hell watching me mess with them and not be able to decide what I wanted to wear.  Lol.

The shoes you can see in the picture below are also from Lavian & Co’s Autumn/Winter ’15/’16 line, and come with the same 36 color options to make sure you can perfectly match from head to toe.  The HUD is split into two options… one with silver accents and one with gold accents, which I particular appreciate, because mixing silver and gold is such a rarity for me, it’s nice to be able to tailor these shoes to whatever metal I may be wearing that day.  Today it was Silver.

I don’t wear red that often… which is surprising as it’s Classis’ (Classis IS Rodric, for those that keep asking.  Lol.) favorite color.  But when I do wear red, because it IS his favorite color, I tend to go all out.  The makeup are a few staples from my favorites, Nuuna, Madrid Solo, and Pink Fuel.  I wanted something fierce but not too… busy?  Busy makeup is my weakness.  /I/ think it’s awesome, but then it becomes too much with everything else going on in an outfit.  I’m working on that.

I can always count on Maxi Gossamer for the jewelry I need for stuff like this, and she certainly didn’t disappoint.

The hair is one I forgot I had, from Exile, and I’ve fallen in love all over again.

I can tell you one thing.   This was just one item I received for a runway show for Rock Your Rack, but as a blogger, you can guarantee if given the opportunity I will DEFINITELY be bringing you more of this fierceness from Lavian & Co.  It is fast becoming one of my favorite brands all over again.

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*~* Line Your Lips And Keep Them Closed… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup Option 04) || Glam Affair
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Collide (Light Blondes) || Exile
Ears: Steking Ears (Season 5) || Mandala
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Feet: Avatar Enhancement Feet (High) || Slink
Nailcolor Applier: Bonita Set (Option 12) || Nailed It
* HUDs for Slink, Belleza, and Maitreya; Also mesh nails for non-mesh hands
Top Eyeliner: Bold Liner (Thin; U-Color-It; Tinted Red) || Madrid Solo
Lower Liner: Ere Makeup (Red; manually tinted) || Nuuna
Lipstick: Essential Lipstick (Red; Dark; Matte) || Pink Fuel
Jacket & Pants: Love Me Like You Do || Lavian & Co || Rock Your Rack (Sept 26th)
Heels: Alex Heels || Lavian & Co || Rock Your Rack (Sept 26th)
Necklace: Knotted Shimmer Pearls || Maxi Gossamer
Ring: Lock Ring || SUGAR

Pose (photo 1): Inertia 03 m || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 2): Runway Stand (Both 3) || IsoMotion

Location: Glam Affair & Tableau Vivant Sim

Blogging Tune: “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert

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Maybe I Don’t Know How To Love, But Maybe I Do…

I wonder, does it blow Your mind
That I’m leaving You far behind
I wonder, does it stop Your heart to know
You’re not my sunshine anymore?

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Blah.  I’m trying a new photo format.  Layout is not my strong suit.  I’m just gonna get that out of the way now.  And when you see the second picture for this, you’ll see what I mean.

*Waits for people to scroll down and see it, since their curiosity was piqued*  Back now?

I’ve also blogged this song before.  Sue me.  Lol.  I found it again and have been playing it on repeat ever since.

Hopefully I’ll figure out the layout thing a bit more in future posts and start to be able to feature smaller details in a better way here soon.  What honestly inspired me to do this when I was so vehemently against it before was the septum ring.  I fell in love with it and it’s just like… from far away you can barely see it.  So I gave in and started highlighting small details.  It’s my first shot.  So be nice.

Why was I so vehemently against it before?  I felt less… pure… to me.  I don’t really know how to explain it.  But if you scroll back into my blogs, most of my pictures are shot out on location in a sim somewhere.  Natural SL surroundings, using windlight, and a bit of photoshop.  It was always my aim to display how products would actually appear in an SL environment, so if I wore a septum piercing and walked around SL, most people wouldn’t be camming in on my face like, “Ooo, let’s see what that looks like!”

But at the same time, it began to occur to me… the people who make this stuff spend just as much time, if not more, on their creations.  Just because the septum piercing is smaller than the dress does not mean that it deserves less attention.  So I was torn.  How do I show proper appreciation to all sorts of designers?

And so I will still likely do a picture or two, like the first picture above, that are more ‘organic’… naturally in SL to portray how everything works.  I won’t green screen or overly photoshop.  And then in a second (or third) picture I will try this sectioning out and highlighting small details thing.  I’ll figure out the best way to lay it out as I go along and try to do more of them, so bear with me while I figure it out in the beginning.

But I’m trying.

If any of you are bloggers who have been doing this sectioning/highlighting for awhile and have pointers, I’d love to hear them.  Anything that helps highlight all of these designers who work so hard on their wonderful designs.

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*~* Maybe I Don’t Know How To Love, But Maybe I Do… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup Option 04) || Glam Affair
Body: Lara Mesh Body (v3.3) || Maitreya
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Priya (Light Blondes) || Truth Hair
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Nailcolor Applier: Dark Set || Nailed It
Eyeliner: Bold Liner (Thin; U-Color-It) || Madrid Solo
Lipstick: Candid High Gloss (Black) || Madrid Solo
Tattoo: Indrani Tattoo || Things || The Fantasy Collective
Dress: Evie (Black) || Dead Dollz || The Fantasy Collective
* Comes in Maitreya-Compatible Fitted Mesh ONLY
Legwarmers/Flats: Ballerina Warmers (Black) || Reign
Headpiece: Bitter Berries Wreath II (Red) || LODE || The Arcade Gacha
Septum Piercing: Dahlia Septum (Black) || Atooly || The Fantasy Collective
Arm Chains: Esme Arm Chains (Black) || Noodles
Right Ring: Lock Ring || SUGAR
Left Ring: Bitter Berries Ring (Red) || LODE || The Arcade Gacha

Pavilion (photo 1): Rustic Pavilion || Trompe Loeil

Pose (photo 1): Star 04 || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 2): Electric 7 || PosESioN

Location: Home

Blogging Tune: “Ugly Heart” – G.R.L.

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Tell Me, Are You Just Getting By?

Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame, someone’s bound to get burned
Just because it burns, doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You gotta get up and try, try, try…

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I promise there are pictures that exist somewhere of my MVW Audition outfit.  I think I need to re-shoot them, though.  Sorry about that.  >.>

I am Miss Virtual ♛ Iceland 2016.  And that still feels REALLY weird to say.  For a few reasons.  Any of you who have followed me for any length of time probably know a few of said reasons, but it’s just… still so surreal to me.  Even after having walked the runway in our first challenge.  I thought that might be the point that made it feel more ‘real’… but it’s still so… gah!  Perhaps the second runway challenge, which is a tribute to our current Miss Virtual ♛ World, will sorta bring together the fact that here in the next couple of months, Eles will pass her crown to one of 33 of us competing right now.

That thought alone is still so… wow!

Anyway…

It’s surreal to me for several reasons.  (Have I repeated myself enough?  Lol.)

And while I was totally going to save this story for the post of my audition outfit, it doesn’t look like that’s coming back out of my inventory any time soon, so since this is my first official “MVW post”, I figured I’d tell you all this story now.

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Reason #1: I’ve been working for this for the last 3 years.  Every year in MVW, there is such a mixture.  People who just started modeling, wanted to try their hand, and got in right away, people who aren’t certified models but are killer stylists, and people who have been working and improving for this moment to finally make it in on a second, third, fourth, etc attempt.  I fall into that last category.  Now, with that said, I did NOT audition last year.  I did not even put my headshot in to be considered.  BOSL and MVW had just come into new Ownership and I wanted to see… just how it was going to go.  MVW had been built up into this huge thing… like some giant rite of passage, and there was some stuff behind the scenes under the old ownership that so many people questioned or outright attacked.  I took a ‘gap year’, for lack of a better term, to watch and see.

And I was blown away.  Last year’s group of ladies  was amazing.  The competition was run like I always knew Reign to run things.  (I’ve also been rather close to Colour of Couture happenings for the last 3 years as well, auditioning, competing, helping backstage, etc.)  I had every reassurance in the world that I needed in order to put my headshot in this year and get to this point.  I wouldn’t change my ‘gap year’ for anything, as I got to see some truly beautiful, wonderful women have their time and their journey.  And now this year, it’s time for mine.

I remember my first audition 3 years ago.  I totally felt like the cards were stacked against me.  Not purposely… but just… I didn’t actually get a live audition until the last one.  So there were literally 40-50, if not more, of us walking for the last 4 or 5 spots.  Lol.  Needless to say, there were going to be a lot of disappointed models, and I was ultimately one of those.  Even though I’d expected it, it didn’t stop it from hurting any less.  But I’d just recently begun modeling, and I remember speaking to one of the ladies who DID make it through, and she reassured me, “This was my third try.”  Not her third try that year… her third YEAR trying.  And I’d always looked up to this woman as a model.

If it took her 3 years, then it’s a process.  I’d resolved that in myself and started working my ass off.

Reason #2: It’s not Ireland!  If you scroll back a bit, I spilled my guts some time ago about my “Ireland dreams”.  It had always been my dream and goal to represent Ireland in MVW.  My father was Irish… which, with his death just over 2 years ago, made this dream that much more significant.  But also, for the longest time I ran around SL as a redhead.  I was always some form of red.  When my skin was darker, my hair was more of a crimson/merlot/blood red.  When my skin was pale, I was a ginger.  I was always convinced that no one could take my red hair from me.  And then someone did.  I was literally at the point that I could not look at my avi with red hair.  The reason for which and the story behind the change just… isn’t something I want to go into… but I started running around with something I never thought I’d do again… super pale, and super light/platinum blonde.  And that became my look.  Now, I’m not saying I couldn’t represent Ireland just because I didn’t have red hair anymore.  And in fact, it was my second choice in country selections.  But I happened upon a quote about Iceland one night while I was on a random Google search.  And the quote spoke to me so deeply, I knew I had to make it my first choice.  Iceland is like… my life, and my journey, in country form.  *Laughs*

“When you live in a country which moves alarmingly under your feet every five years or so with an earthquake or a volcanic eruption, you face, like the saga heroes of old, a choice of two courses of action, neither of them good: Either to flee the country and all its hazards, or to stay and brave them out. For more than 1100 years the people of Iceland have chosen to stay and brave them out.”

That is me.  And that is what I will continue to do.  When faced with the choice to run away or brave it out… I will ALWAYS brave it out, for as long as I can take it.  And I’m still here.  So, that should tell you something.  🙂

Anyway… I know this had nothing to do with the actual runway challenge that we walked in on Saturday… haha!  The theme we were given was Lady Marmalade Meets Zumanity… both of which are amazing.  I knew generally what Zumanity was, I’d heard about it in passing, mostly because I’m obsessed with Cirque du Soleil, and so is Nova, and she’s also obsessed with this show in particular.  But I’d never actually poked around the trailer videos and stuff before this challenge.  I was REALLY inspired by the ‘Wind’ number, and the little previews of it I saw.  Which explains why my styling was a bit ‘longer’ and ‘more covered’ than a lot of the other candidates.  I wanted something that would flow like the Wind performer did, but I also didn’t want to be in just a sheer bodysuit.  So I took my Lady Marmalade and the burlesque that I love dearly (and have WAY too much of in my inventory from my neo-burlesque dancing days!) to recreate “Wind in the Style of Lady Marmalade”.  It was super fun, and I had a blast walking with 32 other wonderful women.

I look forward to more!

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*~* Tell Me, Are You Just Getting By? *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup Option 04) || Glam Affair
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Ennuit (All Blonds) || Vanity Hair
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Feet: Avatar Enhancement Feet (High) || Slink
Nailcolor Applier: Dark Set || Nailed It
Eyeshadow: Iza (Aqua; manually tinted to match) || Nuuna
Lipstick: Shena Lips Only (Aqua) || Madrid Solo
Black Lingerie (Underneath Corset): Vitality (Black Satin & Ruffle) || Blacklace
Corset: Fancy (Teal Satin & Lace) || Blacklace
Feathers (upper & lower): Lis Feather Upper & Lower (Teal) || -AZUL-
Full Skirt: Dubois (prim skirt) || Lyrical Bizarre Templates **not released yet**
* Thank you, Lyrical!  It was perfect to meet my vision of Wind!
Heels: Anime Platforms (Black) || Pure Poison
Earrings/Necklace/Bracelet: Royal Blush || Lazuri
Rings: Accessories Rings (Black) || Formanails

Poses: Various from PosESioN

Location: Runway for MVW Runway Challenge #1: Lady Marmalade Meets Zumanity
* Built by the wonderful and amazing Sofia Corleone

Blogging Tune: “Try” – Pink (Jayesslee Cover)

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My Memory Lacks Initiative…

Yeah, so I’m already dead on the inside
But I can still pretend with my memories and photographs
I have learned to love the lie

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Ok, so the lyrics of this song sound incredibly depressing… but the upbeat nature of it and some of the random things they say make me giggle.  So… bear with me.  This is my mood on blog post #3 of the day.

You’ll have to forgive me for being the largest blogger hypocrite ever today… when I made post #1 today and mentioned I didn’t understand how some people could do multiple posts in a day (except for those who sacrifice photo quality), I was kinda intrigued and inspired to try it myself.

I hate it.  I’ll be lucky if I can sit down and do one per day.  Let alone multiple per day, several days in a row.

I just feel like I got NOTHING else done today.  Granted, I’ve been awake since 7pm my time yesterday, so the longer I go, the more I slow down with exhaustion.  But seriously.  I’ve pretty much been standing in my dance pit tabbed into Photoshop, or writing, or looking up SLURLs, or tp’ing to MIC to take pictures, or tp’ing to an event to figure out more information about it… I couldn’t imaging allowing this to consume my entire SL.

There’s so much else that I enjoy doing, I couldn’t sit here all day every day just blogging.  I can do it for short periods of time, like now, to catch up on how far behind I am on everything, post-wise… but I don’t think I could do it regularly.

I’d never get anything else done.

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This is the part where some of you tell me, “Well Tivi if you didn’t yammer on every time you blog, then maybe it wouldn’t take you so long to post the shit and you could get multiple posts done in a day AND do other things.”  But that’s just it…

a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences,observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.” — Dictionary.Com

From what I read… the very definition of a blog includes writing.  This has been one of my pet peeves for awhile.  People who literally post nothing but a picture or two… on a white background, no less… and then style credits.  And usually incomplete style credits – another pet peeve I can rant about later.  Like… where is the creativity in that?  Where is the originality in that?  Where is the art in that?

Where is the BLOGGING in a blog like that?

There is someone I know, and I don’t want to use her name just in case people misunderstand and think I’m talking about her negatively (I’m NOT… I love her to death and wish more people would follow her example).  She keeps a blog, on a blogging website… but then she does additional pictures that are not blogged and keeps them solely on her Flickr.  She doesn’t call them her ‘blog’ and her ‘Flickr blog’.  She calls them her ‘blog’ and her ‘photo journal’.  THAT, to me, is accurate.

Much like events are cropping up all over the place and coming out of the woodwork, bloggers seem to be coming out of nowhere as well.  Everyone who can operate the SL camera and start a WordPress or Blogger site and post pictures and sometimes credits is trying to call themselves a blogger now and it’s just… frustrating.

What happened to the days when bloggers actually… you know… BLOGGED?

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*~* My Memory Lacks Initiative… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup 04) || Glam Affair || Summerfest (til July 12th)
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: The Italian Job (Blondes) || Vanity Hair
Ears: Steking Ears (Season 5; set to Elf) || Mandala
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Feet: Avatar Enhancement Feet (Mid) || Slink
Nails (hands): Mesh Nails (Slink Elegant) || ZOZ
Nailpolish (hands): Wild Summer 2015 Polish || ZOZ || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
* Must have ZOZ Mesh Nails for this polish
Nailpolish (feet): Tropical Nails || MUA || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Eyeliner: U-Color-It Bold Liner (Thin Set) || Madrid Solo
Outfit: Fleur (Etre Aux Anges Collection) || Lyrical Bizarre
* Includes Corset, Panties, Pearls, Collar, Garter, & Back Piece (called ‘chest piece’)
Jewelry: Hibiscas Falls || Moondance Boutique || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)

Pose (photo 1): Phenomena 04 || Ma Vie
Pose (feature/photo 2): Star 04 || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 3): Revealed 02 || Ma Vie

Location: MIC Imagin@rium

Blogging Tune: “LG FUAD” – Motion City Soundtrack

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I Want To See What You’re Willing To Lose…

Where are You taking me?
I can’t be blamed
I want You to want me again

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I have an insane attention to detail 98% of the time, and so I find myself gravitating towards the ring in this picture.  When I was messing with windlight settings for this picture, something seemed off.  Now granted, I’m not used to my hands being all ‘in your face’ in poses, but I wanted to show the jewelry and the nails, so I knew this would be a better pose to try.  However, I noticed when I turned full bright off on the jewelry, it stayed on in the ring.  For those who normally turn full bright on on their jewelry to avoid it dulling in darker windlights, then this will be no problem for you at all.  For those who keep it off, this may present an issue, but the designer is said to have an open door policy for those who may have experienced problems.  I have no doubt she would be willing to aid you, if you find yourself in need of a solution to this problem.

Also, I’m making myself out to be a hypocrite with my last post of, “I don’t understand how people can crank out several posts in a day.”  Though to be fair, I already had this outfit styled.  I was wearing it WHILE writing my last post… because that last outfit was what I’d been wearing for, like, 4 days, before I finally took the pictures 2 days ago and edited them last night.

And also… again… this is my first time experimenting with mesh nails that go on Slink hands.  The good thing about ZOZ is that she makes everything pretty simple to do, even for someone like me who’s never done it before.  She’s got the instructions broken down into individual notecards that are numbered in the order you should follow the steps.  That’s good for people like me who have the tendency to skim when I understand PART of the process but not ALL of it… and then I end up missing an important step and screwing something up.  With ZOZ’s system, I can read the titles of the notecards and either read the step or skip it, depending on if I already know how to do that particular part of the process.

It’s a lot easier than I’m making it sound.  It literally took me 30 seconds.  Lol.

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Also, how CUTE is this purse?!  Each color (yellow, orange, green) default attaches to your hand, but I was totally inspired by the ad photo that features the model holding one in her mouth to re-attach mine and adjust it to match.  These are the things that amuse me at 8 in the morning.  Lol.

I feel like lately most of my outfits are mix and matches of not only designers, but events.  There are SO many events going on right now, and going on all the time anymore, that I rarely find myself in a designer’s mainstore anymore.  I just wait for them to come to events.  The only time I’m in the mainstores would be, like, if they were at an event that I missed, and I want to see if they brought their release back to the store.

I’m still trying to figure out if this is a good thing or a bad thing, from a marketing standpoint.

Oh!  Also!  The jewelry set that features the necklace and ring that you can see also has matching earrings that you cannot see with my mass of hair.  Basically they are studs that match the gemstone in the center of the flower, a couple linked rings to make one of the plumeria flowers dangle.  They are super cute and simple, but do require some editing to get them to match, as they are initially at entirely different rotations when you put them on.  All together, it makes a nice set that offers color change options on the gemstones, plumeria flowers, metal, and pendant on the necklace.  The butterflies (the yellow and white pieces) are not color change.

I am positively IN LOVE with these sandals from Pure Poison that I found at Uber.  I thought I was going to have to choose between the colors, which at the time I was styling something completely different and didn’t know quite what color to go with.  But when I clicked on the circle to buy the color I finally chose, much to my surprise, it was one price for a pack that contains 6 different colors – Black, Brown, Rainbow (named “Colors” in the pack), Pink, Teal (the one I’m wearing), and Green (named “Vert” in the pack).

Overall, I’m just super obsessed with these ZOZ nails, and can’t stop staring at them.  It takes a lot to get me away from Nailed It, Giela Delpaso’s brand… as she has been such a super sweet sponsor of my blog for a long time.  But lately, I find now that I bounce back and forth between Nailed It and ZOZ, and now I’ve discovered Figure.  3 wonderfully talented designers to diversify my nail collection.

Probably the best three I’ve seen in SL to-date.

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*~* I Want To See What You’re Willing To Lose… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup 04) || Glam Affair || Summerfest (til July 12th)
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Lessons (Hud 01) || Magika Hair
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Feet: Avatar Enhancement Feet (Mid) || Slink
Nails (hands): Mesh Nails (Slink Elegant) || ZOZ
Nailpolish (hands): Wild Summer 2015 Polish || ZOZ || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
* Must have ZOZ Mesh Nails for this polish
Nailpolish (toes): Tropical Nails || MUA || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Eyeliner: U-Color-It Bold Liner (Thin Set) || Madrid Solo
Dress: Fiona Dress (Blue) || Heydra
Heels: Katarina Sandals (Teal) || Pure Poison || Uber
* Versions for Slink Mid and Maitreya Medium included
Purse (photo 2): Slice Purse 2 || Lyrical Bizarre || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Jewelry Set: Plumeria Bloom || Moondance Boutique || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)

Pose (feature/photo 1): Jewel 01 || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 2): La Vampira 08 m || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 3): Becoming 01 || Ma Vie

Location: MIC Imagin@rium

Blogging Tune: “Desire” – Years & Years

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Can You See Me, I’m Shining…

Everything I can arrange
Every part of me you change
Just hold me together
Tell me, you’ll always want me to stay

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God I’m so far behind.  (I feel like I’m saying that way too often for my own good with blogging lately.  I’m sorry!)

I’m not sure how some people can make multiple posts in a day.  I mean… I know some that sit down at their computer to blog because that is the ONE thing they are in SL for… so they get up, have some coffee, start their first post, break for meals, and finish their last post before they go to sleep.  And they can crank out several posts that way.  I just… can’t.  I feel like if I try to do multiple posts in a day, most of the time I end up sacrificing post quality and image quality.

Not that my images are fantastic… but I TRY.  And if I’m trying to crank out 3, 4, 5 posts every day, then I’m not going to have the time to try as much as I do with pictures now.

Now… on days like today, where it’s 5:15am and I’m WIDE awake because I was bedridden most of yesterday, sick out of my mind… then yeah, I might manage to crank out a second, or even third post today.  Depends on styling inspirations, posing inspirations, and whether or not I can fix my tablet… cause drawing shadows with my mouse is just… ugh.  I don’t have a steady enough hand for that.

But anyway… I have zero idea how some people can crank out several posts in a day.  And I find myself looking at some of them and going, “Hmm… maybe if they focused more on quality than quantity, their pictures would highlight the items they’re blogging in a more flattering way.”

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That said… I can TOTALLY understand the pressure that fellow bloggers might feel to HAVE to post several items at once.  I have a sponsor whom was on vacation for a bit, so she came back, got into a huge energy frenzy and sent out like 2 or 3 full blogger packs in the last week or so.  So I’m staring at 8 or so outfits from just that one designer going, “Ohhhhh my god, how do I figure this out, and get everything else done?”  Sometimes I can focus less on an outfit or two because of my, “If I wouldn’t wear it regularly, I refuse to blog it… because I can’t promote something I don’t like,” thing.  But with this particular designer… I can NEVER do that.  I love everything she does.

Her talent is frustrating.  And that sounds so stupid to say.  I just want to be able to show EVERYTHING she ever does in the most AMAZING pictures ever.  And I totally can’t.  Cause I’m not the most amazing photographer ever.  But I love everything she does.  So you’ll probably see a lot of it coming up.

THIS post, though, has stuff from a new event that’s opening in 4 DAYS that I’m super excited about.  iNOVARE’s FashionTropic event is featuring soooo much summer, and will open on July 7th and run through the end of the month.  I hold the honor of being the Blogger Manager for this event, which gives me access to the same stuff the bloggers have access too, so I figured I’d throw my hat in the ring and showcase some of this stuff too.

Because why would I expect other people to do stuff that I don’t want to do/can’t do.  Lol.  I may not manage to get all the posts they’re required to do (why I didn’t apply to actually blog), BUT, I can definitely highlight some things I LOVE.  Like this dress.  I love big poofy dresses, and Nya’s absolutely killed it with this one.  It comes in, like, 4 different colors that are varying degrees of tropical, colorful awesomeness.

Also for FashionTropic are some pretty neat sunglasses from MEVA.  They come with a hud that lets you change the color of the glass lenses (6 colors), frames (7 colors), legs – the part that goes behind your ears, for non-glasses-wearing folks (7 colors – that match frame colors), and stripes (5 colors).  You can also change the degree of transparency of the glass lenses, resize via the hud, and turn full bright on and off.

The nails that you admittedly can’t see to great are from a designer I’d never heard of before, but LOVE the detail in their nails.  These feature a white/pearescent base with green palm leaves on them in varying patterns and orientations.  I’ll definitely be sure to keep a look out for Figure in future events, and I’ve already kept an LM to their store for further perusing.

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*~* Can You See Me, I’m Shining… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup 04) || Glam Affair || Summerfest (til July 12th)
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Crazy In Love (Blondes) || Exile (this style found on Marketplace only)
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Nailcolor Applier: Tropical || Figure || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
* Appliers for Slink (fingers & toes), and Omega (fingers & toes)
Lipstick: Facade Lips (Hulk Green) || Madrid Solo
Dress: TropicalNights Dress (Olive) || Nya’s || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Sunglasses: Bamboo Glass || Meva || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Jewelry Set: Savannah Heart Key || Maxi Gossamer || Uber

Pose (photo 1): Rock Chic 09 || Ma Vie
Pose (feature/photo 2): This is my Land 06 || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 3): Glow 05 || Ma Vie

Lounge Chairs: Valiano Lounger || Trompe Loeil
Gazebo: Original Creation by Sim Builder/Owner Rumegusc Altamura

Location: MIC Imagin@rium

Blogging Tune: “Shine” – Years & Years

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I Might Only Have One Match, But I Can Make An Explosion…

All those things I didn’t say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Do you hear my voice this time?

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So.  I had a lot of fun with this.  And the first question Master asked me was, “You’re a Japanese Daenerys?”  I didn’t look at it that way until He asked that.  I’ve been pretty much giggling ever since.

Which is nice, given that so much shit has happened in such a short amount of time, I’m beginning to seriously wonder what’s in the water lately.  People backstabbing, people stealing, people lying… and the worst of all, people getting what they don’t deserve, or not getting what they do.  It’s like the Universe has gone and made a giant mess and Karma has NO damn idea where to start.

And where DO you start with a list of bullshit like that?  I mean… really… think about it for a moment.

Do you start with the people who take advantage of a long-time friendship… take their money… and then constantly bully them into doing what you want them to do… and threaten to leave and go compete against them if they don’t do what you want?  Not to mention when that competition is started, your entire foundation is built on poached people and stolen ideas…?  What part of that is RIGHT?

Or do you start with the people who steal the work of others and call it their own… are approached and offered the opportunity to do the right thing and offer an apology, and instead respond with, “There is no way this is my fault.”  I think that’s part of the problem.  People WATCH this stuff happen.  They STAND BY and LET the bad happen, but because their hands aren’t directly involved in the bullshit, they think they come out smelling like roses.

Instead, they just smell like shit and wear clothespins on their noses.

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Do you start with the people who act like they’re decent individuals… projecting one form of themselves to the world while secretly breaking laws, breaking trust, ruining lives and feeling absolutely ZERO remorse for anything they do.  In fact, they’ll even defend the wrongs they’ve done like it’s perfectly acceptable.  These people are ones I don’t understand.  There is grey area with a lot of things… but there’s not a grey area with trust… there’s not a grey area with the law.  There’s not a grey area with whether or not you’re a decent human being.  Yet some peoples’ moral compass is so skewed, they continue to think they’re going due North… when really, they’re headed straight South.

And then… or and then… there are those that are the worst kinds of people… the ones who take the future of others in their hands, claiming they care about it, when really they care about whether or not they’re better at xyz than someone else.  Let me tell you something I’ve learned in the 3 years I’ve been modeling in SL… you’re not just some pretty thing to stand there, get free clothes, and look nice.  You are LITERALLY taking the future of the brand into your hands.  How you make their clothing look can be a direct reflection on not only your ability to style, but on the Designer’s ability to create.  If you make their clothing look like shit because you don’t know what you’re doing because you don’t actually care, there are some people who won’t look at it as, “Well she didn’t put the right shoes/jewelry/whatever with that dress…”  Instead, they’ll simply say, “She looks like shit.  That dress must be shit.” and thus a negative opinion of a brand is formed.

And when you’ve got new blood coming into this industry that aren’t here because they appreciate fashion or because they have something to SAY with their styling… they’re not here to learn or to work or to help other people achieve the things they want to achieve with their Brands… when you’ve got new blood that doesn’t have the integrity or the appreciation for the hard work that other people do, and are solely focused on what they can get and how quickly they can look better than someone else… how quickly they can ‘achieve’ more than someone else in this pixelated world we live in… then we’ve got new blood coming in that’s going to ruin the industry.

Until they stop thinking of themselves and think of the people that MAKE them who they are… those of us that came before them… those of us that DESIGN for them… until they start to think of someone OTHER than themselves… this industry is doomed.

Because this self-centered new blood is coming in at a faster rate than any decent new model who’s a decent person.

I, for one, am sick of it.  Let the ones who do the work and actually have something to SAY with their style take back the industry from those who are only in it to serve themselves.

Because if we can’t… it will die.

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*~* I Might Only Have One Match, But I Can Make An Explosion… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Harley (Porcelain Tone; Lid 02) || Pink Fuel
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Olinda (Blacks&Whites) || Truth Hair
Ears&Tail: Cutie Ears & Fluffy Tail (Light) || Sweet Thing || Arcade Gacha (site)
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Feet: Avatar Enhancement Feet (Flat) || Slink
Nailcolor Applier: Feria de Abril (Chicle) || Nailed It || On9 (site)
Undereye Liner: Lyre Makeup (White) || Nuuna
Lips: London Liner (White Lips Only) || Madrid Solo
Chest/Neck: Meta Makeup (White; 70%) || Nuuna
Kimono: Lolita Yukata Sweet (RARE) || Tentacio & antielle || Arcade Gacha (site)
Shoes: Okobo (Sky; Common) || Tentacio & antielle || Arcade Gacha (site)
Choker: Stretch Choker (Pink; Common) || Kibitz || In-store Gacha
Food Tray: Wagashi Box (Common) || Tentacio & antielle || Arcade Gacha (site)
Dragons: Solstice Dragon (Permafrost & Sakura) || Half Deer || Arcade Gacha (site)

Poses: various from PosESioN

Location: Le Cafe Chez Jean

Tune: “Fight Song” || Rachel Platten