Thursday, October 12, 2017

What Don't My Friends Know About Me??

Dear Diary:

Whether it's called the Monday Meme or the Second Life Challenge, I'm glad to be doing it again.  I really missed it!




Here are the top 7 things that others may not know about my avatar:

My Second Life Fact #1:  I have an alt.  The College I worked at decided to build an educational facility inworld and they asked me to create an avatar to "work" at the school.  I did and I had a lot of fun with her.  I used her to give tours and teach a course inworld to my RL students.  She's still around but I haven't brought her to life in a few years.

My Second Life Fact #2:  I pretend to be a shopaholic but I'm actually quite careful with my Lindens.  I have a job in SL but I supplement that income with bought Lindens.

My Second Life Fact #3:  I've become a bit of a loner.  I like to come inworld and be able to do my own thing.  I enjoy exploring destinations on my own; going to the current display of art; or just hanging out at a concert of a perfomer I like.  I do meet up with my friends occasionally but not dancing every night as I used to.

My Second Life Fact #4:  I'm not a person who has to go out and buy the "latest" fad or fashion.  I bought a mesh body in 2015 and a mesh head in 2017.  I'm still wearing the same two items and might consider at some time, adding another head but it would have to be very special.

My Second Life Fact #5:  It's hard for me to delete some things from my inventory.  I have older clothing, shoes and hair from my newbie years that I have trouble getting rid of even though I won't wear them ever again.  I associate certain times with each item so I don't want to delete it...hmmm...just like RL!!

My Second Life Fact #6:  I don't own a premium account.  I keep my groups under the limit and never have a problem getting rid of those that I don't need or want any more.

My Second Life Fact #7:  I have never been bored with SL.  Things are constantly changing and new things are rapidly happening.  I like to learn about all of it.

Thanks to Berry for starting this up again.  I know it must be a lot of work for her but even an occasional challenge is fun.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: Amara Beauty Sylvia
Eyes: Arte Toda eyes
Eye shadow: Alaskametro matte mist
Manicure: ZoZ Rubber polish
Hair: monso My Hair Jieun (at Collabor88 til Nov 6)

Blazer: Tetra stretch blazer (purple pack) (at Uber til Oct 23)
Earrings: je suis asymetrique (purple)

Pose: Marukin (at Collabor88 til Nov 6)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Dear Diary:

October 9th is Thanksgiving in my part of the world.  We will be celebrating with family and friends, with all the delicious food that is associated with that day.  In my part of my second world, I also invite friends over to sample the delectable food.




Let's all be thankful for what we have, not only at Thanksgiving, but every day.

From the four of us, Happy Thanksgiving.

Good Night for now.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Tribute To My BFF

Dear Diary:

I have made a lot of friends since coming into this world.  I know people in other countries and other parts of Canada.  Some of these people have become close to me and I value their friendship.  But there is one person that is and will always be my best friend - Chloe.


Chloe is also my best friend in my first world.  She came into Second Life before I did and then convinced me what a great place it was and that I should join her inworld.  I did and have never regretted it.  So this is my post for my BFF in both worlds - a person I can count on; lean on; and dump on.  

Here's to you Chloe.

Good Night for now.

Chloe is wearing:
Hair: Analog Dog Ava
Dress: Petite Mort Roses Madison Dress (blk/plum)
Earrings: Mandala Tukemono (gold)

I'm wearing:
Hair: no match no expression
Sweater: Tres Blah Passport sweater (grey)
Skirt: Tres Blah Skater skirt (vintage plaid)
Earrings: Mood fumo (no longer available)

Pose with sign: Belle poses friends

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Reading A Book Is Stimulation For The Brain

Dear Diary:

When I saw that "The Liaison Collaborative" was having a literary theme, I had to fly out and see what they were offering.

I think everyone knows that I love to read.  I finished reading "The Dinner" in July and enjoyed the story immensely.  It tells of two families who go to dinner to talk over an issue they have with their sons.  The dinner contains twists and turns, jumping to the past and talking of potential results for the future.  You can read a short review here. I understand there's a movie soon to be out based on this book.  

I'm now reading "The Lightkeeper's Daughter", a mystery, by Canadian (and Ontarian) Jean Pedizwol.  I'm just into the beginning chapters so can't comment on how much I like it or not.  Read about it here.



My picture shows exactly how I like to read in my first life...after supper when I can relax; with my dog sitting across my feet; and a good book to keep me company.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: Amara Beauty Felicity
Eyes: Arte Toda eyes
Eye Shadow: Alaskametro Matte Mist
Lashes: SlackGirl Sweet Baby Lashes
Mani / Pedi: A.S.S. metal dreams
Hair: Tableau Vivant Elle (at Collabor88 til Oct 6)

Top and Pants: Indented Monroe top and overalls (green) (at Tres Chic til Oct 5)
Sneakers: Ingenue Elke sneakers (pineapple) (at Collabor88 til Oct 6)
Glasses: Haysuriza Eyewear Fox #2 (tortoise shell)
Nose stud: Amala the circle nose stud
Arm cuff: Ama
Ring: Meva Bento ring (gold)

Dog: Jian Splendid Spaniels Tri Colour Companion

Pose with book and book pile: Sari Sari Bookworm (bento) (at The Liaison Collaborative  til Sept 30)

Flowers: What Next sunflower pitcher

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Wedding In The Fall Is Exciting

Dear Diary:

When I got back from vacation, I saw the announcement that The Trunk Show had a wedding theme.  Lately I've been intrigued by wedding dresses so I just had to fly out and see the venue.  I wasn't disappointed.  I tried on several dresses, shoes and accessories.  It was a difficult decision but I was sold on the dress by GField.


The high-low hemline is very pretty with the lace scallop edge.  The lace overlay give a rather innocent look for the bride-to-be.  It comes in a variety of colours and I usually pick the traditional white but since it is autumn, I thought a creamy colour would be more appropriate for the season.  Having a bouquet of sunflowers is also very "fallish" to me and adds to the theme.

The shoes, by Empire, complimented the lace in the dress.  The shoes come with a HUD so can be used for many different outfits.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: Amara Beauty Sylvia
Beauty Mark: OHeMO (store under construction)
Eye shadow: Slack Girl soft shadow
Lashes: Arte mixed styles
Manicure: Alaskametro Fall runway nail art
Hair: Tableau Vivant Akira

Dress: GF Ellen hi-lo dress (ivory) (at The Trunk Show til Sept 18)
Shoes: Empire Tropaeolum (at The Trunk Show til Sept 18)
Headband: Tomoto starstarstar headband
Earrings: Purple Moon Ireth (brown opal)

Sunflowers: Maru Kado






Sunday, September 10, 2017

Trying To Get Back To Routine

Dear Diary:

Yes, I'm trying to get back to the work routine again.  When I thought about going back to work, it seemed easy...get up earlier; have some clean clothes on hand; and make sure I knew what I was doing and where I was going.  Sounds easy, right? But no.  There's so much more to it than that.

First I had to stock the 'fridge with enough food to be able to make my lunches and suppers.  That's a chore in itself.


I got my laundry up to date and manage to get my schedule all set for the next few weeks but it was an effort.

I really think not only your body goes into vacation mode, but your brain does too.

Oh well.  I'll be back to normal by next weekend...hopefully.

Good night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: Amara Beauty Sylvia
Eye shadow: Arte Spring Shadow
Lashes: Arte lashes
Lipstick: Smudge sheer gloss box (no longer available)
Mani / Pedi: Wicked Peach Spring basics (no longer available)
Hair: no match NO ACCESS

Dress: C'est la vie Jetta (brown) (at The Chapter Four til Oct 1)
Sandals: Maitreya Gold (taupe)
Earrings: Maxi Gossamer shell Teardrop (sea pearl)
Nose stud: Amala The Circle Nose stud
Watch: kunst Regan

Grocery bag: Concrete Flowers (no longer available)

Location: Docklands Grocery and Cafe

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thinking (With Anticipation) Of My Upcoming Vacation

Dear Diary:

I have the next few weeks off and I'm really looking towards this vacation.  It's been a very busy year for me in my first life.  Work always takes up a certain amount of my time but I had to go to several workshops out of town, and although it's usually fun to travel, preparations have to be made before you start and then more prep after you get back.



I've decided that I'm not going to travel anywhere this break.  I've gone into enough airports this year.  I'm just going to go to the lake; read a book; and have a nap if I feel like it.


See you after Labour Day.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: Modish Giana
Eyes: Izzie's Natural Storm Eyes
Eye shadow: Zibska Ilara Solo
Lashes: Arte
Lipstick: Alaskametro Lumina
Mani / Pedi: Hello Dave French Ready
Hair: Argrace Azami
Headband: LaGyo Sleek Cuba Headband (flamingos)

Dress: Dead Dollz Izabel (black)
Wedges: Mosquito's Way Betty
Earrings: ChicChica Afina (black)
Ring: Meva Bento Ring (silver black)
Bracelet: Maxi Gossamer Hampton Boho

My Thinking chair: Myrrine Noir Collection Vol 1 (flowers) (no longer available)
Sit pose in Vista Animations Esther AO

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Quick Dip In The Pool Cools Me Off

Dear Diary:

I'm still fighting the stifling hot, humid weather we're having.  **givng myself a kick to stop complaining**.  When I feel like this, I retreat into my second world since I know that I can get relief there.



Yes, I did manage to get a reprieve from the blazing sun - a slight breeze and the coolness of the water - but it was short lived.  I think there's a dip in the temperature for next week.  Then I'll be grumbling that there's no sun!

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: Mudskin Hanbyeol
Eyes: Izzie's Natural Storm eyes
Mani / Pedi: ASS nail appliers metal dreams
Hair (with towel): Argrace Mikage

Swimsuit: fame femme Laced swimsuit (yellow) (at Shiny Shabby til Aug 15)

Pose: Luxe Kali (poolside) (at Uber til Aug 23)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Will This Heat Never Stop??

Dear Diary:

Here I go again!!  Complaining about the heat!!  And I shouldn't be!!  But I am!!
It was so hot yesterday, I had to sit inside to be cool.

One place I know I can cool off is my second world.  You can definitely pick your climate there.  I called up my BFF and said, "Let's head to the beach".  Chloe was all for it so off we went.


We found a quiet spot since neither of us is too accomplished on a surf board.  Of course we were looking for that perfect wave - as if either of us Northerners knew what to look for.  But it got us into the water to cool off and to have some girl chat.

There is something about sharing the sand and sun on a good beach.

Good Night for now.

Chloe is wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: Catwa Tumble
Skin: Elysium (now OHeMO) Mathilde (under construction)
Eyes: Ikon Promise (evening)
Hair: Argrace Chizuru
Bikini: Baiastice Strass (lilac)

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: amara beauty Sylvia
Eyes: Mudskin Signature LeLutka eye collection (Powder Pack July)
Hair: monso My Hair Suzy (at Collabor88 til Aug 6)
Swimsuit: CoCo cutout swimsuit (floral)

Beach scene: Come Soon Poses

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I've Got My Dessert All Planned Out

Dear Diary:

My strawberry plant has produced the most beautiful red berries...large, sweet, lip-smacking fruit.  I was so happy to see that this morning.  And it happened at the same time as I'm getting strawberries in my first world.



I do enjoy the strawberry season.  It's short but when you eat the ripe berries that have been grown locally and are warmed by the sun, that taste urges you to try more and more.  Consequently, I end up with a sore tongue!

I like to eat them as is, or dipped in sour cream and then brown sugar.  Of course chopped up on cake with whipped cream is good too.  I'm salivating just writing about it.

It was fun growing this plant and for once I managed to see a plant mature, without killing it.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: YS&YS Maddie
Eyes: Ikon Spectral (hazel)
Eye Shadow: Arte Spring Eyeshadow
Hair: Analog Dog Val

Dress: Aphorism Nicole Maxi Dress Boho
Earrings: DStyle Loop earrings with HUD (no longer available)
Bracelet: Avenge Clou (pink gold)
Sunglasses: Haysuriza Eyewear Pilot Classic (chrome)

Garden table: La Galleria
Strawberry plant: free bird



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Day In Italy

Dear Diary:

I love to travel. Anywhere. Anyhow. Anytime. I picked a great spot for a quick get away - Italy.


It is a terrific place to visit.  There are many touristy spots - benches by the sea; artists' areas; and small shops.  I'm in the main square where I popped into a local pub for a drink.  It was so nice to come from the cool atmosphere of the bar, carry my drink outside so I could sit at a table and people watch.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: amara beauty Sylvia
Lipstick: OHeMO (under construction)
Mani / Pedi: ZOZ Beachy solids
Hair: D!va Mina

Top: Emery Bombay top (tanger)
Pants: Uniwaii Ho.Waii (red flo)
Sandals: Pure Poison Rosalie (green)
Bracelet: Izzie's tropical bracelets
Ring: Absolut Vendetta Juno Bento ring
Sunglasses: Haysuriza Cat Eye

Pose: An Lar Poses

Location: Amandia LaMarche Italy

Monday, July 17, 2017

It's Too Hot To Do Anything

Dear Diary:

It's funny how in the middle of January when the temperature bottoms out at -30C, you want the hot sun, steamy climate and sweaty days.  But when they're actually here, all you do is complain about how hot it is.  That was me a few days ago.  There was nothing I could do to get relief from the heat.

I called up Chloe who was suffering just as much as I was and we decided that something cold had to be in our future.  We found it!



This little alcove sheltered us a bit from the sizzling sun.  The concrete walls helped keep the enclosure cooler.  Before stopping we decided to get an ice cream cone but at the store we thought a popsicle would quench our thirst a little better..

I must remember this day next winter.

Good Night for now.

Chloe is wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: Catwa Tumble
Skin: Bold & Beauty Gemma
Eyes: Ikon Promise (evening)
Lashes: SlackGirl Love and Passion
Lipstick: Modish Nina
Hair: Monso Chungha
Shorts and Tee (with purse): Zenith summer bib jeans with tee (sea blue)
Sandals: kokoia Nile (jambalaya)
Bracelet: Finesmith (no longer available)
Popsicle: Pewpew rocket (acid)

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: amara beauty Sylvia
Eyes: Ikon Spectral (hazel)
Lashes: ARTE
Lipstick: Alaskametro Lumina
Hair: elua Kei (temporary location)
Jumpsuit: Hucci Vico romper (80's)
Sandals: kokoia Halle (black)
Earrings: je suis voyante
Popsicle: Pewpew classic (orange)

Building: Anhelo T020W 176 GA tres en dehor (white)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Flowers Are Turning To Strawberries

Dear Diary:

A few days ago I went out to the garden bench and found that the flowers on my strawberry plant had been replaced by berries! 

 

They're green right now but I know with some hot weather and bright sun, they'll be red in no time.  My mouth is watering thinking about popping them in my mouth.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: amara beauty Amy
Hair: Argrace Kazuha

Jumpsuit: Muka lazy jumpsuit

Strawberry Plant: free bird

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day!

Dear Diary:



In celebration of Canada's birthday, did you know:
  • roughly 30% of Canada's total landmass is covered by forest
  • Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined
  • Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world
  • 80% of the world's pure maple syrup is produced here
  • "Winnie the Pooh" was based on a real bear from Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Canadian James Naismith invented basketball in 1891
To my fellow Canadians, enjoy July 1st whatever way you can.

Good Night for now.



Monday, June 26, 2017

What A Surprise!

Dear Diary:

What a pleasant surprise I got on the weekend when I went outside to take a peek at my strawberry plant.  Yes, the leaves had filled in some of the sparser parts but peeking out from underneath the foliage were white flowers.



In my first world, the strawberry plants haven't shown any sign of flowering yet.  I think the weather has been a little too chilly to produce buds but in my second tropical world, the temperature is warm and sunny most of the time.  Pretty soon strawberries!

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: amara beauty Amy
Eyes: Ikon Spectral (hazel)
Hair with hat: EMO-tions LIV braid

Tee: Pixicat Janis (white) (at Collabor88 til July 6)
Shorts: Just Because Kelsie Shorts (khaki) (at Collabor88 til July 6)

Garden bench: La Galleria
Strawberry plant: free bird

Pose: Foxcity

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spring Is Out! Summer Is In!

Dear Diary:

I couldn't let this day come and go without celebrating the idea that summer is here.  I say "idea" because today in my first world, the temperature didn't reflect summer weather at all.  This morning when I got up, my outside thermometer measured 9C!  I still needed my slippers and housecoat on to walk around the house and feel warm.

Since I live in a tropical area in my second world, I thought I would go to my beach. Truly the weather HAD to be warmer there.



It was cloudy and the water was cool so it didn't put me in a celebrating mood but at least I wasn't wearing a sweater and jeans.


Hopefully we all will have a great summer season ahead of us.  Those of us that have too many months of snow are looking forward to it.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Skin: amara beauty Amy
Eyes: Ikon Spectral (hazel)
Mani / Pedi: ZOZ Summer solids
Hair: Argrace Hotori

Bikini: Miss Chelsea Mill Bikini (unicorn) (at FaMESHed til Jun 25)

Pose: Gingerfish

Monday, June 19, 2017

My Annual Visit To The Vintage Fair

Dear Diary:

All my friends know how much I like vintage clothes, in any of my worlds.  I like how they seem to transport me back to other times.  They have history.  They ooze style. So I had to make my annual trip (with a loaded wallet) out to see what was offered this year.

Over the past few years, I've written several posts about my shopping excursions to Vintage Fair.  The items I bought all seem to cover different eras.  This year my purchases could be worn in many different decades.




This dress by Purple Moon was a knockout!  And what a bargain! For one price you get 7 dresses in different colours.  It was hard to choose what to wear when I went visiting but the tiger print got me.  

While I was at the fair, I managed to pick up a lot of things that would be perfect in certain role play situations.  But I just enjoy wearing the styles in any situation.

I've never been disappointed with my purchases from Vintage Fair.  They're in my closet waiting for that special occasion. 

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Eyes: Ikon Spectral (hazel)
Skin: Egozy (porcelain)
Beauty Marks: Izzie's Freckles and Moles
Lipstick: SE LeLutka Color Trend 
Earrings: Ricielli koko
Bracelet: Finesmith gold bracelet (no longer available)

From the Vintage Fair until June 25th:
Manicure: Hello Dave (silent movie pinup)
Hair: no_match NO SECRETS
Dress: PM Shelby Dress (with HUD)
Shoes: Breathe  Nozomi heels (brown)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

My Plant Is Growing!

Dear Diary:

I've never been very good at growing house plants.  I forget about them.  I get busy with others things.  I get tired of them.  And of course when that happens they obviously don't flourish so thank heavens for Second Life.

I moved my strawberry plant from the green house to the outside.  The weather is starting to get warmer and some days the sun is truly hot.  That plant loves it outside and it really is growing well.


I'm so pleased with myself that I actually remembered to water it.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: YS&YS Maddie
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Hair: Tableau Vivant Dreadlocks Monk

Top: GATO Floppy top (purple print)
Capris: Mutresse CaCa pants
Sunglasses: ieQED joss shades (white)

Potting table: La Galleria Garden workbench

Strawberry plant: free bird Growing Garden (strawberry plant)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I'm Celebrating With My Yoyo

Dear Diary:

Today is National Yoyo Day, not an official holiday, but one of those quirky days to remember.  It's always celebrated on June 6th, in memory of Donald F. Duncan Sr who produced the yoyo in the early 1900's.

As a kid I loved the yoyo and had several over the years.  It was a lot of fun trying to do all the tricks.  So to honour this day, I grabbed my yoyo and flew out to New Orleans, my favourite US city.




Everyone you meet in New Orleans is friendly and helpful, including this policeman I met on Bourbon Street.  He just asked me what I was doing and I said, "I'm just 'walking the dog' right here!"  

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: LeLutka Chloe
Eyes: Ikon Spectral Mesh (hazel)
Eye shadow: ARTE Spring eye shadow
Mani / Pedi: The Wicked Peach (no longer available)
Hair with cap: no_match NO JOKE

Cosmetics from June Powder Pack:
Skin and lipstick: YS&YS Maddie
Beauty Mark: DeeTaleZ

Tee: NYU Loose short sleeve tee (pink) (at FaMESHed til Jun 27)
Jumpsuit: NYU Loose Denim Jumper (black) (at FaMESHed til Jun 27)
Sandals: Juju draps (pink) (at FaMESHed til Jun 27)
Earrings: Caroline's large hoop earrrings (silver) (SL Marketplace)
Rings: Absolut Vendetta Juno Bento (at EBento til Jun 7)

Yoyo: Abranimations

Location: Bourbon Street, New Orleans City