One of the joys of Second Life is allowing us to inhabit parallel lives, the lives we dreamed in our youth. Like many of you, I dreamed of all sorts of “when I grow up” scenarios. Mostly I said I wanted to be an archeologist when I grew up, but there were times when I declared my intent for president, supreme court justice, artist and dancer. Of course, I did grow up to inhabit none of these dreams, finding instead my adult dream as a political activist. I am happy with my adult dreams and only feel a faint nostalgic wistfulness for my childhood dreams. How fun it is, though, to live those dreams as an avatar. This season’s offerings from The Arcade are really the stuff dreams are made of.
I’ve changed kitchen colors so many times, but the pink TROMPE LOEIL Retro Kitchen keeps sucking me back in. I have to admit, despite the amazing other colors, and the different kitchens that exist, the styling and the color of this lovely pink kitchen always cause me to bring it back out.
When I got dressed this morning in my new dress from Milk Motion I knew the color was familiar – and yep, gorgeous just like my kitchen. It was meant to be. Continue reading
Convair has released a new house that is perfect for those of us who dwell next to the water, or heck for anyone who likes wide open spaces inside their home. I’ve just started to settle in, it takes me a while to sort out what from the old I will keep and what I want that is new. The Pinewood Cottage has a large open floorplan on the first floor and I’ve already gotten the dining area and the kitchen started.
The Darya Dining set from Trompe Loeil is available at Fameshed and comes in a variety of seasonal or neutral tones, plus you can put out plates and flatware as you like, based on you prim allowance. I have chosen the SPRING set with the blues and pinks as accents. I’ve added a mexican feast from Rassassy that I picked up last year. Continue reading
My new home from Alouette comes with the huge wrap around porch of my RL dreams. After I got pixel Gidge ready for her very packed day of shopping she decided that ordering some breakfast up was exactly in order. She has her own mind most days. Luckily, I live on an island that has everything and it was nothing to get some coffee to go sent over and some waffles.
It makes me not really mind the storm rolling in for the day. Continue reading
Let me start with a confession. I do not hate Shopping Cart Disco’s SL Secrets. From sociology and evolutionary psychology, I understand the role of gossip in defining community norms and values. It is possible that anonymity allows more viciousness than we might see in first life, but given the many stories about young people driven to suicide by online harassment on Facebook® and Twitter® coming from non-anonymous classmates, I think that anonymity is a smaller factor than we might think.
Sometimes the secrets make me think, sometimes they make me laugh, sometimes they surprise me. Secrets often spark discussions on Plurk® and I suppose they do on other social media as well. Sometimes I agree with the secret-makers, sometimes I do not. One thing most secret-makers have in common is an idea of how the world should be and they want us all to know it is out of alignment with their standards.
Today a secret maker repeated the all too common “Get a real life” mantra that always seems so ironic coming from someone whose emotional investment is Second Life® is so powerful they are compelled to create anonymous secrets to share their opinions. This time, the “Get a real life” message included an insinuation that purchasing from SL creators could be contributing to their mental illness by promoting an attachment to this second life over their first life.
I think the secret maker is wrong on all levels – because while our first and second lives are distinct and often separate, they are both real.
I have company on the way over to watch the finale of True Detective – so just pictures today!
Well, I am back and the finale was amazing! So today I put together a jacket from Decoy with a black and white skirt from VN and some gorgeous shoes from The Secret Store. The jacket is gorgeous and will go with lots of outfits – a great mix and match staple from Collabor88. I love the jacket but it will occasionally glitch at the elbows. A longer alpha would solve that, but then you would have the hollow up the arm problem. An occasional glitch through is, I think, better than the hollow sleeve all the time.
At Christmastime I set up a little breakfast nook with some Arcade goodies I had gotten, along with a Christmas tree I picked up from a shop, that I thought was adorable. I loved having bite to eat while gazing at the twinkling lights, relaxing and just enjoying how beautiful my little space was.
The 12 days of Christmas ended and I cleaned up my decorations.
But the twinkling lights? Well, they stayed.
I can’t grab them. No matter where I grab, I get my house. I try to highlight transparent, and again, still just get my house even though I am targeting the damned lights. ITS INFURIATING.
There is nothing for it but to ignore it I suppose. Continue reading
Trompe Loeil has released a home pub for FAMESHED this round and I had this huge spot left where my Christmas tree was, and well, HOME PUB! You understand right? I NEEDED it! Continue reading
I spent the better part of a week hunting the new and the awesome to decorate my house for this Christmas season. I have to admit I’m a little sad that the Arcade didn’t open in time for me to add some of the lovely things I’ve seen that are coming but eh, I’ll get them in what- 3 weeks when you can get in? Oh who am I kidding? I’ll totally get them at yardsales – tomorrow.
I am so excited about the holiday home tour. My mother and I used to always go to holiday home tours when I lived near her, it was a glimpse at a house I’d never have – kind of like day dreaming a little fantasy – and sharing it with your mom. But in SL we can all have whatever kind of house we want. I love to see how people express their holiday joy when they decorate. I hope you enjoy mine.
The living room is always the room I work on first as I consider it the room for entertaining and socializing. Plus it’s what you see first when you walk in the room.
Trompe Loeil has a really comfy holiday sofa and I combined it with some chairs from What Next, a pillow basket and coffee table from earlier releases of Trompe Loeil as well. Continue reading