Tag Archives: Trompe Loeil

House Hunting

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I have been thinking about moving, downsizing from my lovely, but large, 5th Avenue townhouse and have been on the lookout for something marvelous. I think I found it at Collabor88 this month. I mean look at that red door! We need more red doors in our lives.

This month’s Collabor88 is inspired by the Odyssey and I am loving the many interpretations that designers are coming up with. I am fondest of those that are less literal – like this mini-dress from Tres Blah. It was a bit short for my taste so I added some leggings from Maitreya to avoid flashing my hoo-hah around.

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So this carriage house from Trompe Loeil appeals to me as a new home. The only problem is that I will have to move. I hate moving – not as much in SL as in RL – but I still like to stay in one spot. However, I am pretty sure I will sign a lease on this place and move in shortly. I love carriage house apartments. When I was in college, I had a friend who rented a carriage house. It was gorgeous inside and the rent was reasonable, best of all, though, it was on an estate – so there were these magnificent grounds that he was able to use – so long as he scheduled with the owners. Lucky guy!

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When you dream

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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.

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Just Another Reason To Get My Pink Kitchen Out

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

Change Is Good

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

What’s Not To Love ?

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.

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This is Real Life

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The princess dress from Adore & Abhor was released to celebrate their sixth anniversary. It is rich in design details including a sheer overskirt, a lovely ribbon belt and a cameo collar.

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.

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Collabor88 & The Arcade Make Me Happy

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I have company on the way over to watch the finale of True Detective – so just pictures today!

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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.

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The Valentimes 2014

Baiastice has released a stunning set of lingerie for all of your Valentine + Other sexytimes needs. My friend Darkley blogged the lot of it, including other styles as well as colors. Go check it out – you probably need at least one of each if not just fatpack the lot of it. Continue reading

#SecondLifeBloggerProblems

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.

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Never Drink Alone

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