Saturday, March 31, 2018

Zen Run


"There are no standards and no possible victories except the joy you are living while dancing your run."  -- Fred Rohe, The Zen of Running

Ava's got her happy feet on while she's dancing her run. The Zen Run shoes from The Oak have a texture-changing hud so you can customize them to your liking. There are versions of the shoe for both female and male avatars, including a Maitreya version for females. The Zen Run shoes are a gift for members of the Teleport Hub group, which will cost $10L to join if you're not already a member.

The Jogger Pants + Tank Top is on the large wall of group gifts in COCO's mainstore. I've had this outfit for a while and I'm thrilled that The Oak put out these free running shoes that go so well with it! 

I celebrate the amazing creators whose groups are free to join, who offer past group gifts, and who put past event gifts in their group offerings! Both COCO and Navy&Copper, who created Ava's hairstyle, have done this. I got the jogging outfit and hair at past events, and I'm delighted to show them now without adding: "past gift - sorry, too late!" You can still get them in the mainstores for a simple free! group join. 

~ my finds ~

shoes: THE OAK - Zen Run Shoes Unisex Fatpack - Teleport Hub group gift!
clothes: *COCO* - Jogger Pants + Tank Top - group gift!
hair: Navy&Copper - Green Tea - group gift!

~ the rest ~

tattoo: TAOX - Tibetan Lotus Essence
head: Catwa - Catya
body: Maitreya - Lara
skin: amara beauty - Miriela F01

Thursday, March 29, 2018

"Peace is not the absence of trouble"


Avastelle is wearing the Eirene hair by .Shi available at the Uber event. The hair's creator writes: "Peace is not the absence of trouble. It is possible to enter and remain in peace in the midst of the chaos." I love that thought, which sounds very Buddhist but transcends religious distinctions.

I noticed there's a "Miss SL" competition, and the first challenge this year was to depict your superhero. I thought that would be a good thing for me to take on as a personal challenge.

My superhero is a human who perfected herself over many lifetimes. She chose always to remain in female form to show that liberation is equally possible for all. Regardless of gender, we can all free ourselves from suffering. She's called "Tara", and she comes quickly to the aid of anyone in trouble.

Here Ava as Tara stands in the dark dystopian night ready to teleport swiftly to the side of anyone in need.

~ here's the scoop ~

ears: Mandala - Unisex steking ears season 5
eyes: AG. @ the Skin Fair - Prestige eyes - Ray
hair: .Chi @ Uber - Eirene unisex hair
piercings: CODE-5 - Alonza Piercing Set v02, Alegra V01
skin: Amara beauty - Miriela F01
tattoo: TAOX - Tibetan Lotus Essence

location: Everwinter

~ xoxo ~

Friday, March 23, 2018

In a vacation state of mind


I'm playing with more of my swag from the Finders Keepers St. Patrick's Day Hunt. When I tried on this clothing I was suddenly in a vacation state of mind, so I took Ava to the French Riviera to relax with the other cool grannies in a stylish café near the beach.

The Leilani Script Message Beach Hat and Tassel Earrings are the hunt gift from Moon Elixir. The Pola hair is the March V.I.P. gift from KoKoLoReS Hair. The Pola hair is a cute, edgy pixie cut with a few long strands, but what makes it really amazing is that it fits under the hat with no hair strands poking through! If you've tried wearing hats over SL hair you'll know how unusual that is. What a find!

Ava's jumpsuit is the Amber Jumpsuit Patrick, the hunt gift from GAIA. Acid green is one of my favorite colors! The Vintage Necklace Brown, the hunt gift from Meva, adds the finishing touch along with the Catalina Sunglasses, a gift from Heth Haute Couture, no group required. These sophisticated glasses also come with clear lenses.

I've been distracted by the great hunts this month, but I finally got around to opening my gifts from the Imaginarium, and found this Snake Purse from Glitzz to complete the outfit. Ava doesn't normally don't carry a purse because she ends up hitting herself in the head with it, but in this case it's all about the look.

Here's the scoop:

~ my finds ~

glasses: Heth Haute Couture - Catalina Eyeware - free gift!
hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair - Pola - V.I.P. group gift!
hat & earrings: Moon Elixir - Leilani - Script Message Beach Hat & Tassel Earrings - Finders Keepers Hunt gift!
jumpsuit: GAIA - Amber Jumpsuit Patrick - Finders Keepers Hunt gift!
necklace: Meva - Vintage Necklace Brown - Finders Keepers Hunt gift!
purse: [Glitzz] @ The Imaginarium - Snake Purse - group gift!

~ the rest ~

body: Maitreya Lara
head: Catwa Catya
skin: POEMA & AG. @ the Skin Fair - Pia

location: French Riviera Village

~ xoxo ~

Friday, March 16, 2018

May you always have... (an Irish blessing)

May you always have...
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/2009/02/irish-blessings-for-luck.aspx#7FY60IyuQE2u8WGe.99
May you always have...
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/2009/02/irish-blessings-for-luck.aspx#7FY60IyuQE2u8WGe.99

May you always have...
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.
  (an Irish blessing)
I dressed Ava in some comfy clothing, and then I saw essentially the same outfit blogged by Nic here: The SL Fashionista. So... ought I to have changed Ava's clothes? I spent like an hour going through inventory and opening gift boxes to find everything, so... nahhh, haha!

As the celebration of all things Irish approaches, since the Irish are known for having, well, the luck o' the Irish, I want to blog about luck. And as it relates to Second Life, lucky letters, chairs,and boards. I get a thrill when I arrive in a shop to see the first initial of my name, "A", displayed prominently on a lucky board. That means only I (or another whose name begins with the same initial) have access to the prize inside. Lucky boards can be a super cheap (as in free) way to build a wardrobe or acquire some décor items. Sometimes group membership is required to access the prize. At other times all one need do is click the board, or if it's a chair, sit on it.

Ava is wearing the very cute fringed Nayeli Wedges currently in the Lucky Board at LOTUS. Her Bombshell Pants and Exposed top were in a gift box from Cynful at FaMESHed last Christmas. Nic blogged a similar outfit that's in the current lucky boards at Cynful. The Cynful lucky boards cycle through prizes as well as letters, and I saw a lot of nice prizes cycle through as I sat there this morning waiting for my letter to come up. It did not, but I tried all the animations in the lounge chairs.

Which leads me to an observation: SL female sit animations make Ava look depressed. I usually put a laptop in her hands if there's one to be found, because then at least Ava looks like she's... thinking. I see opportunity here for talented SL animators. Let's have some new sits...please.

Enough opining, here's the outfit:

~ my finds ~

top: [Cynful] Exposed (past gift)
pants: [Cynful] Bombshell Pants (past gift)
shoes: LOTUS. Nayeli Wedges - Peach - lucky letter gift!
hair: Sintiklia Hair - Angela - group gift!

~ the rest ~

décor: CHEZ MOI FURNITURES @ Deco(c)rate March '18 - Dublin Entry Set
dwelling: Sari-Sari - Log Cabin

~ xoxo ~