Adore the Noir

This might be my last blog post for awhile.  I will be far too busy shopping.  With all the events going on, there isn't much time to both shop and blog.  Isn't this little heart purse cute?  It's a new release from Adore & Abhor.  Airedine is, coincidentally, celebrating her shop's 5 year anniversary, and a number of your favorite SL designers are celebrating along with her.  This corset, for example, is by lassitude and ennui, but you can only get it at Adore & Abhor.  There is a lot of cute stuff, most if it is much more colorful than my noir look today, but I'm a bit obsessed.

Congratulations Adore & Abhor

Congratulations Adore & Abhor

Congratulations Adore & Abhor
Skin: Ugly Duck - Nana I (Brown) (at Skin Fair)
Lipstick: Adore & Abhor - 13 Lips Berry
Eyes: Mayfly - Deep Sky Mesh Eyes (Light Grey)
Lashes: Glow Studio - Innocent. eyelashes - soft
Necklace: lassitude & ennui Stacked pearls necklace dark (at the Free*Style Shop)
Top: - Glam Affair - Tessa
Corset: lassitude & ennui Elena corset - black / silver (at Adore & Abhor for their 5 year anniversary)
Skirt: :::Sn@tch Cara Leather Skirt (Black):::
Stockings: [UMEBOSHI] Sheer stockings -Bird- (Group Gift)
Purse: Adore & Abhor - Heart Purse - Black Red
Boots: lassitude & ennui - Selene mesh boots black

7 Things Meme

For the 7 Things Meme

I haven't been motivated to really write on this blog for awhile.  Lately, it's just been a picture or two.  It's not that I don't have things to say, it's just that I don't really get time for SL except at night, and by that time, I'm pretty much brain dead.

I'm on Spring Break right now, so I have a little free time on my hands.  I didn't get to have a real vacation this year - it's a "staycation" instead.

So, here I am with my 7 things about me, because, you know, it is all about me.

1.  I originally joined SL back in 2009 because it was all the buzz in education.   Everyone was talking about how SL was going to revolutionize distance learning.  I was in all the SL sessions at the ed conferences and was so excited at the time, but the education side seems to have kind of died.  My college is sitting on a sim that gets almost no use at all.  The education side hasn't completely died off,  but it didn't seem to live up to the hype (although I was at a conference yesterday and one of the presenters was extolling it's virtues).  I just wish SL would have embraced the education community more (instead of dissing it by doing things like ending the education discount on land).

2.   Back in my noob days, The Mermaid Diaries blog saved me!  I really appreciated the work that Natalia Zelmanov did creating very basic tutorials and chronicling her SL journey.  From there, I learned that some SL people blog their way through the virtual landscape, and that's when I created this blog.  Natalia hasn't been active in SL in some years.  Maybe she'll come back.

3.  I used to love hunting in SL.  The Twisted Hunt in Spring 2009 was my first hunt.  I had just been in SL for about a month, and it allowed me to explore in a way that I couldn't have done on my own.  I found some of my still favorite shops back then, like Sn@tch.  Ah...I remember it was just a tiny shop connected to Retox, and I thought, OMG!  Here's someone in SL who has the same style as I do!  I was in love.  And I'll never forget the DAYS I spent at Tyranny Designs trying to find the damn little rotating box (it was hidden in a bunny butt).  I'll never forgive Tyr for that.

4.  I am probably the biggest loner there is in SL.  I tinker and I shop, then I retreat back to my skybox.  Sometimes, if someone talks to me, I run or teleport away.  I'm as shy in SL as I am in RL, although I can't transport in RL.  Sometimes, I do this:

That doesn't mean that I don't wish I had friends.  I really do.  I would love to have someone say, "Hey!  Let's go shopping/exploring/scare people with our strangeness," but I understand that my shyness is a huge hurdle for other people to overcome, and at first, that person will probably have to make an effort to hunt me down and force me out of my cocoon.

5.  I can never decide what I want to do with my slife.  Sometimes, I like to make things, sometimes I like to blog things.  Both are very time consuming activities.  I really can't (and shouldn't) do both because I really don't have the time to do both.  It kind of ends up being a half-assed effort no matter what I'm doing, and it's driven by my own indecision.

6.  When I do blog, I really try to show my appreciation for some of the lesser known creators.  For awhile, I was a member of a few blogger groups, I received review copies of things, and while I appreciated it very much, it was hard to blog something that 100 other people had already blogged. I would often sift through to find the things that had not been blogged or had been overlooked by the other bloggers or that I could put a unique spin on. When I had to take a break from SL last year, and I left all the blogger groups and asked to be taken off all blogger lists.  I didn't want to be receiving review copies that I knew I wouldn't have time to blog.  Now that I am back, I feel like a burden has been lifted and I'm free to explore.  I don't have 50 new things in my inventory to review each week, and it's kind of nice.  Blogging can get like a job with obligations and expectations, and to me, that takes the fun out of it.  There are a small handful of shops and designers that I am truly enamored with, that I love everything they make (and they know who they are because I stalk them), and that blogging their things is amazingly awesome.  But, for the most part, I prefer to buy what I blog, mostly because I think designers should get paid for their hard work.

7.  I have never dated anyone in SL, I have never been partnered with anyone, and I wouldn't even know where/how to go about meeting someone in SL for dating.  It seems I suffer from the same problems in SL as in RL because in RL, I'm forever alone, and I'm OK with that.  How, pray tell, is a shy girl supposed to get up the nerve to meet strangers?  It doesn't matter, though, because between blogging, and tinkering, and RL work, when would I have the time?

For the 7 Things Meme


Skin: Ugly Duck - Nana I - (at Skin Fair!) (I figured out what it is about this skin that I like so much - it has kind eyes, a look of thoughtfulness or substance.  I'm in love with it.)
Hair: Fashionably Dead - (fd) New Romance Straight Bangs - Black (at Collabor88)
Eyes: Pulse - Le Mystere Eyes-Emerald
Lashes: Glow Studio - Innocent. eyelashes - soft
Necklace: ::Sweet Leonard:: Rockabilly Birds Necklace -silver- (New release)
Blazer - (Elate!) Piper Blazer Onyx (at Collabor88)

That Cute Little Goth Girl

The Cute Little Goth Girl

Skin: [IREN]-Molly-fair
Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Hathaway hair - Black 1 (at Collabor88)
Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Ren eyes -Droplet-
Necklaces:  Maxi Gossamer - - Heart & Skull - Jewelled - Long - SILVER + BLACK DIAMONDS
Top:  Fashionably Dead - (fd) Tucked In T - Black (at Collabor88)
Shorts:  Fashionably Dead - (fd) Scallop Shorts - Blue (at Collabor88)
Stockings:  \\Le' Boom// Lace Leggings
Boots:  :::Sn@tch Mosh Pit Combat Boot (Black):::
Poses by Everglow


Deer Marilyn


Skin: Pink Fuel - [PF] - Gacha - 02 - Cyber Grey (The Arcade)
Hair: *Alice Project* Ruby w/ Straight Bang
Makeup: PIDIDDLE - LipColor - Glossy I have a Secret/ Teeth
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard - .ID. Light Sensitive - Ice RIGHT/ Slate LEFT
Antlers: +Half-Deer+ Eternum Antlers (Black Silver Studded) (The Arcade)
Top: [SasyR] M size HalterTop (Group Gift)
Skirt: [SasyR] M size Koa Mini Skirt V1 (Group Gift)
Shoes: Dilly Dolls - *DD* Stella Dollies II Dark
Piercing: [ni.Ju] Chain Chomp Piercing
Stockings: Gawk! Black Polka Dotted Nylon Tights with Seam A

Lost Hope

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were the only remaining survivor?

Lost Hope

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Bella/Oynx
Skin: Glam Affair - Luria skin - 04 (The Arcade)
Pants: Apple May Designs - Female Camo Cargo Capri's *M* - Dolphin (Depraved Nation Gacha Event)
Boots: Death Row Designs - DRDchainboot dirtyblue
Pose: Ilaya - Emo Poses
Location: Tableau Vivant 

The Solo

The Solo

I had fun playing at The Arcade today.  The Sousaphone brought back memories of high school and the dreaded solo.  Of course, the Sousaphone solo isn't dreaded at my alma mater, OSU, where band members dream of someday dotting the i in Ohio.  It's just one of those things.

Skin: Glam Affair - Luria skin - 04 (The Arcade)
Hair: Eaters Coma - GIFT 03 (S) / Dark Noir (Group Gift)
Lashes: Adore and Abhor: Floofy Lashes
Skirt: The Sea Hole - Lorette Skirt - Chibi Bunny (The Arcade)
Stockings: *blowpop* Seamed Fishnet Tights
Shoes: Alice Project *AP* Faelin Pumps
BALACLAVA!! Marchin' On - Sousaphone (The Arcade)
Stage by Pilot from Global Domination