A Masked, Short Summer

¨Then the flowers turned red
And the shadows grew tall

Did I make you disappear?
Were you ever here at all?¨

Oren Lavie (below).

Style Info

Pic 1

Luxurious high waisted loose shorts topped with an embellished bralette. Available in several printed silk versions. Liziaah – Island Outfit Version 2. Elikatira – Hair. Mandala – Earrings. Maitreya – Mesh Body.

Pic 2 

Fun, high detailed Summer outfit. Low slung, skinny, belted, cuffed, long shorts in a striped bicolour print. The top is a sexy crocheted crisscrossed bikini. These items are available in several different ´Ghee Colours´ and there is a HUD to change the leather belt texture and buckle.  The flat sandals tie up all the way to the mid leg and the colour and texture HUD offer multiple possibilities.  Ghee – Broderie Anglais Top in Porcelain and Stripey Linen Shorts also in Porcelain + Metallic Laced Flats. Available @ Designer´s Showcase (July).  Hair by Truth.  Earrings by Alter.

Pic 3

In my last post (here) I left out this other version of the outfit which I really meant to include and here it is. This time in white and worn with the mask it comes with. Very elegant, with more than a dash of alluring and mysterious glamour. Byrne – Vudu Yudu in White. Hair by Truth. Azoury – Shoes.

Oren Lavie ft. Vanesa Paradis  – Did you Really Say No

 

A Full Clean Install

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It was a strange way to end the year for me, but I wouldn´t have expected anything less from it. How could I ?

The entire holidays became the backdrop to the unconditional love we lavished more than ever before, upon a – terminally ill – beloved family member.

Travel plans cancelled … willingly, happily. At least we are still together! N´est-ce pas?

2016 gifted me with one of the biggest growth spurts of my entire adult life. Absurdly painful at times, yes, but magnificently wiser than wise in its gifted realizations. It brought me an almost full on awakening that led me to recognize – through the mirror of others – some of the very issues that I still need to work on within myself.

Once past the initial bewilderment (who? me???!!), it actually became a truly purging, humbling, balancing, empowering and strengthening process, from which we (if any of you identifies) can re-emerge lighter and freshly energized before embarking on the clean slate journey of 2017. May we get another chance!

How about you? How did 2016 challenge you?

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MAC users, take notice:

On a lighter note, the holidays left me with a technical solution to a problem I ´ve been experiencing since Fall 2015 when I upgraded to El Capitan OS X only to find that Firestorm was not running properly on it.

What I did at the time, in order to be able to continue taking high resolution snapshots for this blog, was to create a separate partition running Maverick with an earlier version of the Firestorm Viewer.

Aside from the fact that I needed to tediously change partitions between RL work and SL work, it was  great … until the recent release of the BENTO viewers

The solution was to upgrade the Nvidia Drivers on my MAC which is something I never dared do since it´s not provided through the regular Apple Channels and I was just afraid to mess my RL work partition and livelihood. I shied from doing it even though Firestorm did provide all the necessary information.

Luckily I finally dared and although it does not solve my problem 100% (my viewer is a little slow on Ultra but hey, who´s complaining? ) it has eliminated my constant crashing and allowed me to work.

In case you are experiencing the same issues, here are some links:

Crashing While Running Firestorm.  The Nvidia Drivers are located under CRASH for both EL CAPITAN and SIERRA. FYI, I´m still running EL CAPITAN.

After you download it  you have the choice of using either the Nvidia Web Drivers or the OS X Default Graphic Drivers at any given time after that through your System Preferences –> Nvidia Graphic Manager.

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Bento Mesh Head

Which takes me back to BENTO  and the reason for the upgrade in the first place.  So yes! after the upgrade worked so well with the new drivers installed, I went ahead and got my first BENTO Mesh Head.

I chose the Lelutka Simone because they were generous enough to offer it to previous owners of the Simone Head at half the price. Talk about securing customer loyalty!

I decided to use it with my  shape but I am still tweaking it and changing it here and there. I found that the process was in a way much like drawing !!! At first the results of my tweaking lead to extremely naive depictions of the head, circa 2009. Sort of unnatural and dollish.

Eventually I managed to get the  shape somewhat more normal by trying to render the image after my own RL bone structure from all sides. From there I began experimenting with several skins other than the original GLAM Affair it came with.

The verdict

I love the head, I always did, but I´m still working on finding the right balance. Being able to achieve a more mature look is a must for me. I find it a bit of a challenge but I´m working on it and having fun.

I would say that my next posts will all have the look of complete shape/skin experimentation as I had not seen since the old days with the System Avi. Terrifying and exciting. I hope you can bear with me!

May you all be Blessed, Sustained and Contained throughout  2017!  

Thank you for being so wonderful to me!

Much Love, Landa xox

George Michael (R.I.P) – White Light

Style Info

Pic 1

Magnificently textured spaghetti strap, body hugging dress. It comes with the brand´s signature collar as well as with a futuristic stand up stole. The dress sits approximately 4 inches from the knee. Materials enabled. Fitmesh, Slink, Belleza and Maitreya mesh body sized. Available in white and black.

Byrne – Jeo Dress and Collar in White @ Marvelous Monthly.   Lelutka – Hair. Ryca – Earrings. Luxe – Ring.

Pic 2

Skimpy tunic top in a whirlwind pattern topping the leather, low slung Capri pants.

Byrne – Brida in Grey. Azoury – Sandals. Wasabi Pills – Hair. Real Evil – Necklace. Luxe – Rings.

Pic 3

A sexy set. A leather, low slung skirt with a flare, topped with a ´peplumed´, long sleeved, deep V neckline in sultry textured silk.

Byrne – Amanda Skirt & Jacket Group Gift. Wasabi Pills – Hair. LUXE – Choker.  Rebel Gal – Booties (seen on Flickr soon) Izzie´s – Tights.

Waiting For My Ride

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When I unpacked the outfit shown above,  I was reminded that one of the things I enjoy about blogging is that it gives me the opportunity to be surprised by  some amazing creations.  I hardly ever know what I will get and this forces my creativity to get into motion. How to style it? What story does it tell? ¿What does it remind me of?

As my mind often tends to extrapolate and travel far, far away, I immediately began to meditate on how sometimes we can  also be happily surprised in our physical lives when something completely unexpected happens.

Life events that push us out of our comfort zone and force us to take a deep, hard look at ourselves, our lives and our ways. External forces upon which we may have absolutely no control, sometimes exercise their dominion upon our lives showing us who´s really the boss.

When they do, often times we are lucky enough to be shown the greatness and convenience of the different path we may be forced to take. The one answer we never thought about. Our lives then take a turn driving us somewhere we  never considered possible and – SURPRISE! – gifting us with the promise of a better future. Sometimes there can be nothing better than a little change of plans.

*Winks*  Landa

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Lana Del Rey – You Can Be The Boss

Style Info

Knitted Sweater with colored stripes worn over a delicate vintage cotton silk embroidered dress.

The single bead necklace with leather chords is a gift for the event. The shoes have a strapped leather boot attached that´s reminiscent of Chanel´s. It comes in several mesh sizes.

All three items are available in several colors and are for sale at the Boho Culture Fair.

Ghee – Boho Frilled Sweater in Clay + Boho Etta Boots  in Clay + Boho Fair Gift Necklace.  Azoury – Fedora Hat. MG – Horn Necklace (the long version is worn under the clothing) + Venetian Fortune Ring. Entwined – Hair.  Mesh Head – Catwa. Maitreya Mesh Body. Mandala – Rings. Izzie´s Tights Appliers.