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.

Because of Yesterdays

ghee-winter-huntShe stepped outside,  just for a walk,

then she remembered well,

what it was like to love a time that left her standing there.ghee-eva-cocktail-iv

Yet it turned out it was a must to think in loving terms,

upon the person she once was; and reasons for this day.

ghee-slouchy-sweater-iiAurora – Winter Birds

Style Info

Pic 1

The slightly asymmetrical circle skirt has a wide high waist that molds to the mid torso´s contours. The armed body is applier based. There is a set of tights and a scarf available for it. The Russian style winter hat is reflected on the lapel of the jacket.  The handbag echoes the skirt and body´s fabric. Boots and socks are also available as well as is a scarf and earrings (not shown).   This is definitely a fun winter outfit to put together!

The best part of this is that it is another Ghee store wide hunt. You will find Christmas Muffins hidden around the store. In 11 of them you will find co-ordinating items that make up a chic and cosy outfit to keep you warm and stylish this winter, said  Beatrice Serendipity, one of the  two designers, alongside Warm Clarity.

Each muffin is for sale for just 10L, apart from the boots, which are 25L – so your whole outfit, including accessories, will cost just 125L!  Check the Ghee Winter Hunt Guide to see all of the items – there is a hint in each one for the next item too, to give you a helping hand.

For more information about the hunt items, please visit the Ghee Blog.

Ghee Winter Hunt – Tartan Skirt + Body + Jacket + Tartan and Fur Hat + Tartan Fur Lined Boots + Tights + Ankle Warmers + Tartan Tote + Fingerless Gloves.  Bauhaus Movement  – Anouk Choker. Truth  – Hair. Rings by Luxe and Mandala.

Pic 2

An elegant, royal, grown up style. The skirt is shirred around the upper thighs and it has a deep slit. The top has a high, round neckline, long sleeves and a crossed over peplum. The back is coquettishly exposed.

Ghee – Eva Cocktail Dress in Clay @ Designer´s Showcase until December 31st. Yummy – Necklace. ChicChica – Earrings + Shoes. Lelutka Hair.

Pic 3

A comfortable yet chic knitted oversized short dress that is available in several stripped colors.  The style is reminiscent of one I´ve actually worn in RL. Very versatile and easy to wear!

Ghee – Slouchy Sweater Dress in Shark + Tights + Shearling Boots +  Hipster Gray Scarf. Meva – Captains Hat. Truth – Hair. Liziaah– Rings.

 

Quick Exits

Vero Modero
Vero Modero

Is this were you live ? She asked.

They were different, she knew it, but nothing had prepared her for the deep abyss that had begun to plunge deeper between them.

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Gizza

A few years before she had travelled far and wide looking for answers,

embarking on an endless external quest for that which could only live inside.

BlueBerry
BlueBerry

One night she opened the window of her hotel suite forcing him out. His unsolicited random ´landings´had pursued her all around the world. The chosen moment couldn´t have been worst.

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Gizza

She thought of herself as free from all the unconventionalities of the modern world, and yet here she was,  standing at the door of the most unconventional and unsuitable of places. In her dreams, she always returned … just for a kiss, from that time on.

Vaults – One Day I ‘ll Fly Away

Style Info

#1 Strapless gown with a plunging neckline that is mirrored on the back. The gown is gathered at the low waist from where it flares out sinuously.  The top part and the leggings are applier based and it comes with a flexi prim skirt and train. The gown is applier ready for several mesh bodies and it has system layers for the classic avatar.

Vero Modero – Nue Gown. Gizza – Crystal Faux Fur Stole. Truth – Sugar Hair November VIP Gift. Moondance Boutique  – Kevay Jewelry.

#2 A layered winter set that you can wear with flats, boots or heels for a more sophisticated look. The oversized t-shirt dress is topped by a knitted sweater and a trench coat with a hoodie. Available in several colors, it comes with a color change HUD. In sizes for Maitreya, Slink and Belleza mesh bodies as well as for the system Avi. For a less informal look, please check my flickr for another way to style this, available soon.

Gizza – Layered Coat in Army Green. Maitreya – Sneakers + Mesh Body. Truth – December VIP Hair. Oyen – Watch, vintage. LISP – Rings.  Izzie´s – Tights.

#3 Spaghetti strap embellished mini dress. Perfect for clubbing or even roleplaying depending upon the way you style it.

BlueBerry – ShowTime Angel Dress + Queen Sandals + Bracelet @The Arcade. Tram – Hair. Luxe – Earrings. Mandala – Rings. Trompe L´oeil – Lamps.

#4 Dreamy leather and mesh fabric body set, complete with a strapped harness and platform boots. Flying, circling bats are included as well as is the mask. This is a set of many possibilities depending upon the way you choose to wear it. So many things come to mind!

Gizza – Blade Body Set for Maitreya, Belleza and SLink Mesh bodies as well as for the classic avatar. .Shi – Collar. Truth – Sugar Hair November VIP Gift.