Balance

Balance

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. ~ Thomas Merton

Balance

I took a springtime walk at Nusquam, enjoying the windlight through the trees and the warming spring air on the sim. I went for a black and white look to combine some fun pieces from The Project Se7en and Shiny Shabby. First is this dress/shirt combo from Larcoco Mathy for the Project Se7en that includes a HUD with a ton of choices for the inside dress. Then I pulled on funky socks made by BerthaWeiss, also at The Project Se7en, which has resizable garters that include a HUD for color choices. I am wearing some funky platform shoes from Pill Kanto for Shiny Shabby, a double balance on the train track at Nusquam. Mea Carnell’s stylish necklace for SaNaRae adds some circles to all my stripes.

Balance

Shyla Diggs is rocking the appliers lately and has come out with another applier for the Catwa heads, this one new for the Mix Event and absolutely gorgeous. With several eye makeup and lipstick choices, it’s a great look on the Annie head. Shylah Honey has been cranking out some darling looks lately and this wavy casual ‘do for Fameshed is perfect for this spring day.

Balance

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Loryn Rigged Mesh by Shylah Honey for*~*Damselfly*~*, available at Fameshed *

Skin applier: -Belleza- Mila Catwa Applier Sunkissed by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza-, available for the Mix Event *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Annie V4.5 by Catwa Clip for CATWA

Eyes: L’Etre – Mesh Eyes [#56] by dam1710 for L’Etre

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: ::C’est la vie !:: Sheila JK(white) by Larcoco Mathy for ::C’est la vie!::, available at The Project Se7en *

Necklace: Meva Cyoko Necklace black by Mea Carnell for Meva, available at SaNaRae *

Socks: .EMBW. Joker Socks – Strips and Diamonds by BerthaWeiss for .EMBW., available at The Project Se7en *

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Flat V2.4 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Miamai_KukiSlipper – Artic by Pill Kanto for Miamai, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses: -no wow- [balance] by Lisbeth Gummibaum for –no wow-

Taken at Nusquam

Balance

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Beauty–KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 20

Beauty–KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 20

Cranes to do not fear horizons
They stretch their wings and fly
Carried by the winds and led by the light,
Look at the sun,
Look at the stars

Let’s see the beauty of it all before the fall
I want it all

“Beauty” by Juliane Gabriel

Beauty--KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 20

My friend Jaynine Scarborough is about to come out with an album that includes several gorgeous songs. Jaynine is a vocal teacher and performer in Berlin, who has, for years, also performed almost weekly in SL at her Thousand Rooms. If you have had the privilege of catching one of her weekly performances, you get to hear a beautiful woman’s voice, full of humor and earthiness and melody and sensuality. The song I link above is absolutely beautiful and the sentiment is perfect this season. Please click!!

I took a walk in a place called My Magic Winter to show off this darling coat from Larcoco Mathy for Shiny Shabby, which opens today. It includes a texture change HUD so you can switch up the sweater, buttons, and the detachable fur collar and cuffs. I wear it with Bax Coen’s newly redone knee-high boots, made specifically for different mesh bodies like the Maitreya Lara, the Bellezas and the Slinks.

Beauty--KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 20

Look closely and you can see today’s KittyCats & Friends Advent Calendar gift, a pair of earrings custom-fashioned by RL jewelry artist, Bastchild Lotus. With a texture change HUD that allows variations on the metal, the charm and the beads, it’s a terrific gift! Look again and you can see around my neck the cute snowman Abraxxa Anatine has fashioned for the holiday with clickable texture change for the metal and scarf.

Beauty--KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 20

Umazuma Metaluna has made this gorgeous applier for the Catwa heads, which I am wearing on the Annie head. With several lip options, it’s a beautiful skin to match this head. (I am wearing it bare because I loved the look without lipstick for this outfit). Viking has made this great braid set for Hairology in several versions for most versatile wearing. With rigged and non rigged pieces, you can select the pieces that fit you best. Included is a great selection of hairbase HUDs for the Catwa head, Omega or TMP.

Beauty--KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 20

Hair: NO.MATCH_NO.TRUTH.-complete by viking for no.match, available at Hairology *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Annie V4.4 by Catwa Clip for CATWA

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Hitomi (Catwa Applier Hud) honey by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Tres Chic *

Eyes: #adored – nova eyes – coal by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Winter Trend*

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Coat with sweater: ::C’est la vie !:: Jasmine coat(navy) by Larcoco Mathy for ::C’est la vie !:: , available at Shiny Shabby *

Earrings: L&B Swear (LEFT) “Frost” Hoop Earring by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild, available December 20 for the KittyCatS and Friends Advent Calendar at the KittyCats Wonderland Sim *

Necklace: EarthStones Pearl Snowman Necklace by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones *

Nail applier: [LB Let It Snow Silver] *Maitreya* Manicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Boots: BAX Prestige 2 Boots White/Bright Leather (Maitreya Lara) by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs *

Poses: an lar [poses] Simpli Series III by Katya Valeska for an lar, available at Shiny Shabby *

Taken at My Magic Winter

Beauty--KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 20

The Color of Truth

The Color of Truth

“The color of truth is gray.” ~ Andre Gide

The Color of Truth

The season is turning to gray, both at events and on sims. I visited the new Furillen build by Serene Footman, inspired by the RL Furillen hotel, to see a widely gray scene based on the “brutal beauty of post-industry with the natural splendor of Gotland island.” It’s a beautiful place for photoing, of course, and I will probably return again and again as I do with most of Serene’s builds. The Shiny Shabby inspiration theme is gray as well. I wore this darling outfit from Larcoco Mathy for Shiny Shabby, which is a one-piece mesh look that includes a texture change for the skirt, so you purchase the sweater color and you get a variety of skirts to match via the HUD. Senzati0n Domenitzo’s chic boots for Geeks n Nerds keep me safe from the snow while looking chic and Christel Morane’s bucket bag for Boho Culture Fair has a fabulous texture change HUD to mix and match the bag, handle, and ribbon for an ideal look.

The Color of Truth

Shyla Diggs has brought her beautiful art to the Catwa Jessica head and it’s breathtaking. With fine features, luscious lips and Shyla’s absolutely gorgeous eye makeups, the face is transformed and becomes unique. With face framing bangs from one of Kuranosuke Kamachi’s new hairs, it’s a stunningly beautiful look. Bastchild Lotus has made a beautiful necklace for the gachas at the Freak Show, one that comes with a center piece with all the cards of the tarot and if you get one of the two rares, you get a HUD with texture change for the beads AND for the center cards. It’s well worth pumping some change into the gacha to try to get it.

The Color of Truth

Hair: =DeLa*= Fitted Mesh Hair “Brinley” by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*= *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Jessica by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Skin applier: -Belleza- Keira Catwa Applier Sunkissed by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza– *

Eyes: Mesh – Marble Eyes – Smoke by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: -Belleza- Isis by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Outfit: ::C’est la vie !:: Noella dress(oriental blue)- by Larcoco Mathy for C’est la vie, available at Shiny Shabby *

Necklace: L&B Swear (C) “Celtic Heart” Tarot Necklace  (RARE) by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild, available at the Freak Show *

Handbag: :: D-Style – Bucket Bag w.HUD :: by Christel Morane for Delirium Style, available at the Boho Culture Fair *

Nails: Nailed It – Belleza – Gemstones Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Boots: Essenz – Tennessee by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Geeks n Nerds *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Taken at Furillen, assembled by Serene Footman

The Color of Truth

Fell in Love with a Girl

Fell in Love with a Girl

Red hair with a curl
Mellow roll for the flavour
And the eyes were peeping
Can’t keep away from the girl
These two sides of my brain

~ “Fell in Love with a Girl” by White Stripes

Fell in Love with a Girl

There’s always something special about a redhead. And if you think a redhead can’t wear pink, you’re decidedly wrong, especially if it’s this soft pink romper, one of several Poulet Koenkamp has made for On9. With a texture-change HUD offering three different colorways, each romper has its own individual flavor, this one having a romantic theme. I have accessorized with jewelry featuring an antique key and turquoise beads that Rucy Byron has made for Shiny Shabby, which will be opening May 20. I even wore the waist chain as a belt with this darling romper. And Bax Coen has come out with shiny new booties with materials, available in three fabulous metallic shades and sized for Slink AND Maitreya feet.

Fell in Love with a Girl

Monicuzza Babenco is also participating in Shiny Shabby this month with a gorgeous set of appliers for the LeLutka mesh heads. I wear them on the Aria head with the subtle shading and beautiful red brows she offers as an option. Once again, I had to adjust my eyes and lengthened my head for what I felt was the best aesthetic. Kavar Cleanslate recently came out with some lovely long hair he is offering in his mainstore including this gorgeous style with fringed bangs and his beautiful textures.

Fell in Love with a Girl

Hair:  ::Exile::Downtown by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Head applier: *YS&YS* Ginny Tone03 Skin Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS*, available at Shiny Shabby (opening May 20) *

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-ARIA v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Deep by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Romper: :: PM :: Who Romper Romantica by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations, available at On9 *

Jewelry: !APHORISM! Bijou Collection – Necklace, Bracelet and Waist Chain – Turqoise by Rucy Byron for !APHORISM!, available at Shiny Shabby (opening May 20) *

Handbag: ::C’est la vie !:: Manon Bag Gacha(blue) by Larcoco Mathy for C’est la vie ! , available at Chapter Four

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Maitreya – Ombre Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Boots: BAX Poppy Booties Metallic Rose (f. Maitreya) by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs *

Poses by Olivia LaLonde for Le Poppycock, available at Chapter Four

Fell in Love with a Girl

Brief Interviews

“[T]his was what one might call a quote Granola Cruncher, or post-Hippie, New Ager, what have you, in college where one is often first exposed to social taxonomies we called them Granola Crunchers or simply Crunchers, terms comprising the prototypical sandals, unrefined fibers, daffy arcana, emotional incontinence, flamboyantly long hair, extreme liberality on social issues, financial support from parents they revile, bare feet, obscure import religions, indifferent hygiene, a gooey and somewhat canned vocabulary, the whole predictable peace-and-love post-Hippie diction….”

~ David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, ‘#6   E——— on “How and Why I Have Come to be Totally Devoted to S——— and Have Made Her the Linchpin and Plinth of My Entire Emotional Existence”, The Paris Review

Brief Interviews

I recently read the above story from David Foster Wallace and was reminded why I had such a big crush on him while he was alive (which he is not anymore, having tragically committed suicide after a long battle with depression and tinkering with his meds, which proves to be a cautionary tale). He was the kind of man who is sensitive and abhorrent all at once, vulnerable as a tomcat’s wet pink nose, brutal in his masculinity, uncomfortable in the knowledge of his inborn inheritance as a quote Straight White Male .[1] You could smell through his writing his struggle with his need to be Male while being Sensitive, Thoughtful, and all those things a good post-feminist man should be. He quarreled with his own existence vis a vis women, as evidenced in his book, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. [2] (The character speaking in the above was not Him—David Foster Wallace—but him—a representative of a male type DFW clearly had encountered as have many of us because DFW’s greatest gift was seeing the smallest cultural cues and entwining them in his epic works.) What made DFW so abhorent is that you knew he was going to be the kind of man who was kind, giving, understanding, and attentive, humble and profound when you met him, but the day after he would be the kind of man who would crush you when he did not call you in the morning as he suggested.

This is his Granola Cruncher, all free and loose in her tie-dye dress from Larcoco Mathy, barefeet from Siddean Munro slipped into little Birkenstocks from Take Lowey. (Thank goodness for multiple attachments—oh yes, I did.) Her lustrous blonde hair is wavy and loose, banded by a loose leather tie and beads from Truth Hawks.

Brief Interviews

But it’s her face he sees—the freckles scattered over her nose, the gentle blush of her cheeks, the exactitude of the shape of her lips (with a tiny ridge down the middle of her lower lip, two dimples teasing at the corners of her mouth)—all supplied by Gala Phoenix.

Brief Interviews

Why?Truthfully, he was really good-looking.

Hair: >TRUTH< BoHo – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: :GP: Petal [Dark] Chic-Noir 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Grey (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: ::C’est la vie !:: tie-dye summer dress(blue) by Larcoco Mathy for ::C’est la vie !::

Bracelet: [BO] Leather and Beads Bracelet by Heather Rau for Black Orchid *

Sandals: magi take sandal [M][L][ blue ]  by Take Lowey for Magi

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied v2.0 Barefeet Low by Siddean Munro for SLink

[1] He, however, was not as bad as the police captain in Junot Diaz’ masterpiece “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” who was “one of those very bad men that not even postmodernism can explain away.”

[2] The story cited in the above quote was awarded the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and possibly was the precipitant for his receipt of a MacArthur Fellowship.