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Feb 16, 2013


Just to give you a rough idea of how busy I have been…

I’m doing my Valentine’s Day post two days after Valentine’s Day.

Pretty horrible right?

The good news is, when I’ve had time to play around with my blog and Photoshop I’ve been having a great deal of fun.  I have been using the new Adobe Photoshop CS6, and some of the new features, as well as the interface, are to die for! I’ve especially had a lot of fun playing around with the new blur tools available.  It really adds a little extra OOMPH! to my pics.  I strongly recommend checking out the subscription offer Adobe is offering for those who are interested in getting CS6, but not interested in the hefty price tag.  It’s well worth the monthly fee if you use Photoshop on a daily basis like I do.

I have to give a big shout out to my Valentine for being apart of this post.  Arkansas Sorbet, I could not ask for a better Valentine.  You are loyal, kind, and understanding.  You have the world’s most challenging, spoiled, and difficult woman.  God has truly blessed me with a remarkable man. I’m beyond fortunate.  Thank you for everything you do for me, and for loving me unconditionally through good and bad.  You see past my flaws, and my faults, and somehow manage to see a perfect woman in the tangled mess that I display.  I am given so much, and you expect so little in return.  You are the definition of a true man, and I am the luckiest girl in the world.


On Me:

Skin: Izzie’s | Izzie Button – Harlow Skin – Fair

Eyes: Insufferable Dastard | Audrey Lamede – Ultimate Mesh Eyes – Faded Gray

Hair: TRUTH | Truth HawksHollana – Marmalade (available at Collabor88)

Hands: SLink | Siddean Munro – Mesh Hands

Necklace: MG | Maxi Gossamer – Khaleesi’s Temptation (available at Collabor88)

Dress: HUCCI | Eboni Khan – Hasting Dress – Moonglow (available at Collabor88)

On Ark:

Skin: Belleza | Tricky Boucher - Ashton

Eyes: Poetic Colors | Lano Ling – Autumn Colors – Early Frost

Hair: Raw House | Jay Khaos – Adam

Jacket: Razorblade Jacket | Kehl Razor – Subtlety Rogue (available at The Men’s Dept)

Necklace: KOSH | Lynaja Bade – Pivot Necklace (available at The Men’s Dept)

Jeans: Razorblade Jacket | Kehl Razor – Hoon Faded Cords

Pose: !Bang | Trieste Minuet 

Location: Sunshine Mist



Jan 31, 2013


Today is Harlow’s fifth rez day!  I can’t believe she’s been “alive” for five full years now.  This marks my 7th year in Second Life as well, and it has been quite an incredible journey.  I thought I’d do a simple little portrait, and post to commemorate the occasion.  Here’s to many more years!


Skin: Belleza | Tricky Boucher – Ava

Eyes: Insufferable Dastard | Audrey Lamede – Ultimate Mesh Eyes – Faded Gray

Hair: TRUTH | Truth Hawks – Lavinia – Marmalade

Necklace: Cae | Caelan Hancroft – Guinevere Necklace

Jan 24, 2013

Cover Couple

It was quite an honor to be asked by Linden Lab to participate in the cover photographs for  The first time I had the opportunity to do it I was thrilled beyond measure, and this time I’m even more joyful as I got the opportunity to pose with my man, Arkansas Sorbet!   Ark and I met in Second Life, so it truly felt fitting to be able to be apart of something so neat!  Thank you so much Linden Lab for once again asking me to be apart of something so special.  I’m truly honored!

A huge congratulations to Strawberry SinghWinter Jefferson, Eve Petlyakov and Harper Beresford for also displaying such beautiful Valentine’s themed photographs! If you are interested in what we are wearing, see below!


Arkansas Sorbet:

Skin: Belleza

Hair: Raw House

Suit: FateWear

Harlow Heslop

Hair: Truth

Skin: League

Earrings/Ring: Caroline’s Jewelry

Bracelet: Mandala

Dress: Baiastice


Dec 30, 2012


It’s that silly time of year when we all are itching for a fresh start in life.  A clean slate.  A new beginning. Blah blah blah…you know the drill…And you know what? I am ALWAYS such a sucker for it.  I LOVE New Years!  I love the idea of starting fresh, and I LOVE getting motivated to do so.

As you know in my last post I stated that I was going to be making some changes in my Second Life.  I haven’t blogged since Wednesday and it’s liberating.  Today I actually felt motivated and driven to work hard on a new post.  I thought maybe I’d share with you all my silly resolutions for 2013.

My 2013 Resolutions

1.) Drink more water.  I know it seems silly but I do not drink enough water.  My goal is the “mandatory” 8 full cups each day.  I even got an iphone app called Daily Water to help me keep track of my fluid intake.  I’m curious to see how much better I feel by drinking more water.

2.) Reach my goal weight.  I have a goal weight set in my mind.  It was my late high school/early college weight and it’s where I personally felt the best about myself.  I want to feel good about myself again, and I know for me personally this is a great way of getting there.  Last year I dropped over 15 lbs in a healthy way.  I was less than 10 lbs away from my goal and unfortunately this holiday season has let me creep back up the scale some.  This year? I’m reaching my goal!  I will be going about this in a healthy fashion by using the My Fitness Pal program.  If you are on it as well feel free to add me!  I’m “HarlowHeslop” on there!

3.  Keep a gratitude journal.  I’ve read that these awesome little journals are a great way to stay motivated and optimistic about your life.  I am typically a pretty optimistic and happy person, but the last six months or so I feel as if I’ve lost that light in my life.  This is just a small gesture in hopes of accomplishing a bigger goal.  December Dollinger mentioned the HappyTapper App for the iphone and I’m excited to try it out in 2013!

4.) Quality over Quantity.  This is my Second Life goal for my blog.  I spoke previously about this goal in my former post.  I really hope to accomplish this in a successful fashion this year.

These are just a few of my goals for 2013.  Do you have any resolutions you would like to share?  I’d be very interested in hearing about them!


Skin: League | Nena Janus – Isla – Medium

Eyes: Insufferable Dastard | Audrey Lamede – Glimmer – Gray

Hair: Truth | Truth HawksChynna – Marmalade

Jewelry: Donna Flora | Squinternet Larnia – Giorgia Set – Topaz

Dress: Adore & Abhor | Airedine Poe – Mermaid Dress – Garnet – Nice (available at Zodiac)

Hands: SLink | Siddean Munro – Mesh Hands

Pose: !Bang | Trieste Minuet 

Location: Tempura Island 


Dec 26, 2012


With the New Year just around the corner, I’ve decided to make a few small adjustments within my Second Life & my blogging.  This past year of blogging, and being a part of the Second Life Community has been rewarding,  but also incredibly draining on me in numerous ways.  I started off blogging & being a part of the Second Life Community as a bright, and bubbly individual, and within the last few months, I’ve watched that naturally optimistic personality, and consistent bubbly nature I possess, slowly fade away.

To those of you who have noticed these negative changes in me, I apologize.  I’ve found myself being catty, grumpy, and overall negative towards not only countless people, but also countless things taking place in the community.  This is not me, or who I want to be.  It has always been my goal to make a positive impact in the community, and lately I’ve been more of a stormy rain cloud than anything else.  I guess we all have our moments eh?

I’ve had quite a few days to sit and ponder the reasons for this & after a lot of contemplation I’ve come to realize that Second Life, and blogging have turned into work for me.  I chalk it up to a new full time job in my real life taking most of my time, and also the growth my blog has experienced over the past year.  I am NOT complaining, nor am I trying to view any of this as a negative thing.  I’ve just come to realize that the pressures of making sure I blog every single item, and the pressures of blogging every single day are weighing on me in a negative way.

So enough of my pointless rambling.  The point I’m trying to make is that my blog will now focus more on quality over quantity.  When I make a new post I want to be putting my everything into it.  I want to take my time on the photographs, have the opportunity to be picky over what I show on my blog, and really focus my energy and time on doing posts that I LOVE instead of post I feel are necessary.

If you are a designer and you don’t feel I’m owning up to my obligations of blogging your items, please feel free to remove me from your groups.  You won’t see me throwing a public hissy fit over it, or looking at you in a negative way.  If you need a blogger who will blog every single item you create, than I am simply not your girl.

That being said, I am so appreciative of those who continually support me and trust me with the items they create.  I do hope to continue to showcase all sorts of beautiful items here in Second Life, I just may not be doing it at the speed some find reasonable.

I hope to really put a lot of love, effort, and work into this blog, but on my own accord. I want to be proud of what I show on here.  I don’t want to feel like my blogging is a chore, added work, or just another task to be completed.  I want it to be a reflection of the things I love here in the Second Life Community.

That being said, here our the credits for today’s post.  I especially encourage you to stop by What Next and pick up the limited edition copies of these adorable bicycles.  They even have one specifically for bloggers!


Skin: League | Nena Janus – Isla – Medium

Eyes: Insufferable Dastard | Audrey Lamede – Glimmer – Gray

Hair: Magika | Sabina Gully – Little

Outfit: The Secret Store | Maylee Oh – Christmas Sweater, Christmas Tights, Crepe Skater Skirt & Star Headband

Hands: SLink | Siddean Munro – Mesh Hands

Boots: ISON | Harry Hyx - Girl Panic Boots – Black

Bike: What Next | Winter Thorn – Limited Edition Camden Bicycle – Blogger at Work (available through December 2012)

Location: Sunshine Mist