So Vespertine made an absolutely adorable set for The Arcade starting on June 1st. Just a quick photo showing off most the items. I think only a few things are missing in the pic! It’s definitely a set you’ll want to snatch right up!
Strawberry Singh has done another fun meme, and this time we are getting a bit personal! I had a lot of fun going through and answering these questions. You should all join in the fun and do it as well!
1. When and how did you discover Second Life?
I discovered Second Life in January of 2007 (on my first avatar). I was playing The Sims at the time, and was curious if there was a live version of SL. I googled…and the rest was history!
2. Did you know about virtual worlds before or was this your first experience with them?
Just The Sims! I think IMVU was starting to become sorta known at the time too?
3. Has Second Life met your expectations?
That and more I think. I never expected to be here this long, or do the things I’ve done here. I feel very fortunate/blessed that my fun here has led to so much.
4. If you could teleport back to the first ten minutes of your avatar’s slife, what would you tell yourself?
Don’t trust the sleazy dude who wants to show you how to make “easy money”.
5. How long did it take you to master avatar flying and driving vehicles inworld?
I think I picked up on everything really quickly. Which is a little surprising! I tend to be really uncoordinated/slow in other gaming platforms. SL for some reason just came naturally to me.
6. Do you have a mystery alt?
I have a handful of alts, but I have always said who I am. I had one that I really tried hard recently to use as an alt to wander around privately and just find quiet time, but I ended up telling everyone about her too. I don’t have a very good “poker face” when it comes to keeping secret alts I guess!
7. Is your SL avatar a reflection of you, or someone you wished you could be?
Harlow is very much who I am in RL… except with red hair, and a lot shorter! As for her personality, she is who I am through and through.
8. Is there an individual you met in SL that inspired you in your RL? How?
I’ve met quite a few people who have inspired my RL. A few friendships, and of course my RL fiance Ark, who I met in Second Life. He has inspired great potential in me since Day 1.
9. Do you feel it is easier to create stronger bonds/relationships with people you meet inworld as opposed to the real world?
I think you can create some absolutely incredible, undeniable bonds here, with people that you may not necessarily bond as closely with in real life, or given a chance in real life. Second Life creates a place where even the most opposite of people can become close. When you have just your words to get to know someone and you don’t judge someone based on appearances/status, it’s amazing the kind of bonds you can create. It has really inspired me to reach out to more people in my real life. People that I wouldn’t have expected to become friends with, and really see them for who they are on the inside and out. Not that I was a shallow person before, I just think that words can be a powerful tool, and can create some unbreakable bonds. I know that some of my closest friendships have come from Second Life, and will be life lasting.
10. Did you ever imagine or believe people could fall in love with someone they never met before Second Life?
It’s quite common. I don’t think that it’s a faux kind of love either. I genuinely believe real emotions can develop here. I know they have for me a few times.
11. How has your perspective of dating changed (or not) since you started playing second life?
I think I’ve realized that relationships don’t fit into a specific box. I thought I had a specific type, a specific age, etc…that I wanted to date, and only that type/age/personality was who I wanted to be with. Second Life has opened my eyes and heart to so much more than just that. I’ve been in love a few times here, or what I thought was love, and it really just helped me grow as a person in so many ways.
12. How has your perspective of employment changed (or not) since you started playing second life?
I am so impressed by those who self sustain through their Second Life talents/creations. It’s extremely impressive and I think it’s underrated. People don’t realize how many talented individuals there are in Second Life, and how many amazing job opportunities present themselves through our virtual environment here. It’s a place of endless creative freedom and opportunity.
13. Name three things in both your lives that overlap each other significantly.
Tough question! Socialization for sure. I’ve actually met many SLers in RL, and all have been really great experiences. Photoshop. LOL. I use it for both RL and SL pics. And umm…. how about my RL relationship. Ark and I totally overlap from SL to RL.
14. If you could live your life more immersively in a virtual world, would you? (Kind of like the Matrix)
I think temporarily it would be kind of neat, but I try and have a healthy balance between RL and SL. I have so been there many times when I’ve spent WAY too much time online. I still have my moments, but I’m trying to actually be on here less than I used to be.
15. How do you think behavior changes for people if they’re inworld vs in real world? Why do you think that is?
I always say, that it’s a challenge to be kind online, and that people have to work to do it, and I truly believe that. You have to work to be kind, and gracious, and selfless here. It’s not easy. It’s so much easier to be selfish, impatient, and rude here, because you can hide behind an avatar name, and a computer screen. But, in a more positive aspect, I think people can be more “real” here in the way that they open up more and show more of their true colors, which can be a beautiful thing….if they are still kind.
16. How has second life consumerism changed your perception of spending habits, the value of money, the need to be “bleeding edge” with fashion?
I’m not sure I’m very “bleeding edge” with fashion to begin with. I kind of just wear what I like, and what’s comfortable. Ironically I do the same in Second Life. As for money? I suck at money management in my RL, but in Second Life, ironically I’m quite decent about it. I do like to spend though! Look at all the creation around us. How can I NOT spend?
17. Do you think virtual worlds like SL drive and redefine human interaction or do they narrow and limit it?
I think it both isolates and redefines in negative and positive ways. I think we interact, like I mentioned above, with people we may not necessarily interact with in our RL’s. We open our minds and hearts, as well as our conversations to more people around us through these environments. I think we also, if we aren’t careful, can isolate ourselves in a dangerous way from the real world. Have you ever looked around in a crowded restaurant at tables filled with people. And at all of those tables everyone is on their self phones, glaring downward into the glowing screen, and clueless to the world around them, including their own families at the same table? (Yes i’m just as much a guilty party of this as the rest of us!). I think SL, virtual worlds, and technology/social networking as a whole can really narrow and limit our human interaction. Which is so ironic, since we are all trying so hard to be social on these platforms.
18. If technology progressed tomorrow to allow you to send emotions to people the way you’d send text or voice messages, would it enrich your SL experience or infringe on it?
I feel like when we hit that point it’s probably time for me to get off Second Life. LOL!
19. Name three skills you attribute to having learned or honed in second life alone.
I feel like I’ve learned a bit about real estate & being a landlord. I’ve learned better Photoshop skills. I have learned to be better in social situations, especially when traveling in RL to meet SLers who I’ve never met in RL before. It’s a nerve wracking experience, but after a few times you really start becoming more comfortable with meeting new people. It’s a really neat thing!
20. If your grand kids googled your Second Life Avatar’s name, would they be intrigued, disgusted, proud or something else?
Let me take down the random few naked photos before that happens okay? Hey…they were for art! I swear!
Skin: Glam Affair | Aida Ewing (available at May’s Collabor88)
Hair: Exile | Kavar Cleanslate (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Hands: SLink | Siddean Munro
Sunglasses: Exile | Kavar Cleanslate (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Top: Tee*fy | Azure Electricteeth (available at May’s Collabor88)
Jeans: coldlogic | Damien Fate & Janie Marlowe & Zyrra Falcone
Pose: Imeka | Natiwilliams
Location: Heart Song
Have you ever discovered an old storage room or attic filled with wonderful treasures? Aging items, that have collected dust. Tattered corners to books, rusted gears and knobs, piles upon piles of what some may consider junk that has been tucked away, only to be happened upon once again? Those are the kinds of places I could spend hours, discovering little gems that someone carelessly discarded sometime in the past. I love the idea of each item having a story behind it. Each item having a history.
Credits (from left to right)
Building: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Library ladder: Seven Emporium | Agustkov (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Boxes/Lamp/Bookstack/Yellow Book: Tarte | Alixxbella
Skateboard: What Next | Winter Thorn & FrankLee Anatra (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Dress forms: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Animal Head: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Tripod/Camera: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Haybale Couch: floorplan | Tegan Serin (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Jesus Saves Sign: Seven Emporium | Agustkov (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Boats Sign: Seven Emporium | Agustkov (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Sandwich Board/Garden Party Sign: floorplan | Tegan Serin (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Open Book/Polaroid Camera: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Suitcase: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Bottles: floorplan | Tegan Serin (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Unicycle: What Next | Winter Thorn & FrankLee Anatra (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Tattered Curtains: Ink | nontroppo torii
Desk: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Tea Tins/Tea Set: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Nightstand: Trompe Loeil | Cory Edo (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Reflector Light: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
Beer tub: floorplan | Tegan Serin (available at The Arcade starting on June 1st)
So Dutchie has released an absolutely breathtaking & detailed dining set, that I’m quite certain trumps nearly every dining set I’ve ever owned. (And trust me, I own some really epic dining sets). I am showing you such a small portion of what comes with this dining set, as it was impossible to fit it all into one photo. The set comes with beautiful place settings, different meals, a gorgeous hanging light fixture, paintings, china, cabinets, and so much more.
The only thing pictured in this image that isn’t Dutchie is the pretty house I set it up in, which is from Scarlet Creative and can be found at this month’s Collabor88. It’s the wish you were here home, and it’s also, quite breathtaking.
Have a good one everybody!
So I apologize for the lack of posts the last many days. I have been excitedly working on a new little personal project that I decided to share with you all temporarily! I introduce to you Heart Song, my homestead sim. I can’t exactly say that the project/home is “finished” as it’s always a work in progress. I will open it on and off at times for people to come enjoy, snap pictures at, etc. For years and years I have wanted a place to call my absolute own. I wanted space that didn’t have neighbors, parcel lines, and interruptions. I wanted a private oasis.
So I did it! I made the leap and decided to get a homestead. When I saw the name of this sim, I knew it was meant to be. I am absolutely in love with it. So please feel free to come by Heart Song while it’s open to the public and enjoy the pretty scenery, coastal beach, garden, numerous docks, winding pathways, great look out points, and more. I hope you enjoy it!
In other news, Coldlogic released a great line of summer dresses. I love “Ripa” with it’s plunging neckline, pretty colors, and great fit. I paired it with the absurdly sexy new release from fri.day, the Joan heels!
I hope each and every one of you have had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I’m so grateful for this weekend of remembrance and for all of the men and women in my country who served and sacrificed. I am blessed to be here.
Skin: League | Nena Janus
Hair: Truth | Truth Hawks
Hands/Feet: SLink | Siddean Munro
Nails: A:S:S: | Photos Nikolaidis
Dress: Coldlogic | Damien Fate & Janie Marlowe & Zyrra Falcone
Heels: Friday | Darling Monday
Cushion/Pose: What Next | Winter Thorn & FrankLee Anatra
Dock: What Next | Winter Thorn & FrankLee Anatra
Location: Heart Song