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Cocktail of Color

Have you ever gotten on a color kick, where you find yourself gravitating over and over to a particular color?  It can tell you something about where you are in life.  I have been on an orange tangent, as some of you may have noted in my posts.  So I thought I’d do a little color psychology, to see what my subconscious may be trying to communicate to me. You see, in real life, orange is a color that looks abysmally awful on me.   I never wear it and don’t decorate with it, as it turns me a lovely jaundiced yellow.  In SL, however…I love, love, love it, and it has been a dominant theme in my clothing, decorating, and posts as of late.

I learned in my Google research that orange is the color of creativity, which has always been what SL has been about for me.  Orange is also indicative of a need or desire for change, and can supposedly help one adjust to changes. Curiosity is a characteristic of this color, when it comes to exploring new things.  This makes sense when I consider at my current stage of life, I am seeking a job change that will move me out-of-state, and also bring closure to a 3 and a half-year relationship I’ve been in.

Coctail of Color

Orange also is a powerful healing color, excellent for those who need a boost of self-esteem; and wearing orange during times of stress is said to balance the emotions.  I can certainly use some of that with all the changes I’m embarking on.  So if you find yourself trending towards a particular color in your SL or RL, it can be interesting to do a little color analysis to see if there is a special message there for you.

Coctail of Color Close

Styling:

Dress: Cocktail Koi – Lush by CoCo

Necklace/Earrings: Zelda Necklace and Earrings – HANDverk at Collabor88

Bracelet: Winter Berries Bangle – Chop Zuey

Eye Makeup: Nyree Storm, no lip – Face Paint

Lips: Dailyn LIpgloss Rasberry – Izzie’s

Hair: Dolce Bournville – Lelutka

Poses: Mesh Dress and Slim Dress poses – Poet’s Heart

Location: Alirium

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Intuition

Have you been listening to that small voice inside, that gentle prodding, your inner wisdom that is perhaps nudging you in a new direction?  We all have a touch of intuition, that part of us that has an inner knowing about what we need to do, but it is easy to tune it out or choose not to listen to it whenever it seems to be steering us in a new direction.

For example, one of the scariest things for me is saying hello to someone I don’t know, especially if I am the one reaching out first.  And yet, I’ve seen that inner wisdom be right so many times.  As early as second grade, I recall the teacher saying we could choose who we sat beside, but both parties must be in agreement.  I locked eyes with a girl across the room, and she with me.  We had never spoken before that day, but something inside us knew that we were destined to become best friends.  Intuition is like that.  Particularly with someone new. We may not know what the draw is, but something in us says “Say hello.”  And when we do, often times they become a dear friend, a lover, or if nothing else, they help us or we help them learn something that was needed that perhaps could have not been found if not for the meeting.

So the next time you feel a pull, whether it be towards a person or a new endeavor, be brave, take a chance. Follow your intuition.  It is, after all, your inner wisdom.

Intuition

Styling:

Dress: Kay Little Black Mesh Dress – shine by [ZD]

Cape: Blazer Cape Baroque White – REMY

Collar/Necklace: Chaos – EMO-tions

Shoes: Helena sandals color-change – Redgrave

Hair: Taylor Dark Brown – DeLa

Pose: Lluvia Set – The Muse Poses

Scene:

Mirror/Vanity/Chair/Vases:  Part of the Illusions Vanity Set  – Circa Living

Rug/Candleabra: Part of the Constantine Gothic Collection – Circa Living

Still Time to Share the Love – I Love Donna Flora

There is still some time to share the love, and there is oh so very much to love, at the I Love Donna Flora event. Today is your last day to pick up some great event exclusives and help out a wonderful lady in the process.  I put together a fun mix and match boho look with some of the event offerings, all of which the generous designers are contributing 50-100% to aid Squinternet Larnia. Shop, have fun, give, and share the love.

I Love Donna Flora

I Love Donna Flora BackStyling:

Top: Naomi Top Coral (also comes with Swinebourne shorts, not shown) – Molichino at I Love Donna Flora

Pants: Skinny Jeans Royal – Nya’s Shop at I Love Donna Flora

Shoes: Boudoir Slippers White – Slink at I Love Donna Flora

Necklace: Beehive Necklace – HANDverk

Hair: Piece of my heart – Exile

Poses: June and July group gifts – Diesel Works

Scene:

Fireplace: Part of the Verona Pool – The Loft

Couch: Hufnie Sofa Tan – The Loft

Chair: Verona Dining Chair – The Loft

Cushion: Dunham Poof Orange – The Loft

Watermelon: Sunnyside Watermelon Platter – Circa Living

Drinks: Sunnyside Export Beer – Circa Living

Side Table: Rustic Tree Side Table – Elate

Flowers: Twig Vase – The Loft

Candle: Fyreworks Pillar Candle – Kismet

Comings and goings: For the love of shopping

Saturday turned into a mega shopping day for me, visiting some of the events just coming in, and making one last run to some of those that are going out.  Here is a sampling of some of the finds and finery from my shopping trip.

Going out end of day July 28th. The Home Show, where I found this flower table-scape from Circa Living, and Hair Fair, where any budget I might have gone in with was…gasp…quickly out the window for the love of hair. You still have time today to make one last round before these great events close down.

Events coming in…I Love Donna Flora, where I snapped me up some spunky green sandals for my Slinks.  I love shopping for a good cause, with so many lovely exclusives donated by the designers especially for this event, and knowing that funds are going to help a wonderful lady, Ms. Donna Flora herself, Squinternet Larnia.  So, I figured I had every excuse to indulge.  Also new this month is this luscious halter babydoll dress from Shine by [ZD], with its satin sheen.

Shine Handverk Events

Additionally, Zodiac just rolled out.  As you may have guessed from my lion tail necklace from HANDverk, this roaring round is celebrating Leos.  Finally, finishing things off is one version of the new Nyree eye makeup from Face Paint.  Yes…named after me, and to say I’m flattered and honored would be an understatement. This collection comes in a variety of colors, with and without lipstick option, which makes it wonderful for layering.

Shine Handverk Events Close

Styling:

Hair: Bianca Dark Brown – Slink at Hair Fair

Dress: Neckholder Babydoll – shine by [ZD]

Earrings: Burst Carnelian – HANDverk

Necklace: Lion Tail Necklace Grass – HANDverk at Zodiac Leo

Shoes: Boudoir Slippers Green – Slink at I Love Donna Flora

Eye Makeup: Nyree Green no lip – Face Paint

Lips: Dailyn Gloss Medium Tomato – Izzie’s

Pose: Shopaholoc – Glitterati (no longer available)

Scene:

Table: Summer Reflections Coffee Table – Circa Living

Flowers: Paradise Reef Candle – Circa Living at the Home Show

Couches: Hufnie Sofa’s Green – The Loft

Picture: Wall Art Deco 3 – Mirage Arabian Treasure Company

Screen: Japanese Screen – Abadutiker

Rug: Natural Inspirations Bamboo Sauna Rug – Zen and Serenity Shop

Letting go

You’ve been letting me go, little by little for a while now, and I’ve been moving away.  You’ve been my temporary home, and in that time, more of a partner to me than others who vowed to love me till death parted us, but left far sooner.  You’ve never promised this to me, nor I to you, and yet you’ve shown your commitment to me in myriad ways, mostly by letting me be me, and loving me despite my quirks.

With you, I feel safe emotionally.  Safe enough to gradually…ever so gradually…let you go, because it is time, and I need to, even if I still love you.  We’ve both seen it coming, the love still there, but the reality of a future together dimming.  The gentle pulling away, spending more time living separate lives, clinging together briefly in moments of passion and panic, as though trying to reassure each other that it isn’t ending, but knowing in our hearts what is on the horizon.  Don’t speak of it…let’s not speak of it aloud.

shine-sharp casuals

Sometimes love isn’t enough, when what each one wants in life is so different. And still we love for today…letting go a little more each day, knowing there will come a day, in the not so distant future, when there is that last kiss goodbye, that final embrace, and then just feeling lost for a time without the other, hoping that what we had can eventually become an abiding friendship as we both move on to whatever life holds for us.

No…don’t speak of it today.  Don’t say it aloud, because today, I am still here.  You are still here.  We will love for today and let tomorrow unfold as it will.

shine-sharp casuals near

Styling:

On Nyree:

Shirt: Girl’s Slim Mesh T Pastel Green – shine by [ZD]

Shorts: Mesh Girls Cargo Shorts Brown – shine by [ZD]

Necklace: Burst Necklace Carnelian and Silver – HANDverk

Lashes: Long Prim Lashes – Face Paint

Liner: NIC Perfect Liner Black – Face Paint

Lips: NIC Perfect Gloss – Face Paint

Hair/Hat: Lola Mesh Hair Chocolate – Wasabi Pills

Shoes: Sabia Espadrilles Linen – Tabloid

On Darion:

Shirt: Mesh Vintage Tee Plum – sharp by [ZD]

Shorts: Summer Cargo Shorts color-change – JLB Apparel

Hat/Hair: Boy/Girl 18 – Dura

Necklace: Men’s Happiness Choker Chaine – Wicked Gear

Scene: Mangrove Tree Bridge – Rustica

Pose: Follow – Glitterati

How to be a Modern-Day Robin Hood

Legend has it that Robin Hood robbed from the rich to give to the poor. At initial glance, we often tend to view that story in terms of an exchange of money, and many of us say; “I would love to make a difference to those in need, but I can barely make ends meet myself.”

The story is, in fact, a wonderful metaphor. For we are all rich in something, and what is valued most about you is rarely your finances. Maybe you are rich in creativity, or maybe it is compassion.  Perhaps you are rich in faith, and know beyond doubt that no matter how bad things may be today, this too shall pass.  Perhaps it is the ability to make someone else smile, or find the silver-lining in any situation. You may criticize yourself for being quiet, while others delight at what a good listener you are. We take these things for granted, as they tend to be part of our personality.  Rarely do we think of them in terms of any real value.

Modern Robin Hood

And perhaps they aren’t of much value to us personally.  They aren’t meant to be.  These are divine gifts that are meant to be given away, for there are others so very hungry for them, as they lack them in their own lives. These are your divine gifts to give; “divine” for they bring hope.  Hope is the real message behind Robin Hood, and you can be a modern-day Robin Hood.  The only cost is caring.

Modern Robin Hood 2

Styling:

Outfit: Femme Fame Hoodie Circus – LeeZu!

Shoulder Accessories: Scale Pauldron Silver – HANDverk at We Love RolePlay

Necklace: Orion Necklace – EMO-tions

Ring: Funky Ring – N@N@

Clutch: Scale Clutch Gold – HANDverk

Shoes: Rose Pump Tangerine – HANDverk

Eye Makeup: Gidget Tangerine No Lip – Face Paint

Poses: Ginger and Eleos Poses – The Muse Poses

Scene: Enchanted Woods – Studio Skye

A Spring Fling

There is something so light-hearted about springtime.  I think it is all the soft colors, new growth and sunshine.  It inspires a bit of whimsy in me.  I know some people go into spring-cleaning mode.  I get the bug to redecorate.  I had an “ooooh…look what’s in the box,” moment when I opened up Circa Living’s latest designs.  I found myself looking around the house for what I could fling, or at least tuck away, so I could freshen up the place, and ring-in the spring with these great new home accessories.

Circa Spring

Styling:

Hair: Celie – EMO-tions

Necklace/Bracelet: Strand Bracelet and Necklace in Silver Quartz – HANDverk

Dress: Mesh Ruffled Collar Mini-dress  – shine

Eye Makeup: Gidget Blue No lip – Face Paint

Lips: Faith Lipgloss Pink Natural – Izzie’s

Pose: Model Poses 115 – Focus Poses

Scene:

Birdhouse: Springtime Birdhouse with Sparrows Periwinkle (group gift) – Circa Living

Teacup: Easter Sunday Teacup Fern – Circa Living

Chandelier: Easter Sundy Teacup Chandelier – Circa Living

Pictures: Queen Anne’s Lace and Wheat Fields (part of the Divine Artisian Baking Table Set) – Circa Living

Topiary: Lit Topiary Bucket – Trompe Loeil