Maitreya Body Love

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This may come as no surprise to you but I am totally, wholly and completely invested in the Maitreya Mesh Body Lara. Since I acquired my mesh body I have spent time actively seek out clothing, accessories and appliers for the Maitreya Body. If there aren’t any appliers for Maitreya my secondary option is Omega. You can learn more about the Omega Maitreya applier system here.

I have been known — rightly or wrongly — to entirely avoid stores that only create items for SLink, Belleza, TMP or other mesh bodies. Not because their products aren’t amazing — they’re usually so beautiful it hurts — but because they are amazing and I can’t wear them.
Mesh bodies are different so not all appliers and products are compatible between them, although standard sizing does make most things available for most (not all) mesh bodies. For instance, something made for SLink isn’t compatible with Maitreya. There are some exceptions to the rule so always — always — make sure you read the instructions!

I feel that I should be honest and tell you that I did cave and get two pairs of SLink AvEnhance hands for my Sailor Moon photoshoot.
I’ll be even more honest here; it was very difficult to part with that much money, — since we all know by now that I am not a well financed avatar — but until Maitreya gives us some various hand options I needed to use something. As a side note, I did try to use the Maitreya hands but they looked incredibly silly! Points for trying!?

My personal preference for hands remains with Maitreya as I like how they look on my pixels. I also like that my Maitreya hands appear to have a better size ratio and look better in photos, compared to my SLink hands. Granted, I haven’t done any tinkering or further reading on the SLink AvEnhance hands so it may be something I can fix. But we all know that I probably won’t do any further reading, I just don’t have the time. 

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It might be worth mentioning that until this post I wasn’t sold on mesh heads. I purchased the Ever mesh head from LeLutka when I first came back to Second Life® and while I loved the clean lines and the general look of it, it just wasn’t me. That particular feeling is not uncommon among those of us who have been around a while and have spent years — quite literally — tweaking, perfecting and otherwise tinkering with our faces, and bodies.

Then I saw the Stella mesh head, also by LeLutka, and I fell in love. So I tried the demo. And I tried the demo for Karin too. That’s when I spent two days trying those two demos out. you bet I walked around Second Life® wearing demo heads! Okay, so that walking around mostly consisted of sitting around in my living room, playing dress up and cleaning up my inventory, again.
Eventually I settled on Stella — with the help of the Eidann — and I made the decision to wear the hell out of this head because, well, I spent all my linden to get it. Luckily, Ever Afterr is forever educating me in the ways of budget friendly (as in mostly free) shopping!

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I’m really happy with my choice in Stella. It suits me really well and, while I’m not a fan of others having the exact same face as me, I love that the makeup customisation is nearly endless and that Glam Affair — and other skin shops — are creating beautiful skins with appliers for LeLutka mesh heads. So, the chances of someone looking exactly like me is pretty small! Yay!

Given my almost blind devotion to my Maitreya Mesh Body I have decided that I’m going to keep an eye out for Maitreya inclusive brands and begin making a list that I can use as a resource; my own Little Black Book for Maitreya Mesh Body. Edit: I did actually create this list which you can view here
I’m sure there are already hundreds of lists out there already but I’m both really fussy and too lazy to go and find them. I will also feature my finds in the Maitreya Body Love category and tag everything Maitreya for easier searching! If you know of some great places that have clothes, shoes and other accessories designed for, or with, Maitreya in mind please let me know in the comments!

Credits

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara v3.3 — by Onyx LeShelle
Head: LeLutka Mesh Head – STELLA — Thora Charron
Skin: Glam Affair (Lelutka Heads) Avril Applier – Jamaica FR — by Aida Ewing — Available at Uber now
Hair including Jewel: TRUTH HAIR Ishya – variety — by Truth Hawks — Available at Uber now
Eyes: IKON  VIP Group Gift – March 2015 — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA] UNISEX STEKING_EARS_Season 5 — by Kikunosuke Eel

.::Clothes::.
Jumpsuit: DN Mesh: Acne Jumpsuit  w HUD — by beanster Potato
Shoes: Pure Poison – Amber Sandals — by Shaleene Kenin — Available at Uber now

.::Jewellery::.
Necklace and Bracelet: Zaara [Mesh] Atiriya set – amethyst — by Zaara Kohime
Ring: {montony} Collin Ring – Gold {white pearl} — by Mon Tony (tonyamilavskaya)

.::Poses::.
1st Pic: Sari-Sari – Female Pose K – k2 — by AbbyAnne
2nd Pic: Sari-Sari – Female Pose K – k3 — by AbbyAnne
3rd Pic: !bang Group Gift VIP 000-005 – VIP002 — by Luna Jubilee

.::Furniture::.
Wall Hangings: junk. sari wall hanging – one & two — by Tab Tatham — Available at Uber now
Lights: junk. ziad lantern – cobalt, magenta & mint — by Tab Tatham — Available at Uber now
Couch and trunk: N4RS Bombay Sofa – PG Set — by alecat Breda — Available at Uber now
Ottoman, Drinks and Carpet: :CP: Lotus Spa Tent Set (PG) — by Isla Gealach — Available at Uber now
Candles: Sway’s [Sadaf] Bench & Tray — by Sway Dench — Available at Uber now
Flowers: {what next} Charlotte Living Room – Set A — by Winter Thorn

Fangirl Edit #1 Strawberry Singh and Wimey

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This is the first of a series of posts on my blog called the Fangirl Edit. Once a week — on a day that I am yet to decide — I will post about a person, shop or product that resulted in me having a fangirl moment.

For those not versed in this vocabulary, you can see the urban dictionary definition of fangirling here. I will be referring their definition when I mention “fangirl”.

This morning I partially woke up to new notifications on WordPress. This is neither ground breaking nor particularly interesting in terms of posts so I decided I would actually wake up, get out of bed and trudge to the kitchen in search of coffee.

Fast forward ten minutes. Okay it was more like 30 but I won’t tell if you won’t.

With coffee in hand I went through all of the notifications I’d received while I slept. That’s when I saw this:

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I am not ashamed to say that I ran into the office and part squealed, part giggled “LOOK, LOOK, LOOK!” and then proceeded to push my phone into Eidann’s* face so severely he actually had to move back to avoid finding his face squished into my phone.
It doesn’t get much more fangirl than that!

This week has been rather epic since there’s actually been two fangirl moments.

The second one happened a few days ago while I was — surprise, surprise — checking my morning notifications. It’s true, I read my notifications like some people read the morning paper, but when so much awesome happens can you really blame me?
Anyway, I’d seen Wimey in the Fifty Linden Friday roundup last Friday and I went to check it out. I was trying to fangirl in the store, but it was a little too busy and my internet is utterly hopeless (thank you ridiculous Australian internet infrastructure) so I ended up spending more time trying to log in than actually being logged in.

So a few mornings later when I saw the notification that the owner of Wimey, Sash Arabello, was following me I reacted in much the same way as I had with Strawberry’s notification.
I’d have taken a screen shot of the notification but I didn’t know then that I was going to be doing this series. Don’t worry, I still have some proof of my fangirling:

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Insert cheesy grinning here.

My little fangirl heart is full this week. I hope your fangirl/boy moments are also this epic!

Credits

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair – Katra Skin [ Jamaica ] 07 — by Aida Ewing
Hair: Maitreya Saar – Nuts Pack – Almond — by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Fjord — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA]Steking EARS(unisex) — by Kikunosuke Eel

PJ’s: dgd – {Mesh} Sarah PJ Set [Variety Color Pack] — by Red Glushenko

Mobile Phone and Furniture: {what next} Charlotte Floor Cushions (Set A) and Charlotte Living Room – (Set A) — by Winter Thorn

Pose: Exposeur – Pin Up Selfie – 01 – for Pose Fair 2015 — by RubyStarlight Writer
Facial pose: AnyPose Expression v1.0 — by Phate Shepherd

Location: My little home.

*Eidann Fei is my husband in both worlds. This is his Second Life® name.

Razzy Needs a Job

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Since returning to Second Life™ I’ve noticed two things:

  1. The quality of the products available has improved 1000%
    and
  2. I need a job.

Eight years ago when I started my Second Life journey I was young and, honestly, quite stupid. I didn’t think twice about spending real life money in-world. There were times I spent a lot of real life money. I’m actually pretty disgusted at just how much I spent.

These days I am older and wiser. I also have more responsibilities now, like a family to look after. That means I need to reign in that impulsive younger Razzy and not spend real life money to buy all the awesome things! And let me tell you there is a whole virtual world of awesome things right at my finger tips.

So begins a two-part challenge I am setting for myself:
— part one – find a satisfying job.
— part two – stick to a budget.

I’m specifying “satisfying job” because I want a sense of achievement and fulfilment. I want to learn and I want to get experience in the things I actually enjoy. I could easily get a job as a host or a DJ but they simply aren’t satisfying for me anymore. Don’t get me wrong, they’re wonderful jobs in their own right, they’re just not me.

The budget side of things is pretty self explanatory. I may create a series of posts talking about how I’m progressing with this budget thing! Maybe. Although the likelihood is that I will forget or find it so boring I sleep while trying to write the posts. Anything is possible really.

Now here’s something only one other person knows — waves to the husband — I want to be a copywriter.

I want to use my gift with words, learn how to write those words better, engage with people on a whole other level and I want to write copy that moves people in some way (duh Razzy, that’s the whole idea behind copywriting!).

That’s partly why I’ve started this blog. I am letting go of my insecurities and my fears and just doing it, to paraphrase that famous slogan. And I get to do it anonymously to build up my courage, my experience and to improve my writing.

The possibilities are endless and I am hopelessly optimistic that I will end up doing everything I dream of and so much more.

Wish me luck!

Credits

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair — Katra Skin [ Jamaica ] 07 — by Aida Ewing
Hair: [LeLutka] – ARIEL hair – Brown — by Thora Charron
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Fjord — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri

T-Shirt: StrawberrySingh.com T-Shirt – #SecondLifeProblems — by Strawberry Singh
Jeans: Maitreya Zipper Skinny  Jeans – #2 — by Onyx LeShelle

Watch: [MANDALA] BILLIONAIRE SMEXY (Black) – Unisex — by Kikunosuke Eel

Lanterns: iTuTu Paper Lantern — by Kao Sands

Mannequin: {what next} Paperdoll Mannequin — by Winter Thorn

Pose: Exposeur – Blissful: Pack 2 – Pose 9 — by RubyStarlight Writer
Facial pose: AnyPose Expression v1.0 — by Phate Shepherd

The bags contained previous purchases from LeLutka, Maitreya and Paper.doll.
I told you my inventory was stupid full!

A Lesson Learned or How to be Grateful of Failures

Some days, no matter how well you’ve planned it, things just do not follow that plan. Yesterday was one of those days for me.

I gathered all the things together for a particular photo I wanted to take, scouted a location and found the most wonderful spot. I decided to experiment with some of the preset lighting options and, much to my surprise, I ended up with some absolutely terrific shots. Or so I thought.

After I’d returned my camera settings to mild — damn this ridiculously slow internet — and grabbed a taxi home I decided I really wanted to get stuck into editing those pictures. I opened the relevant folders on my computer only to find all of my brilliant shots had saved as blue screens of death. Every. Single. One.

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There were a lot of swear words spoken at that point. And some serious disappointment, especially given I find experimenting with the lighting options very time consuming and, thus, I rarely do it. I know, I should try new techniques, lighting options and ideas more often as that will help to improve my photography.

Anyway, back to the blue screen of death.
I’m not sure what caused it so I don’t know what to look for to prevent it happening again. I did learn, however, that I need to check the files have saved correctly before leaving a place. Especially when taking photographs on location.

I did attempt to re-take the photos but I couldn’t get any of the composition right because, naturally, I wanted it to look exactly the same as my wonderful first shoot.
I understand that these things happen and it’s okay to re-shoot and even encouraged as it’s likely the extra shots, particularly at different angles and with different lighting, will  improve the chances of a useable shot. Excluding the blue screen of death of course.
It’s just, well, I was really impressed with the shots I’d managed to get the first time around.

After a few more choice swear words I packed up my pixels and went home to sulk. I tried to get a few shots in the studio at my house, but they also didn’t turn out like I’d hoped they would. By that stage it was quite late at night so I decided that enough was enough, I’d stop forcing this to happen and just go to bed.

Let me tell you, it helped! I was able to not only write this post but was able to grab a pretty decent shot to show just how angry I was!!

Credits

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair — Katra Skin [ Jamaica ] 02 — by Aida Ewing
Hair: TRUTH Hair – Bexley – variety — by Truth Hawks
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Ice — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA]Steking EARS(unisex) — by Kikunosuke Eel

T-Shirt: StrawberrySingh.com T-Shirt – #SecondLifeSocial — by Strawberry Singh
Jeans: Maitreya Zipper Skinny  Jeans – #1 — by Onyx LeShelle

Furniture is a mix of {what next} Blogger’s Office Accessories, {what next) Isabelle Tulips and {what next} Novelle Study Set by Winter Thorn
Laptop: KoreTech MyBook Pro by kewlmonke Zepp

Pose: Exposeur – Spring Singles 1 – pose 3 — by RubyStarlight Writer
Facial pose: AnyPose Expression v1.0 — by Phate Shepherd

Location: My tiny linden home