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I’ve been thinking about this since June 2007 – yay, time does fly! Since then, this idea of a place where people would gather and share experiences has met it’s ups and downs, which developed very much along my own feelings.

During these last few weeks, some of my co-workers at my FL job have been having some issues. Some of them are paying loads to pshychologists and psychiatrics to get some help, and in spite of them I feel they still need to speak to “real people”. As I listened to them and encouraged them to join SL (a place they can relax, meet people from all around the world and keep themselves entertained whenever they are home alone) I have been thinking more and more that I really should go away with this.

As such… I really may give it a try – maybe over the weekend, right after my lunch time (which would be something like 7 or 8 am according to SL time) and gather a group of persons in my own swampy place. Though I don’t like descrimination, this would be a girls thingie only (sorry about that guys, but you know what ? you can always bring your female alt along, hehehe).

The idea would be to ventilate together. That is, to express one’s doubts, angers, or any other feelings we need to let out… like a AA meeting sort of gathering, see what I mean? Everyone would have a chance to speak, and everyone would have a chance to give their opinions on any of the others’ issues. Sometimes, others have been there and found a way out. Other times, we think something is exclusively a problem of our own, and yet so many others have felt more or less the same thing and can help us with their experiences.

Most of all, this would be a privileged time and space to talk about guys, work, kids, friends… anything we may need to drag out of our system. If you are curious about, no I am not a trained therapist… I have been but a user of their services up to now. But I do have some spare time, and I believe I’m a pretty good listener so at the worst scenario, you will know at least someone is listening to you.

There – first session next Saturday, 4th of April then, and it will last at the most for one hour and half. No group will be created for this, I will send detailed informations, landmarks, etc, directly. If you want to preserve your identity, as I said, you may bring an alt. However, I will not admit “peekers” – if I have complains about someone being there with any other intentions than that of helping and being helped, that person will be banned. Period.

If this is something you feel like you would like to join, all you have to do is send me an IM in-world, and you’ll get a reply from me asap. I trully hope this may help – me and you both.

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One of Clio Cardiff’s most recent releases has a special name, who’s most dear to me. It’s called Marguerite, and this is it’s blue version. With a name like that I HAD to take my best at potographying it, in order to show you it’s best features, such as the long decoletée on the back and the awesome dress skirt which attaches to three different points (left, right and centre parts) and gives us the sexyest walk as we move.

Now… I hope someone get’s married soon in-world so I can wear it! 😉

Full credentials:
Hair: Lexi (brown sugar)
Skin: *M&R Gemini – BRANDY (Pewter Freckled)
Earrings: **RH Engel Jewelry – Never Ending Platinun Earring
Necklace: *Solange!* – Opal Necklace
Bangle: *~.PUARANGI DESIGNS~*, silver bangle bundle
Dress: (Clio) – Marguerite Blue Gown
Shoes: Maitreya Group Gift Pumps – Blue

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I only found Elate very recently, at the new Cupcake sim. A few days later I bumped into their stand at the RFL and I knew I had to make something nice with the lovely Phoebe dress. A perfect creation to take to a wedding or cocktail party, a vernissage or a classical music concert.

Then of course, I simply couldn’t resist matching it with the CREAMSHOP lily bangle and the Innocence Garland, (a wonderful work by Evangeline Miles – Evie’s Closet, whom I thank for finally creating something I am happy to wear on my hair besides hair and hats, lol).

Full credentials:
Hair: BishWear, KianaGirl (auburn)
Skin: -AnaLu- *In Rainbows* (NAT 09 .purplish.)
Dress: (Elate!) Phoebe (silver)
Sandals: S.Olbers, “Gala” cloud
Headflowers: *EC* Innocence Garland (silver)
Bangle: (CREAMSHOP) lily bangle (white)
Earrings: (Dahlinks) Crystal CrystalnCage

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Slowly I go on steping a bit further on getting the results I want with my pictures. This time, and after what I’ve written previously about the RFL fair clothing, i was just dying to show the outfit I bought at the awesome Ivalde’s stand.

So here it is: the Svala gold shorts set from Ivalde, which delicate texture work are a perfect match to the Dahlinks Slave of love necklace and earrings in gold (Style Starts Here!) and Tesla‘s Shiny Vixens Gold Heels

A special thanks to AnaLutetia, whose advises and guidance have been precious to me!

UPDATE – The full details for those who may need them:
Hair: ETD – Aiiyanna (copper)
Eyes: *Sin Skins* – Intense Garnet Eyes
Eyelashes: [LeLutka] – Photoshoot II
Skin: *CUPCAKES – Celebrity / Vanilla – Christmas Green/Red (freck)
Jewelry: (Dahlinks) Slave to Love – Gold Heart and Chain set SSH
Top: ~~Ivalde~~ Svala glod shorts set
Underwear: -SG- SilkStockings
Shoes: TESLA – Shiny Vixens Gold Heels
Background: Vintage3-02 by cloaks (deviantart)

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I’ve been running from my own thoughts, these last couple of months. Keeping myself away from things I don’t want to think, feelings I don’t want to feel. Have been busy as hell, doing this and that and feeling the more I do the more things I leave undone.

It’s a bit useless, though. One day, you stop for a while and all these thoughts and feelings trap you. All they need is a window of opportunity and here they are again, pushing you against a wall of confusion, anger and fear. Then you know that maybe it is time to stop. To re-organise your life and your drawers. To make a break and go some place else. To have a deep look inside of yourself and face all those nasty little monsters that play seek and hide with your mind and soul.

Yes, there is no use in running from problems. Instead, you have to acknowledge them, and deal with them. They will not go away just because you don’t want to think about them – and wherever you go they will follow you.

Therefore – stop. You can either live with them or you can’t. And if you can’t, well… get that lazy butt off that chair and solve them once and for all! Do whatever you need to, cut the remaining roots if you still didn’t and move on. Oh, don’t look at me with that face, i do know it hurts like hell – but how long do you honestly think you can live with those unsolved matters?

Stop busying yourself with things that are just accessories. Work is not, health is not, as the special people in your life are not. Those should be your priorities. All of the rest, it’s things you will do on your spare time – do you need a definition of spare?

I look around and see work waiting for me. Plurk unattended. Conversations with my kid still waiting for the light of day. Lots of clothes and accessories to be shot and published. Talks with my guy left unspoken. Pictures to be taken, treated, posted. Posts to be written and books to be read. News to be watched. Walks by the sea to be taken. Taxes to be submitted.

No use running, sweetie. There are things that don’t depend on you alone, and those you have to endure as they are. However, there are others just waiting for you to take some steps. Will you do them?

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After loosing twice the path I was selecting in Gimp, I became lazy. True, my skills in photo editing are nothing special and I do prefer to take advantage of spots and light in-world. One time or another I do enjoy cutting and pasting and stamping and correcting light creating backgrounds, etc.

Today is no such day. However, I really wanted to show how great the Maitreya Sculpted Top & Belt matched the Pastas Trash Jeans. After several trials attempting to get the result I wanted through post processing, I gave up… and came up with a new method to replicate myself, totally in-world. The result is below: an image shot in-world and scarcely edited, since it was only canvased, signed and framed in Gimp. And now – now, I have a couple of ideas to make some fun pictures, hehehe

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If you are trying to guess – no, I didn’t use an alt, though the idea as crossed my mind previously. I did some accountability, however, and concluded it would not be cheap to have two accounts buying hairs, clothes and skins so I quit on that as well. I can assure you no double loging was involved in this as well.

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Looker Lumet was kind enough to shoot some images on my first temporary installation, about two weeks ago. It’s currently displayed at the Avatrait Gallery, included in a joint exhibition which premiere was today. I strongly encourage everyone to go there and have a look at the amazing works some of the finest photographers in-world are making.

Thank you, Mr. Lumet, it was a real pleasure attending and watching my dream amongst so many wonderful pictures.

Sidenote – if you visit Looker’s blog, you’ll notice on the right-side column his first work in-world. It’s called Hypothermia and dated as of November 11, 2007. This was in fact a joint project between him and my alt Sand Posthorn… and oh boy did we have fun making that!!

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