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Grace

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I was blessed. ‘Nuff said

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26 July ’09

Just because you make me the happiest woman in the world

Just because you make me the happiest woman in the world

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At home

Yes, my own beach – and I believe it will not be a “normal” beach for too long, hehehe. Anyway, I’m leaving the frame for the time being. Be welcome to use it for your own pictures if you want to. Just have to look for it at the far southeast end of the sim 100Limite.

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*has a last look around, making sure she hasn’t forget anything, takes her bag and goes out of the door
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Sand Shack has been one of my favourite stores for quite a long time already. In fact, since the very first time I ever set my feet on Emma Gilmour’s outlet at the time. That was in the beginning of October 2007, when I spent a while in-world dealing with Sand Posthorn’s destiny. Sand had been my first attempt to enter Second Life, a little bit before I came up with the idea of becoming virtual twin with my best friend at the time – and someone I learnt to turn to in times of trouble.

Oh dear, there I go again, lol. Anyway, I was only contextualising, lol. October 2007 was not exactly a good month for me – a set of circumstances led to my first breakdown in FL, which now I know was just announcing the end of a period in my life. As I slumbed down the hill in my First Life, Sand was taken out of the drawer and became a rebel stray. During one of my lonely rides across the grid, I found this amazing small store with some pretty awesome coloured clothes, and that is how I bought the denim jumper skirt Sand is wearing in the picture below, which became one of my favourite outfits – to these days.

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Maybe because I thought Sand Shack was a “Sand’s place”, I never bought anything for me there. Maybe it was the name of the sotre, lol. You see, I tend to keep them apart. They share our home group and one or two common contacts in their list, but that is all.

Mmm… ahead with the Sand Shack story, hehehe. Recently I received a notice featuring some new releases and I got curious. I found they were sharing artilleri’s sim, which is a great place to hang around. I also discovered Sand Shack’s current mainstore, a large place full of light, with a beach-like atmosphere and clothes orderly displayed in a festival of colours. It is a true pleasure to visit it, and the words happy clothes immediately came to my mind. So much that I even took my daughter Eva to shop as well (gosh, that central garden is a danger for kids, specially when we cannot tie them down to our hands and they insist on running around the whole time!).

Bottom line – have a look at this dress, is it really summerish or what ? And the cute flip-flaps ?

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Oh gosh, I had seen so many already, but none with the quality of this shading! Both items are available in about a dozen different colours and if you had a look at the picture below, you may have noticed how many days went by before I changed to another outfit, lol. Definitely, a place to air your credit card. I know I will be returning there, there’s a lot of things there I want to wear during my holidays, hehehehe

Fashion Details:

Sand Posthorn is wearing:
Tail: *Smitten Kitten ~Heavy Metal Fluffy Tail/Black*
Ears: Blooma’s Fishie Ears
Hair: :::: IrEn:::: Yasmina (blacks)
Eyes: ~Gracile~ “Illuminati” Red
Skin: (CS) Vogue Skin – Cashmere (Canimal Glow – Blue) Freckled
Shape: yours truly, Summer Wardhani
Tattoo: – Y7 – Tattoo Jaguar V2 1
T-Shirt: Stylebomb – boneshirt short
Skirt: Sand Sharck Surf Couture – July Jumper – Blue
Socks: Tealane, previously SYD – Rainbow Indigo Stripey Socks
Boots: BLD – Snippy’s Mice INfested Boots (sorry, store no longer exists, remember a wonderful sim called Earth Glass ? *sighs*)
Lip Piercing: Worldly Treasures Jewelry – Forget Me Not Lip Jewels
Choker: :::NEKO PUNK ! Leather choker bitter
Wristbands: Primitive Design – Leather Wristbands

Me is wearing:
Hair: Curious Kitties – Nyanotech 09-1A Hair – Owa
Nails: *Analise* Nailz Neon Dreams (Cobalt)
Eyes: *Sin Skins* Intense Garnet Eyes
Lashes: *Dawn Design* Megan Lashes
Skin: *YS&YS* – 20 – Adriana_Sunny_Glit_Freckles_EB_Carot
Dress: Sand Shack Surf Couture – Colleen (Navy)
Bracelets: Laure Farella, bracelet ANG 2
Necklace and Earrings: =IZUMIYA= PB Apr (PeppermintBlue Fashion Bar 090504 Newbie Assistance Pack – Free)
Flip-Flaps: Sand Shack Surf Couture – Freedom Flops (L) – Nav

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You know, sometimes I just crave for perfect places… and I am lucky enough to find them in Second Life often.

And now, I have a small confession to make – I do love to live in 100Limite, but here and then I NEED to plunge my feet in an unknown see and sit my but on wet sand. What can I say? In FL, I was born in a continent where the ocean was warm and we beaches were accross the street – if even there was any street to be crossed, lol.

I firmly believe that’s where my fascination towards the vastness of the sea was born. And yesterday, I sat in awe… at a place I am so unable to describe, that is better shown in an image.

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Meet Billingsgate – a name that made me smile as I walked across the thin thong of sand. Nothing there, apart from sand, sea and sky. There is not even music, nothing that may distract you from your inner thoughts. A place ideal to click on the pause button. From life, from everything.

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Unedited - Shot at Montagne di Sogni

Unedited - Shot at Montagne di Sogni

What is hapiness all about ? Perfect moments, when time comes to an halt and nothing seems to matter except for the beating of one’s heart…

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It’s not the first time I think that FL designers would have a lot to learn with their peers in SL. Obviously, FL creators cannot spoil their customers as SL can, each gift in the physical world implies costs with fabric, equipment, manwork, delivery and logistics, etc. But bear with me for a bit and just think about all the work that designers in-world go through to keep us motivated, in an environment that is more and more competitive each passing day.

The fashion world has been evolving in awesome ways – I really have to dump most of my early days outfits, for as much as I enjoyed them at the time I bought them, they are totally useless now, when compared with the new texturing and shadowing that we are being offered currently.

Have you thought that avatars don’t really have to wear any clothes ? I mean, it’s not like we would die of cold, for instance, if we strolled around as we first rezzed, right ? Unlike the place where our flesh and bones actually live, there is no really need to covering our bodies and even the shy ones could jsut drop anything over their virtual new-comer skins and that would be perfectly alright.

Now, the point is… this being a graphic environment, our designers don’t spare any efforts to entice us to look amazing. I have to admit that I really admire their energy – nowadays, I see them creating specific items for each hunt they get involved in, then designing other articles for their groups, having yet other that are offered freely to everyone… uff, I wonder where do they still gather any imagination to draw items for regular sale, LOL

In previous posts, I stated that offering samples of their work was one of the best ways to announce their products. Because I still believe in it, I invite you all to take a look at this:

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The .::Fashion Bar PeppermintBlue::. group offered today to all their members a gift to celebrate its being over 2500 members now (if you’re fast enough and join in, you’ll still find it in the recent history of the subscrthingie). Ms. Alice07 Barzane is someone whose work at the Fasion Bar is only to be praised, and what better occasion than this one ? In case you’re a new-comer, the Fashion Bar is no doubt one of the first places I would recommend you to visit ! This outfit comes with both short pants and regular jeans, which in turn has two versions, allowing us to wear it with shoes or boots. The hair is included in the pack as well, a gift from Khryzteen Maggs (Sweet&Pop Designs) in just one tone… but it’s a perfect one, I would say, hehehe.

Digging in my inventory, I found EVA Angelina’s boots, which I bought a while ago and that, together with the Miriel eyes, are the only paid items I am wearing in the picture. The lovely skin was another gift from Rockberry (yeaps, the Cinderella Lost Slipper Hunt is totally worth doing!). Finally, the earrings, came from Bella Bombast from Uzuri who was kind enough to drop me a zillion of amazing thingies that I will be sharing with you soon.

All in all… for all your hard work, commitment, patience and endless enthusiasm – thank you, guys, you are no doubt an example of professionalism that I wish many FL designers would follow !

Fashion details:
Hair: =SWEET&POP= ShortHair with BlueCap&Goggle (LightBrown)
Nails: *ANA-NAILZ* (Long) Neon Cobalt
Eyes: (Miriel) Standard Eyes – Amber
Lashes: [LeLutka]-Photoshoot II Lashes
Skin: Twily Tula -[ROCKBERRY] Megan Cinderella Hunt Tan
Outfit: .::PeppermintBlue::. Thank You 2500 Member Over Gift
Earrings: -=UZURI=- Kanga Ear Rings
Boots: EVA Angelina Boots (colour changing)
Poses by Ana Lutetia

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