Learning to Fly… (I’m Alive)

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I’m aliiiiiiiiive…older and strong. Let me be someone… ~ Seal

I feel…light.  First Life issues aside, I feel incredible!  My second life is overrun and full of laughter and love from my siblings and children; I’m slowly, but surely improving with each new release for my stores and while still not blogging regularly, I’m enjoying it again! I’ve even taken a few tutorials in photoshop to see what I can play with!  Long story short, I’m having fun again.  Between cookee movie nights, dancing with the kids, new family embracing me every day…I feel uplifted.  And as someone who struggles with depression in their every day life…that’s a pretty rare feeling to come by. I could go on a long stream of consciousness right now about all the feels, but I’ll wrap it up the following: without my family, I am nothing. That being said…onto the fashion!!

Two of my sisters and I went sim hopping for shopping (woah…too many rhyming words in one area is bad) cashing in our gift cards from the kids and sissybug Cherry took my other sister Rucker and I to The Black Dot Project (first time for me). Lots of familiar designers, but also lots of UNFAMILIAR designers; something I think I will like about this monthly event.  Don’t get me wrong; I love old standards and regular vendors. But how are aspiring designers and newcomers supposed to feel motivated and break through the glass ceiling if we keep seeing the exact same designers at every single sales event on the grid?  I love seeing new stores and their bodies of work being showcased. It means there’s opportunity for the little guy to finally be seen.

So that brings me to this store called Vision. I’m not sure how long they’ve been around or how new they are to others, but they’re very new to me. Anywho, I spotted this very cute dress on the gallery page of Seraphim that caught my eye (which I bought…yeah!)  but then out of the corner of my eye, I spotted this cute lil strappy pants and jacket set (with a bra to match).  After debating for a few minutes, I decided to go for it and grabbed up this set and I am so glad I did! I love it! Like … it fits my body perfectly, the bum is hugged just right…and better still…goes with my favorite shoe maker’s boots!  So after doing my hur (that’s hair for the non-ebonically inclined folks), we scooted off to the Ohana Packers Pep Rally party for the UFL and danced the night away with our family.  Great day with my sisters and great night with friends and family!

When I got home, I felt so light and airy, I leapt into the sky like that old Toyota commercial from the 80’s and called it a night!  So score for gifties, great times spent and new hur!

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I’ll take hold and be its master … ~ Seal “I’m Alive”

Now off to my next adventure: finishing converting my stores’ vending systems (don’t they like…have a service for this sort of thing? O.o lol).  TTFN gang!

❤ Miss Kilo

Song of the moment: 

DEETS

Clothes:

Shirt: fri. – Basic Cami (White) (was free a long time ago when they first opened; no idea if still available) [SLurl]
Outfit: {ViSion} -S&F Mesh *Leather Outfit Nolt Red/Brown (included bra not shown) [SLurl]
Shoes: Glamistry – NEMESIA AnkleBoots [PF1010] [SLurl]

Hair & Accessories:

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Coral – blacks & whites [SLurl]
Nails: ULTRA MESH RIGGED FINGERNAILS V6 BY JAMMAN (BOXED) [SLurl]
Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet Female High [SLurl]
Closed Eyes (Photo #1): Slink Mesh Lids and Lashes [SLurl]

*eyes, skin, shape – unavailable

Poses:

Photo 1 – Diesel Works Fly! 2 (slightly modified by me) [SLurl]
Photo 2 – Diesel Works Fly! 11 [SLurl]

Resolutions, Schmesolutions…

I would love to say I have a list of new years resolutions. I don’t.  I mean let’s be real for a sec, shall we?  How many people REALLY stick to their resolutions? Like 100% rock solid, cement-like sticking? We make tweaks, find loopholes, concessions or just plain flat out don’t meet the resolution. Then we beat ourselves up over it throughout the year.

Forget that.  I have one resolution this year: be me.  And if that means I improve along the way, GREAT! If it means I don’t…well at least I was not making a rack of false promises to make myself look good for the year.  I’d rather enter into 2015 with newfound hope and optimism, knowing that somewhere along the line there will be pitfalls and shortcomings, but with both hope and optimism this year will be wonderful.  So that’s my resolution: be me.

Oh and my other resolution (yup…I knew I forgot one): rock these heels like nobody’s business. And this outfit…I must rock this outfit. 😉

Feeling faaabulous darling.  ;)

Feeling faaabulous darling. 😉

Speaking of these heels, they’re the Statice from Glamistry and they are simply gorgeous!  Here’s a closeup of the detail. I swear I’m in love with this man’s work!  And this sexy lil jumpsuit is from Blueberry! Lawd, I love it love it love it!

Look at that detail!! RAWRRRRR That's a sexeh shoe

Look at that detail!! RAWRRRRR That’s a sexeh shoe…js!

Ok! Time to go work on that resolution of being me and looking fabulous while I do it. See…there we go…adding extras, caveats and all that to our resolutions again. 😛

TTFN!

❤ Miss Kilo

DEETS

Clothings & Accessories:

Jumpsuit: Blueberry Lisq – Mesh – Tied Ruched Rompers Red [SLurl]
Shoes: Glamistry – STATICE Heels [PF1008] [SLurl]
Hair: ICONIC PAOLA REMY LIMITED EDITION (style no longer available) [SLurl]
Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet Female High [SLurl]
Nails: ULTRA MESH RIGGED FINGERNAILS V6 BY JAMMAN [SLurl]
K Necklace & Mother Bracelet – gifts from my youngest daughter 🙂
Earrings: erratic / hoop earrings / silver [SLurl]

Skin, shape, eyes information: unavailable

Pose provided by: Captivity Co. Vintage Noir Chair (slightly modified by me) – [Marketplace]

Get Into the Groove (aka Mom’s brief outing)

The kids are away, I got new shoes to break in so Momma is going OUT!!!

But you know my motto with new shoes: start with the shoes and the rest will follow!

So where does a girl go to cut loose these days?  I ended up going to one place that said dance club.  I got there and it turns out that was deceptive advertising. But I loved their lobby so much I decided…SALSA TIME!!

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However, this didn’t cure my need for a dancing and socializing fix. So…off I went to find an actual dance club and hear some tunes. But first…a little bit of a change. I needed a new outfit. Love this one as much as I did, I remembered going to the Black Fair and picking up this saucy little number from The Plastik.  So…switch and off to a new location!

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I gotta say, this club I could go back to. The music was great, the people were nice and the energy was on point!  Alas, the sun was cresting…so that meant very limited time before the kids wake up and mom duties must begin.  But at least for the moment…I got to get into the groove. And I looked pretty darn good doing it, if I do say so myself (and I do! :P)!

And if you need a little inspiration to get into the groove, always refer to the original jam…

❤ Kilo

DEETS

Outfit #1:

Top: ::1bp:: Glomesh Halter White [SLurl]
Skirt: Happy Undead – Mini Skirt [vinyl white] [SLurl]
Shoes: Glamistry – ANEMUNA Heels [PF1006] [SLurl]

Outfit #2:

Dress: :[P]:-Cynder Dress:// Reptile [SLurl]
Shoes: Glamistry – ANEMUNA Heels [PF1006] [SLurl]
Hair: Claudia by Truth
Necklaces: Sisters Necklace: Earthstones [SLurl] & M Necklace – gift from my youngest daughter, so no idea. I just know that the M stands for Mommy 🙂
Earrings: Erratic Hoop Earrings [SLurl]
Nails: Jamman – Ultra Mesh Rigged Fingernails V6 [SLurl]
Skin, shape, eyes information: unavailable

Bad club: I don’t even remember…it was that bad. LOLOL
Great club: Club Pure on Serenity Groove sim [SLurl]

Simply Relaxing…

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A moment of peace and quiet…

It’s rare that this house is quiet. I remember when I used to revel in the silence on my work platform; not setting roots.

I had tried the community living thing before and it simply didn’t work out.  Neighbors stealing my then daughter’s Christmas gifts from under the tree (yes I am serious), higher cost of living and getting less back. It really wasn’t something I needed when my very first children were no longer there. I even went as far as sectioning off a part of my store’s parcel to carve out a little space for myself once I had a second family & later, after that situation changed, I never bothered to try to set roots again. I’ve lived in other homes since, but nothing that was mine. That was almost a year ago.

Now my house is full of sounds from dem babies running around, their laughter, the laughter of my other children who are almost grown and visitors. This house has been given breath; becoming alive. From painted walls and spaghetti all over the floor, to horsey rides, movie nights and food fights in the dining room, this house has become a home.

I know that there are a lot of parents and caregivers that feel so free when their kids aren’t home because they’re always on the run with them, but I’m just happy they have a safe place to come to with someone they trust and a community at large who look out for them when they wander around the neighborhood making new friends.

It’s because of this that while the kids aren’t here this morning, I can feel their presence in everything I touch, in the empty of the house, the birds chirping, our frog ribbiting and the pin dropping. It is the knowing that they are always in our home in spirit and in my heart always that I can get up this morning just before work and simply…relax.

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DEETS

Clothings & Accessories:

Jeans: Mesh Cuffed Skinny Jeans w/ Black Belt by Zee [SLurl]
Sneakers: Shady Shoes LE by Envious [SLurl]
Top: Part of the Dream Outfit [SLurl]
Hair: UDE609 hair black w/ cornrows hairbase black by Boon [SLurl]
Sisters Necklace: Earthstones [SLurl]
M Necklace – gift from my youngest daughter, so no idea. I just know that the M stands for Mommy 🙂
Earrings: Bokeh – Ohm Earrings ‘Silver’ [Marketplace]
Nails: Jamman – Ultra Mesh Rigged Fingernails V6 [SLurl]
Skin, shape, eyes information: unavailable

Furniture:

Living Room: Living Mica by *AR* [SLurl]
Dining Room: NACH [SLurl]
House: Barnesworth Anubis [SLurl]
Kitchen: Le Bistro [Marketplace]

Catarina & Brizo…

“Brizo is an ancient Greek goddess who was known as the protector of mariners, sailors, and fishermen. She was worshiped primarily by the women of Delos, who set out food offerings in small boats. Brizo was also known as a prophet specializing in the interpretation of dreams.” ~ Wikipedia

The story of Arturo & Catarina is a beautiful, but tragic story of true love.  Arturo and Catarina fell in love but he was a fisherman who had to ship out, and she the daughter of a very controlling governor who didn’t approve of their relationship. He told her he’d be back for her in one year and upon his return he’d take her with him so they could be together forever.  I’ve always believed that Catarina & Brizo are one and the same. No idea however who Arturo truly was…

So, after going to this month’s amazing Collab88 (it’s their 3rd birthday!! WOOT!) I picked up some amazing items that reminded me of both the goddess and the love story and wouldn’t ya know it…a look was born! 😮

Catarina (Brizo...) awaits her true love Arturo's return, watching over all mariners as she waits to ensure their safe passage.

Catarina (Brizo…) awaits her true love Arturo’s return, watching over all mariners as she waits to ensure their safe passage.

What I love about everything I saw at Collab88 this month, aside from the awesome theme, was the light and vibrance of everything.  If it was a light color, then it was a vibrant tone; signals of life!  The craftsmanship on the items I bought just blew me away! I love the attention to detail in even the smallest parts of each piece.

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Cae Odyssey Set includes headband, earrings and necklace

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I love the detail on Kataonik’s dress. It’s flirty and light, but still regal in style. Perfect for a princess or goddess.

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I love the materials feature in SL. I don’t think this shine would have occurred without it! The level of detail; I don’t even wear gold IRL, but I will rock these heels fo’ sho’! LOL RAWR

Once I put my little look together I needed to find the perfect place.  I went to Dionysus and while beautiful, it wasn’t feeling like home for my Catarina/Brizo hybrid.  So the search went on.  My trusty little pan companion suggested the forest, but I think he just needed to poop.  Either way, bad idea.

Then I saw this wonderful garden. And as I looked on, I saw a brilliant lighthouse beckoning me to move forward. With every step, I knew Catarina/Brizo had found her perch where she could await her true love so we stood, waited and watched and perhaps one day, her Arturo will return.

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The darkness cloaks her worry for her lover

Feel free to read the story of Arturo & Catarina by clicking their names up top or by clicking here.

See you soon lovelies.

❤ Kilo

DEETS:

Outfit

Dress – *katat0nik* (lt gold) Goddess Dress (mesh) [Avail at Collab88, Mainstore SLurl]
Boot Sandals – Pure Poison -Gold Goddess Sandals-for SLINK Medium [Avail at Collab88, Mainstore SLurl]

Accessories & Makeup

Jewelry Set – Cae :: Odyssey :: Collection [Avail at Collab88, Mainstore SLurl]
M Necklace – gift from my youngest daughter, so no idea. I just know that the M stands for Mommy 🙂
Nails – ULTRA MESH RIGGED FINGERNAILS V5 BY JAMMAN (BOXED) [SLurl]
Feet – Slink AvEnhance Feet Female Mid [SLurl]
Companion pet (seen in featured image) – *MishMish* Little Pan Companion [Avail at Collab88, Mainstore SLurl]
Hair – AD – Kathryn  [SLurl]
Eyeshadow – *LpD* – Group Gift! Eyeshadow Golden [SLurl]
Decorative Eye Makeup – [White~Widow – Face Tattoo] Sakura for Chic Limited [SLurl]

Poses

All poses are from the *VEXTRA DESIGN* ANI-mate Pose HUD [SLurl]

Location: Gardens of Grace [SLurl]