… let’s just share a moment together …

... let's just share a moment together ...
Blogging isn't about the numbers for me. Although, I have noticed a change. Comparing the numbers. A change in visitors, a change in posts, a change in traffic and a definite change in the kind of posts I like to do. Significantly so, that I questioned myself what could be happening. Take January 2021. Total posts 19 in comparison to January 2023 where I posted 26 times. Visitor counts 825 vs 198. Views: 1818 vs 460. I've expanded my posts to include Facebook and dropped discord unless required by sponsor. My feed share is the same. My follower base in up slightly. Even then numbers from flicker are wildly different over previous year's numbers. I went pro, this the second year to be doing so. Still, the engagement with readership is low. Why? Maybe I just love blogging more than others care about my posts. Is the market of readership switched to other forums about second life activities? Perhaps, to many Photo/details/URLs/ posts compared to a bit of writing, telling a story THEN a photo post like I am doing today. I can't pinpoint it. I just feel the shift. With that said, blogging is still not about the numbers for me. I appreciate the comments and likes, and the group invites others take the time to share with me, but blogging is my creative outlet. I get to put RL aside for the hour or two that I'm blogging either creating spaces or dressing up for fun. Of course, to be hired by brands, they check out the numbers. That's the Ying and yang of it all. The irony in popularity. If my posts are well recieved, I'm creating more exposure for the brand I'm marketing. Should I care about the numbers? I suppose, I should, since I've noticed the shift. Perhaps look for ways to draw in more attention or engagement with the second life citizens. If I figure it out, I'll share so we all can grow together. Until next time ...

Trompe Loeil - Irusu Fireplace Pavilion PG [mesh] - @ The Fifty

MOVEMENT- Eletric blender FATPACK @ The Food Court

Nutmeg. Potted Tangerine Tree
Nutmeg. Quaint Foyer Console

Mithral * Hoya Parasitica (Pack C)

Little Branch_OliveTreeShade{Animated}Seasons_Box - TMD Weekly

Dahlia - Candy Heart - Confetti @ The Saturday Sale
Dahlia - Candy Heart - Balloons @ Happy Weekend

Ariskea items from this weeks Saturday Sale
Ariskea.Tulips. Center tulips glass 
Ariskea.Tulips . Ceramic Bunny

in the background
Trompe Loeil - Miyako Tropical Cottage [mesh] @ UBER

… Ines Retreat …

... Ines Retreat ...
New for the Saturday Sale The Ines Retreat. 75L
Complete with modular Gazebo and Patio so you can design large or small outdoor living space (included with the house)
38-42 LI LI Fits 1024 Plots up 14 x 12 M without Patio, 22 x 21 
Optional furniture pack included for 199L
Custom LODS for optimization
Out through to Sunday too.

Scarlet Creative Paris Armchair
Scarlet Creative Hardwick Fabric Sofa -Leather
Scarlet Creative Barn Wood Table
Scarlet Creative Tulum Pole Lamp - Wood
Scarlet Creative Tulum Footstool - White
Scarlet Creative Monteverde Coffee Table
Scarlet Creative Paris Rug
Scarlet Creative Paris Bed PG MIdnight

… sparce red …

... sparce red ...
Shopping in SL has shifted. Events driven with Pricing higher than ever, is becoming dull.  I remember when an item was featured at an event, there was a discounted price. After that, the item went to full price and was available at the main store or marketplace. So, why clammer to get there first? For me, I am leaning more towards " I'll get it later at the same price".  In fact, I love the Happy Weekend and Saturday Sales much more than what goes on at the events. Buying direct from my favorite brands, supporting them while getting a hell of a bargain! What's not to love.  Brands are getting more and more creative about the weekends sales too. Retexturing, redesigning previous items, freshening up what is a sure hit, again for a great price. And then there are those brands who seem to have endless creativity and just can't be ignored. The quality is grand and different from what has ever been released before. Who doesn't love a new item for a sale price? Cmon, I dare you to disagree! One thing is for sure, I have been in SL since 2010 and I have seen items come and go. I think good and hard before pressing the button to buy if I already have a similar item in my inventory. It has to be really special for me to double/triple up on that bedroom set or bathtub since I have those already. If your brand is offering pre-linked sets!?! I am a fan! Roads, fences, walkways. Please don't give me a thousand strands to put together. Link Sets I say! Those are just my thoughts. Until next time ...

C.H-Rumors- Evox (ADD)
C.H- Rumors- Evox- Under Shadow- Red

C.H- Moist Lip Set- Evox (HUD)

[Onyx] Always Beautiful Tattoo @ REBORN Event 1.22.23
[Onyx] Always Beautiful Tattoo- Fresh

[Onyx] Meli Eyebrows
[Onyx] Meli Eyebrows -Brown
[Onyx] Meli eyebrows Shape

adorsy - Candice SET BUY ALL PACK @ Cosmopolitan Event
adorsy - Candice Boots Fatpack - Reborn
adorsy - Candice Denim Shorts Fatpack - Reborn
adorsy - Candice Jacket Fatpack - Reborn
adorsy - Candice Top Fatpack - Reborn

KUNGLERS - Gwen rings
KUNGLERS - Gwen rings -Reborn

Movement Poses Coffee
MVT - Taurus Starcoffee

[monso] Ruya Hair /Brown & Blonde
[monso] Ruya Hair (m)

16 Genesis_Lab_Cigarette_3.0 Woman Bento BLUE
Genesis_Lab_Cigarette_3.0 Woman Bento BLUE
Genesis_Lab_Cigarette_HUD 3.1
Genesis_Lab_Smoke_Particles (from mouth)

PROMAGIC Emily Lip Jewel-Fatpack
PROMAGIC Emily Lip Jewel-Evo2EvoX

{Guapa} - Mylah Skin (LELUTKA EVOX) Sienna

… everyday is a cosmo day …

... everyday is a cosmo day ...
pose: STUN Cora 5 V2
location: backdrop city
backdrop: lux aeterna

"Off-Line" x "Calliope" Set / Fatpack @ N21
"Off-Line" x "Calliope" Skirt / Fatpack / Reborn
"Off-Line" x "Calliope" Top / Fatpack / Reborn

"Off-Line" x "Shiva" Boots / Fatpack @ Stellar
"Off-Line" x "Shiva" Boots / Fatpack / Reborn

:: DS :: Yvette Glasses @ Cosmopolitan 
:: DeepStatic :: Yvette Glasses

KUNGLERS - Shiloh bracelets @ Cosomopolitan
KUNGLERS - Shiloh bracelets

MOVEMENT - Some obsessions - Recolor  -Happy Weekend
MVT - Some obsessions handbag - Pink print- Hold 1

Dahlia - Carrie's Cosmo - Drink Dispenser 
Dahlia - Carrie's Cosmo - Personal Hold 

NOVA. Apex // Blended Kit (unpacked) @ Tres Chic
NOVA. Apex - L

Tutti Belli - 'Midnight' (Lelutka EvoX) (lipstick)

… LOTD 1.23.23 …

... LOTD 1.23.23 ...
[Onyx] Always Beautiful Tattoo @ REBORN Event 1.22.23
[Onyx] Always Beautiful Tattoo- Fresh
[ONYX] Face Moles 1-Evox

FashionNatic - Rhea Set - Megapack @ Cosmopolitan
FashionNatic - REBORN - Left - Rhea Boots Fatpack
FashionNatic - REBORN - Panties
FashionNatic - REBORN - Rhea Bodysuit Fatpack Colors
FashionNatic - REBORN - Rhea Skirt Fatpack Colors
FashionNatic - REBORN - Right - Rhea Boots Fatpack

KUNGLERS - Lisana earrings Exclusive at Cosmopolitan
KUNGLERS - Lisana earrings

MOVEMENT - Some obsessions - Recolor  -Happy Weekend
MVT - Some obsessions handbag - Black print  - Hold 2

:: DS :: Marielle Glasses @ Cosmopolitan
:: DS :: Marielle Glasses

[monso] Natalia Hair /Brown & Blonde
[monso] Natalia Hair (m)

Tutti Belli - 'True Love' Collection (Lelutka Evolution)(hud with 9 eyeshadows)
Tutti Belli - 'Midnight' (Lelutka EvoX)(hud with 9 lip colors)

TRES BEAU - Lelutka EvoX -  Chin Cleft (1) 100%

[Glam Affair] Tataru Skin [Lelutka EvoX] Velour Icy Access
[Glam Affair] Face Shadow 20%
[Glam Affair] Tataru Blush 50%
[Glam Affair] Tataru Brows Black 100%
[Glam Affair] Tataru [Lelutka EvoX] Icy B
Glam Affair - Ears - Icy

Dahlia - Carrie's Cosmo - Drink Dispenser (REZ TO OPEN) The Saturday Sale
Dahlia - Carrie's Cosmo - Personal Hold 

AG. Sunray Eyes Pack

… marble ..

... marble ...
There are few brands that offer minimalist furniture. IDEA is one of them. The side cabinet and table coordinate perfectly together for simple modern gatherings. The whole set comes with texture options, which I LOVE. Plenty of poses to change up while having conversations with your guests! Loads of furniture options coming from this new brand! Until next time ...

IDEA-Eclipse Set Fatpack (ADD ME)
IDEA-Eclipse Chair w/hud
IDEA-Eclipse SideBoard w/hud
IDEA-Eclipse Table w/hud
IDEA-Eclipse Dishes (Plate) w/hud
IDEA-Eclipse Dishes (Cup) w/hud
IDEA-Eclipse Dishes (Glass) w/hud

Fancy Fall Camellia Collection Fatpack@Equal10

Fancy Decor: Thomsen Chandelier
Fancy Decor: Thomsen Champagne Tray
Fancy Decor: Tiered Tea Tray
15 Fancy Decor + KraftWork Fete d'hiver: Finger Food Tray

Mithral * Short String of Pearls (Pack A)
Architect. Lyto Hanging Lamp #1 (long)

{vespertine} -fern leaf cactus
{vespertine} - potted monstera

… always beautiful or is it the light? …

... always beautiful or is it the light? ...
I have been experimenting with Firestorm lately, trying to adjust my photo settings as my computer reacts to me pushing the limits. Getting to know your equipment is essential in any job, particularly in blogging. My blogging evolution has been slow to say the least. What was an occasional "thing I loved doing" has become a real release of creativity for me. Even when I don't get it quite right, I enjoy the process of dressing up, coordinating outfits, although most brands do not like it when you mix and match outfits. Everyone wants their item center and front. If not, don't bother tagging them. My thoughts have always been giving credit where credit is due. If I wore an item given to me as a blogger, then honor that relationship with tagging and recognition. This opinion is only shared by a few of my sponsors. Pivot. A blogger must learn to pivot. Take constructive conversations and adjust. After all these years, I've learned to oblige those brand owners who I respect. What I started blogging was home decorating. That has always been my first love in Second Life. I feel the pull towards decorating for others more recently, since fashion at times is repetitive or circular in SL.  I find such satisfaction in getting to know someone and creating a space they love. Very cliche' I bet your thinking. It might be, but it is my view. Whether its fashion, or home decor, I still find it challenging to do better. Be better. More creative. Until next time ...

backdrop: Merch- Rad Merch Background
pose: STUN Cora 2 Curve
location: Backdrop City

"Off-Line" x "Lumi" Set / Fatpack [Unpack Me]
"Off-Line" x "Lumi" Top / Fatpack / Reborn

VINYL - Firefly Cargo Skirt Pak Fatpak
VINYL - Firefly Cargo Skirt - Ebody Reborn

[Onyx] Always Beautiful Tattoo @ REBORN Event 1.22.23
[Onyx] Always Beautiful Tattoo- Fresh

[ONYX] Tataru shape For LeLUTKA Raven Head 3.1 @ Dollholic
[ONYX] Face Moles 1-Evox
[ONYX] Tataru shape For LeLUTKA Raven Head 3.1-Ebody
[ONYX] Tata eyebrows shape

TRES BEAU - Lelutka EvoX -  Chin Cleft (ADD)
TRES BEAU - Lelutka EvoX -  Chin Cleft (1) 100%

[Glam Affair] Tataru Skin [Lelutka EvoX] Velour Icy@Access
[Glam Affair] Face Shadow 20%
[Glam Affair] Tataru Blush 50%
[Glam Affair] Tataru Brows Black 100%
[Glam Affair] Tataru [Lelutka EvoX] Icy B
Glam Affair - Ears - Icy
[Glam Affair] Tataru Freckles

Stealthic - Clarity (S Breast) - Happy Weekend

LeLUTKA Raven Head 3.1 Christmas Gift 2022

… beach side …

... beach side ...
This week Scarlet Creative has reintroduced the Jenna Gazbo in Wood and look how pretty! 
During the sale it comes with the historical painted version too. This Gazebo has 3 versions included in each color. Including with Slats at the Back, a full Back or no Back - allowing you to be super flexible if you align onto a house, or simply have in your garden or beach!
 6 x 9 M
16 LI
Mod and Copy

If your wondering about the furniture - yes, there is a perfect match on sale as well for 199L. Loaded with goodies and for the price, you can't beat it. 

Eve Aspen Chalet - a gorgeous wood and slate chalet. Has an optional Snow Package/Roof available also at the vendor. But it fits well on the top of the hill shown in the background. Comes in two sizes Best for 2046 Plots and up 
32 x 38M (large) 27 x 37M (regular)
94LI (regular) 118 LI (large)
Mod and Copy
With full custom LODS for optimization

LB_YoungGinkgoTree{Animated}*4Seasons is currently on sale for Wanderlust. Only 75L. 

Nutmeg. Backyard Evenings Gray / 1 @ Kustom 9

Nutmeg. Metal Bench with HUD for texture change
Nutmeg. Metal Chair 

Skye StudioSandy Beach (Pk1)
Skye Studio Beach Dunes
Fantatik Loften

… Northern Shore …

...Northern Shore ...
Sometimes, I just like to meander around SL and today I stumbled upon a beautiful sim called Northern Shore with few rentals and landscaping so wonderfully created. There was a small inflatable boat available, so I drove along the shore when I turned into this cove. There sat 2 very familiar homes from L2 Studio. The L2 SPICEWOOD FARMHOUSE and L2 Studio SEADOG MINI. Both were modified, but since they were occupied, I decide not to enter. Believe me I wanted to SEE the inside! The homes from L2 are always perfect for the seaside and with muted textures and tones you can use any furniture style/color your heart desires. 
If you're looking for a place to rent or just to admire this sim, you can contact Elvira Kytori in world. Until next time ...

… alone …

... alone ...
poses: STUN Cora 3 + 5 [curve/mirror]
location: B Sori 

[Onyx] Alone Tattoo #Exclusive Big Girl Event
[Onyx] Alone Tattoo-Fresh[FULL]
inside are 15 tattoos are broken out [faded+fresh] so you can mix and match with other [ONYX] releases

7 Deadly s[K]ins - SHELA shape + skin 
7 Deadly s[K]ins - SHELA shape [EVO x ] & LEGACY
[7DS] - BODY 2020 SHELA bom skin CARAMEL
7 Deadly s[K]ins - SHELA  eyebrows [ LEL.EVOx ]
[7DS] - ELF EAR EVO  tattoo caramel

FashionNatic - Blythe Set - Megapack
FashionNatic - REBORN - Blythe Shorts Fatpack Jeans
FashionNatic - REBORN - Blythe Top with Bolero Fatpack Colors
FashionNatic - REBORN - Left - Blythe Flat Boots Fatpack
FashionNatic - REBORN - Right - Blythe Flat Boots Fatpack

KUNGLERS - Celia rings
KUNGLERS - Celia rings - Reborn

bonbon - roxxi hair (ombres) (unpacked) @ Kustom9
bonbon - roxxi hair - LEFT/S chest (fit)