Who let the dorks out?

The one which was supposed to be about fishies and ended up being a semi-farewell July 11, 2010

Filed under: Events — Paulina Oceanlane @ 4:22 pm
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I just realised that it has been exactly a month since my last post and I apologise for the long pause. I have been going through a phase where SL has lost its fascination for me and at this point I am not really sure if I will get it back. I just don’t feel the inspiration anymore to explore, put together outfits or take blog pictures. I log in, clear my messages, look at my inventory and then decide to log off again.

I have heard of many other residents of similar “age” (3 years) that they are going through the same and that this seems to be a common phase where people either take long breaks, leave or come back under a different account. For me it goes even deeper than that. SL has helped me through a very stressful phase in my life in which I often felt very low and, without noticing it at that point, retracted to this virtual world. It gave me an outlet to be creative, to get the kick of exploring new places and virtual art, to enjoy cheap online retail therapy. It provided me with a constant, the virtual home I am sharing with Fi, which always was peaceful and relaxing, and of course I met amazing people and other creative minds there.

Now things in RL have changed. Some stresses have ended, I have learnt to deal better with others. RL was very busy, I had a few health problems but I am now feeling better than I have felt in ages – and it makes me shy away from SL. I’d rather be out in the real world, enjoying the summer and the flowers, getting on top of RL duties and hobbies I neglected. A lot of SL things I used to spend hours doing now seem so unimportant and far away, almost like from a different life. Sometimes it is even a bit hard for me to understand why I spent so much time doing them (searching for the perfect pair of tights, for example). I keep in contact with my SL friends through Plurk and in the end those interactions now matter more to me than having an avatar and a virtual home – funnily enough, many of them do not log in much anymore either and use other social websites to keep in contact.

Maybe I subconsciously feel that coming back to SL might affect me in a negative way. SL can suck you in and time seems to fly much faster, as if two hours in RL equal half an hour in SL. I don’t want to “officially” leave SL, I am still too attached to my avatar for that, plus I am thinking of all the Lindens I invested! LOL. But I will officially go on an extended break. There might be a blog entry, or there might be none, and maybe bad weather in autumn will drive me back to the always sunny virtual world. But when I am honest with myself, maybe I don’t want to get that fascination with SL back after all and rather hold on to RL. We’ll see.

The one thing I feel very sorry about is that this phase coincides with “Operation Squeegee“, which so far managed to raise an incredible amount of L$830.000 (more than $3000) for the National Wildlife Foundation!! Unfortunately I was away for most of it and was hoping to do a long blog post this weekend, but for various reasons only managed this attempt to take up Ariel Wingtip’s Operation Squeegee Blogger challenge. The original challenge includes the squeegee, but I fell in love with the fish and decided to use it instead. 😀 You can get the free antlers in a box near the stage and a squeegee pack from the donation bucket at the Operation Squeegee Headquarters (SLURL). Operation Squeegee runs until 15th July and has a ton of events, which can be found on the website. There are sooo many awesome things for sale – cute T-Shirts with marine animals, deco items, a houseboat, poses, cute trees with eyes, quirky transportation vehicles…Please go and have a look and support the help efforts for the wildlife affected by the oil spill. Maybe we will manage to break the one million mark!

I <3 fishies

Operation Squeegee Donation items [SLURL]:
Squeegeed Antlers by Fire Good!!!
Scuba Set by SYSY & Hopscotch.
Huggles Fish with pose by Hopscotch.

Non-donation items:
Hair “Ana Lu” by Truth.
Skin “Belle Pale” by Belleza.

Picture taken at Suboceana [SLURL].

 

E is for Evolution March 17, 2010

Filed under: The Dorks' Alphabet — Paulina Oceanlane @ 2:05 pm
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E is for Evolution

Left:
Jumpsuit by MichaMi [SLURL].
“Monkey Thingies” including optional animation by RC Cluster [SLURL].
Hair “NMR32” by booN [SLURL].
Skin “Alyson” by Belleza [SLURL].
Eyes by Miriel (no longer available).

Right:

“Wrapped Winter Gown” by Paper Couture [SLURL].
Hair “Chelsea” by Truth [SLURL].
Skin “Bella” by Belleza [SLURL].
Jewellery “Black Onyx” by Deco [SLURL].
Pose “Modern Mystery” by (pda) (no longer available).

 

My Bloody Valentine February 10, 2010

If you love Valentine’s Day items that are very unique and a bit gory (OK, “a bit” might be an understatement), you should check out the “My Bloody Valentine” charity event organised by the “Hot for Zombies” group. 100% of all proceeds go to the Red Cross for the Haitian Relief effort. Due to RL reasons I didn’t manage to take as many pics as I wanted to, but I really hope that I will find a bit time before it finishes to show you more of the things I bought.

Dining with Further Monday

On my first tour I met the lovely Further Monday, one of the creators of Weather!…or not?, who was very appropriately dressed as a huge white albino rat. As you can see, we had a very yummy dinner together. The whole sim is so spooky and amazingly well built, and photographers will find plenty of eye candy and photo opportunities like this huge dining table with fun animations (Further’s head was actually spinning like mad). Further is wearing the “Weather!…or not?” blood-splattering umbrella and the brilliant skeleton “Arms of Kali” by Kras Alter (“gilded”). Both are charity items available at this event. At this point I was still in the process of accumulating unpacked boxes and therefore only wearing items from last year’s Halloween charity event. Credits can be found here.

Warm and cozy

Exploring the sim we found this cozy tree cave and took a break at the warm fire. If you look closely you can see the wonderful eyeball flowers by “Dead Designs” that Further carries in her arm.

Predator

Being a zombie does not mean that you have to let yourself go and be rotten and ugly. In fact it is far more effective to make a bit of an effort to look pretty – camouflage is the best way for a predator to attract its prey!

The skin by “Mango, Mango!” comes in a pack of three (plus a shape) and this one is actually the bloodiest. I love the teeth!. The cheeky “possession” dress was created by Marleen Vaughan (“coffeepot”) and is available in five different single colours or as a fatpack. The elegant skull hair ribbon and the skull shoes are from “Dead Design” and the flesh wounds by “Meat’n’More” add that little something to the whole look. The eyes “zombieRAWR” are part of a munsterpack by “Tacky Star”, which further includes vampire, Frankenstein and radioactive eyes (plus extra prim radioactivity) and the pose is the “zombiecrawl” pose by “gilded”. The hair is the only non-charity item in this picture, “Ana” by “Truth”.

Teleport to “My Bloody Valentine” here: SLURL.

 

If you are a snowman, don’t go to Thistle January 5, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Paulina Oceanlane @ 5:13 pm
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Seriously. If you are a snowman without a flame thrower, snowball gun or any other weapon, don’t even think about going near Thistle. It has to be the most dangerous place for snowmen on the grid.

Help!!!

These poor fellows are experiencing their personal Cloverfield moment. The terror in their coal eyes is unbearable!

Hands up!

Robbers are waiting behind every tree. I hope this poor guy has remembered to renew his sleigh insurance.

err....guys....

“Errr….guys…”. Watch out for those kids that just want to play. I wouldn’t recommend going for a swim either.

Look at the stars....

Thinking about it, you probably also shouldn’t go there if you are human. Just don’t go there at all unless you are really, really prepared.

Teleport to Thistle (if you dare) here: [SLURL].

Credits:
Cashmere sweater and scarf (colour change) by Sn@tch [SLURL].
Journey Tweed Slacks by Armidi [SLURL].
Shoes “Rosette Black Velvet” by Aphrodite Creations [SLURL].
Hair “Belinda” by Truth [SLURL].

 

Raindrops on roses December 31, 2009

Filed under: Clothes,ExpSLorers,Hair,Photography — Paulina Oceanlane @ 10:15 am
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I am a huge fan of musicals and it happens very easily that songs get stuck in my head and stay there for days, playing again and again and again. I watched “The Sound of Music” for the first time a couple of years ago and loved it. It still only takes a few notes of “Do Re Mi” or “My favourite things” to make me hum the music all day long.

Raindrops on Roses

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things.

A while ago “My favourite things” popped into my head again and whispered: “Why don’t you put together photographs illustrating the first lines?”. Unfortunately I didn’t have anything rose-like in my inventory at that time. But when I saw the rose gown from LIKKA*HOUSE blogged by the Sannomiya Region Fashion Express in summer, I knew I had found the base for my “Raindrops on Roses” picture.

Raindrops on Roses

The roses on this gown are lovely and very detailed, with around 200 prims per rose attachment. It took a while to rez them all the first time I put the gown on, because SL is so screwed up for me at the moment that I sometimes want to cry. But it was so worth it!

As contrast to the red gown I chose the clay skin of the gorgeous “Lily Old Hollywood” skin pack from Exodi, which I bought at one of the last skin fairs. I fell in love with them after I had seen the beautiful pictures at Stacie Pryor’s blog.

Finally I needed rain and it didn’t take me long to come up with the right location. “Crucible” and “Templum ex Obscurum” are two of my all-time favourite sims and if you happen to visit there, please consider donating a few lindens to keep them running. They have a very dark and fairytale-like atmosphere, the landscape is stunning and most importantly, they have plenty of water and rain. Raindrops make roses happy!

We wish you all a wonderful New Year’s Eve, no matter if you party hard or spend it quietly, and of course a happy and successful new year 2010! My personal SL challenge will be to find a bright copper kettle.

Credits:
“The Name of the Rose” by LIKKA*HOUSE [SLURL].
“Lily Old Hollywood clay” skin by Exodi [SLURL].
Hair “Chelsea” by Truth [SLURL].
Eyes “Eclipse” by Miriel (no longer available).
Poses: First picture, “Jazzy JH8” by LAP [SLURL], second picture “Luth expression 5” by Reel Expression [SLURL].
Pictures were taken at Crucible [SLURL].

 

Day 5: I’m dreaming of a white christmas… December 5, 2009

…but I have the feeling that the rain is going to last until the new year! At least in SL I can have every virtual weather I want and I can even carry it around on my head!

Snow scenery

When you click this cute winter hat from Little Girl Shop it sings the first line of “White Christmas” and starts to emit snow particles. “Little Girl Shop” has tons of cute pets and dolls (see also Fi’s post from last year here), like fluffy rabbits hanging on a balloon and flying around you, or little dolls sitting on your shoulder or hair. Like this hat, most of them are transferable.

Credits:
“Doll – Christmas” from “Little Girl Shop” [SLURL].
Hair “Polly” by Truth [SLURL].
Skin “Neko – Goth Snow Leopard” by Frick [SLURL].
Lashes “Seductress” by LeLutka [SLURL].
Eyes by Miriel (no longer available).
Pose “Doot Doot” by LAP [SLURL].
Picture taken at Concrete Flowers

 

Truth Uber-Sale on NOW! August 16, 2008

Filed under: Clothes,Dorky on a budget,Fashion,Shop till you drop — Bella Baroque @ 5:05 pm
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So there I was yesterday, moseying along and hair shopping at Truth when I noticed all the goods I was haulin in were (drumroll)… 50L for a 3 pack!!!! So naturally I went crazy and decided to do some research as to why it was my lucky day. Well its everyone’s lucky day because Truth is having a Discontinued Sale. Truth Hawk is revamping the store and hair textures, so in the meantime ALL hair, shoes and clothes are for sale at a ginormous discount. I may be the last to know, but if there are 2 or 3 slow learners out there like me, well then I felt the need to post. So here are some shots of the goods, and hurry hurry hurry there. The sale doesn’t have an ending, but all will be lost in the abyss of the grid once Truth decides to release the new stuffs (which is also equally as exciting). So here’s what I bought, now go spend some monies!


Truth’s Website

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