They call it stormy monday, but Tuesday’s just as bad..

21January

Being Bipolar isn’t especially nice.  I manage extremely well, all things considered.  And I really don’t like to moan about it, because there are so many out there who have it far worse than me. But it can play absolute havoc with plans, and when I’m on a bit of a downer the only way I can cope is by shutting the world out and functioning at the bare minimum. 

The depression that is a particular symptom of mine can be crippling. If I had to choose between the manic highs and the thundering lows of this condition, I’d opt for the highs everytime. But even so they’re not exactly fun. When I’m on a high my brain races, I hear incessant music, chatter and sounds (I call it my ‘head radio’), and I can’t sleep. But when I’m feeling low, I feel crippled. I feel shut off from everyone and everything around me and just want to be left to hide. Thinking becomes difficult, I become exceptionally forgetful and morbid and procrastination is the theme of the day. It is incredibly hard to function; even basic tasks, like blogging, become the toughest of challenges.

This is why sometimes you’ll not see me update for a week or so. I work in real life, so obviously that takes priority, but occasionally if I find my symptoms are starting to go haywire then I shut myself down from all kinds of activities, blogging and Second Life-ing being the main one. Which is pretty crap really because it’s the one of the few things in my real life that give me lots of joy!

But I always come back.

And here I am; still feeling a little out of sorts but there is just so much wonderful stuff occurring in the world at the moment that it would be silly if I didn’t log-in to experience it. To ease myself back-in gently, here’s a look of the day that I am really relishing.

First up is the hair. This is available at MY ATTIC and is from MINA. It’s a lovely, mid-bob style called ‘Nikky’ and I really do adore the shaping of it. The face is slightly hidden creating a really sexy profile, and the hair is also materials ready, which means that it has an extra bit of oomph (that’s a technical term, that, obviously).  It has a lot of volume too, which can be a little over-powering BUT that’s easily fixed if you increase your head size a smidgen. I think it’s glorious, and the colour choices that are available are really very impressive too.  It was hard to know what to plump for truth be told, but I liked the Light Brown options best of all, and I’m incredibly happy with the result. Even better  the hair packs cost a mere L$95 a pop, so what’s not to love?

Next we have the skin which is by BELLEZA. I’ve written so many times on these pages about that brand, but they never cease to amaze and astonish. This skin is called ‘Ria’ and  includes a number of delectable make-ups in the pack. What really appealed to me were the subtle winged-eyeliner options featured in the range, and also the array of gloss and matt lips. Feeling a bit low I needed colour, so plumped for the gorgeous red lip. Tricky Boucher always creates perfect lips and the suggestion of shine upon these is very special indeed. Ripe for kissing I think!

My Jewellery is an old favourite; it’s the ‘Wanderer’ set from LEAGUE, an esteemed Second Life brand that is having a fantastic 50% off sale until January 26th. Guys, don’t miss it. There are some stunning items of clothing and exceptional footwear, as well as skins, included in this epic event, but my tip for you is to stock up in the awesome accessories that LEAGUE has always excelled at. This jewellery purchase  is a replacement for a previous Wanderer set of mine that went, well, wandering from my inventory a few years ago. (There’s NOTHING worse than looking for something in your Outfits folder and seeing the words ‘Broken link’ is there?) I’ve opted for the version that includes different kinds of mixed wood shades, but I am tempted to return and pick up the other colour-ways if I can scrape together the funds before the sale finishes It’s always been one of my favourite jewellery sets and as an added bonus the bracelets are incredibly good at hiding SLINK wrist seams. The set is available for a mere L£123 at the moment, and be sure to check out the scarves and other adornments while you’re in-store. Stock up, you’ll thank me for it!

I wrote previously about my favourite jacket of last year, and here it is again, the EMERY Hollywood denim jacket.  Any opportunity to wear it and I’m there, and it goes extremely well with this dress from GATO. I *had* to get this frock because it features a cat print, and of course you know how I feel about cats. I must confess though I very nearly didn’t get it because rather than it being full it’s just a partial-mesh piece, and I have had disappointing experiences with those kinds of outfits before. I couldn’t resist though, so I had to indulge, and I’m really glad that I did because as you can see it actually works really well. I’ve made an exception though, and I really hope that GATO as a brand starts to lean towards full-mesh pieces. It’s a really great label with a great feel to it and some of the best styling I’ve ever seen.  Don’t believe me? Check out the GATO Flickr, it’s sassy and vibrant and just really rather wonderful.

Last but not least back to MY ATTIC, because I’m using a fantastic pose from PLOOM’s latest pose release at the event. This is a five pose pack that features some really great stands, with both a standard and curvy option for girls with a bit of oomph on their avatar. This stand, number #6, is destined to be a favourite of mine from a very impressive and original pack of poses indeed.

So that’s my look fo the day, hope you like! I’ve a list as long as my arm of things I need to blog, and I’m catching up..albeit slowly. Until then if you need your blog fix (and even on my down days I sure as hell do!) Why not peruse some of the entries on my sidebar, or check out my Bloglovin feed? 

KITTY WEARS: 

Hair: MINA ‘Nikky’ (Materials) in Light Brown L$95 – Available at MY ATTIC
Eyes: IKON ‘Ardent Eyes’ in Pewter (ML)
Skin-BELLEZA ‘Ria’ in Medium 4 (Dk, worn with Gloss Lip #2) (NOTE: Individual  skins L$188, fat pack of five is L$788) – Available at C88
Jewellery – LEAGUE ‘Wanderer’ Wood Medley – L$123  Don’t miss the sale!! (Ends January 26th)
Jacket – EMERY Mesh Denim Jacket Hollywood-Dark L$350 (Check out my blog post HERE)
Dress – GATO Kelly Dress. L$100
Pose – PLOOM  ‘DNCR’  kitty wears #6  L$95- Available at MY ATTIC

(Huge thanks to Heidi Volare for blogging so many beautiful things recently that she got my arse in gear and helped get me out of my blog-funk)

Another SL Meme: Pet Peeves

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Darn you Strawberry Singh and your epic Second Life memes! I jest of course, but Berry’s latest meme asks a very valid point, what really winds you up about the virtual world we call home?

I have to be honest, this wasn’t an easy meme to respond to.

I was worried I’d put a few noses out of joint, so I have tried to be gentle. I’ve also not included all of my peeves, as some need to be kept closer to home. But it certainly got me thinking, so thanks again Berry! (I wonder what she’ll come up with next?!)

  1. RUDENESS.  Yes I get Second Life is a virtual environment, but that doesn’t mean that you leave your manners at the loading screen. If you’re ill-mannered in real life I’ll think you’re an asshole. If you’re ill-mannered in Second Life I’ll think you’re a special kind of asshole. It takes a certain kind of individual to sit behind their keyboard and type something mean or just plain-rude to someone in a virtual environment.
  2. ANTLERS. I’ve had just about enough of seeing antlers everywhere in Second Life.  Don’t get me wrong, I have seen some absolutely amazing clothing featuring deer motifs, and I’ve also seen some equally amazing jewellery featuring it too. I’ve also seen some fabulous antler chairs, antler light fittings, in fact antler home furnishings galore! I mean, what’s next, an antler toilet brush? It’s like a never-ending weekend at Ted Nugent’s house!  If you’re role-playing, I get the need for antlers. If not, just please cease and desist before you drive me into full-on Fenton mode.  Before you know it we’ll all be going moustache mad, how ludicrous would that be?  Oh, wait, that’s already happened..
  3. GROUP NOTICES:if you send them, PLEASE for the love of all-that-is-holy, SPELL CHECK them and if English isn’t your best language then please get someone who speaks it to proof-read for you before you send out. I do actually pay attention to group notices, and they often  tempt me to go and investigate offers and items. But if you issue them exclaiming things like; ‘Plz check this now!’ without a LM, or something like ‘Hurry! This price won’t last forever’ I will just delete. Pro-tip: Notices should stand out, because they need to attract customers. They require a punchy yet informative title to draw your customer in to opening them and reading them. Therefore be original, be witty, be playful but most of all be bothered to actually tell me what you’re sending the notice out about!  Sell me the product that you’re advertising and include a picture or I just won’t bother to read any further.  So many people out there must make wonderful creations that I never get to see because their notices are written so shabbily, so just don’t. If you’ve taken care over your creation, take care over your advertising too!
  4. SOCIALISM. Well, actually no, that’s not the pet peeve, but THIS is:

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There are so many furniture builds featuring this particular set of books that you would think we’re all political nerds in Second Life. Obviously the majority of us aren’t,  but I bet we all have these books on our shelves! I bet if you search your inventory you’ll find furniture featuring them. It’s not just the lesser known creators that have used these either, some of the uber-established furniture making names have featured them on multiple occasions and it just drives me to utter distraction. I’ve seen carefully constructed furniture utterly ruined by adding these bloody books.  If you’ve taken the time and care to develop and build a fantastic, original item then why ruin it by including something that can be seen a myriad of other places on the grid?! The mind boggles. Please stop!

5. BAD DESIGN: OK, this is quite a broad-ranging response, so let me try and clarify it a little bit.  I’m talking about ugly, cheap textures deployed upon builds. Build shapes that look dated and six years past their prime. Skins with no depth or shading upon them, and the worst thing, clothing, especially gowns and skirts, made with those cone-shaped prims that  legs tend to stick out of in a manner worse than Angelina Jolie at an awards ceremony. Please don’t misunderstand;  I don’t want to come over holier than thou on this and I realise that taste is a very personal thing, but I find it hard to believe that with so much design inspiration to be found on the grid people still create what is, quite frankly utter garbage. What boggles the mind even more is that occasionally they expect to sell it….WTF?!

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