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Then and now #SecondLifeChallenge

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then&now

Oh, what a ride this was since that September evening back in 2011, my first year in Germany, when this guy I was dating recommended me to join Second life. My virtual début had an important advantage: a long time “insider” who didn’t want his girl looking like a noob, and his wonderful friend Ms. T, who was incredibly generous and patient, and took me shopping to all her favorite places.

In all these years, I’ve been a zombie hunter, a medieval tavern wench, a jewelry model, and a hilarious array of goddesses, demons, mythological creatures, historical ladies, and more. And that guy who first guided me down this mesmerizing rabbit hole is now my partner, my lover, and my husband, in all my lives.

I haven’t kept many photos of my avatar from before 2014, but I always kept this one, taken when I was only 2 months old back in November 2011. I chose to recreate that one, one of the first looks I put together trying to mimic my RL overall look and style. I still own some of the stuff that I’m wearing in that first photo. I never had the heart to get rid of them, like the hoarder that I am, so I will include the credits!

Years later, just as it happened in RL, I became paler because my skin misses the tropical sun, and I lounge by a fireplace because I’m always kinda cold here… I also visibly gained some weight (blame all those delicious German pastries!), and I added my cute little wedding band, and strong nail polish, another hobby that I picked up here in Berlin.

After being so many different versions of me, so many different creatures and dreams, I came back to the me that reminds most of the real me… Thank you, Second Life, for all these years of adventure and entertainment. Thank you, my dear virtual friends, and the ones who also became real through hours of chat, shared laughter and tears. Thank you, my love, Zero Upshaw, for showing me this world and inviting me to live this fantasy with you.

✽ڿڰۣ— THE THEN ڿڰۣ—✽
the then
Skin: LAQ ~ Julie [Nougat] Glow skin (10-pack)
Eyes: LAQ ~ Dazzling Sunrise Eyes
Hair:  >TRUTH< Francesca – dark browns
Top: Apple May Designs – Elle Jackets – Red
Boots: BodyMix Rosalie blueblack Leather boots *with invisi-prims* 😂😂
Necklace and pants, I have no idea…

✽ڿڰۣ— THE NOW ڿڰۣ—✽
the now
Head: CATWA Bento Head Catya
Body: Maitreya Lara Mesh Body
Skin:
[theSkinnery] Fleur (Catwa Applier) – toffee
Skin addon: Izzie’s – Pores & Blemishes
Hair:  Sintiklia – Hair Amara – Ombres
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Scoria
Top: Blueberry – Cece – Trench Coats – Cherry
Boots: #EMPIRE – Woolly
Nails: DP – Koffin Nails – Love Scorned (applier)
Necklace: Zuri Rayna-Tender Heart Mesh Collection – Red Agate/Gold
Setting: MiChIGaN’s ShAcK! 60 Shades Playroom Skybox

#SecondLifeChallenge by Strawberry Singh

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Whispering

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If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
On this winter’s night with you

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A quiet winter night, the fragrance of hot chocolate in the air, sharing Lebkuchen and kisses, his voice whispering sensual nothings on the snow…

This is not my common blog post, and I’m not featuring my regular sponsors. This is my SL home, and I wanted to show it to you, to share the magic of this beautiful winter night in the arms of my love.

✽ڿڰۣ— FEATURING ڿڰۣ—✽
House: Trompe L’Oeil – Emerson Cottage
Pavilion: Di’Cor Asian Pavilion
Path:
[DDD] Stoney Path – Texture change
Paper lanterns: Anachron – Andon Lantern – RARES (Currently #kisetsu)
Stone lanterns: Culprit – Japanese Stone Lantern Zen
Puppies: JIAN Beagle Pup & JIAN Snowday St.Bernard

Quote: “Song for a winter’s night”, by Sarah McLachlan.

Desperate hearts

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I kept the right ones out
And let the wrong ones in
Had an angel of mercy to see me through all my sins
There were times in my life
When I was goin’ insane
Tryin’ to walk through
The pain…

Sometimes 1

Sometimes all I seek is noise, loud and busy, bright and shiny, distracting, oh so distracting. Sometimes I think that if the noise is loud enough, I can silence the wailing of my darkest ideas. Sometimes I think that the briefest moment of silence might open the gates to all the shadows. Sometimes I think… and sometimes I don’t.

Sometimes 2

When I lost my grip
And I hit the floor
Yeah, I thought I could leave but couldn’t get out the door
I was so sick and tired
Of livin’ a lie
I was wishin’ that I
Would die

✽ڿڰۣ— FEATURING ڿڰۣ—✽
Head: LAQ Bento head – Athena
Body: Maitreya Lara Mesh Body
Skin:
 7 Deadly S{k}ins – Itske – Coconut (NEW at Sense until Dec 8th)
+ Itske shape for LAQ Scarlet – adapted for Athena
Eyes:  IKON Hope Eyes – Scoria
Hair: :::Phoenix::: Mishon Hair Dipped
Outfit: [WitchCraft] Millicent Dress
Stockings: ..::Energie::..Ella Socks & Tights Appliers
Setting: FOXCITY. Photo Booth – Sometimes
Poses: FOXCITY Highlights VOL2 (4 and 2m, respectively)

Quotes: “Amazing”, by Aerosmith.

Under moonlight

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Nude, you are simple as one of your hands, 
Smooth, earthy, small, transparent, round: 
You have moonlines, applepathways: 
Nude, you are slender as nude stem of wheat.

Lilac

Nude, you are blue as the night in Cuba; 
You have vines and stars in your hair; 
Nude, you are spacious and yellow 
As summer in a golden church.

✽ڿڰۣ— FEATURING ڿڰۣ—✽
Head: Catwa Catya (Bento)
Body: Maitreya Lara Mesh Body
Skin:
  7 Deadly S{k}ins – Itske – Walnut (NEW at Sense – until December 8th)
Hair:  Moon. Hair // – Hysteria – Venus
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Hazel
Jewelry: Zuri Rayna~ Hummingbird Elite 2 Jewelry Set
Tattoo: [WitchCraft] Lilac Tattoo (NEW at The Avenue – November round)
Setting: {RoawenWood} Fairly There Fantasy Trees & Spring bushes

Quotes: “Sonnet XXVII”, by Pablo Neruda.

All souls’ night

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You heap the logs and try to fill
The little room with words and cheer,
But silent feet are on the hill,
Across the window veiled eyes peer.
The hosts of lovers, young in death,
Go seeking down the world to-night,
Remembering faces, warmth and breath—
And they shall seek till it is light.
Then let the white-flaked logs burn low,
Lest those who drift before the storm
See gladness on our hearth and know
There is no flame can make them warm.

Fright

✽ڿڰۣ— CREDITS ڿڰۣ—✽
Head: GENUS Project – Genus Bento head [BETA]
Skin:  7 Deadly s[K]ins – Halloween 2018 GROUP GIFT Skins – On Halloween day!
Eyes:  CURELESS [+] Dragon Eyes (v.1)
Piercing: Drunken Brokkr – Natbakka lip ring (NEW: DB at Stargazer’s sim)

Quote: All Souls’ Night, by Hortense King Flexner.

Don’t turn away

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I’m frightened by what I see
But somehow I know
That there’s much more to come

Mirror 2

The mesmerizing voice of the singer seems to echo the whispers in my head, and I sing along the lifeless promise in the lyrics, and I repeat almost chanting, praying in tears, “if I will it all away“… The shards of my broken reflection, scattered on the floor, seem to be calling me. Screaming my name, as the song says.

Mirror 1

Immobilized by my fear
And soon to be
Blinded by tears
I can stop the pain
If I will it all away… if I will it all away.

✽ڿڰۣ— FEATURING ڿڰۣ—✽
Head: GENUS Project – Genus Bento head [BETA]
Body: Maitreya Lara Mesh Body
Skin:
  7 Deadly S{k}ins – Dawn – Dew (NEW at Dark Style Fair – until November 4th)
+ shape based on 7 Deadly S{k}ins – Dawn shape for Genus
Hair:  Sintiklia – Hair Amara – Ombres
Tears: Just Magnetized – Crybaby – set 01 (Omega)
Outfit: [WitchCraft] Mikah Teddy (NEW at On9 – until October 20th)
Shoes: [Renegade] Brooke Fatpack (NEW at the Black Fair)
Mirror: Kalopsia – 7 Years Bad Luck Mirror
Room: {RoawenWood} Le Petite Grande Room Skybox

Quotes: “Whisper”, by Evanescence.