“My head’s above the rain and roses”

So, I had an eventful week. I had a birthday. I went to a workshop. I learned that I’m a ‘get appreciated’ personality type (according to the workshop). Good stuff huh? Although, that’s not the most important take away from this week. I also learned I could pass for a real life Laurie should I ever want to change my name.

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The workshop dude thought my name was Laurie. When I first started working with one of my co-workers, she called me Laurie and called another co-worker Lisa whose name was Laurie. I know what you’re thinking because I thought about it for a bit. Unforgettable was my first thought, so I had to do some digging. I mean, my self-esteem was on the line!

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I decided a name is just a name. Sometimes, I don’t feel like a Lisa (my formal name is actually Alisa; huh lol), and I feel more like a Laylah. Then there are days I feel like Sunshine. I don’t feel like a Jasmine anymore, though. Those days are over.¬†The moral of my story? Sorry, but I don’t have one. This story is only beginning (or at least in the middle of the book).ūüėČ

I’m wearing
Outfit: Egoisme Elisa Pants and Sweater
Hair: Exile:: Snow Fall (L) @ The Arcade December 
Shoes: *katat0nik* (white / LT) Strap Boot (former Arcade item)
Body Parts: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara and LAQ Mesh Head Trinity
Props: CurelessAmore: /Surrealisme/ Manifeste Balloon (former Arcade item) and Moon Amore: Frozen Xmas/ Snowy Wearable @ The Arcade December
Poses: Del May Little Breath and Aloft
Location: Days of O

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“Pieces of peace in the sun’s peace of mind.”

November flew. For the most part, it was a blurry month for me. Now, Designer Showcase‘s November round is almost over too. ¬†Have you made it there yet?

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Designer Showcase is a monthly fashion event that features exclusive designs by all types of designers across the grid. FurtaCor’s Leticia Tunic is perfect for fall weather. At least, it still feels like fall to me. That’s Vegas! We love layers.

Click here for a lift to Designer Showcase!

I’m wearing:
Outfit: FurtaCor*Leticia Tunic and Shoes for Maitreya @ Designer ShowcaseNovember
Stockings: Izzie’s – Maitreya Lara – Applier Cozy Tights
Body Parts: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara and LAQ Mesh Head Trinity
Hair: [monso] My Hair – Sinbi_
Pose: **Manifeste** РModel_730

Sunshine is wearing:
Outfit: FurtaCor*Leticia Tunic for Maitreya @ Designer ShowcaseNovember
Shoes: Baiastice_Gill Stretch Boots-Cotton Tan
Body Parts: Body Parts: LeLutka Head Stella and Maitreya Body Lara
Hair: Exile Walking on Sunshine
Jewelry: Tres Beau Jemma
Pose:  Gemma Pose 2 РLabel Motion

Location: Old Italy, La Perla

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“Light of a Silhouette, [s]he’s insubordinate.”

sublimal-mind-trump-americaI know many people are sick of the election and now that it’s over, I cannot deny it. The results¬†devastated¬†me. In fact, I haven’t been able to do much until now. Well, I have gone to work and all, but I mean my creative juices were shot because I felt as though ¬†I was lost. If I ever told anyone to just accept the results and move on, I’m sorry that I didn’t realize how you felt until now. Indeed, it super sucks!¬†in-a-land-of-make-believeSo with the current agenda, I felt as though I was missing out on current events because I wasn’t an active Twitter user, so I decided to really understand Twitter after the results. I have concluded it pisses me off. It’s never been a social platform that was geared to me because of the character limit. The limit doesn’t piss me off, though. It’s the amount of bullshit, vitriol, and what the fuck moments ¬†that spread like wildfires.¬†shes-a-rebelAnd it pisses me off because it totally sucked me in. Not only on¬†Twitter but chiming in on random¬†articles that spoke to me. While me getting sucked in isn’t anyone’s fault but my own, it’s fucked up because I want to believe I can change it. Although, I did have a nice Twitter conversation with an opposite perspective.¬†i-beg-to-dream-and-differ-from-the-hollow-liesShe popped my Twitter argument cherry.¬†I appreciated that exchange¬†because it felt like a genuine conversation. She was (is) an undercover Chop Zuey Moksha¬†pearl. Did it convince me to use Twitter as the ultimate outlet for my real self? Uh, no. It’s too fucking weird out there right now. I think?dont-wanna-be-an-american-idiotMaybe it always was, and I was just naive. Maybe it isn’t, and it’s just the regular aftermath but in an online, thus all over the place, social networking environment. Regardless of what it is, I had to come back to my safe place. Silver lining? It’s selfish, so sorry bout that! I can safely say that I’m still a #nastywoman. Where that ideology takes me, well, “coming at you on the count of one two (one, two, three, four).”ūüėČ

I’m wearing
Jewelry: Chop Zuey Moksha Pearl Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings @ Designer Showcase November (Thank you Belle! )
Heels: Lindy Blair for Maitreya in BlackPat @ Designer Showcase November
Outfit: PurpleMoon Adele in White
Hair: Vanity Hair::Bye Bae-Browns
Body Parts: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara and LAQ Mesh Head Trinity
Poses: (1) Miamai_Model Pose_Tiny Monster 01; (2) & (3) Label Motion; and (4) Del May.

Location: Ironwood Hills 
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“When the darkness moves in and speaks of mystery.”

Dear Diary, It was a Sunday, the 30th of October.

“The world as I had known was forever doomed. The shadows that had sheltered me were banished by the blinding light of scrutiny. I knew I was about to enter the gates of Hell. But like the inescapable pull of gravity, there was nothing I could do about it.”

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Dear Diary, I have seen my future and it is black and white and wrapped in silk.

“I never thought my escape from darkness could be so complete. I found myself in the middle of a movie star’s palace. Elsa’s tent is the epitome of glamour. There is only one law here– the bigger the star, the bigger the tent. Glorious freedom. For the first time in my life, I dare to imagine myself surrounded by beauty.”

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SCALA‚ĄĘ presents FREAKSHOW ‚Äď Carnivale and it’s on from now until November 13th. If you want to see the two-week itinerary, click here¬†If you’re dying to get your hands on Glitter’s exclusive piece for the event, click here to shop inworld.¬†

I’m wearing

Outfit: Glitter Freak (includes purse by MyBags and makeup by Alge) @ Freakshow Carnivale
Hair: *Pink Hustler* disordered hair // 3 (Gacha Item)
Shoes: KC Couture Mina for Maitreya Lara  
Body parts:  Maitreya Mesh Body Lara, Slink hands, and Catwa  Mesh Head Tumble
Pose:  **Manifeste** РModel_693 and DelMayРStandpoint (arm variant)
Location: Disturbia

Post inspiration, title, and text from American Horror Story Freak Show.

“We are all born superstars…”

And it is up to each individual to make that a reality. Okay, it isn’t that easy, but it is the time of year where Halloween can help one be who he or she wants to be! I love Halloween for that very reason.

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Glitter’s Fierce Corset is waiting for you at October’s Swank event. I’m fiddling with the makeup by Alge’s¬†Design. I’m having problems using the Omega applier. Some parts show up as bare. It’s not Alge, it’s me, so take that with a grain of salt. Just know the makeup on my face does not represent what could be.

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Click here for a lift to Swank and join me in the countdown to Halloween.

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I’m wearing
Outfit: Glitter Fierce Corset @ Swank (October)
Shoes: Renegade. Mendes OTB РBlack
Hair: enVOGUE Hair- Milly
Jewelry: Moondance Boutique Venom Marquise Cluster Earrings and Ring @ Designer Showcase (October)
Nails: DaneMarkZ РMaitreya nails РFashionably Dead @ Designer Showcase (October)
Body Parts: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara and LAQ Mesh Head Trinity
Poses: (1)¬†(marukin) [bulgarianrose] seeming disappointment @ Collabor88 (2) I took this pic awhile back, so can’t remember the name for the life of me (a kind of cool but long title for a future pose)
Props: High Society Halloween Gacha @ Boudoir

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“Don’t let me get me…”

It’s too late for a work night, so this means I have already had a bad start to my Friday morning if I internalize the past 45 minutes.

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The future can be scary. Sometimes I psych myself out and think more about work than I’m paid for. ¬†Don’t get me started on what I think about life about on a daily basis because I cannot define self-inflicted silliness.

I’m wearing
Outfit: Snowpaws  Annika Tier Gown in Red @ Designer Showcase (October)
Hair: D!va Erika in Citrine
Body Parts: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara and LAQ Mesh Head Trinity
Jewelry: Moondance Boutique Venom Solitare Cluster Ring and Solitare Tear Drop Bracelet @ Designer Showcase (October)
Shoes: Pure Poison – Jara Sandals – Maitreya

Pose: *agapee** Gown 325

Location: MeshWorx III

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“There is more than one kind of freedom…Freedom to and freedom from…”

I’m writing to you #NastyWoman. After the last and final presidential debate, I felt that spark. ¬†I’ll probably write a long and rambling post about that moment of enlightenment. Apologies in advance.

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I’m wearing:
Dress: PurpleMoon Creations Velvet Dress for Maitreya @ Designer Showcase (October)
Hair: Exile Wherever I Go
Rings: Moondance Boutique Venom Marquise Cluster Ring and Venom Tear Cluster Ring @ Designer Showcase (October)
Necklace: Yiver Twila Open Collar
Body Parts: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara and LAQ Mesh Head Trinity

Sunshine is wearing:
Dress: PurpleMoon Creations Velvet Dress for Maitreya @ Designer Showcase (October)
Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Jestina @ Hairology
Necklace: RYCA Choker LSG Gold
Body Parts: LeLutka Head Stella and Maitreya Body Lara

Pose: Focus Poses Friends Pose 24

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“Your hand is all I have to keep me hanging on”

The emotion is real, but the photo below isn’t reality. If it was real, I (Lisa¬†Laylah) would be eye level with my husband (Kevin TacoLover). And the little cream chihuahua (Annabelle) would be loudly¬†playfully barking in the tan chihuahua’s face (Loki).

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Image Essentials’ “Love Everlasting” couple poses are the first of three in Kay Weston’s series and available at Designer Showcase for 150L apiece. The poses are modifiable so had I decided to take my real life height into Second Life, I would be eye to eye with Taco.

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But, I’m short all real life day long, so I want to be an amazon in SL! Seriously, this set is really sweet. I love all poses, but sometimes I just want sweet, tender couple poses in SL that represent the vulnerability and faith real life relationships often have.

@TacoKevin, I’m sorry I forgot to mention my new shoes. If it helps, they are part of my upcoming birthday plan. @Reader, if you made it this far, thanks for listening..ūüėČ

I’m wearing:
Outfit: PRISM Ladonna Jacket, Pants, and Shoes @ Designer Showcase (October 2016)
Jewelry: Moondance Boutique Venom @ Designer Showcase (October 2016)
Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Aloisi
Body Parts: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara and LAQ Mesh Head Trinity

Taco is wearing:
Outfit: PRISM for men Dorian @ Designer Showcase (October 2016)
Shoes: Nasir
Hair: [INK] Hair BOP in Brown (The Arcade September 2016)
Body Parts: Slink Physique Mesh Body and Evian Alessio Mesh Head

Poses: Image Essentials – Love Everlasting V2 and V3 @ Designer Showcase (October 2016)
Pups: Birdy РRoyal Pets (The Arcade September 2016)

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“The Boulevard of Broken Dreams: I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies…”

So I’m reading clips from the first presidential debate, and it’s scary. Typically, I vote Democrat, but I am not opposed to voting outside of my selected party. Considering I’m not well versed in politics, I’m not trying to start a fight, but oh my gosh…if one was going strictly by that debate, America only has one reasonable choice, and that’s the scary part.

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When I first heard of Donald Trump’s plans to run for president, I told my hubby we had to get ready to vote for either Hilary Clinton or Trump in the end. Seriously, lol, I thought there was a secret campaign in that there was no campaign. Instead, Trump would be a hot mess, and there was no other choice but to vote Clinton, but the government was in on it. I know social media is a mainstay, so I can appreciate candidates using it as a platform, but damn, can you imagine if Trump was president and one of his Twitter wars led to World War III? Okay, that probably wouldn’t happen lol, but who knows anymore. =:-O

I’m wearing

Dress: Glitter Eternal in Black (Exclusive for Swank)
Hair: Exile Hot (The Arcade September 2016)
Body Parts: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara and LAQ Mesh Head Trinity
Jewelry:¬†{Reverie} “Glasswings’ Collection – #8 Blue Glasswing Necklace (The Arcade September 2016)
Props: Cureless amore: / Surrealisme / L’Aura (Butterflies) in Gold (The Arcade September 2016);¬†Anc Ltd. ‚Äď Miniature Heaven Swans and Mannequins (The Arcade September 2016); and Birdy¬†Boudoir Mannequin Set (The Arcade September 2016)
Background: Scarlet Creative Venice Palazzo Vinci (The Arcade September 2016)
Pose: Glitter Poses Simple Girl 6 (Exclusive for Swank)

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How to learn from experience II: “You look like my next mistake.”

Keep moving. Or do what I do and stick to the same pattern! Actually, it’s what I used to do. I wrote about Taylor Swift (TS) songs and one of my first heartbreaks in my last post, so I figured why stop now?¬†Before I married the real love of my life, I dated. Some dates were casual and some turned into relationships like my two CKs. The two CKs in my life were very different, but they also had something in common. I went shopping all the time. Okay, that’s not the commonality, but I did shop a lot in those days lol.

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I was married to one CK. Think of TS’s song “Style.” That was us. Off and on and really (no really) bad for one another. As for the other CK, I can’t think of a TS song that represents that relationship. Maybe “I knew you were trouble?” ¬†I was going through a really rough patch (divorce from the first CK and a legal thing), so the song doesn’t really describe all of my emotions.¬†It’s probably more accurate to say it was TS’s monologue before the video starts.

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At the time, CK 2 made me feel alive because CK 1 made me want to die, so yeah it was a feeling like I didn’t know if I was “ever gonna feel that way again. But I [didn’t] know if I should.” In retrospect, it’s really sad that feeling ‘alive’ was important to me, but now that I’m thinking of it, I did watch Dawson’s Creek DVDs 24/7 at that time. Apparently, experience does not negate my inner drama queen and media feeds my demons.

Perhaps that’s why I find TS’s lyrics so relatable. When some people feel, we feel it in our bones and it¬†hurts affects¬†everything around us. Actually, I just realized I have half a TS song for my husband.

I’m wearing

Outfit: Egoisme РLeather Bodysuit for Maitreya in Pink Leather (Fat Pack offers alternative colors and texture)
Jewelry:¬†Dark Mouse Vintage 50’s Pearl & Diamond Earrings
Hair:¬†D!va Hair “Gabriella” in Citrine
Body Parts: LAQ Head Trinity and Maitreya Body Lara,
Pose(s): oOo Studio city_five_m and Manifeste- Model_730
Background: Birdy Boudoir Clothing Rack and  Divider Screen @ The Arcade September 2016