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I’m Back with Some Updates – Blogger Secret Santa and more

I'm Back with Some Updates

Hello everyone. I’m back from my hiatus. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to return as I have suffered a big loss in my life and I feel like it has really impacted me. It helps that I have a wonderful support system with my husband and other family and friends to help me get through it in the real world. But I’ve realized that keeping myself busy with the hobby that I love, and interacting with the supportive Second Life community will also help me, so here I am.

A lot of you have reached out and asked me how I’m doing and I appreciate that, thank you. I’d like to keep my loss private, but I do appreciate the words of support that you guys have given me the past few weeks. I will do my best to keep up with my blogging as much as I can.

I see that I’ve missed quite a lot in Second Life while I was away, so here are some updates to things I’ve missed and some things coming up for December.

BVN Blogger & Vlogger Secret Santa Swap

The Blogger Vlogger Network (BVN) is holding a Secret Santa geared towards Second Life bloggers. The concept is getting Second Life bloggers to sign up for the Secret Santa by December 5th and then on December 10th the BVN team will send you your Secret Santa recipient’s name. But what’s different and unique about this Secret Santa swap is that you are not exchanging physical gifts, but blog posts about the person. According to the rules BVN has set, you will need to do your blog post about your Second Life Blogger Secret Santa recipient by December 25th.

I had the idea to do this concept as one of my Monday Memes but I realized it would work better as a Secret Santa and so I passed it along to the BVN team to run it. I figured they would have more reach and do a better job at it. I am definitely going to sign up and participate. They have given the option to collaborate with your Secret Santa recipient or do a blog post about them. Due to lack of time, I will be doing a blog post about my recipient as collaborating is always difficult for me.

I encourage all of you to sign up as well if you are a Second Life blogger. It will be wonderful to see Second Life bloggers promoting one another and getting to know each other this way. Keep an eye out for my Secret Santa blog post some time after December 10th.

Vista Animations Lia Bento Head

While I was away, Vista Animations entered the mesh head market. They released their first female bento head last week, which I am wearing in this post. I will do a full detailed blog post and video about it very soon. For now you can check out the following links for more information:

Subscription Boxes

I wasn’t able to unbox two of my favorite Second Life subscription boxes this month: Luxe Box and Powder Pack Catwa. I will do my best to unbox them next month. The next box I would have unboxed would have been Powder Pack LeLutka on December 1st, but they are skipping this month to rework their schedule and it should be back in the new year.

Atlas-Hopping in Sansar

I have missed the past three episodes of Atlas-Hopping in Sansar, however Draxtor Despres has been doing a wonderful job of continuing the episodes on his own. I have added his episodes to my Atlas Hopping youtube playlist so you can view them all at that link. I hope to be in the next episode alongside Draxtor this coming Saturday at 11am PST.

#SecondLifeChallenge Posts

I have missed the past few #SecondLifeChallenge posts as well and to be honest, because of my circumstances, I am not sure I will be able to do them on a timely basis as I had previously planned. I will do my best to do them when I can each Monday, but forgive me if I miss it sometimes.

Second Life on Reddit

You may not be aware but there is a subreddit on reddit called Second Life. I often share my posts there, but to be honest, most of the people on reddit don’t like the blog spam there so I don’t share as often as I’d like; I do like to read it though. One of the moderators of the subreddit has suggested starting a weekly AmA (Ask me Anything) featuring different Second Life residents. I think it’s a wonderful idea and even though someone did mention my name, I think content creators, event coordinators and other creative residents would be more interesting to ask questions to. I’d love to see more people become active there and participate in these AmAs. So if you don’t have an sl reddit account, create one today and participate if you can.

 

These are all the updates I have so far. Please note that I have received many emails in the past few weeks that I have not had the chance to respond to as of yet. I apologize about that. Thank you so much for reaching out to me. I hope to respond to all of you very soon.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. It was a difficult one for me and my family but I am so thankful for all of the people in my life. I am also thankful for all of your continuous support. ❤

My Style Credits:
Shape: StrawberrySingh.com Lia Shape by Strawberry Singh
*Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle
*Mesh Head: VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA V1 by Vista Barnes
*Skin Applier:  YSYS (comes with head)
*Hair: Tableau Vivant \\ Punky [messy] by M4ri1yn Magic
HairBase: Beusy: Brown # 2 Shaved Hairbase – Omega App. by Colorless
*Mesh Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 by kikunosuke Eel
*Earcuff: ::NOIR::: Drogon Earcuff by noirstore (Whimsical)

Happy Ramadan!

(click here for a raw shot) Depending on where you live (and the moon), the Islamic month of Ramadan will begin in the next couple of days. During this month, muslims from all over the world fast from sunrise till sunset and at the end of the month we have a big celebration called Eid. I […] Continue reading →

Left in the Dark

(click here for a raw shot) (raw shot with necklace) I do want to apologize for the darkness of the images today. I know as a blogger I shouldn’t be doing such dark images but instead they should be more bright and clear so they show the items well, but I don’t do it often! […] Continue reading →

Birds of Paradise

Zaara Kohime has done it again. After all these years she still manages to WOW me again and again. Her ‘Birds of Paradise’ series will be available at Collabor88 on January 8th. The series consists of the Sarika feather earrings which you can see in the first image and the Aletta ear wings which you can […] Continue reading →

Luxuria

(click here for a raw shot) The definition of Luxuria is lust or sexual desire. Personified as one of the deadly sins, it is also the name of a store in Second Life owned by Roslin Petion. Roslin is a brilliant texture artist and her store is known for sensual lingerie. Great thing is that […] Continue reading →

Mix

Mix is a HUD based monthly event that starts on the 1st of each month and features up to 100 of SL’s best brands. Each month designers are to put out items in their mainstores which fall into one of the following categories, “New, Sale or Exclusive.” I think this is a wonderful idea as […] Continue reading →

Happy Ramadan!

Today is the first day of the month of fasting for Muslims around the world. This month is called Ramadan and at the end of the month we have a big celebration called Eid. I try to do a Ramadan and Eid image every occassion, you can check them out in my flickr set. I […] Continue reading →

Spice

This month’s theme for Uber is spice, focusing on South Asian inspired content. My most favorite theme so far! Zaara has released something for the men this round. A Nehru suit and turban. Nehru suits consists of a hip-length tailored jacket with a mandarin collar often worn by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of […] Continue reading →

Long Live the Queen!

Whenever I put on any kind of crown in Second Life, I admit to feeling a bit like royalty. Who wouldn’t though with this crown? It’s just magnificent! Below is a full shot of the crown because even though I love the closeup shot of my face, I really did want to show you the […] Continue reading →

Inspiration Recreation

Arora Zanzibar has been running a blogger/photography challenge so I thought I’d tell you guys about it. I think blog or photography challenges and contests are a great way to find inspiration to create or write on your own. For her challenge every month she shares a series of real world images and asks you […] Continue reading →

Brokenhearted

On Monday I will be 34 years old and I know as you grow older you are supposed to become more mature and sure of yourself, but my mind tends to focus on all the doubts and shortcomings I have. When you’re young you have all these plans…when you hit certain ages you’ll have accomplished […] Continue reading →

Happy Eid!

This is the last day of Ramadan and tomorrow is Eid for me so I wanted to share an Eid picture. I know some celebrated Eid today and some are celebrating tomorrow, so just wanted to wish everyone a very happy and joyous day, whichever day you celebrate! I hope this year brings lots of […] Continue reading →

Immaculate

Immaculate is the exact word I would use to describe some of the hair that is available at Hair Fair this year. I’ve already spent a small fortune there and plan to head back in a week or so and spend a bit more. Hair Fair opens tonight (Saturday the 12th) at midnight, hope you […] Continue reading →