The Beckoning. – Enchantment, Ultra, Secret Affair, Uber, Collabor88, Fantasy Collective

She could feel it rising behind her, its gravitational force shifting the weight of the cool, damp air around her. These tiny shifts felt as if they crackled along the surface of her dark skin. That skin which was dark as the night which shrouded her during the beginnings of her ritual. As First Sorcerer, the ritual was her responsibility and, therefore, her burden.

Throughout the night, she moved with the gravitational forces, tugged at them, beckoning them to come forward. She sauntered and dipped, staffs twirling about her, glowing like night larks. It was surprising how fluidly she moved, considering the ornate ceremonial wings which hung heavily from her back. But she did not seem burdened by them as continued the ritual for hours, her power drawing the planetary body up behind her, forcing worlds to move, governing the heavenly bodies as if she were a god.

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Bloglings, in case you haven’t heard, yet (why haven’t you been reading my blog?!), Enchantment closes on the 31st. So, get your pixel booties over there because these wings from Glitzz are absolutely gorgeous. They are delicate and ornate and extremely versatile with a color change HUD. Clearly, you need to pop on over so you can be the fairy princess unicorn you’ve always dreamed of being. Collabor88 is also closing, so stop on by and pick up this bikini from Fashionably Dead (who are now doing mesh body fits!).

While some good things are coming to a lovely end, new beautiful things open to fill the void in our inventory and delightfully consumerist hearts which replace love with things pretty things. So, don’t forge to stop by the new round of Uber where you will find this floral motif tattoo in metallic tones from Uber. It looks amazing against dark skin tones. Also, there is this very functional and and simple maxi skirt from Just Because. I’m certain I’ll be wearing it often. Then at the Fantasy Collective, I snapped up this gorgeous collar from Aisling. I just wish I could get everything they make delivered to my inventory directly.

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Because I love options and the ability to change my mind at ridiculous rates without reaping the consequences out on my Linden balance, I am going to show you the many options you get with the Glitzz wings and Aisling collar. Their HUDs:

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Dramatic – Enchantment and Whimsical

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world. – Marilyn Monroe

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Hello again, bloggettes! Enchantment is still open! If you haven’t stopped by, you really need to. Azoury made this lovely avant garde headpiece that looks like a hydrangea flower. The texturing and geometry on it is amazing. Truth also released this lovely hair which comes with a little crown (not pictured). So, please don’t forget to stop by before it closes on the 31st.

Whimsical also just opened this week. It has these amazing heels from Garbaggio, which are so strange and interesting and different. There are tons of really cute and lovely things there, so get your pixels teleportin’.

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My Subscription Addiction – The Luxe Box

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Have you been in SL recently? If you have, then you know what I’m about to blather on about for the next ten minutes or so in this post. If you don’t, you can get more information about the Luxe Box here.  You have probably already formulated your own opinion, but hear me out. I’m not a crazy person. I’m just an addict with a love of subscription boxes telling her version of SL silliness that has no real bearing on anything important (let’s be open here). #firstworldproblems

This is the point at which I stand up in the borrowed room in the back of a church with a circle of cheap folding chairs. The smell of burnt coffee weighs heavily in the air and one gentleman in particular is stirring his incessantly. I can’t stop watching the tiny black cyclone he is creating with the white stirrer. Tiny droplets of the bad brew dripping down the sides, leaving little trails which depict their journey. I clear my throat nervously, my voice is meek and embarrassed and I remove my gaze from the black hole of the man’s coffee to my feet. “Hello, my name is Muse, and I have a subscription addiction.”

I love subscription boxes in real life. I have purchased the Loot Crate in the past. I now get the Birch Box. I have purchased the Nerd Block and the Baker’s Box for other people.

When one of these boxes is on the way, I receive an email. For a few days, I have something to look forward to. It isn’t much. It is a bit silly, I know. But it is a little surprise for myself. A box of things picked for me by someone else (the entity unknown). It is a bit romantic and silly. Practically, I know they aren’t chosen for me specifically. I’m okay with telling myself a silly narrative to bring a smile to my face.

Then the day arrives. The box is at my door. I get to open the package, and this is the best part. It is full of small gifts. They are little sample packs. Tiny toys. Maybe a baby tee. I can lay out the beauty products. Decide if they are something I can use (if it is a product for curly hair, for instance, it won’t be for me). I can try a new perfume. See if this lotion leaves behind an oily residue or not. I can try to discover what game or comic this little figure it from. Spend time researching it and learn about something in geek culture. The tee isn’t a color I would choose, but after pondering it I realize I have a sweater I can wear with it to make it super cute.

For at least an hour of my life, I get to try new products that I would have never gone to a store and chosen for myself. I get to learn new things. I get to experiment with color or product types that I would have never thought to try before. It is like experiencing the taste of someone very different than yourself. They have excellent taste, but it just isn’t something that is a part of you. The beauty in this, is that there is this chance, this beautiful chance, that it may become a part of you. Expanding your horizons, changing how you see yourself, what you know, what you’ve experienced, how you define yourself by the color of a tee or the smell of a perfume. These are tiny, insignificant things. However, it is often the accumulation of these small things which make up our sense of identity. Besides, they make me smile.

So, the Luxe Box for the low, low price of 1000L (a cup of coffee) made me smile. I’m not sure that the incessant complaining in groups comes from people who appreciate the experience of a subscription box. They don’t seem to understand that a subscription box isn’t intended to be a box of items you would have walked into a store and picked out for yourself. If that is what you want to do, go to a store and pick things out for yourself. It isn’t intended to be a full product line. They are tiny samples, little glimpses of a life you didn’t choose for yourself. A strange but very well textured color of hair that you now can try to work into a look, try to be a little different, try to expand the narrow definition by which you defined yourself. Maybe it is spring colored dress, but your soul is as dark as burnt coffee. But in this moment, when you’re unpacking a subscription box, you get to be a little lighter, a little freer. Or perhaps, it is a whimsical bed, that doesn’t match your industrial loft but you surprise yourself by liking it. Now, you want to change your whole build. Or maybe it is a pair of shoes that you decide you hate and will never incorporate into your style. This is all part of the experience for which you paid. This is the joy and the folly of a subscription box. It isn’t about getting what you want at the store. It is about getting what someone else wants for you. It is about experiencing that moment when we can redefine ourselves, see ourselves as a little different than we previously envisioned.

Self-identity is a very strange thing. In SL we can be anything we wish to be (aesthetically speaking) and, yet, we continue to define ourselves so narrowly. The definition becomes so strict that we can’t imagine wearing a different color hair or dress. Maybe you need a subscription box to help you out? Help you change things a little. Maybe you don’t, but please don’t ruin your experience. Don’t ruin that moment of  self-exploration because you didn’t get a fatpack of everything in the box; that was never the intention. Don’t ruin your experience because everything in the box isn’t something you would have purchased if you went to a store to pick them out. If you want that, go to a store and pick things out. You don’t need a subscription box for that.

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Inside this particular box were twelve items from twelve different designers for 1000L. That is less than a hundred linden per item, which is an amazing deal. Everything was of the quality indicative of the creators which we knew in advance were going to be involved. So, maybe subscription boxes aren’t for you. That is okay to admit. But, as any addict would say, I’m ready for my next hit. One month seems so far away.

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Want to know more about May’s Luxe Box? See Strawberry Singh’s post which includes a really cute video of her opening her new goodies. <here>

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Dancing Tulip – Enchantment

Daisy: What kind of a garden do you come from?
Alice: Oh, I don’t come from any garden.
Daisy: Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?

– Alice in Wonderland (Disney film version)

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Enchantment opens on the 14th! This is one of my favorite events because I adore fairy tales. Last round the theme was The Last Unicorn. This round it is Thumbelina. There are so many cute items. One of my favorite is this dress by Zibska, which comes in standard, Bellesa Venus and Isis, and SLink Physique and Hourglass sizing for the dress base. The skirt itself is not rigged. It also come with a color change HUD for your indecisive pleasure.

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Waiting – Collabor88, Hairology, Cosmopolitan

People knew her at the best hotels in the most beautiful cities of the world. She was known for her beautiful face and smoldering eyes, and even more so for the wealthy man’s arm whom she inevitably adorned.

However, despite all the accommodations that wealth can afford, she almost always remained in the room. She waited for her wealthy benefactor to return, to hold her, to bring her expensive gifts, to use her as she used them. Never did she leave and she only ordered room service when required. She hated the eyes of disdain. The staff all knew what she was, just as she knew what she was. And those eyes, which pried and begged for answers, those eyes which wondered how she could sell herself in such a manner, those eyes begged questions she didn’t want to answer. But she already had the answer deep inside, hiding in a trove she dare not search out. When you have nothing, when you’re starving in the streets, why not sell the one thing you have of value for the luxury of silk sheets?

Those prying eyes told her the same thing she had already known, had been told her whole life. Her beauty was the only thing of value, and she sold it at an exorbitant cost.

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There are three anniversary/birthday events this month. So, don’t forget to stop by FaMESHed, Chapter 4, and We Love Roleplay to pick up your gifties!

This round of Collabor88 is lovely; the theme is New Americana, which seems to translate into some lovely bohemian items. Apple May Designs is a guest designer and they released this lovely bra and panties set. It comes in Maitreya, SLink Physique and Hourglass, and Belleza Freya and Isis Sizes.

I also picked up these amazing shoes by R.icielli at the Cosmopolitan Showroom, which come with an amazing color changing HUD for all the different parts. While you’re there, Breathe also has some beautiful shoes out.

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I don’t often wear Emo-tions hair. I can’t seem to find a shade that I like to wear on a regular basis with them. However, this hair released at Hairology was the inspiration for this whole post. It is so glamorous

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Vernal Fae – FaMESHed Anniversary

She drifted, wings lightly fluttering behind her. The wings themselves did not hold her weight above the field of flowers. Instead, another force held her aloft while the aubergine wings propelled her forward. The layers of feathers in her wings looked like strips of satin, which rippled in the breeze, shimmering under the warm, soft light of the breaking Spring sun.

This was her time. That moment before the serotinal fae came to dry up the land and steal the flowers. As she drifted along the field grasses stretched up to greet her and flowers struggled to bloom, wanting to show her their petaled faces. She felt their tickling touch along her arms and legs as she drifted, waking up the land from the long winter.

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Hello, bloggettes! FaMESHed opened a bit late this month on the second due to some technical difficulties. However, they are open and ready for business now. It is an anniversary round with many presents, so stop by grab some freebies, and purchase some lovely items.

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Encounter with a Night Fae

I had never seen one of her kind before. Night fae hid from light, and we humans gather around it like insects begging for warmth and salvation. So, when I stumbled upon her in the forest which stretched out from the backdoor of my own home, I was startled. I did not know they settled so closely to my home. And in the depths of the darkness that closed around the whole forest, I distrusted my very own eyes. Even I know that human eyes are fickle things, only capable of seeing what they wish to see.

Her skin looked like the thick smoke that billowed from chimneys above the cabins in our town, simultaneously dark and luminous, as it hung placid in the winter air. Translucent wings twitched, luminescence glowing from within and casting a strange aura around her cinereous skin.

Eyes, undaunted by my sudden appearance in the dark landscape, looked towards me. It felt as if they sought me out, grasped at the edges of my soul to determine my virtue, or lack thereof. I do not know if her eyes emanated the same glow which cast itself about from her wings, or if it was a reflection of the magic which she contained in the palm of her hand. The magic remained steady, lighting up her face which seems soft and kind but somehow distant, even as she stared at me with those cerulean eyes which tugged at my thoughts. Her mere gaze felt like an invasion, but it was difficult to concentrate as the glow of magic in her palm grew, pulsing and oscillating. It drew me in, captured me as I stood transfixed before the beautiful, delicate creature.

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Bloglings! How I have missed you! A couple weeks ago, Muse was finally returned to me. The account was fixed. Linden Labs told me that she had an inventory bug, but it has now been resolved. It is a bit strange how accustomed and comfortable one becomes with a chosen identity. And it was so bizarre not having her around. I have spent the last couple weeks getting reacquainted with her inventory. I don’t remember all the new things I had purchased or where I had left off. I have also been really attempting to purge things. My inventory went from 130K to 93K, I would like to get lower and will be working on that.

So, while doing that, I updated my drow fairy. Nothing in this photo is particularly new, but they are things I love, and I just wanted to take a quick snap of the avatar.

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The skin here is from Alterego. They make some of my favorite fantasy skins right now. If you’re interested, please demo the skins. The faces are much lighter than the body and this can look a bit strange, if you aren’t accustomed to it. This is how the skins were intended, they blend together beautifully from the body to the head.

The wings are from Amalgamation and are some of my favorite fae wings. I may be biased because my best friends created them, but they are beautiful and come with so many options, including animations.I wanted to show a quick gif of them here, since I haven’t done that before. The animation is a bit quicker in world, was lagging a bit due to the recording.

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Strange Thoughts – My Public Space

Hello again, bloglings. Unfortunately, my account multimuse has been broken for almost a month now. The original ticket was opened on March 4th. So, it has felt like being in limbo. Apparently, tech is still working on the ticket. At this point, I am waiting for a response from the engineers, because she is totally fucked. How long it will take to receive this response, is unknown. Until then, I can only wait without receiving any updates on the matter, unless I open a chat specifically.

Anyhow, what all of this means is that I do no have access to my inventory. So, I am doing what I can in the meantime. When this occurred, I was in the process of setting up a new build for Strange Thoughts. Right now it is this scifi build, of which I hope you enjoy the snaps. It is a public build, and you are welcome to visit here.

When creating this build, I imagined a nerd in the future. So, there is tons of tech, new and old mixed together. There is also bits of food stuffs, left behind by someone deep in thought, lost in her own mind-or just distracted by a shiny new game. I really hope you enjoy the build. It will be changing shortly. So, stop by while you can.

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A nerd’s workspace.

Metamorphosis – Enchantment, Whimsical, and a lil Hentai Fair

The magic held and lifted her. Its cool touch filled her body, lingering on the surface and then delving deep inside; it chilled deep within and emanated from her translucent skin. The new body (her new body?) trembled as the magic tranformed her into a human. Her own body became strange and foreign. Her hands and feet, arms and legs, even her face was not her own. And in this body she could feel the slow march of death inside of her, feel it crawling along her skin, feel it deep in the pit of her stomach, and etched at the corners of her mind. Death shrouded her, reminding her of its imminence with each flickering second; immortality stolen by the casting of a single spell.

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Hello again, bloggettes! Enchantment is still open and they still have amazing and beautiful things. Want to know more about Enchantment? Visit their website here. I picked up these really lovely bracers from Plastik there. They come in a veritable plethora of colors. A plethora, I say! And like everything aisling does, this alicorn necklace is absolutely gorgeous and comes with a color change hud for metals and the gemstone.

I also stopped by the new event Whimsical. Whimsical likes to tickle your whimsy…whether that is contemporary or fantasy, decor or clothing and accessories. It is a lovely event. For the dudes out there, they also have this amazing Gabriel suit gacha which has this leather harness as a rare and a nice hair (with animations!). So, don’t forget to stop by and be tickled. You can read more about their event on their website or just hop on over and start shopping.

*Lowers her voice* And for those of you who might be into it, not that I am, but for those of you who might be…no judgement…it isn’t for me…but no judgement…Hentai Fair opened. No, not for me at all. I don’t like cute and strange things.

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la petite morte released this absolutely ethereal skin at Enchantment this round. You can purchase either Lelutka or Catwa appliers for it and they come with both Maitreya and SLink appliers. It is a very lovely pale, white. So soft. And you can wear it with or without Almathea’s horn mark on the forehead, but why would you ever wear it without? Silly mortals.

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