As I am sure I have written about before, I am Latina in RL (Puerto Rican to be specific). As a result, my musical preferences are pretty varied but they *always* include Latin tunes. Thanks to Despacito this has been a summer of Latin Pop and Reggaeton! My son and I can’t get enough of Despacito (and can be caught singing along rather loudly in the car) and a few other Latin hits so naturally I was inspired to create the SL version of me enjoying Despacito!
location | http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hot%20Bodies/75/14/22
pose | Dance 2 by Artis Poses (Tamara Artis)
hair | [DUE] Apollyne V2 // by Fʀᴇʏᴀ (dubled)
jewelry | Chara bangels, Jewel Necklace, Beads long all by Kibitz
top | Tee*fy Emma Top – Maitreya (From a Luxe Box)
shorts | Blueberry – Jimena – Denim Shorts – Maitreya
shoes | #EMPIRE – Lavender – Maitreya
I know it has been a while. I am sure at some point all SL bloggers are like “Sorry everyone, RL!” I seem to say that a lot, but its true. RL is the reason I don’t always blog, which is why I retired from regular blogging so I wasn’t letting designers down. Instead I help Wicca manage her bloggers and do the other things I enjoy in SL with the time RL allows.
I find SL photography to be soothing and I have taken some photos recently that I haven’t placed here on my blog. I suppose I could insert them now in case you missed them, they were all inspired thanks to the latest round of VISIONAIRE. I love being reminded of what tools are available to us in SL to create something we find appealing. I cannot recommend VISIONAIRE enough. It is an incredible experience. Even as someone who has been through it a few times, you always come out with something new each time. What is cool is graduates are allowed to attend future rounds of VISIONAIRE courses at no extra cost and many graduates take advantage of that perk.
My latest image (below) was inspired because I changed my skin again and because I love rompers. I loved my Skinnery skin (above) but I wanted a bit more from the eyebrows…like being able to have a no brow feature, which that particular skin did not have. So now I am wearing an ItGirls skin which I am loving. I pulled out one of my favorite rompers and caught up on all the past Powder Packs for Lelutka and came out with this:
So now let me get bloggie with this…
head | Lelutka Simone
body | Maitreya Lara
skin | ItGirls
hair | Grande (with bangs) by Truth Hair
make up | alaskametro<3 “Lumina” makeup palette – Powder Pack July (Lelutka)
necklace | BALACLAVA!! Tail Feather Necklace (green pheasant) [for FLF 2013.10.04]
romper | :: Purple Moon :: Who Romper Bohemia
pose | Devilish Poses by Linda Reddevil
I didn’t take a close up of the nails but they are by my favorite nail polish designer Giela Delpaso of Nailed It. The set I am wearing is the beach set and it is currently at On9. It also comes with a water set and they work with a lot of hands so chances are they work with your mesh hands!
Today’s post is going to be more of your traditional sort of blog post, though I might just vlog on this topic at some point. Like many of you, I have been feeling VERY strongly about the state of the government in the United States since before the recent election and even more so after it. I have been able to safely assert my view on things (mostly) from my RL/SL Facebook, and I tend to rant a lot to those closest to me in my RL and my SL. I have wanted to make a post like this for a while, but life and hesitation tend to get in the way sometimes. Thankfully I saw Strawberry’s post and was motivated to finally do it.
It is amazing to me how divided we as a nation are. I tend to avoid any political talk, I don’t enjoy conflict or arguing. I am one who will remain quiet until motivated to speak, which usually comes as a result of the insanity of statements made by others. As an American I have taken my right to vote very seriously. I am stunned every election at how many Americans do not care to vote or who think their votes don’t matter. As an educator of young children, I have done my best to instill in my students the importance of being an active citizen. I have mixed feelings about having been out of the classroom during this political season (I went from classroom teacher to instructional coach without a class of my own). For as passionate as I have felt about the issues, I wonder if I could have remained neutral as I have in past elections. I will never know.
I have become an avid listener of all kinds of political podcasts, though I have cut back quite a bit now…for my own sanity. One fact I heard on a podcast a while back was just how much of the voting population elected this man. This man whom I consider a bigot and demagogue (among other things). This man offends me on so many levels. He offends me as a woman, a Latina, and a mother. He offends me as an educator and he offends me as an American. I will never directly call him my president, because he is not. He does not represent me and he does not respect me. I try not to resent those Americans that brought this nightmare into my life. I know they all had their reasons, but he was the wrong choice for the change they were so desperate for. This man’s election is a low point in American history and American democracy. Nearly HALF of the voting population DID NOT VOTE. This man won with 25% and the electoral college. Voter turn out has been a long standing issue, I know that. I just am stunned that just 25% of the voters in this country decided this bigoted demagogue was what was best for America.
I am a Democrat (shocker, I know). I had never labeled myself anything more than that..liberal, left, whatever…just Democrat. But I am feeling more left than ever. I have never been an activist. I have never shared my political views publicly, that’s just not polite right? Well, the times have clearly changed. I am more vocal than I ever have been when it comes to politics, because people need to wake up and do something, myself included.
As an RL friend of mine likes to say on her podcast, I am WOKE. I am activated, I will take action. I will be an even more active part of the democracy I live in. I am a part of the resistance.
hair: Lelutka – HF03 Naturals
makeup: Izzie’s – I’m not feeling well mascara & smeared lipstick
shirt: Coded – Knotted Tank (Dump Trump 16) safety pin & button badge: Ameta Amiot (creator)
jewelry: Kibitz – Chara bangles in silver
tattoo – Damned – Shattered
pants: Larry Jeans – Laced Leather Pants – black
One of the fun things I want do do with my 2017 is VLOG! So many others in RL and SL have fun with it that I thought I could try my hand at it too!
I enjoy being creative and making videos, though I am definitely more of a hobbyist than a pro. I have made video tutorials for my students and that is about it. Vlogging my SL would give me a different experience with video creation that I think I would enjoy.