. enfant du monde .

Dans cette douce souffrance.
Dont j’ai payé toutes les offenses
Ecoute comme mon cœur est immense
Je suis une enfant du monde

Zibska - Ulfa Sangue

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Complete outfit: Ulfa (Sangue) by Zibska
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Zibska - Sora

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Complete Outfit: Sora by Zibska
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Zibska - Imogen Necklace

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Necklace: Imogen by Zibska – available @ l’accessories
Hair: Ninel updo by Zibska
Eyeshadow: Ingzi (indigo) by Zibska – comes in 11 colors.
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Je remue le ciel le jour, la nuit
Je danse avec le vent la pluie
Un peu d’amour un brin de miel
Et je danse, danse, danse, danse, danse,danse
Et dans le bruit, je cours et j’ai peur
Est ce mon tour?
Vient la douleur…
Dans tout paris, je m’abandonne
Et je m’en vole, vole, vole, vole, vole

D I K T A T O R.

DIKTATOR2048

Name says all. This is the brand new Diktator creation (classic version) Comes in two versions, this one and Avant-Garde. A Must Have!

Wearing Diktator Punk Shoes – Classic Version.

 

other items:

CHAIR | Abiss – La Scala – White

HAIR | Adoness : Valasca – Mohogany

ASHTREY & CIGS | Hermony

 

Soon will be featured the Avant-Garde version! Keep looking our Closet.

 

Thank you Usermane for your amazing shoes. <3

 

di

meet Scarlet!

Never stop to amaze me… The textures, the colors, the originality, the trend… DIRAM always has something spectacular to present to us! And this time is no wrong… djod Karu just made amazing hats, and Gown skirts and this armor I couldn’t resist on blogging.

DIRAM Armor

– Scarlet Armor in Black and Gold

– Scarlet Skirt & Body – Gold

– Scarlet Mask – Laced

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Better go check the other creations on DIRAM:

Victoria & Amanda Dresses… You’ll be surprised!

 

Thank you djod <3

Di

 

. genesis .

So late in the week, I’m going to answer Berry’s monday meme at the end of this post – and also present a new brand in SL fashion scene.
Sundaara Designs

Sundaara’s store is already open, worth to take a very good look at it and add something super to your closet. Even though her outfits come in several colors, I chose to show you to black ones; anyway, take a good look at your favorite colors once you get to her store.

Sundaara - Baroq

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| Dress: Baroq (in clack) – Sundaara Designs
| Shoes: Kourtney (black) – {TARAshoes} by May Vayandar
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Inspired by Elie Saab latest creations in real life, Sundaara designed this amazing gown.
Sundaara - Ellie Dress

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| Dress: Elie Gown (in black) – Sundaara Designs
| Headpiece: Fascinator (part of Inkeri outfit) by Zibska
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Next and to bring out the sexy chic in you *smiles*
Sundaara Halter

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| Dress: Halter Sequin (in black) – Sundaara Designs
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Definitely worth the while to take a look at Sundaara’s store; these creations come in several colors; pick your choice and, of course, there’s much more for you to see and get fashionably chic.

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And well, this week has been so incredibly – I was going to say busy, but I prefer to call it “full” – that only today did I have my time to answer Berry’s last mondays Meme – Introspection. So, here it goes.

1 – Regardless of your current number, how old do you actually feel? – Good question *smiles* I’m 47 but, honestly, I have no idea what “being 47″ means in terms of how I feel. I’m the same person I was when I was 20, 30, 35; yes, more experienced and hopefully more mature.

2 – Which is worse, failing or never trying? – For me, never trying. No matter what the result is going to be, I really don’t like to have “what if’s” in my life; what if I had done that? ; do I accept this person in my life, what if I’m going to get hurt? ; so, I am totally okay with failing, but not okay with those huge questions marks over our heads , sometimes in my life. I just give it a go; does it work? Good. It didn’t work? Good too, one more lesson learned.

3 – If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? – Actually, nothing. I’m over those 40 years now *smiles* and good to 40 more to come. No regrets, I wouldn’t change a thing.

4 – Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? – I try not to be worried. I mean the term “worried” is quite heavy for me. What I do is just think if I do this who will I affect? Positively or negatively? Sometimes, I just don’t care, honestly. If the result is going to be “negative”, or I’m aware I’m going to hurt someone, I still do it. The most important thing for me is … whatever I do, I want to do it right, no matter what. I do my best to keep my thinking away from fake morals I was taught when I was a little girl, and if I have to tell somebody how I feel and know in advance I’ll hurt the person, I’ll do it. I accept the fact that I can be mean and I’m darn good at it! The opposite is also true, I’m good at what I do always, as long as I act according to how I’m feeling. No matter what. The right thing for me to do is be myself always.

5 – Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? – A joyful simpleton, no doubts about it. The word “genius” doesn’t mean necessarily have a high IQ… just saying ;) Emotional intelligence has proven to be more efficient that IQ measurement. And usually the words “genius” and “worried” don’t go hand in hand. Those we call geniuses are usually totally out of this world, disregard society rules, forget daily things that are routine for the most of us. So, geniuses aren’t usually “worried” people.

6 – Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? – Oh yes! Even more important than any romantic relationship, friendship comes first for me. I’m loyal to the extreme, my friends know I’m always here and if I cannot be at a certain moment, I will inform them. My friends know I don’t lie, I’ll tell them what I think or feel right in their faces, not in their backs. My friends know if they tell me something private, it stays with me. Fortunately, I have some people that give all this back at me; they are very few and those are my friends. The rest are acquaintances and I’m quite a social person, love a good chat *smiles*

7 – Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now? – I remember, yes. 5 years ago, 8 years ago, one year ago, 20 years ago. If it matters now? Yes, it does, I’m not going to lie. There is only one way for upsetting things not to matter; forget them (to forget means we got over them) . Honestly, many of them I chose not to forget, cause I want those upsetting things present, as reminders.

8 – At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? – Oh so many times!! Ahh recent past, okay *laughs* This past week in real life, my goodness! *smiles* Right now I can’t talk about it, I’m still feeling that emotional rush of joyfulness, I kind of need to just feel it and talk about it only with my family.

9 -If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? – No, I wouldn’t. Work for me isn’t a burden, it’s a pleasure, that fortunately comes with economical benefits as well. I’d feel fortunate to win enough money to help my family and keep doing what I love to do.

10 – If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? – All my close family members, if possible, have them all together with me.

11 – What do you feel is the difference between being alive and truly living? – Being alive is just … breathing . Right? To live, oh that’s different. Doesn’t matter if we are in a wheel chair, if we are housewives, if we feel sad or depressed. Living is just being in the moment, no matter what we are doing – doing the laundry, watching TV, talking to someone, writing a blog post *smiles* – doesn’t matter. Living is just be very present in whatever I am doing. Just do what I do, every moment, in a very aware state of mind – truly enjoying simple pleasures of life.

12 – If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? – I’m not afraid of making mistakes. As a human being, it’s logically impossible to never make a mistake. I do allow myself to make mistakes; I probably won’t do the same mistake twice, but I’ll make so many others. I know that, so, why fear?

13 – What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? – Nobody is entitled to judge anybody; people are entitled to their own opinions, yes they do. I can accept them, agree or not. But judgemental people usually have more issues with themselves than with others. So, why bother? No, I wouldn’t do anything different. It’s their judgement, it stays with them. I keep my personal inner power in my hands and won’t give it away so easily.

14 – If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? – Well, he or she wouldn’t probably understand my words as a newborn, so I’d just look at him/her, admire the beauty and the blessing of a new life. I think the newborn would feel that gratitude, not in words, but through a simple smile. I truly believe his/her soul/mind/spirit/body will do the rest, once we offer them gratitude. On the other hand, being a mother myself, nothing like to be close to a newborn all day and observe. They give us more pieces of advice than we can possible give them as newborns. We just have to really observe them. *smiles* Newborns are excellent teachers for us … the grownups ;)

Thank you Berry for this thought challenging Meme!

. bushido .

Bushido 1

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Props in both photos:
| Tree by Storax Tree for Bloggers
| Rescue Deer by Storax Tree for Bloggers

Style Card:
| Sweater: Femme- The Red Queen by JLB Apparel
| Jumpsuit: Aikya (Gold/Red) by Legal Insanity
| Necklace: Weapon by FINESMITH (November Group Gift)
| Hat: Lauren Boho by Elysium for AVENUE Fall/Winmter FW.

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Bushido 2

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Style Card:
| Dress: My Wisdom – La Penderie de Nicole by Marcopol Oh
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It’s somehow expected that when we talk about Bushido, if we are aware of the concept of the word, one may expect photos of a Samurai or a warrior, since Bushido means literally “The Way of the Warrior”.

But what is life? Aren’t we warriors, every single day?
Aren’t there challenges, confrontations, conflicts, every day? We may not carry a weapon, we may not wear a katana like old Samurai did. We are the weapon in our lives.
The first “enemy” we face every day is ourselves.
Most of the conflicts created with others start with a confrontation within ourselves.

The deeper concepts both of Bushido and the well known “The Art Of War” by Sun Tzu are quite similar.
First rule and most important of them all – present in all martial arts: avoid conflict.
That’s why I admire the wisdom of the old and traditional East; they know that in a battle, nobody wins, everybody loses. It makes perfect sense – avoid conflict.

A warrior, that has been trained fully aware of Bushido, knows better, it’s instintive: avoid conflict.
A warrior that is well trained is naturally wise and knows that all it takes is one single strike to kill.

Let’s all forget those movies that portray Samurai, fighting like swordsmen in the West. That wasn’t the Samurai way.
Samurai were trained to kill in one strike.
The best Samurai used their katana once – one strike to kill. And those became almost legends.

As an admirer and follower of the Eastern ways of thinking, I can clearly see that we are all warriors. We fight. Every day.
It always starts with fighting ourselves. Before making a decision, any decision, we measure it, we struggle with it – wether we are aware of it or not.
This is as natural as life. And there’s so much to learn once we are fully aware of this.

Each word we say can be a weapon; each action we do can be a weapon. We are the weapon.

We all have heard people say “life is a fight” or something of this sort.
What if it’s not a fight? What if we make the concious decision of not fighting? What if we become Bushido itself and avoid the fight?

Seems easy to say and, one may think, not easy to do. True. Maybe we weren’t “trained” to do that. Most of us are brought up to think we need to fight to get somewhere.

Some people fight for attention – the lack of it in real life grows in SL; because of the anonimity the web allows.
Some people fight for any kind of recognition – again they lack recognition themselves, for real and they bring it stronger to SL – again the anonimity.
Some people fight for love – the lack of love in their real lives increases exponentially in SL.

These are just examples of the insecurities we all, at some point – bring to SL. They come with us, the real us.
To reach a certain goal – it can be attention, recognition, love – some people allow themselves to hurt others and they know it. That is a fight.

If our goal is just to enjoy ourselves and make other people’s lives better, in SL, there is no need for attention, for recognition and there is certainly no need to feel loved. Because we already have that within us. It cannot be found outside of us.

However, some “simple” things like living our own lives, enjoying ourselves on our own, joining a team of people that are positive in their thinking and are proactive, these don’t seem to come easily.
Here is where the fight happens: inside of us first and then thrown at others as a weapon. Without the proper training – by “training” I mean maturity, which doesn’t have necessarily to do with how old we are – there’s a fight, right there.
We just target someone and attack, because deep down, we feel threatened somehow.
The fight has started within, someone must “pay” for our unhappiness.

Sometimes we feel joy – embrace it.
Other times, we feel sadness – embrace it.
Other times, we feel anger – embrace it.

Whatever we feel, we should embrace. This is the way of the warrior.
Once we are aware of how we really feel, there is no need to fight. We are what we are, we feel what we feel – just embrace it.
Then, act with honor, respect others, face the conflict, measure it and just feel… is it worth it? Is it worth to strike that one strike to kill?

Some say the best defense is to attack. I’d say the best defense is to know yourself, to feel good about yourself, no matter how you feel. Just be. And then, don’t strike, avoid the conflict, extract yourself from that fight… cause there needs to be at least two to fight. Just leave the fight, especially when you are so aware that you can kill with one strike – the true warrior’s way. Measure your actions carefully in order not to hurt others.

An effective warrior avoids the fight, always.
Don’t fear solitude. Solitude is the way to really know yourself. Then, once you don’t fear being on your own (this is solitude, not loneliness, it’s a choice) you can connect to others without a fight.

Is the true warrior perfect?
Yes, he is. Meaning he is so aware of how much harm he can do with only one strike, he will pull back and refrain from attacking.
Awareness is self-empowerment. Be insecure, be afraid, think the unthinkable – just be fully aware of how you feel and how much harm we can do when we are in a certain mindset. Then, just ask yourself: is it worth to strike? If you are fully aware that your “oponent” can kill you with one strike, a fight is exhausting, time consuming, it unbalances us from the core.

In all matial arts and in life, all our strength is in our core. Physically, our core is around the belly button, around our hip area , down to the top of our legs. In life, the core is your essence, who you really are.

Again, I wonder: is it worth to strike? Is it worth it to fight?
The answer is up to each of us warriors out there.

. silent lucidity .

You’re lying safe in bed
It was all a bad dream
Spinning in your head

Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you leaving the game
Of life

So here it is, another chance
Wide awake, you face the day
Your dream is over…

Or has it just begun?

Silent Lucidity

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Style Card:

| Outfit: (parts of) Whispering Stars Dress by Boudoir
| Blindfold and birds: Xiang by Zibksa

| Props by Storax Tree ( Kate McLaghen):
– Chair Royal Heritage Snow
– Mesh Doll provided by Storax Tree to bloggers

|Pose: Del May
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. AVENUE Fashion Week 2013 – Blvck Anchor Sneak Peek .

For today’s men, Blvck Anchor presents an outstanding ready-to-wear Autumn/Winter Collection.
The outfits can be mixed and matched, a pair of pants can be the perfect match for an amazing sequin shirt or with a warmer jacket for colder days. Yet, the colors are so warm…
Male fashionistas, you cannot miss this showcase and ladies, don’t miss it too; whenever you need to give your significant other something for him to wear – as a fashionista – you’ll find it, for sure.

SHOWCASE:
October 1st @ 6PM SLT

Outfit: Durant
Blvck Anchor  - Durant

Outfit: Dolf
Blck Anchor - Dolf

Outfit: Donovan
Blck Anchor Donovan

Every man will look trendy with Blvck Anchor. Match items from several outfits and own it, like a true fashionista!
Another showcase not to miss!

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Photographer: Sea Dench
Guest Model: Tetsuo Fhang
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AVENUE Fashion Week 2013 – Amarelo Manga – Sneak Preview

This is a very special collection for me.

Luana Barzane created her Autumn/Winter Collection to showcase during our Fashion Week inspired by my country – Portugal.
The way she did it is absolutely brilliant: through the use of cobalt blue and white, the creator of Amarelo Manga captured one of the most traditional Portuguese Arts: tile work.

The outfits were named after famous women in the History of Portugal and Brazil and the connection our two countries have had through centuries.
The pumps were named after one of the main cities on the northern central part of my country – Viseu.
I’m completely honored to present Amarelo Manga for AVENUE Autumn/Winter Fashion Week 2013.

Showcase:
October 3rd @ 12 Pm SLT

Outfit: Leopoldina (cobalt)
Amarelo Manga - Leopoldina

[Image taken at Portugal Lisboa sim: how many times did I go to work in this yellow tram, in my RL!]

Outfit:
Carlota Joaquina (cobalt)
Pumps: Viseu
Amarelo Manga - Carlota Joaquina ready

[Image taken at Portugal Centre sim – One of the public transports to travel across the country is this train you see in the photo and yes, I’ve travelled in it so many times in RL as well.]

What’s left for me to show you or tell you, inspired myself by Luana?
There is a word they say it doesn’t exist in any other language other than Portuguese – and it seems to be true as far as I know:
~~ saudade ~~

There is no translation for it, as a single word. In English we can say “I miss you”, but there is no noun for it.
Saudade is a feeling.
Portuguese traditional music is called Fado – tourists from all over the world come to Portugal and listen to Fado in taverns, eating and drinking, while a woman sings, wearing a shawl (very typical too). Historically, Fado are love songs, sad songs, sung by women who saw their loved ones leave in a boat or a ship, not knowing if they would ever come back home safe.

No one better than Portuguese Fado singer Amália Rodrigues to show you what the word saudade means. Just by listening to her…. we get it.

Amália passed away in October 6th 1999.
Recently, a Portuguese group of artists performed this same song in a homage to her: Gaivota (Seagull)

Indeed, a very special collection for me, personally.
Obrigada, minha querida Luana!

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Photographer and Model: Sea Dench