End of an Era :(

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Just saw this group notice from Ellen.

Hello Pretties. Sharing this. Beebo says: “We’ve had a great un but it’s finally time to close the Duchess doors. A farewell party is being planned for the end of Aug, with a closing date on Sept. 1st. Stay tuned for party date and details. Thank you to all the wonderful people who made the Duchess such a special place for me” ~Beebo

The Duchess, in all its variations was home to me for a long time after I started hanging out in the so-called Lesbian-Circle. I found the place quite by accident and immediately made friends there, some of whom I am pleased to say, are still friends.

However, as I mentioned last October, the Duchess as a popular hangout seemed to have had its heyday gone past, even then. So although it is sad to see the going of what is, among a particular group of people, an iconic landmark; it is better for it to go out with a blaze than fade away and rot neglected as so much of SL does.

Everything is cyclical in SL. Who knows when and where the next Duchess will appear?

Shoes in the News

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I must be one of the only SL bloggers who doesn’t actually blog about shopping. It’s not that I don’t like shopping, I mean, hello!? But I am not driven enough to sit here every day and spew out product news, fashion tips and makeup tutorials. Mostly because I am rubbish at it.

But Guinn did direct me this week to a shoe store called Livalle who had some giveaways and cheapies and wow, I’ve worn nothing else since!

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CHYNA boots from Livalle – and you have to admire any creator who puts their stuff in a box that looks as realistic as this and actually has the product as the packing! And they were purple so of course I had to have them!

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This is what Guinn directed me to: all these in one box for a $L50 Friday. How is that not deal of the year so far? Who can not like that many shoes for so little money?

So it’s also been another — shall we say — interesting week in the Teahouse. I wandered in a few days ago to find someone sitting there cuddling a cello. You know, like you do. Although the thought processes behind why someone would want to play a cello in the Lesbian Teahouse escape me. Maybe she thought showing some leg, some wood and some bow action would get her a hot date? The world may never know.

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Did you know there was a cat in the roof at the Teahouse? So many people come in and say “I can hear a cat! Where’s the cat?” and of course I never hear a cat but apparently it’s quite vocal. But I did know there was a cat up there, it’s been up there forever. So it was surprising to see these two. Sitting in the roof rafters with catnip in their mouths doing questionable things to the resident cat. I’ll just leave this one here….

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Singer finds her sound after going deaf

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Mandy Harvey always knew she wanted to be a musician, but after losing her hearing at 18, she questioned her direction in life.

Now, a decade later, she has three albums under her belt, and tours with a band. How does she do it? The BBC went to find out. Click here.

Mandy Harvey is an award winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who just happens to have an invisible disability. A Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her residual hearing in 2006-2007 at age eighteen due to a connective tissue disorder that effected her nerves and left the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008, her true passion could no longer be denied. She quickly became a regular performer at various venues and has released three albums thus far. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing and pitch are perfect and her passion is tremendous. With support from friends, family and her faith, Mandy continues to find joy in music.

In 2011, Mandy won VSA’s Top Young Soloist Award and lived a personal dream of performing at the Kennedy Center in DC. She continues to perform around the United States and has been recently featured on NBC Nights News, Canada AM, The Steve Harvey Show, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition to performing and speaking, Mandy has become an ambassador to both No Barriers USA andInvisible Disabilities Association with a mission to encourage, inspire and assist others to break through their personal barriers.

I don’t usually post about things from the “real world”, outside of Second Life (…there’s an outside to SL?) but this story struck a chord with me, if you’ll excuse the pun, and so I thought I’d share. 

Saturday Night Fever

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Lately been hanging out at Bella & Kathy’s new(ish) club, B&K Burlesque Club. Place is rocking tonight with Selena spinning tunes and the girls all looking hawt on the dance floor. I was rocking the prrrrple look and busting some moves while Guinn, Aisling, Kathy and Ella (Ella Ella Umbrella…) got down to the beats. Hot in red Rhy Amata and others joined us in and out (not pictured).

Les Poseurs

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Screenshot 2017-04-10 09.00.08I am really not sure what was going on yesterday but I think there was either a glitch on my end or their end as I kept encountering avatars which appeared to be learning how to fly. Either that or they were recounting evermore exaggerated fishing-stories about the “one that got away” – either way, it made for quite an amusing scene.

Mini Voyage: Greenhouse

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For the longest time, I have visited a venue in Second Life called Greenhouse. If you know SL and you’ve been in-world a fair amount of time you probably know it. It has been there since SL started I dare say, and I don’t think it’s ever been updated or changed.

Screenshot 2017-03-18 22.50.20Basically it is just that: a giant greenhouse, botanical-garden style with adjoining gardens and meadows of flowers. It’s all very nice and sits on the edge of the Blake Sea where it’s accessible to those of us who sail and have direct water access. I have spent many hours sitting on the dock there talking with friends and it’s nice to sail to it, moor in the channel and walk around in the sunshine and flowers.

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So tonight it was nice to sail from Snug Harbor, Katie’s home and make the short trip across half a dozen regions to explore it.

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