Exploring Unconditional

Time is the one thing I always wish I had more of.  There never seems to be enough time in my day to accomplish all the things I want to get done.

I suppose I should be grateful that I have things I want to do on my list, rather than it being full of things I have to do.

There – that’s me, practicing gratitude.  😛

I did manage to carve out some time to head in to SL for some exploring.  I visited several places, but I always have more on my list.

One of the places I visited was Unconditional.

The sim is gorgeous and full of little hidden areas. I’ve seen pictures from it all over Flickr, so clearly lots of people find it as pretty as I did.

In some places, it reminded of home – I’d see this sort of thing traveling around the roads where I live. 

I think this is one of my favorite pictures of all those I’ve taken.

Of course, there are no beaches where I live, so I always find those areas fun to explore, since I can’t do that in real life.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in SL.  But be sure to stop by and give Unconditional a visit.  You won’t regret it.

Tranquil Rain at Sommergewitter

Sommergewitter is a beach sim, but with a bit of a twist – it’s always raining.

Though it sounds rather depressing, the sim is actually very tranquil and welcoming.

Beach ShelterYou can find all kinds of places to shelter from the rain, including this adorable dinghy.

The Lake HouseWandering around, I found the Lake House, complete with the tree growing up in the middle. (If you’ve never seen The Lake House, look it up when you’re in the mood for a tearjerker.)

Horse and BedPicking my way carefully through the rain, I discovered this beautiful horse hanging out near this comfortable-looking canopied bed.  I’m not sure the flimsy gauze would do much to keep out the rain, but it looks gorgeous. 🙂

Windmill

It stopped raining for a brief moment, and I stopped to take a short rest under this huge tree. The rocker and windmill both remind me of familiar sights where I grew up.  Such nostalgia!

Greek Island Bliss at Meraki

I saw some fabulous pictures of Meraki by Loverdag, and I just had to go and see for myself.

Greece is on my bucket list of places to visit (it’s long been a fascination of mine), so having the chance to visit virtually was a no-brainer.

Meraki HouseThere are a couple of different areas to explore, starting with this little residential neighborhood. I wish I could shop from a little market stand like this!

Meraki PicnicI found this little picnic area in a park behind the houses.  So picturesque – who wouldn’t want to sit and eat here while they stared out at the gorgeous water?

Turkish Cafe MerakiAs I wandered on, I came across this fantastic cafe build.  I love the paintings on the exterior. Standing by the rails, letting the salt spray hit your face, smelling the delicious aromas emanating from the cafe – pure heaven.

Meraki HouseThis gem was perched on top of a hill – another open-air cafe/bar where you can just sit, relax, and enjoy. I love the curves on the tops of the side walls.

Meraki RuinJust beyond the open-air cafe, I found this abandoned ruin. The roses growing up over the door just add to the sense of decay, as do the various rusted pieces scattered about.

There was a ton more to explore and see – so head on over to Meraki and check it out for yourself.

C’est La Vie

After a particularly frustrating day with the Destination Guide (with lots of places listed that no longer exist), I decided to try another tack to find new sims to photograph.

This new method led me to La Vie – a gorgeous sandy island that makes me dream of swinging in a hammock, cool breezes blowing while I catch up on my reading with a mint julep handy.

La Vie BeachI would love to live somewhere like this, wouldn’t you?

Everywhere I wandered I found seating areas, all with absolutely gorgeous views of the water.

La Vie BeachI can hear the water, the waves lapping gently at the shore while I relax and meditate.

La Vie Porch

The house had plenty of inviting spaces as well, including these lovely chaise lounges set up out on the patio.

The landscaping on this sim was so well done I am still in awe looking back at the photos.  The windlight was gorgeous and lent the whole island a feeling of peace and tranquility.

La Vie BicyclePlus, I found this adorable bicycle – who wouldn’t want to pedal around the island in this little beauty?!

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax or for some peace and quiet, this sim is just the spot.

Find Yourself at NorderNey

NorderNey is another sim that I kept meaning to visit – so I did and finally crossed it off my list!

I wasn’t sure what to expect – the area isn’t large, but the scenery is gorgeous.  I think some of the builds are actually resident’s homes, but they were so beautifully decorated that I couldn’t help sneaking some pictures with my zoom lens. 😛

Norderney Beach HouseI love this beach house – it’s so open and airy and exactly the kind of home I’d want if I lived on the beach.  My favorite part of the house is that the curtains were blowing in the breeze – it’s those little details that add to the feel of a build.

Beach DreamsThis little bench underneath the window would be one of my favorite spots.  Sitting in the warmth of the sun, a cool breeze blowing, while you listen to the waves crash – pure heaven.

Beach PatioOf course, one of the best parts of living on the beach is that you can spend a great deal of your time outside (something I don’t get to do enough here in the Midwest where I live). These shaggy seats and comfy pillows look so cozy, with snacks and lots of reading material nearby.

Woman on WallI think this was my favorite house on the sim. I don’t know if this house build comes with this photo already on the wall, but I thought it was a such a great idea – I love how she seems to be staring out the window at the waves.

Bistro Table with BirdThis little fellow was chirping away when I wandered by – I think he was enjoying the breakfast leftovers.

Interior Design ArtThis is such a fabulous vignette – I wish I had enough space in my RL home to have an area like this for all my art supplies.  I love the woven rug and the little space heater.

Front GardenI couldn’t resist the field of daisies in the front yard – and the little chicks wandering around were simply adorable.  The cute yellow scooter is so inviting – it was so hard to resist hopping on and going for a quick spin around the beach!

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to sit and relax, NorderNey is the ticket.

Tension at La Digue du Braek

La Digue du Braek is a sim I found while hunting through the destination guide. The sim is an experience of the push-pull of industrialism versus leisure.

La Digue HouseI started out on the leisure side.  It was a sandy beach, with pieces of habitation here and there, like this broken down house.

La Digue beachMostly the beach was empty.  Bleak, but pretty.

La Digue CamperI did find this trailer, complete with a little seating area where you can take a load off for a while.  Across the little inlet, I could see the industrial area with all the cranes and shipping containers.

La Digue TowerThe industrial tower looks like trailers that have all been piled on top of one another.  Not very aesthetically pleasing, but functional, I suppose.

La Digue StorageNext to the housing area were these lovely storage containers.  They weren’t marked as biohazards, but I don’t think I’d want to live next to them.

La Digue WarehouseThere is a huge warehouse on this side of the inlet, although it seems rather broken down and in disrepair.

It was an interesting sim to wander around – there are lots of little hidden things to find, and I enjoyed just sitting near the beach and watching all the container ships come and go.

The Trace Too – Summer Trace

The Trace has long been a go-to destination for photographers and beauty lovers.  There have been some changes, so I decided to head back for another look.

What I discovered is that there are now three (3!) Traces – decorated for Summer, Fall, and Winter.  The Trace Too is the Summer Trace, and it was absolutely gorgeous.

beach buoy

This was my view upon landing – simply stunning. I love the soft pinks and purples in the horizon. The waves and water are so realistic – I just stood and listened and looked for a while.

beach house at The Trace Too

There are several beach houses dotted around the sim, all superbly staged.  They looked so comfy and cozy, it was hard to resist plopping down onto one of the swinging chairs and lazing the day away.

chair at The Trace Too

There were also little vignettes here and there, like this adorable sun chair, tucked in under a sheltering tree branch.

Fountain at The Trace Too

I love fountains, and this lovely maiden with her fishy companion was just too cute.  Something about the sound of running water is so soothing.

beach house at The Trace Too

All the beach houses were lovely, surrounded by the water and gorgeous fields of colorful flowers.

vintage car at The Trace Too

My favorite find was this vintage car.  I can just imagine driving around, top down, the wind blowing through my hair, taking in all the gorgeous sights.

The Trace Too is a must-visit!

The Beauty of Vivaldi

A few days ago I was feeling the need to wander around SL and find some beautiful things to look at.

I came across Vivaldi in my travels.

The description says it’s ” the land of Four Seasons.”

There are different areas, including beaches, a forest, and a lovely snow-capped mountain.

Vivaldi 1

Usually when I visit a sim, I try to keep the windlight consistent, to give the photos a cohesive feel.

Vivaldi, though, just didn’t feel right that way.

I love the picturesque lighthouse on the rock promontory.

Vivaldi 2

There were all kinds of little hidden resting places.

I’ve always wanted a swing like this – to laze about during the summer and fall.

Alas, the weather where I live isn’t conducive to porch swings. 😦

Vivaldi 3

I love the look of this house, with the huge garage doors, the fountain out front, and the red tile roof.

Vivaldi 4

I would love to have a garden like this – to be able to sit and read outside.

Here, there’s always too much of something – too windy, too hot, too many bugs . . .

I did also visit Mount Shen, but crashed while setting up the pic, and ran out of time to go back.

Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful sim, full of lovely and relaxing spots.

LOTD #175 – Warm Sands

LOTD 175

He’d been trying to get a picture of her all day.

He snapped the pic as she turned to ask him a question.

She glared as he grinned.

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Details:

Hair: Elikatira – Kara (@Hair Fair – Free Gift)  (61525)

Skin: WoW Skins – Sara – DarkTan

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Top:  The Annex – Nickie Bikini – Blue Striped (@The Chapter 4)  (1106)

Skirt:  Coco – Sheer Panel Skirt – White (@The Chapter 4)  (11410)

Necklace:  Meva – Anchor Necklace (@My Attic)  (2700)

Bangles:  Maxi Gossamer – Athena – Silver (@Mix)  (50035)

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Shoes: United Colors – Crystal Snake – Silver (@The Chapter 4)  (12196)

Pose:  Elephante Poses

Location:  Bamboo Beach

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The last few days have been blazing hot where I live.

100F and above – even in the shade!

While I love warm places, I don’t love feeling like an ant under a magnifying glass every time I step outside. -.-

I want warm, not fiery.

Warm sand, warm water, and cool breezes. 😀

So, I found a nice warm beach in SL – the beautiful Bamboo Beach.

One of my recent shopping trips included a stop at The Chapter 4 event.

(It ended on July 24, so if you like what you see, check the mainstores or MP!)

I found this cute little bikini from The Annex and paired it with this darling skirt from Coco.

I love the little sheer strip detail on the skirt.

While I was there, I couldn’t resist these adorable sandals from UC.

I love the color and detailed ankle strapping.

The hair is a free gift from Elikatira at the Hair Fair this year.

I love the color change bow – it adds a touch of fun to the hairstyle.

I recently joined the WoW Skins group and have been wandering around in their Sara skin.

The bangles are from Maxi Gossamer – yet another piece from her Look Book for Mix this month.

I love the cut-out detail of the bracelets – delicate, but substantial.

The anchor necklace from Meva is a find from this round of My Attic @ The Deck.

It was the perfect whimsical touch. 😀