I smile as I hand the drink you ordered across the bar. It's late and you are one of the few customers left. Glancing over at the photo you asked about I ruefully shake my head. "No, she ain't no star." I stare at my image the way it was captured so many years ago. Maybe I should have thought it through more before I took my guitar and walked out leaving my mamma muttering behind me about a young girl's flight of fancy. Looking back on that moment, now years later I realize what a huge step that was, how risky it was for a young girl like me to take. I had no one, nothing but my guitar and the dollars in my pocket to start my dream. I should have thought twice before I did that. I should have listened to my mamma but I didn't and that is water under the bridge these days. Wiping the counter down I look around the bar and smile. I have other dreams now and maybe someday they will come true. "Drink up," I say "Tomorrow is always another day".


:[ Outfit ]:
✫ DRESS:  My lovely Lorraine dress is a Saturday Sale recolor of the Lorraine Dress.by Just BECAUSE. This dress is 100% original rigged mesh!  It is available in six new prints which will be available for a very short time. You can pick them up for 75L each or for 450L for the fatpack.  Each print comes with a HUD that changes the bodice and strap's colors. The Lorraine dress is fitted for Maitreya, Petite, Legacy, Perky, and Kupra. There are demos available to try. I can not stress how much I love Just BECAUSE's designs. I have been following/blogging Just Because since 2012. The quality has always been top of the line, with significant care given to their creations with hand-drawn textures and styling. To top it all off, Just BECAUSE has always kept it reasonably priced. Most places I found when I was younger have outgrown my price range and, if we are honest, style. But not Just BECAUSE; it just keeps getting better and better.

✫ NECKLACE:  The Keisha Pebble Necklace is by Maxi Gossamer. It is available for 399L. The necklace is non-rigged 100% mesh. It is customizable with a choice of 9 stone color combinations plus black and white cord options via a texture changer. You get two versions (long and short) of the necklace with purchase.  Maxi Gossamer designs some amazing jewelry for all occasions. I probably own just about every piece they have released. I highly recommend you check them out.

✫ BRACELETS:  On my left wrist I am wearing the Savannah Heart Key Bracelet, also by Maxi GossamerIt is part of The Savannah Heart Key earring and bracelet pack. All pieces can be customized via a texture hud with 10 color bead choices, 2 wooden bead choices, and 3 cord color options. It is available for 299L.  On my right wrist, I am wearing the Starry Starry Night Bracelet also by Maxi Gossamer. It s a non-rigged mesh and can be rotated around to adjust the position. You get four different sizes of the bracelet that are able to be customized via a texture hud with six gem colors, and 2 metal colors. It is available for 199L.

✫ MOUTHIE: The Wheat for Mouth is by Take-Away. I found it for 49L on the marketplace. It is a simple piece of sculpted wheat to wear in your mouth for decoration. 

✫ BOOTS:  The Anna Boots (399L) are by Just Because. They are fitted for Belleza, Slink and Maitreya and come with a color change hud with twelve color choices for the boots, fourteen color choices for the socks, which can also be turned off if you prefer.

:[ Cosmetics ]:
Those kissable lips were created using CAZIMI's Juicy Nudes EvoX LipGloss (250L) shade 8, 100%. This set comes with 12 lipgloss colors in three opacities with a gloss enhancer. This Lipgloss set is available at the Designer Showcase from January 5th to 25th. CAZIMI is an excellent cosmetics designer. They feature tons of makeup (eyeshadow, blush, eyeliners, concealers, and more), mesh and applier nails, eyes, and lashes. You can't find a better designer for your cosmetic needs.

✫ FRECKLES and MOLES:  The adorable freckles and mole (January Facial Marks) are by CAZIMI. The Facial Mark set comes with freckles in four opacities and seven marks for both sides of the face. I am wearing the Freckles in 90%. The January Facial Marks are the January VIP gift for group members. The BOM layer freckles and markings are for standard and EvoX heads. IThe VIP group has a 250L join fee. Members get 5% cashback on in-store purchases. This is worth every penny; CAZIMI spoils their VIPs!  

✫ EYESHADOW:  CAZIMI also created the Cocktail EvoX Eyeshadow shade 10 Gold, 60%. The Cocktail EvoX Eyeshadow consists of 12 BOM eyeshadow bases in 3 opacities and eyeliner for Lelutka EvoX heads only. The eyeshadows are available at the Shiny Shabby Monthly Sale Event until January 15.

:[ Avatar Body ]:

✫ HEAD: In this post, I am wearing Lelutka's Lilly Mesh Head (Model #: LEX02 - LeLUTKA EvoToEvoX Head). At the time of this posting, this head costs 3,990L. This head can support  Evolution (EVO) and Evolution X (EvoX) skins. The Lilly set comes with a Head, Teeth, Mesh Eyes, Elf Ears, and many bonus goodies like hairbases, face light, multiple teeth accessories like braces, ear piercings, and samples of cosmetic tattoos. It is Bakes on Mesh Ready (BOM) and comes with a default shape, Head and Ear skins in BOM layers, and skin, brow, and eye applier. Avatar complexity for the head alone is approximately +5738 (Head, Teeth, and Eyes). Lelutka is my go-to place for mesh heads. I love their style, quality, and ease of use for their huds. I own several of their heads. There are demos available for you to try before you buy.

✫ BODY: Today's body of choice is Maitreya's Lara Mesh Body. The Lara Mesh Body is Bakes on Mesh Ready (BOM). The body includes Bom add-on parts, a save stick to save your configurations, Bento hands, with hand poses and hand AO built into the HUD. The body has the 5 default foot shapes (Flat, Low, Mid, High, and Ballet). The HUD comes loaded with 22 Glam Affair skin tones, and BOM layers are provided. There are five nail shape options and 19 nail polish options. Alphas are controlled via HUD. There are over 200 possible selections. The body comes with mesh lingerie made by Erratic and BOM Layers by Zaara. At the time of posting, the Maitreya Lara Mesh Body costs 2,750L. 
This is the mesh body I wear the most; I really like the softer curves, and  I find most outfits are offered in their shape. If you prefer a petite or flat look, Maitreya has add-ons for the Lara Mesh Body for 499-599L each. The Lara Mesh Body, the Petite Add-on, and the Flat-Chest Add-on have demos available to try before you buy.

✫ HEAD SKIN:  The adorable  Brittany Head Skin for Lelutka Evo X is by Velour. The Skin is a special price for the Happy Weekend Sale event until Monday. This is only the Head Skin and Neck fade in 11 skin tones (Frost, Blush, Cloudy Icy, Porcelain, Snow, Chantilly, Rose Kiss, Sienna, Ibiza, and Sunkiss). You will need to purchase the body skin separately. I am wearing the Sienna skin tone. Demos are available. 

✫ BODY SKIN: The Ipanema Body Skin is by Velour. It is available for Legacy, Maitreya, Ebody, Kupra, and Belleza in 16 skin tones (Frost, Blush, Cloudy Icy, Porcelain, Snow, Chantilly, Rose Kiss, Sienna, Ibiza, Sunkiss, Brownie, Chocolate, Ebony, Mali, and Moonlight). Each skin tone costs 280L or 999L for a single body style fatpack. Demos available to try. Velour makes high-quality skins for reasonable prices. If you join the in-world group you get an additional 5% off store purchases in the main store (except for sales weekend, powder pack & body skins).

✫ HAIR:  The adorable Meadow Hairstyle comes with the hat. It is Truth's Fifty Linden Fridays Sale item. That means it was only 50L! It is only available for a short time, so don't delay too long. You get the essential color pack and the hat is not detachable. You may have to wait around for a few moments for delivery. The sim can be a bit laggy if there are people getting it at one time. Fifty Linden Fridays is a shopping event where every Friday, a group of designers will place an item at their main store marked down to 50L. You can join the Fifty Linden Friday inworld group to receive the list of stores each week!

✫ EYES:  The Spooky Inviting Eyes are by CAZIMI (0L). They were the October 2021 VIP gift. You can still pick them up if you missed them if you are a group member. If not, it only costs 250L to join, and trust me, you want to. CAZIMI spoils their VIPs! The eye set comes in 8 colors in two sizes for BOM eyes layers. I am wearing Spooky 7,  Harvest Brown, in large. 

✫ EYEBROWS:  The Taylor Brows are by CAZIMI (250L). The Taylor brows include 8 Eyebrows, a brow filler in 2 opacities, 1 under brow highlighter in 4 opacities, a Stray hair layer. All in both EvoX and standard BOM layers.

✫ EARS: My ears are the default Lilly Head elf ears.

✫ SHAPE: The shape is custom-made and not available for purchase.

:[ Poses ]:

✫ The pose used is from Frozen's Honey Bento Pose Set. This set comes with 5 static poses, including Guitars. You can pick it up on sale for 200L currently. I used pose #3 (4th pose in photo) and shifted the position of the guitar.

:[ Photo Tools & Location ]:

✫ The photo was taken at The Salt Lakes Of Florence.

✫ For lighting, I use LUMIPro. LUMIPro is a HUD worn by the photographer that controls all aspects of lights worn by the model or self. The photographer can adjust position, color, radius, and falloff. You do not need rez right to use LUMIPro. The built-in posing system controls ten models independently without needing to rez for pose stands. You can pick up a copy for 6,6995L on the Marketplace.

Disclosure of Material Connections: I may have received one or more products as review copies. Regardless, I only recommend products I personally use and believe will benefit my readers. See my full disclosure policy here.

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