On Contests

I can’t read music. Instead, I’d do stuff inside the piano, do harmonics and all kinds of crazy things. They used to put me in these annual piano contests down at Long Beach City College, and two years in a row, I won first prize – out of like 5,000 kids! The judges were like, ‘Very interesting interpretation!’ I thought I was playing it right. ~Eddie Van Halen

On ContestsHat: Baoba, Delicacy Blue **L’Accessoires** . Necklace: LaGyo, Prism . Earrings: Kunglers Extra, Esplendor **L’Accessoires** .

Yeah, I’m kinda like THAT guy, I always have been. Give me a perfectly good coloring book and I can’t wait to draw OUTSIDE the lines. But for those of you who are a competitive sort, [Leezu!] is having a contest I think you may be interested in. Sorry for the late notice, I just learned of it yesterday, but with the prize including 10,000L’s I thought I should pass this on to all you creative sorts out there. Yeah, don’t mind me, I didn’t even read the instructions, “take a snapshot at the special photo booth placed in the store for your convenience” but then what do you expect from a Cao anyway? Deadline is April 19th, so you better get moving on this one! Besides, they give you a gorgeous swimsuit just for participating, see? Everyone’s a winner!

On ContestsHair: Vanity Hair, Fallen . Bag: Natzuka, Alice **L’Accessoires** . Dress: Leezu!, Vienna dress . Leggins: Leezu! Maria tights . Pose: Behavior Body, Bag pose .

More Info: Spring is FINALLY here and we are celebrating with a fun photo contest. All you have to do is put together your favorite LeeZu outfit in spring colors (yellow, pink, white, blue, or anything brightly colored) and take a snapshot at the special photo booth placed in the store for your convenience. Sit on the park bench or stand and pose with the flowers and bunnies.

Once you are happy with your look, take a snapshot, name your photo ‘LeeZu Contest – Your Name’ and send it FULL PERMS to Barbara Nicholls. A panel of judges will judge the photos and their favorite outfit will win the big prize. Also the winning photo will be placed in the main lobby of the store for a week in a place of honor for everyone to admire.

PRIZES:

Every eligible entrant will receive an exclusive color of the [LeeZu!] Rio Monokini as pictured on the contest poster.

The judging panel’s favorite outfit will also receive 10000 $L CASH!!!!

So go through your closet, grab some bright LeeZu colors and drop by the photo booth to take a pic for your chance to win! One entry per avatar. No restrictions on photo dimensions. Although photoshopping is permitted, we are judging the outfits as opposed to the quality of the photo.

[LeeZu!] Team

On Color

mono·chro·mat·ic adjective \ˌmä-nə-krō-ˈma-tik\ : having or made up of one color or shades of one color ~ Merriam Webster

On ColorHat: ~Ghee~, silver grey . Hair: Boon, Dare . Earring: [Mandala], Senjyu Snow .

I rather oddly picture our world as completely void of color and it is our purpose in life to add color in any way we like. In essence we add color to peoples lives daily, whether its peaceful or angry colors, it is up to us to decide. But the most magical color is white which seems to have no color a’tall. It is actually made of every known color. I kind of like to create a colorful world, don’t you?

On ColorDress: ~Ghee~, Lavender Stonewashed Silk Drape **The Monochromatic Fair** . Clutch: [RO] Remarkable Oblivion, Clutch . Shoos: [Gos], Bordello **NEW** .

The Monochromatic Fair ( http://wedosl.blogspot.com.br/ ) is coming April 18th to May 2nd, 2014. I hope you get a chance to attend, it looks like it will be a rather colorful event. Have a gorgeously colorful evening! As for me, I reckon it’s as good a time as any to go off to stare at the sunset.

On Hope

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ~ Charles Dickens

On HopeKimono: [AY], Ninja (Kunoichi) “Ran” **2014 Japan Fair** .

1,225,384 Lindens = @4,902 USD = 5 Shelter Boxes . Hope, sometimes it feels like just another 4 letter word, but wielded correctly it can be the catalyst to surviving life itself. Will you be the hope that shelter’s a family, any family, perhaps even your own, in their crucial time of need? When the 2014 Japan Fair benefitting The Shelter Box ( http://www.shelterbox.org ) began April 5th I thought perhaps I was being a bit lofty hoping we would raise enough Lindens to pay for 5 Shelter Boxes and look at us now! so very close! This is the Second Life community at it’s best. These moments when we turn our cameras off of ourselves and shine it on others and get down to business. We do it all the time, whether it’s to celebrate 2Lei’s United Nations UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, or Fashion for Life, Fantasy Fair & Home and Garden Fair’s events to benefit Relay for Life, or even Hair Fair to benefit Wigs for Kids, we show up and we give. I’ve heard multiple times that I have big heart for these events but the statement isn’t exactly true, because it’s not “I” it’s me and it’s you, so thank you! But I am asking please, if you know someone who hasn’t been to this event, please, spread the word, drag them along WITH you, because time is running out. Only 4 days left, so lets finish this one as strongly as we started it. Let’s build community. Let’s have a heart for others. Let’s all purchase and don kimono’s and share tea at Rico Flux’s new Tea House ( http://csltm.wordpress.com/ricos-tea-house-3/ ). Let’s just do, we’ve done so much, can’t we do just a little more? Four days left, let’s do this.

On HopeHair: Boon, RHN435 . Boots: Bax, Regency .

4/19(Sat) 6:30amslt
日本時間4/19(土)22:30~
Japanese Entertainment Night
produced by BBOY-DAN and Guest DJ
(ダンスエンタテインメント ”花魁道中” & ” 新撰組” と三味線ミックスDJライブ)
Japanese style dance entertainment ”花魁道中”, ” 新撰組” and
live “shamisen” (Japanese instrument) mix DJ show
Please TP to : JAPAN FAIR SIM

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Louisiana/132/133/22

4/19(Sat) 10amslt
日本時間 翌4/20(日)am2:00~
MIX Brand SHOW 2
produced by Les Garcons
(メンズ2ブランドによるミックスショー)
Mix Show by 2 mens brands
Please TP to : NOHGAKUDOU AUDIENCE

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Couture%20Boulevard/18/144/1649

4/20(Sun) 6amslt / 1pmslt
日本時間4/20(日)22:00~ / 4/21(月)5:00~
AZUL SHOW
produced by BLVD Agency & Japanese Model team
Please TP to : NOHGAKUDOU AUDIENCE

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Couture%20Boulevard/18/144/1649

On Being

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around ~Leo Buscaglia

On BeingHeadpiece: Tableau Vivant, Moon Headress **Cutie Moon Fair** .

Sometimes I make myself weary. It’s the most remarkable thing, but in the wearing thin I realize, even at this most minute, infinitesimal moment, I am just happy I am. And I am happy you are too and we are we and with another friend we make three. What more could we want from this life? It reminds me of a poem of sorts. So for you, and I, for we and three, I hope today we will practice to be drunk. To be drunk on life. That is my wish for thee.

On BeingHair: .ploom., Aries . Shoulderpiece: Zibska, Manna . Ring; [Mandala], Motsumame . Outfit: Fellini Couture, Patchouli .

Be Drunk
by Charles Baudelaire
translated by Louis Simpson

You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it—it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.

But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk.

And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again, drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: “It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.”

On Being Single

I like being single, I’m always there when I need me. ~ Art Leo

On Being SingleHair: Miamai, Anna . Necklace/bracelet: Pure Poison, Reigna . Eyes: Mayfly . Ears: [Mandala] .

I can’t quite put my finger on it, I was stuck on up in my own head, as I am oft to be, walking quickly through the city park by where I work, taking a much needed break from work. Just random thinking I suppose; or perhaps it’s the murky tides of angst and indecision that occur when seas change and you know you feel some “thing,” but you are unsure what “it” is. A Second Life friend is marrying Saturday, but unfortunately I had to RSVP a “can’t attend” because I’ve another wedding to go to, three the next three weekends to be exact. But the one Saturday, one of my posse is marrying, and not for the first time, but the second. I kind of admire her optimism, I’m not sure I would be able to summon enough strength to run through that rodeo twice. Our culture is so odd to me. I kind of have the feeling men look at marriage as proving their love by sacrificing their manhood, they give up sharing their “utility” with other women. For women on the other hand, giving up sex with others to only have it with one man isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a culmination of some princess dream they have acted, reenacted and dreamt of their entire lives.

desir1 Gown: Desir, Charlotte **NEW** . LM

But curious as to the ambivalence I was feeling, when I returned to my desk I googled “weddings and being single” to see if I could figure out what I feel. Unfortunately one of the articles that came up said I was single because I’m a bitch, a slut, a liar, shallow, selfish, or not good enough. Yep, she went there. And no, it didn’t make me angry, I seldom become so, nor would I take the word of a thrice divorced person as the know all of how to be married, if anything I believe perhaps her standards are set too low because if you think about it, she’s had as many sexual partners as me, she just married and discarded them which to me seems a lesson in futility, or at the last, social wastefulness. Getting married is the easy part, STAYING married now that’s the davil in the details. But as I thought about it, I knew I needed to qualify my single-ness, if not for myself, then for the other women of a certain age who happen to find themselves in this light, because I’m not one of this authors labels. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty sure I can be the first and possibly the 5th on occasion, but I’d say it’s rare at best and typically when I am hungry or tired.

On Being SingleGown: Desir, Livia **NEW** .

So my answer to her is, and it’s the take from. There are no set labels that encompass any class of people and shame on you for trying to do so. Sometimes, women are single because life happens. Sometimes women have confusing childhoods marred by their shyness of character and oddness of intelligence. Sometimes a woman’s first relationship is controlled by an emotionally abusive man, who manipulates and isolates her enough that when she is finally free of the chains, she spends a few years between doubt and self-loathing and believing she made a mistake in leaving him because he’s all she deserves. Then one day she learns to love and respect herself again, just enough to meet another man. A nice respectful sort of man, who loves and cherishes her, but the angst and tension of letting someone close causes her to be unable to sleep or eat, so scared she will end up emotionally enslaved again. So much so, she makes the only choice she can. She lets him go because she loves him. Maybe she is a person who continues to try to date, even though she dreads it, you know the dates, the one where you quietly eat your dinner while listening to him tell you about how he cheated on his wife and the mistress left him when she got what she wanted but he still loves her and you wonder whether he thought he was having dinner with you or with his shrink. A woman, who is, now older and softer around the emotional edges, wakes up each morning and is truly happy for the first time because she loves her life, with or without a man. Happy she has a male friend in her life, but feels no urge to buy into cultural mores that no longer fit her values because she is the catalyst of her own happiness, not controlled by some archaic social standard that declares if she isn’t married she is a bitch, a slut, a liar, shallow, selfish, or not good enough. Maybe, just maybe, her unmarried defining label is simply, life happened. Well, you get the picture, but then that’s just my take on it, probably not worth the time it took to read it.

Lovely Accessories

A good man is a lovely accessory, good jewelry and shoos, on the other hand, they are an extension of you, so it’s a necessity. ~Cao

Lovely AccessoriesNecklace/Earrings: Zibska, Avalon (color change) **L’Accessories** . Brows: No.7, Mayuge single (color change) **L’Accessoires** . Ears: [Mandala], elf ears . Hair: .ploom., Mookie .

The next round of L’Accessories starts tomorrow! Someone hold me down, I think I’m going to explode! Lots of pretty, pretties and SQUUUEAAAAALLLLL!!! Shoos, shoos and did I say they have lots of shoos?? But don’t take my word for it, tomorrow morning, go on over there and git you some! See? I even included the Taxi for you! I’ma a helpful Lil Cow like that.

Lovely AccessoriesShoos: Miamai, Organica **L’Accessories** . Top: La Penderie De Nicole, My Feathered Waspie . Skirt: Gizza, Tutu . Mannequin: [RO], Dress Form **FREE Group Gift** .

Hustling Towards Imperfection

I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination, creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done. ~Susan Orlean

Hustling Towards ImperfectionMask: 22769, Mes Penseas Sont Des Papillions **L’Accessoires** . Hat: Zibska, Kazue . Hair: Boon: KBO906 .

I know, I know but what can I say, I am just being 100% me. Remember Friday when I told you that deadline at work was looming but it was Friday so I couldn’t be arsed to try beating the deadline? Well, amazing thing, the “work fairy godmother” didn’t swing by my desk and finish it up for me over the weekend. Geesh, figures.. So here I sit, with renewed desperation determination, amidst this pile of paperwork I am trying to push through by this upcoming Friday. Uff, I hate myself when I do this. So with a little late respect from my sanity, today I vow to compartmentalize my work into new smaller steps, to focus directly on it and only it and to not let the multitude of distractions ( aka you guys and your Facebook!), make my mind wander away. To help myself, I am going to pilfer today’s blog from CC:Jokes.com ( http://jokes.cc.com ). Quite simply, it’s the 10 Sure Signs That You are Burned Out at Your Job. Don’t forget, a new round of L’Accessoires is starting soon! (tomorrow, I think!). Here! I’ll even take a second and provide the taxi for you! I’m kinda nice that way. Taxi:

Hustling Towards ImperfectionTop: Gizza, Tunic, Soil **NEW** . Bag: /XIAJ/, Eenie bag **L’Accessoires** . Shoos: Miamai: Difference Pumps **NEW** .

10. You’re so tired you now answer the phone, ‘Hell.’

9. Your friends call to ask how you’ve been, and you immediately scream, ‘Get off my back, bitch!’

8. Your garbage can IS your ‘in’ box.

7. You wake up to discover your bed is on fire, but go back to sleep because you just don’t care.

6. You have so much on your mind, you’ve forgotten how to pee.

5. Visions of the upcoming weekend help you make it through Monday.

4. You sleep more at work than at home.

3. You leave for a party and instinctively bring your ID badge.

2. You blasted your Daily Planner with a .357 Magnum a week ago, but still haven’t been able to miss a meeting.

1. You think about how relaxing it would be if you were in jail right now.

Hustling Towards ImperfectionLeggins: Baiastice, Fall Mesh . Hands/Feet/Eyes: SLink & Mayfly . Poses: .Slouch .

Take from? I hope you are having a low gravity sort on Monday. As for me, well, I reckon it’s time to get back to the grind. I no longer have a daily planner, but I’m pretty sure I have a meeting starting right about now.