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I woke up this morning thinking about this. This is going to sound weird but I tend to dream about my styles and what I want to do.

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There was this boy in high school, with whom all the girls went gaga over, myself included. Wow, he was gorgeous and his eyes, well you could just get lost in them. Anyway, we all graduated and went our separate ways. One weekend years later I am home for a visit, my bff and I (both of us straight) stop in at the local gay bar to visit a friend who tended bar. After a couple of drinks my friend spots that boy from high school. With utter happiness and yes a bit of shock not to mention sadness. (yes he was that good looking) We catch up, finding out that he shared his life with his partner. He explained to us that he never thought of himself as gay. He just fell in love with another man…

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It never occurred to me until that moment that you could fall in love with anyone, whether it be gender, race or religion. Love is an emotion, a very strong emotion. Love is blind. It should never be a mistake. That’s why I stand for love. Who has the right to tell us who we should marry.

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I don’t know where he is today, it has been many years since I have seen him but where ever he is, I is my wish that he happy and in love.

Thank you for reading my story. Isobel

Style Card:

Hair: TRUTH HAIR London
Hat: Miss Rose Yellow *****BaObA *****s modified
Jewelry: **Angelwing** Coin Silks Black necklace
Top: Aurora Coat in Lotus (don’t remember where I got this)
Pants: !_Ce Cubic effect Cotton pants
Boots: *Btq Courtisane* Esprit De Sable OLDWHITE

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I just finished my first Avenue gig today. Having lived in that style for the last week, I was very happy to remove it. This style below, I had started right before so I just went back to it. It is a bit simple but a girl needs that once in a while.

Day of Rest

Here are my answers to Strawberry’s latest meme.

1. Who did you speak to last inworld today? Cade Elkhart. I call him my 7 year old newbie friend. He still runs around SL in the same newbie skin he started with. He is one of my oldest dearest friends inworld and only see him log in once every 8 months or so. I was surprised today when he popped in. It was wonderful catching up with him.

2. Who has taught you most about SL? Imaki (he is no longer in SL)

3. Who do you turn to for help? Jackson Halpern (when he was around) and my sl/rl boyfriend Metalclad Metaluna. When neither guy is around, I have used the Miss Virtual World Academy group chat to ask for help. I have met some wonderful people there.

4.Who is the most entertaining person on your friend list? Jackson Halpern I miss him so much.

5. Do you speak to your SL friends outside of SL? Yes I do, but only a few.

6. Are you part of a community or family inworld? Nope

7. Are you usually around a lot of people or do you spend most of your time alone inworld? I am alone most of my time. I am a bit of a recluse in sl. I have a hard time trusting people so I stick to myself.

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Style card:

Hair: Elikatira- [e] Later

Hat: LaGyo_Virginie big fold hat modified

Jewelry: MIEL UVA necklace and earrings. ( was a free gift)

Top: Keely Spaghetti Strap [White]

Pants: Maggie Pants -Agnes Finney My Precious Fashion House

Sandles: NX-Nardcotix MANA Vixie Flat Sandals

Handbag: [AM] – Vintage Bag – BROWN

From time to time I would cast for a job with Avenue. Never really getting picked, but never really giving up either. Not many models can say that they have been invited to Avenue twice. I have been. Once, with Simone (my now original alt), and now with Bella. Late last year Krypt gave me a second chance after I left them in 2008. I will not leave again. I am determined to make them proud. This is my first job. I was not only surprised that I was pick for the casting, but also ecstatic. Thank you Leah!

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Lately, I have been reading a lot of blogs. Catching up with what is going on in SL, I guess. Possibly, living vicariously through the other bloggers since I can’t afford to buy anything new yet. I have been noticing a lot of mention of this thing called meme. (lol) It took me a few weeks to figure out what it was all about. I am a bit late to the game, but by George, I have finally got it. So I want to tag along. Maybe it will get me out there. Its amazing how easy people forget you when you are gone for a period of time. I figured I would do a few of the old ones and then partake in any new ones that come out. So, today, I will start with the SL Names Meme.

1. What’s your SL name? Isobel Oleander

2. What made you choose this name? I was standing at Sweethearts as Simone. It had been a while since I had been on her and frankly was uncomfortable with her. (she had a tragic end) Saw the name Isabel come across my screen and thought it was pretty. After speaking to a friend about starting a fresh SL with an new avie Isobel was born. I actually spent 3 days looking for the name Oleander. This was before Resident when sl gave out last names and before display names.

3. What’s your SL nickname, or what do most people call you? Iso

4. What’s your SL display name? Why do you choose to have one? My display name is Bella. I choose to use the display name option because there is another model in sl, Isoldel. One day I started to receive compliments and thank you’s for things I wasn’t doing. It took me a few days to figure out that people thought that I was her, and after meeting her, people thinking she was me. I felt that the display name might help. Not really sure if it ever did help. Although we did have a nice laugh over the mix-ups.

5. Do you like your SL name? Yes!!!

6. If you could change your SL name, what would it be? Wouldn’t change it

7. What’s the craziest/funniest SL name you’ve ever seen? Don’t remember any at this moment but know I have seen some. I do remember a name in another game that I played (a mmo) that still cracks me up to the day. Idontgodownonfirstdates

8. What’s the coolest (your favorite) SL name you’ve ever seen? I am drawing a blank on this question.

So here it is, my first Meme. Thanks for reading!!! Isobel

I was continuing to go through my inventory the other day when I came across this blouse from LeeZu. I don’t even remember buying it. I can’t help wonder what other gems I am going to find. I still miss shopping and know I am missing out on so much. Soon!

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I’m still working on Photoshop.

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Thanks for Reading! Isobel

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Style Card:
Hair: booN
Make-up: Lovely Mi – Mila Purple
Jewelry: je suis…voyante necklace
Top: Valerie Blouse LILA by LeeZu!
Pants: Maitreya – Acer Chino Black
Handbag: R.icielli – THE MESSENGER bag
Boots: Kalnins Footwear – Digna
Hat: ” Melancolia ” ******* BaObA ***** Modified

I was talking to a friend the other day about my long absence from sl. I joked about how SL has passed me by and that I may not be able to catch up. His suggestion was to style and blog. Attend a few shows to be seen and lastly to enter a contest. So here is the contest I entered. It has only been opened for a few days and the response is unbelievable. Already well over 500 photos on the Truth’s Model search flickr page. At least I am being seen. Had to buy hair so I broke my no shopping rule. What is a girl to do. Anyway check it out for yourself.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/truthmodels/

Thanks for reading! Isobel

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Style Card.
Hair: Truth’s London
Necklace: Chop Zuey

My life has been so different, good but different. Seven months ago I left my old life and drove across country to start a whole new life. With only whatever I could stuff in my car and my cat in the seat next to me, I took this huge leap of faith. I am now living with my SL boyfriend in RL. It has been hard. I have lost a lot and have been unable to find a job and because of where we live, with the internet being really bad I had to take a break from SL. There were times I thought that maybe I should have just given up and gone home but I have come to realize that this is my home. I do not regret in anyway what I did. I am where I belong. Sharing a life with his arms around me. Together the sky is the limit and we are stronger together than we are separate. I love you baby.

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I really have missed sl and styling. Seven months is a long time and much has changed. I am still having internet issues but I fight through it. This is my first style in a very long time. For now I can only style out of my inventory. Lindens are tight. It is going to be a challenge to not buy anything but I am sure I will be able to do it, for a while. I am proud of myself that I was able to do this style with out buying a thing.

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This is also my first time using Photoshop. I think I did alright. I will continue to work with it and learn. At least I can’t get any worse, so that is a plus.
Hopefully I still have readers, lol. Thanks for reading! Bella

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Style card.
Hair: [LeLutka]-TOKYO hair – Pitch
Make-up: [White~Widow – Face Tattoo] Chouchou Black/White w/eyeshadows, MONS / Makeups – lipstick dominant ombre red
Jewelry: *Flora Earrings SILVER* (L) by La Forgia Jewels
Tops: I ALEIDA I Wippys choice – white, -Glam Affair- Black Mistress – Bodice
Jacket: [LWL] Volga Shrug MODIFIED (changed the colors of buttons to Red.
Skirt: Black quilted leather skirt Coeur Noir
Rose on waist: I ALEIDA I Wippys choice belt – flamingo MODIFIED
Leggins: Gawk! White Cotton Leggings – Modified
Boots: Azoury- Les Bottines Claytonie
Fingernails: [MANDALA]LONG

Sometimes it feels like you are slipping away, so I hold on tight. I know I am being silly, that you’re not going anywhere.

Sometimes it feels like you are being pulled away. I know I am being silly, but I still hold on tight. You are not going anywhere.

Life is changing, always changing. Moving on, so I hold on tight. I know I am being silly. We aren’t going anywhere.

Eye Candy is Jackson Halpern, the bestest friend a girl can have. ❤ you sweetie.

Butterfly; butterfly fly away,
teach me how to be as free as free can be.

Butterfly; butterfly I see you there,
its beautiful the way your wings caress the air.

Butterfly; butterfly go as high as you can go,
show me the things that I don’t yet know.

Butterfly; butterfly fly into the sky,
drop down and land yourself by my side.

Butterfly; butterfly I see you kiss a flower,
my eyes fill and I begin to ponder.

Butterfly; butterfly your beauty soars,
I see the beauty in you and I see the beauty within me.

Butterfly; butterfly show me the way,
For beauty is beautiful but there’s more to me.

Butterfly; butterfly show yourself,
I see your colors and I see your shimmer, is there anything else?

I chose to blog this style because when I got the dress I was less than thrilled that I of all people would get it. It was a style for a show, my first show. Don’t get me wrong, the dress is beautiful and something I would pick out myself. I had to come up with something good and different. I was sitting at the table with Erin and looking at that small package of cuteness whom is girly as girly gets, when it came to me. I even told her about the idea and well you can guess that she loved it. I am very pleased how it came out and well I felt proud to walk down the runway in it. The gown is AMARELO MANGA and the show was her designs that Beauty Posh put together. I won a style contest that got me on the runway. I was invited to be one of their models which I happily accepted.

Thank you for reading!   I know its been a while since I have last bloged. I hope to blog more in the weeks to come.    ❤ Isobel Oleander

Oh P. S. The poem is not my own. Its a portion of a poem that I found on the internet.

 I originally had another idea on how I wanted this blog to go but recently I have had to question my reasons for being in second life, why it is so important for me to be involved in modeling and most importantly why I care that the people who I care for and love the most support me on my journey.

I have been in second life on and off since 2007. I have had many experiences and have met so many creative and not so creative people along the way.

What keeps bringing people back and what keeps bringing me back?

Speaking for myself, for the most part sl is full of creative people. I see second life as a canvas, an empty canvas. The builders, artists, photographers, designers, musicians, bloggers, models and stylists (if I missed anyone my apologizes) contribute to make sl what it is. I am a model and stylist in second life. This is how I tap into my artistic side and modeling and styling are my choices of a medium for this canvas. This is what I am passionate about. It brings me pleasure.

Yes second life is a game if that is what you bring to it. For so many others, like myself it is a creative expression. It is one of the many things that makes me happy. No matter what your passion is, whether it be computers, sports, your children, your job to name a few. There is no difference in any of them, not one less worthy or one any better than the other.

This little collection is what keeps bringing me back. To be able to do this and have others admire it…. well its just priceless.

This is my second life. This is my canvas!

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed. ❤ Isobel Oleander

I chose not to add style cards to this so I will add them to my flicker within the next few days.

After months of hard work and a few weeks of waiting I find out that I have finally done it. I made it. Last week I recieved the best news ever. I made it into Avenue!!!! Yay me.

Photo done by Spencer Christenson.

❤ Isobel Oleander