A Full Clean Install

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It was a strange way to end the year for me, but I wouldn´t have expected anything less from it. How could I ?

The entire holidays became the backdrop to the unconditional love we lavished more than ever before, upon a – terminally ill – beloved family member.

Travel plans cancelled … willingly, happily. At least we are still together! N´est-ce pas?

2016 gifted me with one of the biggest growth spurts of my entire adult life. Absurdly painful at times, yes, but magnificently wiser than wise in its gifted realizations. It brought me an almost full on awakening that led me to recognize – through the mirror of others – some of the very issues that I still need to work on within myself.

Once past the initial bewilderment (who? me???!!), it actually became a truly purging, humbling, balancing, empowering and strengthening process, from which we (if any of you identifies) can re-emerge lighter and freshly energized before embarking on the clean slate journey of 2017. May we get another chance!

How about you? How did 2016 challenge you?

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MAC users, take notice:

On a lighter note, the holidays left me with a technical solution to a problem I ´ve been experiencing since Fall 2015 when I upgraded to El Capitan OS X only to find that Firestorm was not running properly on it.

What I did at the time, in order to be able to continue taking high resolution snapshots for this blog, was to create a separate partition running Maverick with an earlier version of the Firestorm Viewer.

Aside from the fact that I needed to tediously change partitions between RL work and SL work, it was  great … until the recent release of the BENTO viewers

The solution was to upgrade the Nvidia Drivers on my MAC which is something I never dared do since it´s not provided through the regular Apple Channels and I was just afraid to mess my RL work partition and livelihood. I shied from doing it even though Firestorm did provide all the necessary information.

Luckily I finally dared and although it does not solve my problem 100% (my viewer is a little slow on Ultra but hey, who´s complaining? ) it has eliminated my constant crashing and allowed me to work.

In case you are experiencing the same issues, here are some links:

Crashing While Running Firestorm.  The Nvidia Drivers are located under CRASH for both EL CAPITAN and SIERRA. FYI, I´m still running EL CAPITAN.

After you download it  you have the choice of using either the Nvidia Web Drivers or the OS X Default Graphic Drivers at any given time after that through your System Preferences –> Nvidia Graphic Manager.


Bento Mesh Head

Which takes me back to BENTO  and the reason for the upgrade in the first place.  So yes! after the upgrade worked so well with the new drivers installed, I went ahead and got my first BENTO Mesh Head.

I chose the Lelutka Simone because they were generous enough to offer it to previous owners of the Simone Head at half the price. Talk about securing customer loyalty!

I decided to use it with my  shape but I am still tweaking it and changing it here and there. I found that the process was in a way much like drawing !!! At first the results of my tweaking lead to extremely naive depictions of the head, circa 2009. Sort of unnatural and dollish.

Eventually I managed to get the  shape somewhat more normal by trying to render the image after my own RL bone structure from all sides. From there I began experimenting with several skins other than the original GLAM Affair it came with.

The verdict

I love the head, I always did, but I´m still working on finding the right balance. Being able to achieve a more mature look is a must for me. I find it a bit of a challenge but I´m working on it and having fun.

I would say that my next posts will all have the look of complete shape/skin experimentation as I had not seen since the old days with the System Avi. Terrifying and exciting. I hope you can bear with me!

May you all be Blessed, Sustained and Contained throughout  2017!  

Thank you for being so wonderful to me!

Much Love, Landa xox

George Michael (R.I.P) – White Light

Style Info

Pic 1

Magnificently textured spaghetti strap, body hugging dress. It comes with the brand´s signature collar as well as with a futuristic stand up stole. The dress sits approximately 4 inches from the knee. Materials enabled. Fitmesh, Slink, Belleza and Maitreya mesh body sized. Available in white and black.

Byrne – Jeo Dress and Collar in White @ Marvelous Monthly.   Lelutka – Hair. Ryca – Earrings. Luxe – Ring.

Pic 2

Skimpy tunic top in a whirlwind pattern topping the leather, low slung Capri pants.

Byrne – Brida in Grey. Azoury – Sandals. Wasabi Pills – Hair. Real Evil – Necklace. Luxe – Rings.

Pic 3

A sexy set. A leather, low slung skirt with a flare, topped with a ´peplumed´, long sleeved, deep V neckline in sultry textured silk.

Byrne – Amanda Skirt & Jacket Group Gift. Wasabi Pills – Hair. LUXE – Choker.  Rebel Gal – Booties (seen on Flickr soon) Izzie´s – Tights.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Moz Loordes says:

    Hmm, I was thinking of what I could write for you, my dear friend. Maybe what happened to me in 2016? My experiences of similar close family member? But no, I wanted something of eternal value for the start of the New Year. So here is a stanza by Tukaram, 17th-century poet-saint who lived in Middle India. ❤ Moz

    When the heart is purified with sincerity
    Then even enemies become friends.
    Tigers may come near but will never attack one.
    Poison offered to such a one will turn into nectar,
    Any harm directed towards him will result into good,
    Harsh words will sound polite.
    Any pain afflicted will become the source of happiness.
    The flames of fire will turn cool.
    For God All Merciful is pleased.
    If one’s heart is full of compassion,
    If one loves others more than oneself,
    God will look upon such a one with an eye of mercy
    And bless his heart with His presence.

    Tukaram (1608-1660)

    1. landacrystal says:

      What an incredible gift you have given me. The poem almost the confirmation of a suspected missing link and your wonderful friendship! I am blessed. T H A N K Y O U!🌸🐚🍀

  2. Tartiste says:

    Reblogged this on .

    1. landacrystal says:

      Thank you Tartiste!

  3. Dee says:

    I too have found a mixture of emotions in relation to an immediate family members health issues. As I think back over the past year I am reminded of the roller-coaster of highs and lows that journey has taken me on. I needed to revamp what I always considered “my time” into something that to date has not been given a title. I needed to look long and hard at the feelings of “guilt” when questioning “why me” rather than “poor them”. Considering my profession, it still took me the longest time to accept this kind of illness I was seeing. You see it was an illness of the mind where a person crawls inside themselves and begins to shrivel up. There are no spots, no x-rays. no blood tests, no clinical patterns. I am use to people fighting to live with all they possess, not resigning to the fact they have been defeated. This journey is not over and I honestly can’t imagine what changes it will or has caused in me as a person and to speak truthfully I am scared to look.


    1. landacrystal says:

      My dear, dear Dee. I sincerely thank you for sharing this. Some illnesses can’t be measured. They cant be seen through the naked eye at all and yet they are still so devatatingly real. I know this too well. No doubt this will change us. We might never be the same again. In my case taking care of myself is part of the biggest act of love. Otherwise I wouldn t be much good to them. Dee Dee, what you feel is completely normal, valid and true. I hug you tight and very close to my heart.

      1. Dee says:

        xoxox Landa♥

      2. landacrystal says:

        Showering you with silly double hearts as my only way to convey my gratitude and love to you!💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞

  4. thank you for sharing these poignant insights!! 2016 was a tough one for me also emotionally- and financially!! But here we are – another journey round the sun!! and hopefully a tad wiser! All the best in the New Year!! Blessings on your family and the one who prepares to make another journey. I know it’s not easy. Cherish each day. Much love to you!

    1. landacrystal says:

      Dear Cybele, thank you so much for sharing your impressions with us. I thank you for your kind wishes and hope that 2017 closes in on much better note for all. Blessings and love to you and yours! xo

      1. and to you!! thank you too!

  5. Francis.R. says:

    I feel I am so late, I feel I needed to be here for you. Changes in dates are more a convention, but they can be useful for us to say a symbolic bye to things we didn’t do well so I’m trying to don’t make the same mistakes… certainly to wish happiness wouldn’t be correct in this case (we need the time to grieve for our dear relatives) but I hope you have peace.

    1. Thank you so very much dear Francis! xo

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