It has been quite some time. I am sure you have seen blogs go from active to inactive and anywhere in between. I was never a truly prolific blogger, I don’t always have something to say or anything newsworthy to share. I am just a resident enjoying her SecondLife and who happens to like to blog about it sometimes. I recently celebrated my Rez Day…9 years in SL! I wanted to do a post, but the stars did not align right for that. I have spent half of my 9 years in SL exploring and learning how to role play, then I spent the second half of those 9 years breaking into the SL modeling scene. I am very comfortable with both and enjoy both sides of my SL to this day. I do feel the familiar urge to do something new with my SL, perhaps I get that urge every 4 years or so…who knows.
What has captured my interest of late is all chatter about Bento. If you don’t know what I am talking about you will have to visit Strawberry Singh’s blog because as always, she does an excellent job explaining things. Between her and Wicca Merlin, I got a crash course in Bento. As a model in SL your brand is important. Your uniqueness is your brand, which includes your face. It was this line of thinking that kept me from getting on the mesh head bandwagon. There was little way to modify them beyond skin and I just couldn’t accept that as me. I was very impressed with my fellow models who were able to work skins and layers to their advantage and make their own unique face, but I still figured anything I would do would still not give me my own unique face so I held off.
Now that Bento has arrived and I watched my dear friend Wicca (my mesh head queen) work various heads (Bento and not) and share her experiences with me. I felt confident after a few conversations and screen shares with Wicca to dive in and give making my own unique face with a Bento head a go. I was so excited to use a Bento head that I went for the Bento hands too! Both were just the refresh I needed. While I love my avatar, I knew it was time to give her a make over, which can be both time consuming and frustrating. Not this time! I have a new Bento me now and am very pleased with the results. Just like when I finally found Silly’s face (that she has had for 3ish years), I felt that same feeling once I had the right skin on and had tweaked the sliders to my liking. I know this is likely not the final look for the new Bento Silly, but I am very pleased with her beginnings!
I have some other things in mind for my SL in 2017, and I hope to be back with another post soon to talk all about that!
I know I am not alone in my love of my mesh body. It is exciting to me to watch the trend in clothing designing in SL at present. It really is getting increasingly common for a designer to create an item that is not only standard size, but made for quite a variety of the mesh bodies available on the grid right now. Dead Dollz has always been a versatile and creative brand. When I opened the envelope to find Astra for the Vintage and Cool Fair, I about fell over. This dress looks amazing on Lara and comes in a variety of colors. Here is all you need to know about Astra:
It is the exclusive item at Vintage & Cool which started August 21st and ends September 4th
Astra is an original Maitreya Compatible Fitmesh creation +Applier
Available in 6 colors: Blue – Black – Petroleum – Purple – Red – White
Cost is L$350
Get yours before its too late!
“We accept the love we think we deserve.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
It has been a crazy week for me in RL, but here I am…unwinding in SL with one of the latest creations from Dead Dollz. I just loved the flirty lil Bedelia dress. (Available now at Mesh Avenue until August 31st.)
“Bedelia is an elegant mini dress in light shiny silk. The dress is available in 5 colors, each pack contains fitted mesh for Maitreya’s Lara, Belleza’s Venus 3.0, The Mesh Project’s Mesh Body, and 5 standard sizes for SL System Body.” – Kiddo Oh
The delicate bow at the back had to be noticed, so I put on my new short curly ICONIC “Worth It” hair (August’s Group Gift) and struck a pose from KaTink (Portia 4). I always smile a bit wider when a designer includes sizes for mesh bodies and so since I am in love with Lara, I am wearing the Maitreya version of Bedelia, which of course fits perfectly. I am wearing Glamistry Heels (Parrasana) to complete the look.
Thank you for reading and I hope that you too get some time to unwind!
I’ve been giving something a lot of thought lately. The topic of blogging in SL is a rather big one with many facets. I have seen rants from bloggers or designers about one thing or another and I have never considered myself a public ranter. My close friends know I will privately rant from time to time, but that is the sort of thing you do to vent among friends, nothing that needs to be on social media or my blog. I enjoy each and every designer and event I blog for. I try not to take too much on so I don’t short change anyone. As we all know RL and SL can’t be helped at times, and we end up with too much going on at once to really do a great job everywhere we are committed. We have to make some choices and some things don’t get the attention they should. No one is perfect.
I have been a blogger for a lil while now and I am by far not the end all be all expert on things, but I am a person with an opinion and I am entitled to it, just as we all are entitled to our opinions. As a blogger I always do my best to adhere to the requirements of the designer or the event. I have been fortunate to blog for those I have come to know in some way, whether as friends or as contacts in the SL modeling world. It is my experience those are the best blogging relationships to have, where the blogger and designer/event organizer know one another or get to know one another and become friends. I think that takes a bit of the “business” out of it and helps people see the person behind the avi on both sides of the coin. I think if more did that we would see less scathing blogger notices or strict blogging requirements. I really do try to see things from both sides. I understand that designers/organizers want the most possible exposure to bring in the Ls to keep their business/event going, but let’s not lose sight of the human aspect. For me, (in RL and SL) personal relationships and treating others with respect should not be sacrificed for the $/L$.
One of the long standing beliefs I have had is that there is a population (hopefully a small one) of bloggers who are out to just get free items, and really don’t do right by the designers or events. I would imagine these sorts of bloggers don’t get very far as any designer or event organizer would be hip to that relatively quickly if they monitored their blogging pool at all. I have always worked to be sure I am never perceived as one of -those- bloggers.
So what am I going on about then? I think the blogger/designer/organizer relationship would be better if each party took a lil time to get to know one another. This is just one blogger’s opinion, but when we report our blogs to you, or post in your Flickr groups, some comment would be nice and perhaps even a bit of a chat. I know some designers/organizers may think they are too busy for that, but are you really? I think some investment in the human relationship between people is well worth the time.
There are two events you should be sure to visit. One is the Body Art Hunt (July 1-31) and the other is this round of Shiny Shabby. In the image above I am wearing the latest cosmetic creation of the talented Madrid Solo “Weird Carnivale” available now as a part of the Body Art Hunt. The dress I am wearing is “Zion” in ice created by the fashion forward Kiddo Oh of Dead Dollz and is available at Shiny Shabby right now. I can never resist shoes from Azoury and these are the Alma Wedge Sandals in aquamarine, also available at Shiny Shabby.
Thank you for reading!
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” ― Robert Fulghum, True Love
I came to Second Life as an educator and after many years I ended up a model. My in between years were spent exploring the richness of role play, so I certainly have a soft spot for it and I love visiting role play themed shopping events. Kiddo’s most recent addition to the We ♥ RP event is called Pilar and comes in several colors. It is elegant in its simplicity and it certainly delivers the craftsmanship I love in all of Kiddo’s creations. We ♥ RP is going on now and this round will end at the close of the month. Do be sure to pay it a visit, you will be glad you did.
Dead Dollz is likely most known for her amazing gowns, but Kiddo Oh has some amazing creations for various events, including The Fantasy Collective. In the above photo I am wearing her Missandei top in ivory. It comes in a few other colors and has a HUD that changes the color of the band, ribbon and metal clasp. I know you have heard me say it before, but options rock and I appreciate a designer who makes a color changing HUD a part of their designs as it just makes their items that much more versatile. I coupled the look with some of my favorites and a couple of new finds. Here are all the links you will need to achieve this look: