New Horizons

Hello Readers!

I have been aching to blog so much more than I have of late, but there is only so much time in the day!  RL & SL have gotten very demanding, but I did that to myself and I enjoy the things I am involved in in both worlds.

This weekend was a big one for me.  Not only did I have Colour of Couture’s Charity Challenge, I had SCALA Models Academy graduation which was SCALA’s first official production.  I was thrilled not only to be invited to be a model for SCALA, but asked to be a part of the staff and the graduation show contained a bit of my work as a script writer, as well as that of my very talented sis Liat Reina.  My congratulations go out to all the talented new SCALA graduates!  I so enjoyed watching them tear up the runway! Then there was the VISIONAIRE Graduation Exhibit, which was the culmination of my SL photography classes.  I cannot say enough how unique an experience this was, and how much it helped me to grow as an SL photographer.  I still have a lot to learn, but what I can do now, as compared to before VISIONAIRE, is simply incredible to me. Learning from Nariko and Wren was amazing, and the other VISIONAIRE trainees were so very supportive and inspiring.  I have really experienced nothing else quite like it in SL.

Silly's CoC Practice

The photo above comes courtesy of my sweet sis Liat.  Words cannot express the extent of my feelings for her. She was a wonderful audience for me as I practiced for the Charity Challenge and gave me much constructive criticism and feedback.

The gist of the challenge was to propose a charity event that I would make a reality if selected to be Miss Colour of Couture.  For me, the choice of charities was simple, Guide Dogs of America (GDA). I have been involved with GDA for several years and have served as a volunteer puppy raiser, raising three wonderful dogs for them.  There is something about the amazing ways animals can help us and those with disabilities that touch me deeply.  As I prepared for this challenge I realized that my charity might be a bit too regional to appeal to the very global community of Second Life.  So I did a bit of research and discovered Assistance Dogs International (ADI), a coalition of non-profit assistance and service dog organizations that hail from around the globe.  I was thrilled to learn the GDA was a part of this coalition.  So my proposal was for a charity event in SL that would benefit ADI and in turn all of its member organizations.

In case you are interested in the text on Liat’s photo, there is an ongoing joke amongst the CoC candidates that stems from my inability to type “high-5” as “^5.”  Apparently I have an aversion to hitting those keys right and my ^5 comes out 6%. *laughs*  I love it when the CoC candidates 6% each other.  It really makes me smile and gives me a good laugh.  That just doesn’t get old.  I can’t speak highly enough about the other candidates.  They are a fine group of ladies and I am so very pleased to be competing with them.

I can’t post a photo and not credit it if I am able. In Liat’s photo my outfit is called “Don’t Hold Your Breath” from Liv Glam and was a part of the recent Style Icon Fashion Fair. My hair is from Tram, and shoes were “Maggie” a heel available for Fifty Linden Fridays for Slink High Feet by .fri.  My dog is Manticore and the slide projector and screen are by Seven Emporium.  I LOVE this slide projector and I was sooooo excited to do an actual slide show in SL.  It has been AGES since I had done one and I had soooo much fun making the slides for it.

Immediately following my Charity Challenge was SCALA Model’s Academy’s graduation.  Congratulations to Danity Mynx, Trouble Dethly, Winter Zhukovsky, LolaPandora, LuceMia, Deborah Vos, Leezah Kaddour, Sungyoung, Zoomy Bluebird, Christopher Law, Aely White, AliceAmber, and PetraAlexander!

As a part of my final for VISIONAIRE I was tasked with photographing two of the SCALA trainees.

Danity Profile

I first met Danity Mynx as a Glam Girl contestant for Liv Glam.  I thought her styling for that contest was fun and creative and I had to get to know her.  We have been friends ever since and I was thrilled to be assigned to take her photograph.

Trouble Profile

Trouble Dethly I recall seeing at the 2nd public casting for Style Kingdom Magazine.  He stood out to me mainly because of his name.  Like my own avi name I found it amusing.  I didn’t say anything to him then primarily because I didn’t want it to appear I was hitting on him or flirting in some way.  I was pleased to get to know him better since and know that he doesn’t consider me a scary stranger anymore. *chuckles*

Please visit my Flickr to see the rest of the photos I took of these very special and talented models.

VISIONAIRE GRADUATE EXHIBITION

Lastly there is the VISIONAIRE graduate exhibition.  I have never taken so many photos in such a short time as I did with this final!  I LOVED it though and truly enjoyed setting up a gallery to exhibit my work.  I still cannot believe that it is over and that Nariko and Wren consider me a colleague instead of a student.  I was honored from the start that even without photography experience Nariko would have me as the VISIONAIRE manager, assisting her and Wren with managing the institute and its students.

Sophie Profile

The above is my version of Sophie.  The shape was one given to all of us…the exact same no modify shape.  We could then do with it what we would.  I put on a beautiful skin by Izara Zutka of 7 Deadly S{k}ins called Tina B3b and told my story of Sophie. I wanted to tell a tragic love story, and the story that emerged was loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy and the story of Francesca and Paolo. If you visit my gallery you will see a sign at the entry that gives out some bonus information.  I also have a guest book, so please do sign it.

The jewelry in the photo is Polly by Mandala, the gown is Free Romance – Frozen by Living Imagination, the hair is Amita by EMO-tions, the eyes are IKON Eternal Eyes in Hazel, and the makeup is Wrath M1 DEF by 7 Deadly S{k}ins.

There are currently two exhibitions.  One is on the same sim as the SCALA graduation, and the other is on the SCALA/Visionaire home land.  You can see the press release and get SLurls to both if you visit Nariko’s blog post.

So I think I have caught you up on the latest.  Oh, there is one more thing! Coming up this Saturday, April 19th at 1pm SLT is SCALA’s 2nd production…a LivGlam fashion show and it is my first time serving as a producer, so I am very excited!  More info to come on that show very soon, but do mark your calendars!

Thank you for reading!
Prisillax0020Sx_LDCursiveFlo
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ William Faulkner

 

Item of the Week

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As I wrote about in a previous post, Nariko and I often bounce all kinds of ideas off one another.  One of them was Item of the Week.  I honestly can’t recall how that conversation went, but I know it had something to do with the popular “Look of the Day” posts of bloggers.  We took it a step further when we thought on how most models in SL are expected to style.  Typically we are given a theme and expected to style to the theme.  Nariko and I thought it would be fun to mix it up and not go with a theme to style to, but an item to style with.  So Item of the Week (IOTW) was born!

Here is what you need to do to participate:
1. Join the IOTW Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/iotw
2. Style with the named item in any way you desire.  (The ITOW will be declaredon this blog every Friday.)
3. Take a photo, upload it to Flickr, rename it “IOTW – [item] – [avatar name]” and add it to the IOTW group.
4. You may include a description of your styling process, link it to your own blog for your style card, or whatever you like. The sky is the limit!

Our goal with ITOW is to inspire you to style whatever your heart desires, whatever story you wish to tell, all based on the Item of the Week. You can style as many looks as you like, or even skip a week or two. No prizes. No regulations. No judges. Just created for your own pure styling fun and as a way to put that inventory of yours to work and share your talent with the virtual world! Designers, if you like, you can also create outfits and items surrounding our IOTW item as well, or even give them out as your month’s or week’s group gift so that customers can walk in to your store to style a whole look with it.  If you choose to do so, do let me know and I will happily share that on my blog.  So here we go…

WEEK ONE = HELMET!

Ready? Set? STYLE!

We look forward to bearing witness to your unbridled creativity!

Prisilla & Nariko

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iotw_helmet_far| S T Y L E   C A R D |

helmet > Pucca Firecaster’s Creations – Defender – Hell – Rare (previous Fantasy Gacha Carnival item)

spear & animal > Manticore

makeup > Zibska

tattoo > Custom Inkz – Bad To The Bone Tattoo – Dark (from the Body Modification Expo)

hair > ~Tableau Vivant~ Dreamscape – Locks (from the recent Body Modification Expo)

necklace > [Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Noya Necklace Gold (previous L’Accessories item)

bracers > Baubles!

corset > On A Lark – Dory Corset – Black Epic (previous Fantasy Gacha Carnival item)

skirt > Countdown.Kate Gold Skirt Back

hosiery & boots > Gizza – Femme Fatale

poses > Posesion – Aztec

locations > Athenian Empire & Hazardous

(For any stores not linked, please visit my SLurls page for their inworld location.)

Crazy Silly Helmet IOTW

Visit Nariko’s blog for more IOTW goodness.

Thanks for reading!  I look forward to seeing your styling!

*Prisilla*

“Love is a violent recreational sport. Proceed at your own risk. Helmets, armor, and steel-toe boots are required by law.”
― H.C. Paye

Artemis

Hello Readers!

I am happy to share with you a very special moment in my modeling career.  The photo in this post was taken and processed for me by my good friend and talented photographer Nariko Okawa.  It captures the final challenge in Style Kingdom‘s 2nd Public Casting, the theme of which was lingerie.  I had been a part of the 1st public casting as well, and sadly came in 5th.  I enjoyed the open and honest critiques, meeting the judges who are names in the SL fashion industry in themselves, and the growth promoted by the styling challenges.  So while disappointed in my final placement, I was inspired to improve and have another go, even if that meant I was now competing against 80 other talented models/stylists instead of 25.

One would think the theme of lingerie would be simple, but it is complex in its simplicity.  There are so many ways one could go when styling lingerie…Victoria’s Secret? Boudoir? Showgirl? Dominatrix?  It is important to be unique in a casting, so that you aren’t just another pretty face, but also to keep sight of the theme.  So for me this meant digging around in my inventory for a piece to build around.  I have collected various things from Remarkable Oblivion (RO) since my AVENUE graduation show.  There is just something about RO items that convey fierceness and strength.  I had picked up a few RO items at the Body Modification Expo a few months back, with no real agenda.  I bought them because I liked them and in modeling you never know when an item will go perfectly with a look until you are styling.  In this case it was the Baphomet Horns – Celestial.  So I began with the horns and built the look around them, knowing lingerie had to be a part and thinking on what story I could tell.  As the look came together it became clear to me what I was building.  Artemis.

 (click photo to enlarge)Silly _ Artemis~

I am familiar with many of the Greek gods and goddesses, but allow me to paraphrase from Wikipedia.  Artemis is known as the  daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She is often referenced as “Mistress of Animals.” She was the Hellenic goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women. She often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her.

I attempted to capture as much of the essence of Artemis as I could in my styling, right down to the Manticore deer (tho admittedly it was more like a deer/dog as many have called it -lol-).  I built my look with many different designers…BlackLace, LpD, Zaara, Ison, Lelutka, Madrid Solo, Remarkable Oblivion, Baubles!, and the weapon maker Larion Rhode (LR Weapons).  I was amused that my prior experience in combat role play led me to a more than just a prop bow…I could really go out and shoot someone with it if I wanted to!

As with all of the SK challenge judging I was nervous as heck before taking the runway and standing before the judges, but I was pleased with what I had done and felt I approached the theme in a unique way.  I was overjoyed to find that the judges agreed, and that this time I would place 1st.  This was truly a momentous occasion in my SL modeling career.  I had suffered many rejections as all models do, but this time I was accepted and welcomed into a new family I am very eager to work with.

I would like to thank all the judges I have had the pleasure to meet and talk to over both castings…Dougie Boxen, Kiana Lexenstar, Cruz Quinnell, Pam Astonia, Payton Heron, RhiannaLynn Lane, Paradox Messmer, Jade Spectre, and Absinthe.  Your honest critiques gave me much needed food for thought and fuel for growth.

*Prisilla*

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill