There’s only a few designers with the confidence in their design aesthetic and creative skills to resist the tides of change while simultaneously surfing the waves. Monica Outlander is one of those artists. Her new MiaMai Black Label collection is the perfect exemplar of that duality of leading and trailing edge design.
What do I mean by that? Well, she is using appliers for Slink Mesh attachments to enhance her clothing. Meanwhile, she provides system layers for people who use the default avatar. She is using mesh in many creative ways. Meanwhile, she will use flexi-prims when they suit the design better. It is that flexibility that leads her to use whatever method best suits the design – not just the newest method, that shows confidence and commitment to her own vision.
If you plan on staying in, the Boudoir Collection at VoguE has a good selection to choose from for your “needs”. And for mine… I chose Dracy. Its mesh, but a see through chemise lets your gorgeous shape show through.
I stopped off at Paradiso, an enchanting sim that closes on May 30th. This is a sim where you can imagine meeting fairies, unicorns and other ethereal creatures. I, however, was very substantial in this lovely halter top from [NV] and skirt from Maitreya.
I love this sim, so very beautiful and romantic. I used the sim’s regional settings for the pictures, however they left my avatar completely in the dark, so I attached a projector to illuminate myself – not a face light, mind you – a projector with a light leak texture to complement the sim’s colors. I spent far too much trying to figure out which direction the projector was pointing before remembering that I had deselected “Render Attached Lights” long ago to avoid being blinded by other people’s face lights. Once I remembered that, it was good to go.
Let me start with a confession. I do not hate Shopping Cart Disco’s SL Secrets. From sociology and evolutionary psychology, I understand the role of gossip in defining community norms and values. It is possible that anonymity allows more viciousness than we might see in first life, but given the many stories about young people driven to suicide by online harassment on Facebook® and Twitter® coming from non-anonymous classmates, I think that anonymity is a smaller factor than we might think.
Sometimes the secrets make me think, sometimes they make me laugh, sometimes they surprise me. Secrets often spark discussions on Plurk® and I suppose they do on other social media as well. Sometimes I agree with the secret-makers, sometimes I do not. One thing most secret-makers have in common is an idea of how the world should be and they want us all to know it is out of alignment with their standards.
Today a secret maker repeated the all too common “Get a real life” mantra that always seems so ironic coming from someone whose emotional investment is Second Life® is so powerful they are compelled to create anonymous secrets to share their opinions. This time, the “Get a real life” message included an insinuation that purchasing from SL creators could be contributing to their mental illness by promoting an attachment to this second life over their first life.
I think the secret maker is wrong on all levels – because while our first and second lives are distinct and often separate, they are both real.
Seriously, does anyone really think it is pure coincidence that the CIA confirmed the existence of Area 51 when The Garden opened up its Area 51 showcase? Besides, doesn’t the name Liaison Collaborative sounds like a cover organization for a covert mission? Covert operative liaise while the rest of us hang out. I wonder who it is? Please share all your random and reckless speculation.
So, Gidge wanted to run with the Area 51 idea and I worked with her to make a projector box. She made 11 poses. Her pose selection menu is a prose poem, an ode to sci-fi. The projector has three textures. All of these shots are done in the chrome texture, the differences in lighting come from the windlight.
I am also bringing you the most popular pictures I’ve ever taken, according to FLICKR stats. Sure, my views went up weirdly when they changed the way they count them, but they’ve normalized. These however, are now a set of insanely popular FLICK pics, at least on my photostream. So, I think you should go buy all these things.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
My mother wanted to be an English teacher when she was growing up. Many of her older siblings went to college, but when she was still a child, my grandfather’s bank manager ran off with all the money in his bank. This was before FDIC, so people could have lost everything. Instead, my grandfather sold his mill, electric company, his farm and his house and made all the depositors whole even though he was not obligated to do so since it was a corporation. This left him impoverished and having to start over from scratch in his late sixties. He began again as a dairy farmer on contract to a local creamery, paying $1.00 per acre, but obligated to sell his produce only to that creamery for 30 years, a northern form of share-cropping. This ended any chance my mom had of going to college.
A couple weeks ago, I checked out the Billboard Jazz charts and discovered the new-to-me vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant and fell instantly in love. I hope I can persuade you to take a listen. She reminds me of Billie Holliday, more so than any other jazz singer. I watched her performance of the old standard I Only Have Eyes For You – with her unique interpretation. I hope you check her out on iTunes or YouTube. You won’t be disappointed.
This top from Goucci makes me feel very jazzy all by itself. It has a classic Chanel-inspired shape and aesthetic. Everyone will have eyes only for you if you wear it. It comes in red, blue, yellow and black. I paired with some black and white striped pants from Coco that are truly hot jazz in fabric. Continue reading →
I have been without my computer too long now. I fell asleep while reading this morning and dreamed I walked into a real-life store staffed with some of the Style St✰rs of Second Life walking around in the flesh, talking up fashion and trying to style me up to the minute.
First there was Sasy Scarborough who kept posing while I was talking to her, bending over and stroking her leg and reminding me that clean lines and smooth skin were the ultimate fashion essential. I was flummoxed and kept naming skin brands, “So should I get Lelutka, Glam Affair, Belleza, PXL, Adam n Eve? What are you saying?”
She just shook her head in disappointment. The thing is you never want to disappoint Sasy. After all, she’s the standard bearer of fashion bloggers and even though she’s just the tiniest bit bossy (Surely that is why she came embodied as Angelina Jolie) it’s always for your own good.
So of course, I was sad that I was so disappointing, but after I woke up I realized that she was telling me to wear SLink’s hands and feet with appliers for smooth skin and of course her own brand of FLAIR manicures and pedicures that come in nearly 100 versions. Sometimes I am not the brightest person while I sleep.
I headed out to an old-fashioned diner thinking I would like an old-fashioned soda. When I was a child, it was an 85 mile drive to go to the eye doctor, so mom always gave me a special treat taking me to this old-fashioned diner that served phosphates. I always ordered a sarsaparilla phosphate and just the thought of one makes me thirsty and homesick and of course, makes me miss my mom. I stopped off at the Roadside Diner and I would have ordered a sarsaparilla phosphate, but the jerk was obviously taking a long, long break.