I was just complaining about sculpty skirts last night. I am not a fan of them because as the avatar moves they don’t and so you end up looking a bit funky and not in the good way. Also, I am not one to rush to post the latest release but in this case, I’m making an exception.

Both the dress and hair shown here are brand new from Fri.day. The Sweet.heart comes with a color change sash and bow, with a choice of five colors, but I tinted them to match these adorable shoes I got from 50L Friday at Surf Co. yesterday. I bought the dress in 3 colors I liked it so much and the minute I saw the Ruby I knew it would go perfectly with the shoes and I was glad I bought them.

Like most sculpty skirts, this one did have issues with some poses but it was easy to adjust for the most part. I do wish they would have had a flexi version in the pack also but that’s just me being hatery towards sculpty skirts, lol.

I was poking around for jewelry to go with this and ended up over at Le Look in the jewelry section and found this new to me place called La Forgia jewelry. Really you have to go over to their main store too because I found so many cute sets at only 350L a set. I ended up with this one with the beautiful little flowers and metal and leather for this outfit as I didn’t want to be too fancy schmancy with the jewelry since this is a light summertime kind of outfit. The flowers and metal and leather are color change and it is script resizable but it fit just fine on me without any of that. I changed the little flowers to red to match the dress.

I had so much red going on and I felt like yellow was not getting its fair share of attention so I zoomed over to Candy Nail and grabbed these bright yellow prim nails. They have these simple plain ones in about a million colors for 70L each and each pack comes with a bunch of sizes included.

This is of course the new Miley hair from Fri.day in Sensitive Black that I’m wearing with this outfit. I am such a fan of Fri.day’s hair, especially short, updo or pony styles. I wish they’d put more flexi in their styles as well but, can’t have everything I suppose.

The tattoo I’m wearing is from Negko and is called “enjoy the flowers” … he has a lot of really lovely ones in my humble opinion. I’m frequently frustrated by the habit of tat makers to cover the breast area with stuff. I generally don’t want my boobs or arms covered with stuff so it can be frustrating and I’m also still looking for a simple belly and “tramp” stamp set that match as well.

You can see all these pics in bigger sizes and more detail here
Fashion stuff:

Skin – Alyson by Belleza in sunkissed, makeup
Shape – mine
Hair – Miley from Fri.day in Sensitive Black
Lashes – no alpha #6 by MiaMai
Eyes – Midday by Fusemelon
Nails – Basic Prim Nails in yellow by Candy Nail
Tattoo – Enjoy The Flowers by Negko
Jewelry – Primula set by La Forgia
Shoes – Spring Fling Wedges in limoncello by Surf Co
Dress – Sweet.Heart dress in Ruby by Fri.day

I’m on a roll where posting is concerned so while I am I guess I’ll go with it. I’m moody so it could be in a few weeks my post-a-rama will slow down to a trickle rather than a flood. I want to talk about SL jewelry and prim nails today.

These right here are my favorite prim nails, mainly because they have the nice ring and little jewels on the nails themselves and because they are color change. With a click on each hand, I can change them to one of – I think – 7 colors and I paid less than 1K Linden for them at Love Soul.

Love Soul has become my favorite prim nail dealer. I say dealer because I am afraid I’ve become a little bit addicted. (As a note, all love soul nails are sized for a size 20 hand, there are signs around the store but just in case you miss them, make sure you have a size 20 hand and try the demo before you buy.)

However, I am frequently frustrated when wanting to wear a variety of things all at the same time. I didn’t buy Alamood’s gorgeous ring set for SLDailyDeals mainly because you can only have one attachment to the hand and rings will knock off said prim nails. Here’s a picture of the ring set which I snagged off of SlDailyDeals just to refresh the memory of anyone reading this.

Please note the credit for the pic goes to Alamood and Jori Watler not me and that this was a deal offered for one day only over the weekend just past. In any case, aren’t they pretty?

If these were available with prim nails I would have snagged them faster than a speeding bullet.

Here’s another set of nails I love from Love Soul.

I know I sound like a paid advertisement for this store but I am not, cross my heart. The nails I’m wearing were paid for by me because I liked them. However, I can’t resist mentioning that unless I am in a no script area OR I happen to be doing a pose that does not have or allow a relaxed hand, these do not “break”. I tried them with a variety of the poses I own (obviously not every pose on the market) and they looked fine. I wear them regularly with my ao and except as mentioned, they look perfect. They also come with tintable nail gloves to cover and smooth your skin nails so that your prim nails look the most realistic. I used the same tinting method I have used with my feet more or less to tint the gloves to match my skintone.

Now here’s some more wishing on my part. I love these slave bracelets by Earthstones. They attach to the hand, not the wrist, which is nice because you can still wear bracelets and bangles with them. However, you can’t wear prim nails.

I snapped a pic of the display while I was shopping the other night so forgive the less than fantastic pic. As you can see, they also come in lots and lots of color variations. (I wish they came in gold too.)

And to match, she makes these cute footlets. (Oh how I wish someone like Siddean Munro of Slink would get together with Abraxxa Anatine of Earthstones and make these for prim feets.)

They are darling even on the sad mesh feets we have, nonetheless.

There *are* other makers, mostly jewelers, who make prim nails – sometimes with jewelry. Mandala, for example, makes a gorgeous set with rings, bangles, and nails all in one. To me this is the right direction because a person can be fully kitted out for a night on the town or whatever with these sets.

Here’s another of my less than stellar pics of one of their displays. I have to say I love their ads.

Sadly I haven’t been able to get up the L to purchase their fatpack yet. I will though!

Another manufacturer is Caithlin Carter Designs. Here’s a pic of one of her vendors for jeweled prim nails.

I especially love the multi stone ring with this set, but again, alas, I find their price tag a bit hard to manage just at the moment. (*shakes fist at real life budgets*)

At any rate, I’d just like to encourage designers and makers to expand the idea of rings and prim nails. Bracelets, slave bracelets etc etc. And don’t forget jewelry for the prim foot too. Prims want love too, you know!

Here’s some pictures of me and fashiony stuff with credits after, mainly because my new header is featuring this same outfit so I wanted to give credit somewhere. Please note that my nails look natural😀

Fashiony Stuff
Skin – Alyson Sunkissed # 12 Cleavage Hairbase by Belleza
Hair – Afterglow in Black II by Cake
Eyes – Midday by Fusemelon
Lashes – No Alpha number 6 by MiaMai (see here for a great prim lash tutorial by Alicia Chenaux)
Jewelry – Black Onyx Earrings and Pearl Necklace by DECO
Pants – Sexy Leather Pants in Purple by Style Starts Here
Top – Bella Lace Top (Long) by PixelDolls in Black
Shoes – Esprit in Black by Maitreya Gold

Please see my new page “Regarding Poses” for pose information.

I can’t quite believe that I’m posting again so soon. I guess I’ll blame it on insomnia and on a bit of an emo attack. What I want to talk about seems to be affecting not just me but some of my friends too. I’m going to call it the Valentine Conspiracy cause that sounds James Bond-like.

See, I keep noticing the same thing. My friends and I are smart, funny, playful, mischievous, sexy and we know how to put ourselves together, adjust our prims, look good when we walk out shopping or dancing or hanging out. And yet, when we are at a club, either just a few of us or a group (Because nobody likes to go to a club alone, ya’ll) we keep noticing the same damn thing. There’s always at least a few unattached good looking male avatars hanging around the same place. That’s a plus. However, it often seems as if the guys moving said avatars never Instant Message any of us. No, they go for that girl with the skin from three years ago or the one with the prim nipple rings sticking out of her clothes or the one with her hair on side ways or …you get my point.

I…don’t understand this phenomena. I’ve already said my piece on why I think taking care of your avatar is important, so I won’t do that again but it does seem as if guys never ever are attracted to self confident, self sufficient, self aware females. And another thing, I’m shy, okay? Really really shy, way more than I can even express. I’m sure there are men who are shy too so I get that. But I do occasionally Instant Message a person of the opposite sex if I notice something about them. It may be what they are wearing, or something witty in their profile or really anything. If *I* can get up the gumption to Instant Message a strange man, then I fail to see why a man can’t get up the gumption to Instant Message me. So, I just don’t get the way men think.

That’s not even the real point. Except, here we are where everything is pushing us towards coupledom. Valentines day, hearts, flowers, roses, ball gowns, blah blah blah. But, if you’re one of those who would like to be part of a couple and aren’t, it’s extremely depressing. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. It makes me feel like I’m Cinderella and I didn’t get to go to the ball and meet Prince Charming. I feel lonely and I feel left out and I feel just…sad.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a grown up so I’ll deal with this and no my life doesn’t revolve around finding a man like some scary heroine out of a book from the fifties. But, it would be nice…to have someone to cuddle with, to go to events with, to share things with. Someone of a masculine variety, though again, don’t misunderstand, I love my friends and I’m fine on my own.

Meanwhile, at least my panda bears love me.

Fashiony Stuff
Skin – Alyson by Belleza, makeup 14 in sunkissed
Hair – Whimsy in Expresso by Analog Dog
Eyes – Midday by Fusemelon
Shape – Mine
Jewelry – Zaara
Top – Berries Inc
Pants – Zaara
Shoes – Sheila thongs by Slink

Mr Panda is by Loka Designs

You can see all of these pictures in bigger better sizes on my flickr.

HI! I wasn’t gonna post tonight but I figured what the hey. I never have anything great or exciting to post about so this is just a sort of “slice of my SL(tm) life”. If you just want the fashiony bit at the end, scroll down!

I was talking to Alicia recently and she mentioned a project she was working on and a conversation she had about what she does in SL(tm). I don’t remember the exact quote but it was something along the lines of “I stand on a pose stand talking in IM’s and staring at my avatar.” In answer to the question “Why?”, she said, ‘Because she’s pretty!”

I completely relate to this little conversation. I do the very same thing and for the very same reason. I look almost nothing like my avatar in real life and as far as I’m concerned that’s part of the POINT of SL(tm). I mean, there are people who want to look like vampires or fairies or foxes or demons or drow or dragons, right? And the people I have talked to almost unanimously say that there’s something about that appearance that rings a bell with them in their hearts. It expresses something inside them, or I should say *Us* that perhaps we can’t express in Real Life.

I make kind of a hobby of creating alts and it’s not to fool people or to be secretive or any of that. It’s often just a sort of art form or experiment. What can I express with this avatar that I haven’t expressed before? Can I make her pretty without spending a fortune, etc? I even have a male alt, and no I’m not telling what his name is. Poor guy he hardly ever gets to be out of the toy box because I feel uncomfortable in his “skin”.

To get back to my previous point. My avatar, Velvet, is an expression of what so many people say when talking about an unattractive person. “Oh but she has such a great personality.” Or “She’s so funny though.” Or, “Wow she has gorgeous hair.” It’s like that old adage about “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Nobody is going to say, unless in private, “Omg, she has a fat ass,” or “She really needs to lose some weight,” or “God, I would kill myself if had to wear a size ‘number'”. I’ll save the rant about how many people have health issues that affect their appearance through no fault of their own. The mistaken belief that larger size people – for example – especially women, sit around all day eating butterfingers and watching soaps is completely erroneous. Yes, there are *some* people who do but the vast majority do not. And yes, I do have health issues irl and I do have appearance issues. I think a great many people in SL ™ do have some of both. Start a conversation about antidepressants, for example, in almost any group and people will chime in like crazy. Same with other types of health issues.

*Gets off the soap box a bit sheepishly and clears throat, blushing profusely*

Long story short. My avatar is what my spirit, my soul, my mind looks like to me, if you could take a picture of such unquantifiable ideas. Naturally I love her. She is me. She is the finest epitome of me, or at least I hope so. I love looking at her and I believe looking at her is good for my confidence, my morale, my sense of self-worth even. I remember reading a while back, an article that I think appeared in the Washington Post (though I couldn’t find it when I looked for it to link it) about how an attractive avatar can be therapeutic for real world issues of self-confidence etc. The article wasn’t specifically about Second Life ™ but the point was made.

I think because of how I feel about my avatar, this is why it kills me when I see people walking around with system skin, hair, shoes, etc. It’s like, do you not love yourself? Do you not care what you are expressing? To me, not taking care of your avatar is a bit like not taking care of yourself. It’s just…not good in my eyes.

Okay so here’s a picture, lol.

Fashiony Stuff
Skin – Belleza, Alyson Group Gift in Sunkissed (I am buying the whole pack, as soon as I can, oh yes I am. Dear Mr Tricky Boucher, please let me be your beta tester!)
Shape – My own
Eyes – Fusemelon, Midday (she just reopened the store, best eyes ever)
Lashes – No Alpha Lashes #6 by MiaMai (best damned lashes evah)
Hair – Truth, Sage, Expresso (I’m Truth’s biggest fan!)
Earrings – I honestly don’t remember for sure where these are from. I *think* they are from ICED but I’m not positive. Again I will check and edit as necessary. edit! so sorry, these are by Caithlin Carter Designs
Top – This is actually a dress called Magenta in Silver Sequin by Khush. You can’t see it but I’m also wearing her sequin ripped jeans under this. They are very low so for my modesty, I needed a long top.😀
Choker – Hunter (This was a 60l sunday item last week and I am not in world to check the maker, I will edit later) edit this is by Feeb’s
Arm and Wrist bands – Illusions, Cord Wraps set (I got these at Jewelry Fair, I love them. They also come with a neck wrap.)
Shoes – You can’t see these either but I’m wearing the Zara silver shoes by Kitties Lair, awesome shoes!

Here is a shoe pic just so you can see the awesome. That’s also the cuff and bottom of the jeans I mentioned.

I just took this on my patio – house by -Abode- by Aya Liotta, all the waves and palm trees etc are from Green and Wild. I use the Emerald preset by Ana Lutetia for lighting. I can’t remember the exact name but it’s near the top and is the caliah setting -whiter-.

I’m sorry for the lack of slurls, as I said I’m not in world right now so I cant’ check that. I will edit later.

Okay. I’m always waiting til I have something good or exciting or interesting or *something* to put here. Problem is, what YOU think is interesting and what I think is interesting are probably not the same. My friend Alicia Chenaux says if she waited for that, she’d never blog! Yet, I find most of her posts entertaining, interesting and often very funny too, so obviously we are not very good judges of our own blogging prowess or readability.

Sooo, I’m hoping to squelch my fear of any readers who happen by being bored to death and just to write some stuff.

One thing, I’ve been oh so very very DAMNED proud of the creative SL community in particular in relation to their fundraising efforts for relief for Haiti. I’d like to tip my virtual hat to OMGWTF Barbecue who is one of those who started the ball rolling and is, in my experience one of the kindest people I have ever met in any world. It truly makes me tearful and at the same time glad to be in this virtual world that we can reach out past ourselves to try to help others. Whether or not you agree with in world relief efforts really isn’t the point, the point is, something good happened and will go on happening. As I said to a real world friend, the beauty of in world efforts is that even if you only have 1l or 5l (which is something like a nickel in us money) you can still contribute AND not feel embarrassed. Try to give the Red Cross a nickel and they would say …um, it’ll cost us more in paperwork than the nickel is worth. Not dissing them either but that’s the fact. But here, your nickel gets put with somebody else’s nickel and somebody else’s and so on and pretty soon it’s 200 dollars or whatever the case might be. Lindens allow us to contribute what we have without shame, in the knowledge that it will be added to what others contribute. In addition, many times for 50l or 100l or 200l, we can not only contribute but get something nice and collectible and special because the creators of SL have made something especially for relief efforts. That’s a win win scenario on every side.

I not only bought stuff and real world donated but I participated in a date auction too. It was without a doubt one of the scariest things I’ve ever done in the real world or in the virtual world. See, in the real world I have a big ball of anxiety hanging over me most of the time. In Second Life ™, I can leave a lot of that behind me which is great and why I love Second Life. However, some things are just nervous making no matter what and I was truly scared that nobody would bid on me. Cause, I mean, who is this chick Velvet anyway? Just some girl, lol.

And, I was one of the last ones up and sadly, I think people did kinda wonder …”Who is this chick Velvet?” because nobody really bid which…I was very sad about and probably would have gone and dug a hole to hide in BUT, in the end, the very kind and generous Mr. Ted Cornell did eventually bid and paid 1000L for the privilege of a date with me. I have heard he’s talking about collars though so I dunno…

So, everything turned out happily and I’ll report later on the date when it happens. At least, I will, if Ted doesn’t mind toooo much.

Anyway, here’s a picture of me in the outfit i had on for the auction. That shirt I have on is part of an outfit made by Lexi Morgan (Stellar Designs) for Haiti relief. The jewelry is also a relief item from Narita Rayna (Ticky Tacky). If anyone cares, the skirt and vest are from Ivey Deschanel (Sn@tch) and were just items I fell in love with. You can also see my spiky jeweled nails of doom that I love from Love Soul. LOL

On my last post, I know I promised to post more frequently but well, I often feel I have nothing much to post about.  Brimming with self-confidence about how interesting my SLife is, I am not. Plus, in the late fall and on into winter and then into early spring, I fight with the blues, melancholy, whatever you might want to call it. I get down and not in the funkadelic way! Plus, I have a very weak immune system so if someone IRL breathes on me at the grocery store, I catch whatever they had. I’ve had swine flu this fall, eep!

But, never fear, Dear Readers (all two of you) I do still think of you, out here in the cold and wind of the blogosphere and what I do, a lot, is take pictures.

So here, mostly in pictorial form, is a little story of my last couple months. I do suggest you click through to flickr so that you can see these in all of their dubious glory.

This first picture is an illustration of what can happen when you’ve forgotten that you have your snapshot thing set on save to hard drive. You end up with pictures where half the background is not rezzed. I tried to edit this out but my photoshop refused to cooperate.

The sad thing is, it’s quite a nice picture of me…just the rest of it looks a bit odd. Moving on!

It’s amazing the things you see in Second Life ™. Some of them are unmentionable, and then there’s things like this. This Unidentified Dragon was cavorting with the maiden as I went about my own business on a hunt, I think.

Around about the same time and place, I spotted these two lovely creatures, running about the garden together. (2L for the person who can tell me where that quote originated.)

I was on another hunt when I laid my wondering eyes on this baby. It’s so awesome. It lives at Belle Belle but one day I shall buy it and make it mine, oh yes!

C’mon, it’s the time machine. The Time Machine. Okay, maybe I’m the only SciFi Geek who thinks it’s cool. LOL.

This fabulous thing from Belle Belle needs to live in my inventory too. It just does.

And yeah I did other stuff in November but that’s all you get to see, and then it’s on to December and the fabulosity that the Christmas season brings. Like, this for instance. Yes, I’m 12, shut up. I couldn’t have gotten this if I tried for days, okay?

Serendipity is a marvelous thing.

Which brings me to what I like to call my Snowman phase.

I like to call this one “Head Games.” Cause, you know, they’re playing with his HEAD! I think I spotted this outside Ema’s, but I wouldn’t swear to it.

I would have thought this poor guy was melting ala Wicked Witch of the West, but it was too darn cold. So, he’s sinking! This was one of the many many adorable snowmen at the Footwear Expo.

This next one, is very dangerous. Don’t piss him off!

I’m torn between calling him “Ninja Snowman” and “Black Knight Snowman”. Which do you like better? He too was sighted at the Footwear Expo.

Which brings me to the final picture in the series. For this year anyway.

This adorable “Snowman Family” was playing outside of Sysy’s when I went by on a Gift Card run. Toooo cute.

The whole sim where Sysy’s is, appeared to be decorated for the Winter. I had to snap this pic of the Bird and the Tree. I had to.

One of my favorite experiences of my SL winter has been getting the opportunity to model at Evie’s Closet. My modeling companion was my friend Alicia Chenaux and we both rushed out to buy the Slink ballet shoes to wear with our Cygnet outfits from Evie’s Closet. She’s wearing the little tutu version and I’m wearing the babydoll version. It comes in both colors and well, just go there and buy everything, it’s all gorgeous!


This last one is kinda boring but I stuck it in cause, what the hell. It’s just a pic of moi.

That’s me contemplating my SL love life and how it went from Boy Howdy \o/ to…Oh Boy😦 It has not been a good season for my heart or for my ego either for that matter. So, yeah, it’s been a rough Winter so far for me but I’m keeping my heart open and hoping things will get better in the new year.

Meanwhile, I wish anyone who happens by my plurk, flickr or blog the happiest of New Years.

This last was made in part using a digital scrapbook kit called Bling in the New Year – available here – http://scraparoni.blogspot.com/2009/12/its-time-to-bling-in-new-year.html

It would be impossible for me to write down all the wonderful, interesting, amazing and weird things that have happened to me since I started my avatar and began sticking my toes into the waters of SL.  This isn’t my first time in SL and I feel as though I should have been taking pictures all along the journey to get to this point but really there would be 800 pictures and even that many words wouldn’t really tell the story. So…instead I’ll stick with trying to give you some kind of introduction and over view and what this blog probably will be about.

The back story is pretty simple, I had to leave sl for a time due to rl considerations and when I was back, I ended up making a new avatar and starting over. In many ways starting over is the best thing that could have happened because, I’m just not the same girl and the changes – for the most part, are really good ones that I’m happy about and they make me a much more fun person to be around, I think.

I’ve been so lucky, making many great friends and being talked into joining plurk and then making more great friends there as well. I honestly think plurk is one of the best things that could happen for Second Life, in that it allows us to stay in contact, share small things about us and big ones too. I learn more about what’s going on in Second Life on plurk than I often do on blogs or in world itself. It’s also a fabulous way to keep track of favorite designers and their new releases,  plus allowing a glimpse into the creative process since many designers share their “in progress” reports on plurk as well as other things.

So, you ask, what will this blog be about? Whatever strikes my fancy really. I’ll probably have some fashion and reviews, some ranting and raving, some opinions and some just general sl and rl stuff. Only a little rl stuff and more sl stuff…So many crazy and wonderful things can happen to a person in every day, why not share them?

Right now, I’m sick with a cold/flu thing – knock wood it’s not swine flu and I should go lie down I suppose. I really wish the pc could come in the bedroom with me but  no, it has to stay on it’s own little desk space.

In closing, please don’t laugh at my header – I made it all by myself😀 and I didn’t want to sign back on to take any more pictures so I did the best I could with what was at hand. I’ll probably change it again soon.

I’ll post one picture, this is my land on Bluebonnet, Alicia’s Sim I used the Fluffy Clouds preset in Emerald and just snapped and cropped, no fancy editing used. I’m not that good.

PS: I’m going to be working on my blog roll soon so if you would like to be added please comment or leave me a note on my plurk, thanks.

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