Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On the Go -- From DOPE Fashion Week -vibe-, [CA], and From the Cosmetics Fair blackLiquid

I went over to Image Essentials Props and Poses early in the day or late in the night. Which one is it, if it's 2 a.m. but you haven't slept yet? I love going over there because Kay Weston set out to create a whole sim suited to photography and art, and put her touch on so many little mini-settings. I go over there from time to time just to see what's new.
When I pan back on a shot, it's because I just feel the energy and warmth of a place I visit, and want to show more than just a girl in a dress and leggins. There's something special about tapping into one another's imaginations. I get to dip into hers, and when I put on designs from people around the grid, I get to dip into theirs as well.
DOPE Fashion week is now at it's midway point. I've showed a few items and have a few more I hope to get out before it ends this weekend. It's great because its for Urban Wear and it's a theme I don't do a lot with otherwise. When I get a few pieces, from those who are participating, I've had fun pushing the envelope, and pushing myself just a smidge as well.
I don't think any of us would enjoy life if we found ourselves living in a rut. I cannot stand boredom. I think it's a cardinal sin, if there is such thing as a cardinal sin. The moment I even think I'm in a rut, I'm rushing around in my head to find something fresh, some new direction, and of course, always a new way to touch the world around me as much as it has touched me.

I am grateful to the designers who are represented here for their contribution to this style:
Featuring from DOPE Fashion Week -vibe- On the Go Spring Leggins
Featuring from DOPE Fashion Week [CA] Flower Dress Grape Mix
Featuring from Cosmetics Fair blackLiquid Eyewear Feline
1. Truth: Soleil
2. Gaeline Mesh Lashes: Divina
3. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Papavar Skin Tone
5. SLink: Elegant 1
6. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Nail Appliers
7. lassitude & ennui: Nostalgia Mesh Boots Purple
8. In-Pose!
9. Demise of Flight Poses

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Setting Goals and Reaching Them -- Featuring *Living Imagination*, **Feel** and Pink Acid from DOPE Fashion Week

Winning and accolades come randomly. I really didn't know I was entered in a contest during the SAVIAD Spring Fair. I felt so honored to be included, it was a sense of acceptance, and a feeling of growing up into this image of myself that I wanted to be some 2 years ago when I began this leg of my life's journey in fashion and modeling in Second Life.
I had a specific idea where I wanted to go, and worked at it diligently. I knew that everything takes time, and steps are small at first, and then you learn to run. By the time I was recognized by the team at SAVIAD along with two other amazing bloggers, I found myself right where I wanted to be, and such a sense of wonder and comfort simultaneously for getting there.
I've received a few items to blog since SAVIAD ended, including this amazing dress - Silent Flowers - from Living Imagination. The privilege to work with the designers who participate in Couturier's Dock makes me smile. It's a culmination of so many specific decisions and activities. There were Linden involved in the win, but that has never been a goal of mine, nor will it. I just wanted to find my niche in this world, an acceptance that tells me what I do has value to others, helps in some way, and fills a need. It's a process, a determination, and so when I found myself here, putting together the style for Living Imagination, I just exhaled with delight at the opportunity.
I know that in many ways, I've only begun to grow, and know there is so much more to know. Life is like that. By the time we get to a goal, there's a new destination just off on the horizon, beckoning us to come, and we listen to that far off voice and know that it's just a process. One step. Another.

I thank those who contribute to my world, the designers who make this blog possible:
Featuring Living Imagination Silent Flowers from Couturier's Docks
Featuring **Feel** Triple Diamond Necklace and Earrings
Featuring Pink Acid from DOPE Fashion Week Wet Slick Gloss
1. {{BSD Design Studio}}: Shoetopia Surreal Silver
2. Candy Nail: Qween Rose Spring Pink
3. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Alabaster Skin Tone
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Innocence Pinks and Teals
5. Truth: Harlow
6. .::Shellac: Smudged Liner Black
7. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes

Deeply Felt Gratitude -- Featuring Silken Moon and Maxi Gossamer, Also from DOPE Fashion Week RJB Jewelry

One of my all time favorite builder/creator continues to manage several sims and add items to them from time to time. I have no idea how she created all that's for sale in her world, but if you've never visited the properties of Julia Hathor, you really should. I go back there month after month, for different seasons, different reasons, always to find another beautiful nook to pose, and enjoy the surroundings. The only down side is that you cannot run scripts. I often use a complicated but useful face light for photos, so I have to set it at home, then port over and take my pictures.
I met a designer from Robin's Jewelry Box, (RJB Jewelry) who's entered some of her pieces in DOPE Fashion Week. She had me over to her personal property, and showed me a whole array of things she'd made. Some were pieces originally crafted for friends and now being sold to any who'd find it interesting. Other pieces she created for the sake of having her own jewelry store. I was particularly fascinated by the chain (on my throat, bracelet and anklet) as she explained she'd had commissioned the link for a special someone. Getting to meet new people in this wide world of fashion remains one of my favorite parts of this thing I do, and I was glad I got to meet her. She told me while I was there, "You're the first blogger I've ever met." I shared with her a few things about me, and about how I've seen different designers make use of the blogger, and hopefully we helped one another out in the sharing.
Malicia Py sent me a little set of feisty fun pieces that are all black and all a little on the "be careful I'm dangerous" side of things. I love this. It's easy for me, and maybe anyone, to get into routines, a specific style that suits me, and I trip easily into those styles and don't think twice. I need to think, to be stimulated, to be encouraged. I played with the details and still have a few things of hers to share. There never seems to be enough time to show all that I want to share, but I hope you see the tidbits of value and creative design through my eyes and realize how wonderfully diverse and interesting these people are whom I have the privilege to work.
This world of fashion and play helps my physical world more than most realize, and makes a difference in a positive way. All of you, every friend, every fellow model, every designer, those who just poke me to say hello, all of you make a difference and in the cacophony of music that is your voices, your touch, your part in my world, I'm healthier and more stable than I'd ever be were you all absent. In case I haven't said it lately, I'm grateful. For the details. For each of you. I'm grateful.

Nothing I do would work without the support of designers, sponsors who make my blog possible:
Featuring Silken Moon Rock Romance 
Featuring Maxi Gossamer Swallow Wings Red/Black Lashes
Featuring from DOPE Fashion Week Robins Jewelry Box (RJB) Jewelry Ladies Cuban
1. PoseWay Fiero Set
2. {{BSD Design Studio}}: It Girl Shining Black
3. Candy Nail: Rosey Black
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Pearl Basic Skin Tone
-- Fierce Brow Black Option 2
-- Glamour Ombre Nude
-- Shine White Silver
5. Hairoin: 10 Hour Hair
6. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes

Monday, April 21, 2014

Are You Imagineering? -- Featuring from DOPE Fashion Week "B.I.P.", Maxi Gossamer, and Kyxe Skins & Shapes

It's rare for me to wear a swimsuit. I haven't been to a beach party in I don't know how long. When I was new to the virtual world, pool and beach parties occurred non-stop, along with all sorts of other ways to celebrate and make sure people wore the clothes you wanted, "Best in Beachwear" or "Best in Blue" didn't matter, just a whole lotta strangers, and a few Linden to make it worth the time, even if you didn't meet a someone special in the process.
I work at a much different point of view within SL now and those sorts of parties feel so far away in the distant recesses of my history. It's weird how 8 years has the ability to feel like a lifetime. Many things have evolved. The very look of SL certainly has. These photos, with the waves, and the water's reflection, and the high quality sculpted pieces used to make the props as well as the buildings in the background all accentuate how much they have.
At Disney, they call almost all of the artists on staff, from the artists who work on the movies, to the ones who create elements for the Magic Kingdom and Disney's other properties and investments, Imagineers. I like the notion of an Imagineer at work, always trying to imagine more and bigger and more interesting, and more fun. I don't know how much the people who created SL put into updating and upgrading the experience in their game, their second world, our Second Life.
Maybe it was their responsibility in the past and now they rely on all of us, the avid users, to embrace the tools we're given to create beautiful new experiences. For fashion, that means pushing the edge of all that is 'normal', figuring out how to import the things we love from the world around us, but also finding ways to create worlds that could never exist within our physics.
I believe the only way to overcome some of the frustrating steps that fashion faces, with the eternal lag, is not to continue doing the same things, but find new ways to do things, and new things to do. Each of us can be Imagineers. We have it in us, even the ones who read this and shout, "I don't have a creative bone in my body." I beg to differ. You probably do. You just haven't tapped into something that released it yet. It's there. Find a figment, and figure out how to translate it to the outlet we share in SL. I know you can. We all can be Imagineers.

Nothing I do would be possible without those who Imagineer every item I style:
Featuring from DOPE Fashion Week "B.I.P." Staxx High Waist Shorts Outfit
Featuring Maxi Gossamer Eyelashes Party Inverted Crown
Featuring Kyxe Fierce Black Brow
1. AIDORU: Dream Tiptoe Feet
2. VicE: Powder Pink Silver Bangles
3. AIDORU: Downtown Glasses
4. **Feel** StarDust Nails
5. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Pearl Skin Tone
6. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Innocence Spring
7. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Captivate Bubble Gum
8. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
9. [[j'adore]] Poses
10. EMO-tions: Harley

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Monochromatically Beautiful -- Featuring FINESMITH at the Monochromatic Fair

The Monochrome look makes it easy to match things to wear. Pick a favorite color, and then wear it. It doesn't all have to look exactly the same in order to make you chic. Teal, and the Monochrome Fair, inspired this look from FINESMITH. A pretty miniskirt with oodles of oddities take you out of this world. I found it a fantasy look that might fit in a favorite Sci-Fi movie.
Right now, FINESMITH has items all around the grid, some that are singular to the event, some that are limited, some with a good discount. If you drop by the main store, you can find more information.I used some unusual poses from Poseway for this series of photos and tried new angles.
I continue to eagerly press towards more artistry and more beauty expressed by the shots I take and learn a little at a time. I'm just glad there are people like you who are in my world, willing to watch me grow, waiting patiently through each stage. You make it enjoyable for me.

Featuring FINESMITH from Monochrome Fair ASTRAL
1. EMO-tions: Joshua
2. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
3. #7: Romance Mask
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Marigold
5. SLink: Elegant 1
6. .::Shellac Glitter Nails
7. KMADD/Moda: Emma Hair
8. Poseway: Art II Set

Saturday, April 19, 2014

You Are Loved -- Featuring Pichi from Couturier's Docks, Kastle Rock Couture, EMO-tions and Maxi Gossamer

Sometimes the simplest ends up being the most elegant. When I tried on EMO-tions new hair this week, Leena, I found myself feeling like a Southern Belle from another century, ready to ply my charms on the nearest Rhett Butler. The Marlena gown from Kastle Rock Couture also struck me as very simple, sweet and innocent and went well with the upswept coif.
I know this time of year brings celebration to some families, while others with other faith backgrounds enjoy tomorrow as just another lovely Sunday to relax during a weekend. I had friends over the years who celebrated other holidays, but didn't mind the ones that had made their way into the US culture to a point that businesses closed and people had long weekends.
You don't have to agree to a certain religion to enjoy the holiday and wherever you are in our wide world, I do hope you find the day tomorrow filled with good things. To those who celebrate a holiday tomorrow, I wish you happy family time, sharing with loved ones and friends, and whatever traditions you keep each year.
I've done a little bit of this and that through the years. Some of you know that I was a Youth Pastor along my journey, a marriage counselor, and other tangents to being a member of church staff. My personal theology has always been simple. I don't know a lot of doctrine, and it doesn't phase me. I know that people need to know they're loved, unconditionally, and that in this wide, scary world, At least one Southern Belle, in her teenytiny town loves you.

My blog would not exist without your support and that of these amazing designers:
Featuring from Couturier's Docks Pichi Rich Shimmer Lips Color
Featuring EMO-tions Leena
Featuring Kastle Rock Couture Marlena Gown in Blue
Featuring Maxi Gossamer Groomed Lashes
1. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Blossom Skin Tone
2. AIDORU: Mood Bracelet
3. Eclectica: Relic Jewelry Set
4. {{BSD Design Studio}}: Angel Grey Rabbit
5. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
6. Candy Nail: Diva Blue
7. KMADD: Runway Poses

Friday, April 18, 2014

Daft Punk Got Lucky! Can I? -- Featuring [Angels and Demons] from Couturier's Docks, Gold Digger from DOPE Fashion Week

This year, I was introduced to the group Daft Punk via one of the Music Awards shows. I knew the song, "Get Lucky" but didn't know anything about how unique these artists were or how they did not reveal their identities. Sometimes, they look like robots, or perhaps spacemen from the future.
When I got this wonderfully interesting head piece, as soon as I put it on, I felt like I was a floral version of one of the Daft Punk artists. I might stay up all night to get lucky too, while remaining incognito. You can get this headpiece at Couturier's Docks.
DOPE Fashion Week kicks off Monday 21 April and run through the following Saturday 26 April. Gold Digger created the Heart Breaker casual dress, bright lime with black hearts. Wearing this brilliant color certainly attracts attention!
Second Life never leaves us without something to do somewhere, and in fashion, that's ever true. There are events all over the grid, ready to introduce you to a whole array of items and styles. I know working with DOPE, I'll learn a little bit more about urban fashion and that niche of the fashion industry. I hope you do as well as you follow my explorings this next week.

Today's designers include some I've never shared before, and I hope you enjoy as much as I have:
Featuring [Angels and Demons] from Couturier's Docks Hidden Primrose Black Headress
Featuring Gold Digger Heart Breaker Lime from DOPE Fashion Week
1. {{BSD Design Studios}}: Python Heels
2. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Alabaster Skin Tone
3. SLink: Elegant 1
4. Angels and Demons Black Rose Belly Piercing
5. .::Shellac: Nail Appliers Polka Dot