Five Years

Five Years

“Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.” ~ John Wooden

Five Years

I realized a couple days ago that I started my blog five years ago. The first year I blogged every single day, faithfully, and then after year two I kind of let myself off the hook for every day and now I average about 3-4 times a week (or sometimes twice a day as when I was blogging Hair Fair and sometimes not at all as when I was working on the SL11B blog).

I started my blog when my friend and now partner, Callie, asked me to be a moderator for the fashion bloggers group. I was not a blogger myself but she knew she could keep me in hand. Working for a designer, I definitely had ideas about what bloggers should do if they wanted to suggest they would promote a brand (I still do). So I started my own blog to see how onerous those requirements were. (Short answer: it’s tempting to PS the hell out of my photos but I won’t do it so my readers see the actual content, SLurls are a pain in the ass but necessary so people know where to find things, and drama is not in short supply but I try to keep my head down.)

I also started my blog to get into the habit of writing every day. I had read Haruki Murakami’s book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Runningwhere he had written about the pain and joy of writing and running, and the discipline of doing both. Doing my blog has enriched my intellectual life and allowed me an outlet to discuss what I am thinking about, reading, and doing.

Five Years

 

Blogging fashion for SL has changed quite a lot during this time. The number of bloggers has exploded and the whole blogger “industry” has changed quite a bit. I have been lucky  as I have wonderful designers who send me things to show in my blog. I have tried to honor their hard work with my own hard work. It’s not always perfect and certainly not the most spectacular, but I have been tried to exhibit consistency and integrity. Thank you to the many designers who have contributed to my blog. I hope I gave you something in return.

Over the last five years, the opportunities to enhance my blog have changed too. WordPress offers tons more templates and CSS options; Flickr recently changed up how they link; the SL Facebook community has exploded. I have tried to keep up with most of those things. I find it has become more time consuming to produce each blog entry as I navigate all the new things I need to do to keep myself relevant.  For example, I revamped the blog over the past few days with a new theme (which you see here—what do you think?)

It has been an honor to be asked to create and contribute to blogs including being a fashion blogger for Koinup, running the Costa Rica fashion blogs and then Dream Seekers Estates, creating the new blog for LivGlam and now Damselfly and Sage Fashions, and running the social media for SL11B, including running their blog (in which I created every single page and entry you see). My biggest honor, of course, was being asked repeatedly to create images for Linden Lab for their splash pages for Second Life and Marketplace.

Here is the grand finale: if you are a regular reader of my blog, thank you. You have been my most important supporter, and I would not have kept doing this for five years without you. When people tell me that they read my blog, I am always excited and touched. It is really important to know there is someone out there who “hears” my words and finds something of interest, information or thought for themselves. Without you, there is no reason to do this.

Five Years

“So the fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets.” ~ Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Veronika Non-Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for :::Damselfly Hair::, coming soon

Skin: -Belleza- Claudia SK 4 Dk R by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza *

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – big wave by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: -AZUL Bridal- Faith/Onyx by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Jewelry: MG – Earrings -  Mayfair Bell Diamonds by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

Walk on Air Hair

Walk on Air Hair

I call this “Walk on Air” hair because I always find Wasabi Pills’ mesh hair so delightful. MissAllSunday Lemon was one of the first hair makers to work with mesh, and it shows. Her pieces are well-developed with gorgeous textures and she can jump genres from fantasy to casual in a snap.

Walk on Air Hair

MissAllSunday’s specialty is the braid, and she uses it liberally in her pieces for Hair Fair. Braided bangs in a winsome face-framing curly ‘do, pigtail braids, and a thick braid pulled to the front, MissAllSunday shows off her mesh skills, even throwing in a windblown look.

Walk on Air Hair

Her textures and hair colors are lush and shadowed well in her mesh. (It’s not just texture—shadow and highlighting play a part in her hair). And the best part? A part of the sale of each of these pieces goes to Wigs for Kids, which will leave you walking on air.

Walk on Air Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Melodia Tan 02 A by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes -  glacier by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: =Mirage= Afrika Dress – Colors by Spooky Mistwallow for Kastle Rock Couture *

Ensnared by Hair

Ensnared by Hair

I got Queue Marlowe’s hair for Hair Fair the moment she finished, slapped it on my head and went “wow”! Once again, Queue made a splash at Hair Fair with three new unique styles combining mesh and flexi and curls and braids. As always, they come with Queue’s great textures on her texture-change HUD.

Ensnared by Hair

Queue gives us a taste of what she’s good at. First the curls, which are bouncy and twisty and voluminous. Combining mesh and flexi, she gives the ultimate in curly hair. Then she made a stylish short cut with curls tumbling around the face. Finally a fantasy braid, gathered across the face and wrapped around to drape over the shoulder.

Every single purchase kicks a bit to Wigs for Kids, so you’re not only getting ensnared by this hair but also giving to kids who need hair implants after medical conditions have made them lose their own. It’s a win-win proposition!

Ensnared by Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

Skin: !Imabee: Florentien – Darling by Brandon Papp for Imabee

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – velik by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at The Big Show

Dress: Egoisme S-line by Ramses Meredith for Egoisme *

Buenos Aires Hair

Buenos Aires Hair

I named this after the beautiful capital of Argentina because this hair reminds me of the gorgeous women of that cosmopolitan city. (Also because I am running out of rhymes, but really, the hair is gorgeous.) Gia Pawpad has switched up her brand name and moved to mesh with a great texture change HUD that allows for such lovely color looks as these.

Buenos Aires Hair

Upswept or worn down, the hairstyles are lovely and fit well (as you can see over this gorgeous sweater dress from Poulet Koenkamp which includes its own texture-change HUD with what seem a million options but are really only something like 27).

Buenos Aires Hair

Wear your hair back or up to show earrings like these from AvaGardner Kungler or wear it down to reveal the gorgeous ombre textures. Gia is offering all four of these styles at Hair Fair with part of each sale going to Wigs for Kids. Make yourself beautiful while doing something beautiful.

Buenos Aires Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

Skin: -Belleza- Ria Med 5 Br by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley *

Dress: :: PM :: Felicity Dress *Complete Pack* MESH by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations, available at the Gypset Market *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Luna earring – Sunset by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Hair Without a Care

Hair Without a Care

OK, let’s be straight up honest here. The reason we love hair in SL is because really, it’s so easy to have. No washing, no irons, no stinky dyes, no perms. Just a few clicks and we have transformed our look with a new hair. Mina Nakamura makes this especially easy with her featured hair for Hair Fair this year. She made two long casual girl looks—one with bangs and one with hair tucked winsomely behind the ear. (I have to say that one is just so “real” for a young woman’s look.)

Hair Without a Care

She also offers a men’s look, and guys, stop complaining there are no hairs out there for you. This one I have seen on many men in real life. Mina includes a great shaved realistic hairbase with it. And as always, all her hairs come with her great texture-change HUD so you don’t have to mess around with hair colors (or dye).

Hair Without a Care

Hair (top to bottom):

Women’s Skin: [theSkinnery] Xiao – Bare face(toffee) DB CL2 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery *

Men’s Skin: -NIVARO- Emerson Skin – “Elitist Beard” nohair__bald by ReishiProphet for Nivaro (not available)

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – darkest brown by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley *

Women’s Top: Arisaris ~Come To Me~ Outfit by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Men’s Top: .:L&B:. S’Wear “Racing” (M) Leather Jacket Set by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Not For Squares Hair

Not For Squares Hair

Tabata Jewell’s hair is simply not for squares. She is always reinventing, reimagining and reconfiguring how hair can be on SL. Now with mesh squarely in her hands, she is giving forth new styles for your pleasure at Hair Fair.

Not For Squares Hair

From updos to long-straight-down-to-there hair, Tabata is providing enough choices for you at Hair Fair to at least get one and knock a few cents over to Wigs for Kids. Tabata includes a great selection of colors in each of her texture-change HUDs and the option to tint it up just a little more.

Not For Squares Hair

The cool thing is Tabata is willing to try anything, at least once. One ‘do is wild with kinky crimped curls and another is variations of hair piled up with a stray lock or two escaping.

Not For Squares Hair

Hair Fair is still on, yes, until June 27, with tons of hair options for the discriminating buyer. Run over, duck into the dye boxes from “Esselle” and get yourself some hair. Don’t be square.

Not For Squares Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

Skin: Essences {Galadriel} *dark01* brunette by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at We <3 Role Play *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – velik by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at The Big Show

Top: :: PM :: Breezy Top *ALL COLORS* MESH by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations, available at The Instruments *

Panties: AQUA Petalwing Panties by Solange Cerveau for Solange!

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Ayla Moon Goddess – Necklace 2 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

I Declare, It’s Hair!

I Declaire! It's Hair!

Are you surprised? More hair. This set comes from Harry Hyx, who does his own mesh and textures for other items and has ventured into the hair arena for Hair Fair. Like many designers, Harry is offering a full feature texture-change HUD with great textures.

I Declaire! It's Hair!

I love the styles he has offered: two curly and one wavy, close-to-the-head. They don’t seem outre but there are no others quite like them at Hair Fair. If you’re a fan of curly or wavy and want mesh rather than drawn textures, these may be just the ticket, especially with the subtle roots. Glad to see Harry has leapt into the hair fray!

I Declaire! It's Hair!

Hair (top to bottom):

Skin: Essences {Alex09} *medium01* brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Kustom 9 *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – black coffee by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at The Big Show

Dress: :::insanya:::  KaiKai Dress – Flowers by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at Project Limited

Necklace: [whatever] Letter Necklace – H [Silver] by annagrey for [whatever], available at Project Limited

Hair Midair

Hair Midair

Hair in the air is Kavar Cleanslate’s trick in trade. Windblown locks and beautiful textures, luscious thick voluminous waves, sexy, sensuous hair. Kavar was pretty much the first guy on the block to do mesh hair well and one of the first to have a texture-change HUD, and so he’s kind of the king of hair. He proves it once again with his pieces for Hair Fair this year.

Hair Midair

Kavar knows that both men and women want sexy, and he’s offering three pieces for women and two for men (though I am showing the men’s pieces on myself because I tried to do them on my male avatar look and it was just a big icky mess).

Hair Midair

Kavar’s hair always reminds me of sunshine and seashore. Windblown, bleachy blonde (though he has a full offering of many colors, the Stefani with a blonde streak always does it for me). It’s the hair of Baby Girls (not children) and Bunnies (not the rabbits) and is ideal for the sexy fantasy of SL. Hair Midair

Every year Kavar outdoes himself for Hair Fair, and this year is no exception. With his great HUD that provides a bazillion choices (ok, I exaggerate, but it sure is lot), gorgeous textures and beautifully constructed mesh, each piece is a winner.

Hair Midair

Hair (top to bottom):

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Melodia Darktan 04 C by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – velik for #adored, available at The Big Show

Top: .: Somnia :. Simple Tee {Blue} by Sanura Snowpaw for .: Somnia :. *

Choker: *BOOM* Precious Bow Choker carnation by Aranel Ah for *BOOM*

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

A Pair of Hair

A Pair of Hair

The English language is funny. In French or German (or probably other languages), hair is plural but in English, it’s singular and means all the hair. So here we go, a pair of hair. I didn’t know Kyla Gabe’s work before my pal TOmmy introduced me, and I was delighted to see these great long styles at Hair Fair. Kyla uses a great HUD with her hair and offers styles that are more girl-next-door.

A quick shout out about this skin, which I will blog again. Voshie Paine is offering this delightfully freckled skin at Season’s Story. The truth is girls with freckles have them all over just like this skin, and this is RL girl next door for me.

A Pair of Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

!Saltgrass!+ Raleigh Rigged Mesh Big Pack by Kyla Gabe for !Saltgrass!, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

!Saltgrass!+ Deinze Rigged Mesh Big Pack by Kyla Gabe for !Saltgrass!, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

Skin: .la petite morte. ellen t5 by Voshie Paine for la petite morte, available at Season’s Story *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – velik by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at The Big Show

Dress: ~Sassy!~ Summer of Love  – Sassy pink by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~ (group gift) *

Necklace: Mg – Necklace – Daisy Chain – Long 2 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer

Do Not Despair! More Hair!

Do Not Despair! More Hair!

Nita Bracken has been in SL a long time, doing hair and working with her partner on Serenade pose stands and poses. Nita has made five styles for Hair Fair this year, offering several styles so you can certainly find one you like.

Do Not Despair! More Hair!

Nita uses a very practical texture-change HUD that allows you to also change the color of the accessories (like the ponytail bands). I liked the hair color offerings and variety. Do Not Despair! More Hair!

All of Nina’s hair is mesh, and she includes hairbases where needed (like for this sleek short cut below).

Do Not Despair! More Hair!

She even includes a vintage style in this short-bangs Rockabilly look. Hair Fair might seem full right now. Do not despair. It goes on until July 27 so there is plenty of time to shop and remember, a portion of every sale benefits Wigs for Kids!

Do Not Despair! More Hair!

Hair (top to bottom):

Tameless Lilly – Naturals  by Nita Bracket for Tameless, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

Tameless Lana – Naturals by Nita Bracket for Tameless, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

Tameless Sybil – Naturals by Nita Bracket for Tameless, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

Tameless Remi – Naturals Roots (Fades Streaks) with Tameless Buzzed Hairbase Black Roots 2,3,& 4 by Nita Bracket for Tameless, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

Tameless Marie – Naturals Roots by Nita Bracket for Tameless, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

Skin: Egozy.Mendoza (Golden).SOFT by Nicole Button for Egozy *

Lipstick: #adored – sugarlips – pink-a-boo 5 by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at The Big Show

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – black coffee by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at The Big Show

Dress: Egoisme – Cleo Dress – TriPhase by Ramses Meredith for Egoisme *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)