Rendezvous

Normally I do photos but today I am showing a video that my friend Phobos Jamberoo made so he could help me show the revamped RendeZvous animator. It’s been around a while (8 years!) but JenzZa Misfit and Valdarica Vale have completely redone the scripts on the animator since it’s first iterations. Now you can enjoy all the fun of it (walking together, sitting together, dancing, kissing, etc.) with new features such as same region teleporting, camera sharing, adjustment memory (so if you’re tall like Phobos and shorter like me, you can adjust the animations and it sticks), updated animations and transitions and some new poses. Our favorite new thing was, of course, the canoe, which rezzes and gives you paddles. It’s great fun to take it around the water on a sim.

If you want to try this, bring a friend and go to Muse Isle, where they have set up a whole area for checking out the RendeZvous II. There is a swimming/canoeing area, walking paths, sitting areas—the whole scenario for getting the gist of the animator. You can also purchase the animator at Vista Animations, DMC Creations, the Dublin Shop and on Marketplace.

Animator: The RendeZvous II Couples Walker & Animator by JenzZa Misfit and Valdarica Vale for Muse Isle *

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 *

Honey Bear Hair

Honey Bear Hair

The styles Carina Larsen is offering at Hair Fair made me think of a honey bear because of their charming textures and styles.

Honey Bear Hair

Carina does include a men’s hair, which I wear myself, trying to make it as cute as the others. But for women there are three styles, one a generous gift!

Honey Bear Hair

All the styles include Carina’s texture-change HUD and the capability to change the colors of the ribbons. Find these darling new styles and many more at Hair Fair.

Honey Bear Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

Skin: {FF Doll} Nora Natural _ no cleavage by PeachieMuah for Fresh Face *

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

Top: Shirt – Border Navy by Malone Brandi for [MotiAme], available at Kustom 9

Earrings: MG – Earrings – Kinbaku Heart by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

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

No Scare Hair

No Scare Hair

If you look at Mirja Mill’s hair for Hair Fair this year, you might think she was one fierce chick. The truth is Mirja’s a pussycat who makes ferocious fantasy hair. Mirja is rolling out the feral and fiery for Hair Fair this year.

No Scare Hair

I can’t help but think Mirja had a bit of fun with these. She went back to her fantasy roots with these pieces, combining her great imagination for styles with her exquisite jewelry work. If you get one of these styles, you get that extra bonus of jewels and horns.

No Scare Hair

But don’t limit yourself to thinking that they are simply for RP: many can be worn without so they would be wonderful on their own as simple hair pieces. I especially like the two long styles with braids and sensuous locks curling down the back. Imagine these in another color not on a drow, and they are suddenly very romantic and sexy.

No Scare Hair

Mirja’s ‘dos all come with a great texture-change HUD with several options in both regular and “fade” combos. Additionally, the jewels have color change options, so you can customize your look to the nth degree.

Let me give a quick note about this absolutely stunning drow skin that Inka Mexicola is offering in a gacha at Kustom 9. Get it. Seriously.

No Scare Hair

I want to note that Mirja is always amazingly generous for charity festivals such as this one. She co-sponsored a sim for Fashion for Life and set up a gorgeous store. For Hair Fair she has created these five exquisite pieces, kicking 50% to Wigs for Kids. She is also offering the Medusa style with a texture-change HUD as a visitors’ gift. That’s beyond amazing. She is definitely a sweetheart, regardless of her wild and untamed locks.No Scare Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

Skin: Essences {Alex07} *drow* by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Kustom 9 *

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

Outfit: [V/W] Tracker Outfit Grey by Reeva Hax for Velvet Whip, available at We <3 Role Play