A Butterfly’s Life

A Butterfly's Life

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” ~ John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

A Butterfly's Life

The grid is being inundated with events at the beginning of the month again. Not only do you have the opening of the Arcade, but also the Summer Fashion Festival and several other things going on. The number of complaints of people who can’t seem to figure out why they can’t get into the Arcade goes up exponentially during those first few days. (I am guessing it’s because you and 2000 other people are trying to get in at the same time maybe…?) Despite Umberto’s best efforts, you simply can not jam 200 avatars on a sim, all complaining in chat about lag, sorting through their inventory, trying on demos, and pumping linden into one vendor, trying to get the one piggy that they must have out of 50 choices and occupying the sim for hours at a time while they go afk to do laundry or call their mom. Life is too short to keep trying the first day and frustrate yourself, even second life. Really.

Flit off instead to the Summer Fashion Festival. I went last year and discovered a number of new designers, including Ariadna Garrigus, the organizer of the event, whose work I had not seen before. Each vendor is obliged to offer an exclusive item AND a gift, and there are plenty of lovely things to choose from. Take this dress from Moreno Forwzy (how do you pronounce that?) who is offering this lovely butterfly dress with butterfly sleeves and a ruffle near the bottom. I have not seen this silhouette before so I am guessing it’s an original mesh (though I could be wrong). If so, it’s well done with a darling texture. Ariadne is offering the shoes as a gift with blossoms on the strap and a simple skin matching HUD. And my background screen, from Hanstrid Inshan, is another gift you can get your hands on.

 

A Butterfly's Life

My necklace fortuitously landed on in my hands carried by a rabble of butterflies and their wings. AvaGardner Kungler has always been inspired by nature, and she brings it to us with this lovely set that comes in three metals and three colors.

I am not telling you to forgo the Arcade–it goes on all month. Wait until the diehards clear the sim and you can enjoy your shopping or wait for the numerous yard sales for trading that pop up to find the less rare pieces you really want. Tricky Boucher is offering a gorgeous set of skins this month, and you really can’t go wrong with anyone you get. The one I show is not a rare but has the rare beauty Tricky always offers.

Mina Nakamura is offering this lovely mesh ‘do at the Numberology event, which also opens tomorrow. That is another alternative for shopping this weekend. I saw a number of great designers would be there.

A Butterfly's Life

“Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres

Hair: MINA Hair – Silvia by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Numberology beginning June 1 *

Skin: -Belleza- Ellie Gacha 8 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza, -Belleza-, available at The Arcade beginning June 1 *

Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Blossom (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: M&M-r49-size3 by Moreno Forwzy for M&M, available at the Summer Fashion Festival *

Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Gaia – Bronze  necklace and (Kunglers Extra) Gaia – Bronze  ring by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Shoe: Armony igs73 Summer Shoe by Ariadna Garrigus for Armony, available at the Summer Fashion Festival *

Background: Serenity Room Divider V.2 by Hanstrid Inshan for Serenity, available at the Summer Fashion Festival *

Poses: Get Loose by MelissaJeanne Flores for Elephante Poses, available at the Summer Fashion Festival *

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Day Off

Day Off

This weekend I took a day off and created a whole new home….

Day Off

A quick trip to the Home and Garden Expo, supporting the Relay for Life in SL, should satisfy anyone’s nesting needs. Start with this revised home from Cain Maven. With partial mesh, improved scipting and textures, this spacious two bedroom home offers a waterfall over the stairway, hot tub, built in security and tinted windows, a kitchen with full complement of appliances and seating and two fireplaces—inside and out. A fantasy home indeed.

Day Off

This is going to be a blow by blow of all the great furnishings I have recently gotten my hands on, most—but not all—from the Home and Garden Expo. First, Solange Cerveau is moving into mesh and she has started with this great gazebo with color change drape shown above that includes the vase of hydrangeas. This is not available at the Expo, however the great Adirondack chairs and tables from Cherelle Capra I put near the fireplace outside in back are available at the Expo.

Day Off

Kaerri Rae is also donating content at the Home and Garden Expo. She has made two very different sets: the Kauri and Paris collections. Above I show living room sets from both. The Kauri is a more masculine set with neutrals punctuated by blues in a very 70s style. The Paris collection is an eclectic combination of curves and color with turquoise and yellow pillows and artwork combined with more baroque lines in the furniture.

Day Off

Kaerri is offering a dining room set with sideboard, place settings, an assortment of vases and a shelving unit to hold those vases you don’t see in the photo. She also includes a floor vase. The starburst piece is from Apple Fall’s newest collection, which he is showing at the Grove (slurl below). Cherelle Capra is also offering the lovely shelving unit shown with pillows for reading or relaxing shown with a print of the magnificent Chicago skyline from Apple Fall.

Day Off

Kaerri has two bedroom sets at the Home and Garden Expo as well. The Kauri again has a masculine contemporary feel with a bed, artwork, and accessories plus the long low dresser that echoes the lines of the sideboard in the dining room set. The Paris bedroom collection also shows the eclectic nature of the living room collection and includes all pieces shown above plus a darling vanity with stool.

Day Off

A casual look is in order, and I pull it off with the new skinny jeans from Paul Lapointe who has the best butt in SL. These mesh skinnies are the best thing going on the grid right now and Paul made them in a variety of sizes and shapes for all you girls who like a little more booty or need more hips. My casual shoes and tank both come from Pixieplumb Flanagan’s latest collection.

Tiffy Vella’s newest sun hat has color change pieces all over so you can customize to your heart’s content. I changed the hat color to white, the flowers to pink with gold centers and the tiny flowers to purple with a hat band that is pink. Wear it around the house, for gardening, or to your favorite tea party.

Aida Ewing just came out with a new skin collection that is, as always, absolutely gorgeous. With neutral lip and eye, this look is ideal for a day off.

Day Off

Click these slurls, darnit!

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Selma – Reds02 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Glam Affair – Cleo – America – 04 A by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Glass (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Top: BM Cropped Tank Ivory by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Jeans: .:L&B:.(Alpha) Slim Jeans (FEET SHOWING) by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Hat: Eclectica ‘Flora’ Sunhat (no hair) by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Shoes: BM Jinty Flat left All Colours by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

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

 

Furnishings:

House: Felicity II by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, available at Home and Garden Expo *

 

Living room: [CIRCA] – “Ocean Traveller” Set by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA], available at the Home and Garden Expo *

{af} Chicago Panorama by warehousefifteendesigns for Apple Fall

Kauri Set White Complete by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available at Home and Garden Expo *

Paris Living Room Set by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available at Home and Garden Expo *

 

Dining Room: Kauri Dining Complete Set by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available at Home and Garden Expo *

{af} Sunrise Mirror by warehousefifteendesigns for Apple Fall

 

Outside: [CIRCA] – “French Persuation” – Garden Chair2 – Ivory (LE) for [CIRCA], available at the Home and Garden Expo *

*Solange!* Gemini Arbor  (22 LI) by Solange Cerveau for Solange! *

[CIRCA] Pkg – Muskoka – Deck Sitting Set by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA], available at the Home and Garden Expo *

[ba] beveled stone planters and [ba] flagstone pavers by Barnesworth Anubis for barnesworth anubis *

 

Upstairs: Kauri Bedroom Complete Set by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available at Home and Garden Expo *

Paris Complete Bedroom by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available at Home and Garden Expo *

Harper Answers Your Mail—Exhibitor Questions

Still blogging for SL10B. People are building like mad! Can’t wait to see what we end up with!

SL10B

After the last blog entry I, Harper Beresford, resident fashionista and special guest star, received a slew of letters with questions from exhibitors. Let’s dive in.

Dear Harper,

Help! I am an exhibitor at the SL10B Birthday Celebration but I can’t do it all alone! I had registered 20 of my closest friends/alts to help me. How do I sneak them in?

Very Social in SL

Dear Social,

Wow! 20 friends! Longer than my friends’ list! We allow 4 additional friends/alts as building assistants. Once you have registered and put down your prim, you can go into SLB Exhibitor chat and ask for them to be added. Ask nicely and wait until an EA acknowledges you. Example:

  • “I am an exhibitor. Can you add my friends as building assistants?”

An EA will contact you. Give them the correct spellings of your friends names and tell your friends to accept group!

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So You’re an Exhibitor! Congratulations!

I was asked to help out with SL10B. The SL10B Community Celebration is Second Life’s 10th anniversary resident-run gala celebration, and it happens from June 16 to June 29. Being a fashionista, what could I possibly know about building or sim management or handling massive data or.. well any of that? All I know how to do is match my shoes to my purse. This blog reminds exhibitors about the rules of building.

SL10B

So you have been accepted to the SL10B as an Exhibit Builder! It’s a great honor and a lot of fun. The organizers asked me, Harper Beresford, resident fashionista and special guest star, to explain to you how to get started and some of the rules for building.

First, you got accepted. Congratulations. First hurdle is done! But how do you get in?

Exhibitor Assistants (heretofore known as “EA”s) are waiting breathlessly for your call. Join the SLB Community first.

slb community

Once you have joined, click the “Chat” button for the group.

SLB Community chat

Type right in that group (yes, you are allowed to talk), “Hi! I am an exhibitor! Can I  please have an EA to invite me to the group?”Wait a little bit. (You may or may not hear musak—we have no control over that.) It may take a while because it can get really busy and what they…

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Overjoyed

Overjoyed

And though you don’t believe that they do
They do come true
For did my dreams
Come true when I looked at you

~ “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder but performed by Esperanza Spalding

Overjoyed

When I put on this dress, all I could think of was the song, “Overjoyed,” so I sought my favorite version, played by Esperanza Spalding at the White House (and yes, Stevie Wonder was there) and remembered how it feels to be filled with joy. Joy arrived when LeeZu Baxter released this dress—a combination of mesh and flexi, with gorgeous textures—brocades, satin, even an embellished ribbon across the bodice. She includes optional handless gloves (arm warmers?) with the dress. Once again, LeeZu shows us her design brilliance.

Overjoyed

I am also overjoyed because Tricky Boucher will be releasing a set of gorgeous skins for his gacha at The Arcade, when it opens June 1. I am fortunate to be able to show you Skin 1, a “rare” skin that will be absolutely worth jamming the machine with linden for. With a generous sprinkling of freckles and his characteristic gorgeous nose and brows, the eyes pop on this skin with a deep liner. This is a skin I would use again and again.

My hair is one of Truth Hawks’ newest with windblown locks to match the movement of the flexi in my dress. I love what he has done with this one, employing mesh to show movement regardless of mesh’s static tendencies. My earrings are lovely pieces that I downsized (modifiable, thank you) from Amberly Boccaccio, available at this month’s Collabor88.

In the top shot, I show Siddean Munro’s hands, this time using the Belleza skin appliers (I think I used the pale Mya setting for these) and nails from Nicole Twigvald. Check out her store because she has tons of nails for these hands—perfect for girls like me who have a nail polish problem in SL and RL. (Just know when I go for a manicure in RL, I lovingly adore the huge wall of polishes.)

Overjoyed

And maybe too, if you would believe
You too might be
Overjoyed, over loved, over me

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Denee – Gingers02Fade by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Ellie Gacha  1 RARE by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at The Arcade beginning June 1 *

Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Glass (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: Tatum Gown by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Appliers: -Belleza- Slink Hand Applier PALE by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Nail: Appliers: Orc Inc : Slink Avatar Enhancement Nails – Goth Fade by Nicole Twigvald for Orc Inc., available at the World Goth Fair *

Earrings: -Glam Affair- Victoria Earrings Coral by Amberly Boccaccio for Glam Affair, available at Collabor88 *

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

Put a Bird On It

Put a Bird On It

“In Portland, you can put a bird on something and just call it art.” ~ Portlandia

Put a Bird On It

One of my favorite skits from “Portlandia” was “Put a bird on it!” Bryce Shivers and Lisa Everman go into a gift shop in Portlandia and liven everything up by putting birds on them—from tote bags to toast. It’s a trend that deserves a little laughter. When I received this dress from ValentinaEvangelista, I couldn’t help myself. With a darling shape—perfect for wearing around this summer—the dress is made even better with this retro bird print. Suddenly I couldn’t help but put a bird on everything, including my necklace from Caroline Apollo and a cute little ring from Ayumi Cassini. Cory Edo’s infamous birds are hanging above me, creating that lovely shadow.

Put a Bird On It

Tricky Boucher has generously given a skin for the celebration of Cynful’s business and sim. This beautiful skin (in one tone only but well worth grabbing) is available for a limited time, only at Cynful. My hair is Marisa Karu’s latest work for Collabor88. With removable hair pins that can also be colored, this updo shows off Marisa’s best work with wispy strands framing the face and an easy style.

Put a Bird On It

“What a sad little tote bag…. I know. I’ll put a bird on it.” ~ Portlandia

Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Sayaka3” (Type A)(Garnet) by Marisa Kira for D!va, available at Collabor88

Skin: -Belleza- Cynful Gift by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at Cynful’s Birthday

Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Eucalyptus (M) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: :V.e. Betty Dress Birdy by ValentinaEvangelista for Valentina E. Couture *

Necklace: (Caroline’s Jewelry) Free as a Bird (gold) by Caroline Apollo for Caroline’s Jewelry

Ring: [MAGIC NOOK] Fly Little Bird Ring by Ayumi Cassini for Magic Nook

Anklets: p e a c h i – anklet beads by Peachdrip for p e a c h i *

Shoes: {Cherry} The Alice Cullen Ballet Flats – aged bronze by London Dailey for {Cherry}

Birds (creating the shadows): Trompe Loeil – Flying Bird Display – Group Flight no wires by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil

Poses by Trieste Minuet for !bang

Dancing with Change

Dance the Change

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~ Alan Watts

Dance the Change

Flickr recently changed their format, allowing users to have 1 terabyte of storage space free for their media. A lot of people flipped out. Some had the hubris to make a critical analyses. I went, “Yay!” One terabyte is a lot of pixels, and I didn’t have to sell my soul for storage. I changed my personal account from Pro to free and got a prorated refund in less than 24 hours. Yahoo has to make money. Better off advertisers than me.

Change happens. It’s part of living. Either I can spend my energy squawking about it or I can dance along. I choose to dance. Today I am dancing in this great set of silks from Solange Cerveau. With her characteristic intricate textures and perfect system pieces and absolute sex appeal, the silks give me the look of a gorgeous dancer. (Because if I am going to dance, I am going to do it looking good!) How does Solange manage to pack so much into such a small set of pixels?

Dance the Change

With the advent of mesh in SL (another change some people have problems with), we are seeing hybrid avatars, made of the system avatar and mesh enhancements. Heads, boobs, even butts have come out. And of course, we have hands and feet. The queen of this is, of course, Siddean Munro, who recently adopted the clever open-source texturing used on mesh boobs by allowing creators to develop “appliers” for her hands and feet for both skin and nails. I used a set of her “Elegant” hands to hold zills for dancing, just to make the dancing more rhythmic and musical.

Sachi Vixen, who has survived just about every change the grid has tried to throw at her has created a set of appliers for Slink’s hands and feet like other creators as well as gloves and now the lovely foot jewels you see on my opening photo. Made of mesh, they come with a color changing HUD that allows you to choose from six different metal colors. I looked on MP and found these terrific french nail colors in an applier from Nicole Twigvald and click, click and my manicure and pedicure were complete.

Dance the Change

Sachi’s appliers would not work right if I weren’t wearing her skin as well. The transition from hands and feet to the rest of the body is truly seamless. I had to make no adjustments once I had put the appliers on. And this skin is gorgeous. With well-developed features from top to bottom (not just the pretty face we see on some skins), Sachi’s latest skins have been a gorgeous addition to the grid and perfect for wearing with revealing silks.

Truth Hawks is another creator on the grid who has rolled with the punches. When mesh came out, he converted his hair factories from sculpty to mesh. His latest mesh work is gorgeous—he gets better every day. Recently he chose to redo his color selections and in so doing, forgo the metaphorical names for simple colors and numbers. Most of us embraced the change. Change happens. Dance along.

Dance the Change

Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time. ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Lotus – Reds04 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: AE Skins – Carolyn T3 Bare by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Eucalyptus (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Silks: GREEN/MOSS Innocence by Solange Cerveau for Solange! *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Skin appliers: by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Nail applier: Orc Inc. : Slink Avatar Enhancement Hand and Toe Nails by Nicole Twigvald for Orc Inc.

Zills: Finger Cymbals by Anthonys Republic for Sculpty Republic

Foot jewels: Adam n Eve Foot Jewel Emerald by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *