Power Point

Shenlei Winkler of the Fashion Research Institute has asked me to speak for a series they are doing in SL. I will be presenting at 3 pm slt today at their location to speak about “’Fashion’ Marketing in Virtual Worlds.” It’s nothing earth shattering but you are welcome to come see my pedestrian slides and hear my dulcet tones.

Power Point

That being said, the obvious question will be what will I wear?! If I were smart, I would keep you in suspense, but I am even smarter because I need to show an outfit in today’s blog, and I struck upon the perfect one. This suit and skirt set is a new offering from Nicky Ree and done up in her typical cosmopolitan and elegant style. As usual, Nicky combines the skillful use of prims with great textures. Classy pumps from Tya Fallingbridge (with black accents) complete the ensemble.

Power Point

I wear a dark red lipstick over my skin from Minnu Palen. This set was the first I found that offered the lipsticks on the tattoo layer. Now many skin makers are offering such an option, and it’s a welcome. My one twist from conventional is Truth Hawks’ hair with a streak, further echoing the black and red color theme.

Power Point

“Power corrupts and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.” ~ Vint Cerf

Hair: >TRUTH< Bonnie Streaked – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup5(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Deep Red by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka]

Suit: *DNR* Trixie V1 Sweater Set in Black Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails – Cherry III by Nicole David for Armidi

Shoes: PM Kavika : Red by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode

The Puritan Ethic

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. ~ Theodore Isaac Rubin

The Puritan Ethic

You expected to see me in some pilgrim costume with that title? Nah! (Nor will I be doing an exegesis on Max Weber, my dear academic friends.)  The Puritan ethic comes down to working hard and having high expectations of oneself and others and high optimism for the results of that hard work. That’s why a business outfit like this is perfect for the holder of that ethic. Ivey Deschanel—her place is so dark, some of her clothes are so funky but really, she is good example of that ethic. She cranks out the goodness day after day, while improving her work and making her customers happy.

This cardigan and skirt (from two different sets from Ivey) are an example of how Ivey breaks out of the dark neko aesthetic I somehow always expect (I think is the decor of her store or something…) and comes up with elegant, well-designed and appealing fashion. I love the below-the-knee plaid skirt, the great argyle, well-shaded in the right areas, and the overall silhouette and simplicity. Ivey never over-relies on embellishments and instead rocks the system pieces til they sing.

The Puritan Ethic

Another rocking creator is Truth Hawks. A discussion tonight allowed me to remind people that Truth is keeps a constant flow of content, and that is what keeps people coming back and again and again. It’s not about marketing, about flash and dazzle and image. It’s about making quality content on a consistent basis. (Though I would personally argue that the head/face he uses to fit this stuff is too wide—I am always adjusting it slightly for Harper’s long thinner head.) I know he’s Australian (and not American puritan), but he really is a captain of industry in SL.

The Puritan Ethic

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. ~ Charles Kettering

Hair: >TRUTH< Paige – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Helena 02 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Sweater: :::Sn@tch Fast Forward Sweater (Argyle Red-J)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch *

Skirt: :::Sn@tch Madge Skirt (Black Tweed-S)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch *

Glasses: HOC – Rectangle Framed Glasses #001 by Guu Nishi for HOC

Shoes: p.c; Suede Platform Pump Black by Cici Vonderheide for Paper Couture

Stalking the Deal

The deal—it can be right there before your eyes, but to get your hands on it, to finally close—that requires a certain amount of stalking and cunning.

Stalking the Deal

For a woman, it’s sometimes harder to close the deal. The pressure about how you present is so strong—too sexual and you’re a mindless bimbo, too conservative and you’re unimaginative and frumpy. This look, put together from several elements, represents a woman who has sex appeal but also knows how to “git ‘er done” and done right. She doesn’t sacrifice her sexuality or femininity for a boring suit and she doesn’t sacrifice her integrity for bad business.

Onyx LeShelle helps break out of the boring suit trap with her new jacket (part of a set of clothing and shoes just released at Maitreya). With its almost tailored silhouette, it lacks the button-uptightness of most suits with its neutral linen colors and almost mandarin color. (And blessedly, the sculpties are mod so you can line the plackets up).

Stalking the Deal

Underneath a leopard print silk top, which I made from combining Morphine Janick’s bra with violett Ellils’ top (which lacked “coverage” when worn alone). Each piece separately would be too revealing. Together they worked. Long wool shorts from Migi Voom complete the look, showing a shapely leg but also provide a tailored and professional look.

The jewelry is where our businesswoman gets her touch of style. With leopard print hoops from violett Ellils and beautifully textured wild bangles from kikunosuke Eel, she pushes into the realm of dangerous (and she’s clearly careful about the details). Who wouldn’t want to seal the deal with her?

Stalking the Deal

Finally, shoes from cocoro Lemon. With their closed toe and black heel, they are quite conservative. It’s the open back and the wild (and just gorgeous) leopard skin fur that makes them outstanding and makes our lady command attention—for all the right reasons.

Stalking the Deal

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

Hair: .:: KMH ::. Hair No005_C SunnyBlond by Kumibou Mayo for .:: KMH ::.

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/li) 09a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Jacket: Maitreya Camden Jacket – Beige by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top: PP. Femme Fatale -leopard shirts (shirts) by violett Ellils for Ultra Kitty

Bra: [SG*] Herangsa – Leopard (undershirt) by Morphine Janick for Sweetest Goodbye

Culottes: *Muism* [Hihg Waist Trouser/Shorts]_Gray by Icemocolo Voom and Migi Voom for *Muism*

Bangles: [MANDARA] Takara Bangle Dark wood A by kikunosuke Eel for MANDALA

Earrings: PP. Wild E.R by violett Ellils for Ultra Kitty

Nails: Candy Nail : LE.LOOK! la femme – Nails – (Brown) by peche Bury for Candy Nail

Shoes: *COCO*_BacklessAnkleBoots_Leopard by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Poses: From the Scarlett set by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations

Thanks, Stephen Petrovic, for the perfect title ;)

All About Business

Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for business looks in SL, especially since Amanda Linden wrote a blog about business appearance.

It’s not impossible to put together a business look here, especially if you get yourself outside the box of black suit and skirt. I am personally tired of that—that’s for lawyers and very uptight librarians. A professional woman can be found in a tailored sweater and skirt with a stylish scarf, as I show here.

All About Business

Betty Doyle has come out with a set of “Vintage Basics,” but I consider them regular basics. The system skirt has a great texture and shape (though for some reason, this one made my rear end look large so I “dieted” a little and shrunk my otherwise perfectly useful skinny skirt shape). And the sweater, with its ideally proportioned knit texture and wonderful sculpty shapes, has enough style to look beyond ordinary but is not outrageous.

All About Business

I accessorized with Tiffy Vella’s beautiful Wistaria set. She has done some absolutely exquisite work with jewelry in SL, combining killer skills in tiny prim building with gorgeous textures. This set comes with this beautiful scarf, earrings, and a ring. (It also has a necklace and bracelets you don’t see here.) And finally I pull out the classic Verve pumps from Onyx LeShelle.

I wear here a skin I custom made at Body Politik. Maximillion Grant and his partner Polly Pavlova didn’t make it for me–I made it myself on their handy dandy website, and I blogged about this wonderful idea. I received news today that they are now letting you customize in-world as well at their “Skin Creation Stations.” So get down to their store in-world—you may catch me there putting another one together.

All About Business

Getting down to it:

Hair: [V] Vignette Jaime Brick by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: TBP Infinity Custom Skin – Harper Beresford CYT-103353_1936 by Maximillion Grant for Body Politik

Sweater: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Edie :: Forest by Betty Doyle for Ingenue*

Skirt: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Memo :: Midnight by Betty Doyle for Ingenue*

Jewelry and Scarf: Eclectica_Purples_Wistaria by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Olive by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya