Panther

One of my first friends in SL was Heather Rau. We met in a store when I was a newbie, both shopping (fancy that), and she became one of my first SL shopping mentors. She had amazing skills in SL—she could do it all—build, script, look beautiful, make a great shape (she made my first one—the one I have now is a variation of it), engage in role play. She helped me greatly. Then she went quiet.

Northern Forests

Heather had discovered Gor. Now, if you knew Heather, you would have thought pigs had started flying. She just didn’t seem the type to go for that at all. But she walked into the forest, and she never looked back. She undertook Gor as she did anything else—with intensity and intelligence. She built an AMAZINGLY beautiful sim for her Panther sisters at the Northern Forests of Gor. (Be forewarned: the Panthers there expect RP at all times. Do not wander in as a tourist without escort—you will get captured.)

Panther

Her shop is named “Black Orchid,” a gorgeous exotic name for gorgeous exotic pieces. I am blown away by the things Heather is selling—intricate jewelry, panther clothes, and cold weather clothing (with snowshoes!) for panthers.

Panther

I chose this panther outfit because, well frankly, it’s hot. Heather has made the most of her system pieces, including adding depth with shadows and wrinkles and ripped holes. True to Panther existence, her outfit includes the tools every huntress needs, including a knife and feathers, tied by a cleverly knotted rope around the waist. Her necklace and bracelets include intricately textured beads strung on leather cords and metal bangles. Heather told me she makes what she wants to wear, and if you ever saw Heather, you would realize she has a beautiful aesthetic.

Panther

This rocking hair from Akila Rondelstein includes everything a girl in dreads needs. With it’s cleverly gesture-activated color-changer, this piece is 31 versions in one with the different choices available. Check out Street Dermatology. She has some funky fine stuff there.

Panther

For the huntress:

Hair: ***Street Dermatology *** *SD*’s RL Dreads (Outcho  Face) by Akila Rondelstein for ***Street Dermatology ***

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Valeries T Byzantium/Champagne by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit (including jewelry): [BO] Holey Outfit – Zebra by Heather Rau for Black Orchid

Necklace: [BO] Larl Claw Necklace by Heather Rau for Black Orchid

Photo from The Northern Forests of Gor.

Fantasy Girl

For some, the world we inhabit is a place of pure fantasy. They explore realms of story and narrative that come from deep within their imaginations. For a few moments or hours a week, there is the opportunity to inhabit another body, another life, and let go of real life concerns.

This fantasy girl represents the woman that some ladies on the grid would like to be. She also represents the woman some men (and women) would like to meet. With her lustrous skin, rich blonde locks and toned body in silks, she would be many dreamers’ ideal.

Fantasy Girl

Sachi Vixen, another “old school” designer I admire, has just released her Portia series of skins. With its artistically rendered photosourced textures, this skin deserves to be shown off in silks. She even rendered a very sexy “bum,” as she calls it. I found the skins delicious. She offers them with dark, auburn or blonde eyebrows, which helps immensely when you, like me, like to switch it up once in a while.

Fantasy Girl

I realize many women wear Damselfly hair. There is a reason for this—it’s huge and wondrous with lustrous curly wild textures and complicated shapes that all add up to beautiful womanly tresses. Shylah Honey has revolutionized hair for many women on the grid—you will not be able to tear the hair off their head. It so completes the fantasy look.

Fantasy Girl

Finally, a call out to another old school designer—Solange Cerveau. Solange’s intricately constructed prim silks and lingerie are some of the best on the grid. I purchased this set simply because of its name—”Goddess”—a name that appealed because it spoke to the nobility and wonder of women. With its intricately constructed collar, cape and cuffs, this set is for the silk aficiando. Solange’s artistic skills could be applied to any fashions in SL—she has shown it in some of her business clothing—but her specialty is her exquisitely detailed silks and lingerie.

Fantasy Girl

Girl of my dreams:

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Pepper II Sand Dollar by Shylah Honey for Damselfly Hair Salon

Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Portia – Tone 3 Blond Hair – Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve

Silks: *TSR* Goddess in WHITE by Solange Cerveau for Solange! Fashions