“After the election” A styling I did as a part of BOSL magazine.
Today’s post is going to be more of your traditional sort of blog post, though I might just vlog on this topic at some point. Like many of you, I have been feeling VERY strongly about the state of the government in the United States since before the recent election and even more so after it. I have been able to safely assert my view on things (mostly) from my RL/SL Facebook, and I tend to rant a lot to those closest to me in my RL and my SL. I have wanted to make a post like this for a while, but life and hesitation tend to get in the way sometimes. Thankfully I saw Strawberry’s post and was motivated to finally do it.
It is amazing to me how divided we as a nation are. I tend to avoid any political talk, I don’t enjoy conflict or arguing. I am one who will remain quiet until motivated to speak, which usually comes as a result of the insanity of statements made by others. As am American I have taken my right to vote very seriously. I am stunned every election at how many Americans do not care to vote or who think their votes don’t matter. As an educator of young children, I have done my best to instill in my students the importance of being an active citizen. I have mixed feelings about having been out of the classroom during this political season (I went from classroom teacher to instructional coach without a class of my own). For as passionate as I have felt about the issues, I wonder if I could have remained neutral as I have in past elections. I will never know.
I have become an avid listener of all kinds of political podcasts, though I have cut back quite a bit now…for my own sanity. One fact I heard on a podcast a while back was just how much of the voting population elected this man. This man whom I consider a bigot and demagogue (among other things). This man offends me on so many levels. He offends me as a woman, a Latina, and a mother. He offends me as an educator and he offends me as an American. I will never directly call him my president, because he is not. He does not represent me and he does not respect me. I try not to resent those Americans that brought this nightmare into my life. I know they all had their reasons, but he was the wrong choice for the change they were so desperate for. This man’s election is a low point in American history and American democracy. Nearly HALF of the voting population DID NOT VOTE. This man won with 25% and the electoral college. Voter turn out has been a long standing issue, I know that. I just am stunned that just 25% of the voters in this country decided this bigoted demagogue was what was best for America.
I am a Democrat (shocker, I know). I had never labeled myself anything more than that..liberal, left, whatever…just Democrat. But I am feeling more left than ever. I have never been an activist. I have never shared my political views publicly, that’s just not polite right? Well, the times have clearly changed. I am more vocal than I ever have been when it comes to politics, because people need to wake up and do something, myself included.
As an RL friend of mine likes to say on her podcast, I am WOKE. I am activated, I will take action. I will be an even more active part of the democracy I live in. I am a part of the resistance.
An image that came through the #notmypresident SL Group secondlife:///app/group/760e5970-f9b8-196b-1ad4-f3bc129cbce4/about
I have vlogged again! This time about Wicca’s latest, Penny and the new store build! Watch my vlog to learn more about Penny and get a brief tour of the store. Penny is at the Kinky Event from January 28 – Feburary 19.
Wicca’s Wardrobe has grown so much over the past two years that it was time for a new and extraordinary build! We are pleased to share with you the new and fabulously unique store build for Wicca’s Wardrobe! A custom design by the one and only Colpo Wexler! It is a sprawling multilevel building, designed to enhance your shopping experience with all of our items neatly organized into new sections of the store. We have added a new section, the Outlet section where you can find older items at 50% off.
We really hope you will come on down and take a look, perhaps even snap a few photos in it and share it to our group? We would love to see you using the space and enjoying it as much as we do! In honor of the new build we will have a photo contest! Snap your best photo inside the store wearing Wicca’s Wardrobe and you might win a gift card! First place will earn a L$ 1000 gift card, 2nd a L$ 500 gift card and 3rd a L$ 250 gift card! Place your photos in our Flickr group and somewhere in the title use “new store” so we can tell which are contest entries. You will have til Saturday, February 4th and winners will be announced and contacted on February 5th.
credits: hair – Sabrina by enVOGUE | top ~ Choker Knit Top by Stories&Co. (Luxe Box – Jan 2017) | skirt ~ Denim Skirt by Blueberry (Luxe Box – Jan 2017) | pet ~ Corgi Puppy by MishMish (Luxe Box – Jan 2017) | building ~ Catskills Lodge by Scarlet Creative (Luxe Box – Jan 2017)
One of the fun things I want do do with my 2017 is VLOG! So many others in RL and SL have fun with it that I thought I could try my hand at it too!
I enjoy being creative and making videos, though I am definitely more of a hobbyist than a pro. I have made video tutorials for my students and that is about it. Vlogging my SL would give me a different experience with video creation that I think I would enjoy.
In my last post I alluded to trying out some new things this coming year in SL and one of those things is having a son! Well, I have a son in RL and he has long been interested in SL and quite the lil gamer himself, so I made him an account so that he and I could experience SL together! There are a few things I have in mind for him, and I won’t share those things just yet as I am not sure how many of them will materialize, but if they do, my son and I are going to be cracking up quite a bit. He really is my lil sidekick and I love him to bits. Made sense to me to share Second Life with him where we could have even more fun!
Since I was all excited about my Bento makeover I was just as excited to make my son a cool looking, age-appropriate avatar! I admit I was kinda scratching my head on this one as there sure are a lot of toddler avatars and toddler fashion, but no where near the same offerings for more teenaged looking avatars. Knowing how much Trouble Dethly of PENUMBRA/Eclipse & Spotlight (such a busy guy!) supports the toddler community in SL, I figured he was the right guy to reach out to (not to mention he is super cool and my bro) and I was right! He connected me with Kenzie Thomas Numbers (mckenzieky) of MESHMERIZED and that is all it took! My son’s avatar is perfect and he has some fun kid appropriate clothing. My son’s skin and shape are from MESHMERIZED as well as his cute lil lip tattoo. In this photo, I wanted him to dress up and not clash with Mommy’s outfit so I took him over to ISON and got him a few things including the Scoopneck Sweater he is wearing. His hair is Boys & Girls 27 from Dura.
Once my son’s avatar was ready and I handed it over to my son to play with, I asked him if he might want to model like mommy and he was like “YEAH!” Next step, launching my son’s teen modeling career!
Thanks for reading! Oh, and in case you are wondering what I am wearing, I pulled out some oldies but goodies from my inventory! I am wearing a Truth Hair called Soliel from 2013 and a Valentina E Floral Bohemian Coat from 2015! I am also wearing Kunglers Lakshmi Necklace and Jeune by Rowne Emeline Leather Jumpsuit. The pose is by KaTink and called “Besties for Life” (so true) and the photo was shot on the KaTink sim.
~ Echo Dress Purple by Dead Dollz ~ Indio Thigh High Boots by Reign ~ Pose by Devilish Poses ~ Location: Elysion
It has been quite some time. I am sure you have seen blogs go from active to inactive and anywhere in between. I was never a truly prolific blogger, I don’t always have something to say or anything newsworthy to share. I am just a resident enjoying her SecondLife and who happens to like to blog about it sometimes. I recently celebrated my Rez Day…9 years in SL! I wanted to do a post, but the stars did not align right for that. I have spent half of my 9 years in SL exploring and learning how to role play, then I spent the second half of those 9 years breaking into the SL modeling scene. I am very comfortable with both and enjoy both sides of my SL to this day. I do feel the familiar urge to do something new with my SL, perhaps I get that urge every 4 years or so…who knows.
What has captured my interest of late is all chatter about Bento. If you don’t know what I am talking about you will have to visit Strawberry Singh’s blog because as always, she does an excellent job explaining things. Between her and Wicca Merlin, I got a crash course in Bento. As a model in SL your brand is important. Your uniqueness is your brand, which includes your face. It was this line of thinking that kept me from getting on the mesh head bandwagon. There was little way to modify them beyond skin and I just couldn’t accept that as me. I was very impressed with my fellow models who were able to work skins and layers to their advantage and make their own unique face, but I still figured anything I would do would still not give me my own unique face so I held off.
Now that Bento has arrived and I watched my dear friend Wicca (my mesh head queen) work various heads (Bento and not) and share her experiences with me. I felt confident after a few conversations and screen shares with Wicca to dive in and give making my own unique face with a Bento head a go. I was so excited to use a Bento head that I went for the Bento hands too! Both were just the refresh I needed. While I love my avatar, I knew it was time to give her a make over, which can be both time consuming and frustrating. Not this time! I have a new Bento me now and am very pleased with the results. Just like when I finally found Silly’s face (that she has had for 3ish years), I felt that same feeling once I had the right skin on and had tweaked the sliders to my liking. I know this is likely not the final look for the new Bento Silly, but I am very pleased with her beginnings!
Simone Bento Head by Lelutka ~ Skin by The Skinnery ~ Makeup by Zibska ~ Hair by Fiore ~ Eyes by IKON ~ Earrings by Maxi Gossamer
I love that I can smile now! I smile so much in RL and I am called Silly for a reason in SL so there is bound to be smiles and laughing when I am around!
I have some other things in mind for my SL in 2017, and I hope to be back with another post soon to talk all about that!
I blog as much as my RL allows and I LOVE when I am offered something special to blog like SCALA’s upcoming FREAKSHOW – Carnivale.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 9, 2016
SCALA™ PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS FREAKSHOW – CARNIVALE 2016 SHOPPING EVENT: OCTOBER 28 TO NOVEMBER 13, 2016 FASHION SHOW: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2016 at 2:00PM SLT ENTERTAINMENT: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 from 12:00PM – 6:00PM SLT SLURL: TO BE ANNOUNCED
FREAKSHOW – Carnivale is an immersive full-sim shopping experience set in an abandoned, desert town where a creepy freak show has set up shop. The two-week shopping event will include a Halloween fashion show extravaganza on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:00PM SLT; as well as a six-hour block of entertainment, Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM SLT. Entertainment will include dancing to the sounds of popular Second Life® DJ’s; Calrek Nansen, Seashell Dench, Iozi Wasp, Lichi Moonwall, and Freakshow Zsun. With a dazzling live circus performance by the ChangHigh Trinity Sisters mixed in, it is sure to be a fun time and strange, macabre, or quirky costumes are highly encouraged.
Media sponsors for this event are Avatar Social Network, BloggingSL, BRM Radio, DesigningSL, Eclipse Magazine, Moolto, and VersuS Magazine. Brand sponsors are B E N D E R, Chop Zuey, Meva, RAPTURE™, Wicca’s Wardrobe, and Zibska. With a total of 60 brands participating, shoppers and costumed party-goers can also expect to see the following brands: 22769, 7 Deadly Skins, Adoness, Aleutia, Alpha Tribe, Athena Couture, Bauhaus Movement, Baxe, Beyond Persuasion, Black Haus, by Nacht, Carrie’s Lingerie, Chaotic Creative, Chimeric Arts & Fashions, Dark Passions, Deluxe Body Factory, Diamante, E-Mesh, Essences, Ghee, Glitter, Glitzz, Hollyweird, Indulge Temptation, JUMO, KAYLiTHiUM, KiX, La Boheme, Legendaire, Les Sucreries de Fairy, Lilith’s Den, LiViD, Lushish Catz, Lyrical Bizarre, Madrid Solo, Me Sew Sexy, Medieval Fantasy, Naminoke, Nephilim, Pastiche, PICHI, PINUP, Pose It, Prey, Prism, Slackgirl, Supernatural, Vero Modero, Virtual Diva, Virtual Textures, Whitecity, Zanze, Zickenkiste, and Zyn.
About SCALA™: Twice award-winning modeling Agency and Academy, SCALA™ brings together the best and most experienced team of professionals on the Second Life® fashion scene. SCALA™ Productions organizes fashion events on two-sims, complete with music production and voice over, and one of our main goals is to offer paid employment opportunities to Second Life® event planners and event producers while showcasing new talents in content creation.
SCALA™ Models Academy course has been designed to help aspiring models build their careers by covering all major aspects of professional modeling. We stay on top of best runway practices and current trends, relaying that knowledge to our students who typically become some of the most professional models in the industry after graduating from SCALA™.
SCALA™ was founded on January 6th 2014 by Seashell Dench – award-winning professional model with one of the longest careers in SL, and Kryptonia Paperdoll – the most experienced runway instructor in SL since 2006, when she created her first modeling academy.
For More Information: (#scalafreakshow) | http://www.scala-sl.com/freakshow-carnivale/ | https://twitter.com/ScalaAgency | https://www.facebook.com/SCALA.SL/
There are so many amazing designers who are a part of this event. There is no way I can possibly blog them all, so that means you had better mark your calendar and come see them all at SCALA’s FREAKSHOW-Carnivale!
When I saw the offerings for Ghee I thought their Fortune Teller outfit was rather nice, little did I know it came with a crystal ball you can hold as well as a fortune teller booth! Fortune Teller appealed to the gypsy in me and the added bonus of the accessories just appealed to the silly in me. LOVE the whole ensemble. The mesh is very nicely done and detailed. Oh, and the crystal ball and fortune telling booth actually give fortunes! You will be the life of the Halloween Party in this outfit from Ghee!
Fortune Teller fits the classic SL avatar, has FitMesh options, and sizes for SLink, Belleza and Maitreya. The corset, skirt and sleeves are all separate so you can surely mix this up with other items from your inventory to make it anything you like. It also comes with 3 headscarves that are not photographed because this hair from Truth (Solstice) just went so nicely with it!
Ghee Crystal Ball Fortune REZZ: Silly Avro, (Fortune) If you continually give, you will continually have.
I have been wanting to blog this romper for some time now (it was at the last round of On9 and is now in store), as it has quickly become my new favorite romper. (I ♥ ROMPERS) Of course it is by Wicca’s Wardrobe and is called Melinda. (My RL name is rather close to Melinda so that made me smile.) Melinda fits all the most popular mesh bodies which is a huge plus for me as my alts wear Belleza and there is so little of the good stuff for Belleza in comparison. The pose I am striking is from one of my favorite pose makers, THE Linda Reddevil of Devilish Poses. She has three new sets out and the pose I am using is 1-52. I have been living on the Elysion sim lately since giving up my own land due to limited SL time. Elysion is a lovely sim. I could never simscape as nicely as they do there. I enjoy finding new places to stand as I style and work on notecards, so it was only natural that I would feature this wonderful sim as my backdrop.
I am often invited to judge Mr. & Miss Virtual World challenges…and that is not a brag or anything, just something I enjoy doing. As a model who had put herself out there to be judged by others on many occasions, I feel my experiences make me qualified to fairly judge others who are putting themselves out there in competitions. I am always flattered to be asked and always look forward to going. I take care in making sure I am presentable. As a former Miss, I firmly believe I have a standard to uphold. So when looking for something of quality to wear, it is no surprise that I default to Wicca’s Wardrobe. As any who know me or read my blog at all, Wicca is a longtime friend of mine and while we have not made an official SL relationship out of it, I consider her a sister. She and her man Red made my country costume when I was competing in 2015 and I LOVED it. So Wicca and MVW still go hand in hand for me. Besides, while Wicca has no “Face of Wicca’s Wardrobe” or anything, I know I am the Wicca’s Wardrobe Runway Princess! One of the other things I enjoy about judging MVW events is seeing friends that I don’t always see…like Pam Astonia! Pammy cracks me up and is just so talented and lovely…chatting with her is always a perk of judging!
The photo above was my look for the 2nd and final auditions of this round of Miss Virtual World 2017 and here are the details: