So this morning I woke up and checked my messages and here came this message from Dakota, another student I’m in the Miss Virtual World Academy with. “Hey….did you get the information for the class today?”
*laughs and has a mild heart attack*
So come to find out….I had a class today and just due to SL being SL….we found out about it this morning. So we’ve got six hours. No worries, right?
There are two problems I realized right off the bat. The first, that I had work today. I found out about the class at 8:30 and had to be at work by 9. The second, that the class was at 3 p.m. SLT….and I work until 4 p.m. slt. In a word….
But, isn’t this all part of what we run into with balancing Second Life and First Life as we take on commitments inside of this virtual world? While real life always comes first and SL is a place to come for fun and relaxation, there is a point of honor in standing by our commitments. Luckily, serendipity was smiling on me.
Not only did Dakota reach out and shake me out of oblivion, but our mentor, Steele Sirnah, was online and just about to head to work as well. A panicked IM to him and we both messaged the instructor of the 106 class with a plea to help work out a way I’d be able to attend. And as a side note, Congrats, Steele!! The new COO of Miss Virtual World. Woo-hoo!
And back to the story at hand. So, another aspect of how fate was smiling on me today….just yesterday I went and explored the amazing store Ghee, a new find for me that has some incredible clothing, one dress of which I had blogged during the .PENUMBRA. fashion week. And as I’m exploring the racks, I’m noticing a beautiful trend of soft tones, a very gentle flowing feel to the clothes. Which tied in exactly with the theme of the challenge we received this morning!
The theme was “Luxe Lounge” and we were given a single texture with examples and a color palette. And the palette was perfectly aligned with Ghee’s collection. So while I had a total of about….45 minutes to style and pose my look today, I was less panicked because I had a viewpoint and a vision.
So pictured above, you see the beautiful suede wrapped dress from Ghee, which has such beautiful detailing along the bodice that it worked very well for my decision on not using too many accessories and foregoing a necklace. Another fun aspect of the gods taking pity on me, Ghee had these amazing shoes that went perfectly with this season’s collection and so it was just a choice of “fringe or strappy” and for this challenge, I went with the beautiful shoes with long fringe.
Studying the Luxe Lounge style, I noticed a few commonalities, including a lack of jewelry, bare necklines, loose hair, and a pale styling. So working to incorporate all of that, I also went very light on the makeup and even lightened my lashes to a brown rather than the dramatic black.
I had a lot of fun doing this, even with the time crunch, and in the end came up with a look I was very proud of. And got in a full day of work as well. Woo-hoo!