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Interview: The Plastik

Previously posted @ Rubilyn’s Fantasy Wardrobe.

„I am totally confused about your appearance“, is my astonished exclamation when I arrive at her home where she invited me to. „Isn’t your store all about gothic and black and darkish stuff?“ The Plastik owner and creator Vae (aikea.rieko) laughs and leads me to a table to take a seat. I won’t sit down for a while because I am way too busy to discover zealously all the cute details I can find on that table: fancy cakes, cupcakes, buttercakes, pancakes, brownies, pies, tarts, flans, puddings, pumpkin bread, sweeties and candies, icecream, tea, coffee, hot chocolate with a cream topping, ornamental plants and: a laptop!
Interview: The Plastik
The entrance at The Plastik mainstore welcomes you with a cosy atmosphere
„If this was my workspace, I would never leave“, is what I state before I finally sit down. Once again, I eye up Vae who looks like an angel with horns to me. „I buy everything in white!“, she explains and points at the table with a grin: „This is my random collection of sweets. I’ve been building into it for at least two years.“ I shake my head because I just can’t believe what I see. It is amazing! Vae shakes her head a bit, too, and adds: „I can’t help it. I’m really picky but when I find one I like, I go nuts! Well, I’m obsessed with them.“ Obviously! But I could stay here forever.
„I wouldn’t have expected all that. You look white and innocent but I connect ‚gothic‘ and ‚black‘ with your label.“ Though I had a little idea already before that Vae is not only into ‚dark stuff‘ when I saw that she just joined Shiny Shabby for her first participation. And Shiny Shabby is well-known for a more pastel-colored style. „A lot of people do, but I think that’s mainly because I use the dark woods, and the rustic elements and the dark themes for my store because I find them to be really gorgeous. I’m trying to ligthen up a lot lately because I don’t just make dark stuff. Although it is my favorite thing, I want people to be able to see that I’m not just all about the dark and the witchy and the creepy“, Vae explains with a wink.
„I started with Second Life back in 2006 but I remember The Plastik being on the grid like forever. When did you actually start?“, I ask for some details. „I think Plastik, with the current name, probably started somewhere around 2006 or 2007. I’d had a few smaller stores on different accounts before then, all the way back to 2004.“ A quick calculation shows me that The Plastik exists already for almost 10 years! That is a considerably long time, especially in a virtual environment. „What motivates you to continue? I could imagine that after all those years, you sometimes go through phases when you just want to break off with designing?“ Talking about breaks, all out of a sudden, someone breaks in and lands on Vae’s head after teleport!
„And that’s my manager on my head!“, Vae cheers, „Sorchiee!“ Sorchiee? Yes, that Sorchiee whom I have met for the first time during my interview with Enchantment: Second Life is a village! „I take breaks once in a while, and most of the time it’s not by choice. I’ve got a diminished immune system so I get sick fairly easily, which requires me, every month or so, to take a few days off to recharge. I always tell people that the day I stop really loving and enjoying the work I do, I will start the process of finding something else. But I really do love having this as a job. I’m always excited to work on new things, and I still get giddy when I’m working on something I’m really looking forward to. And I still find the time every day to take little breaks: I go on Tumblr, I take stretch breaks, I’ll play a little bit of Diablo 3. I’m getting a lot better at balancing my time!“
Interview: The Plastik
Your path into the mainstore is enlighted by hundreds of little star shells
I connect with Plastik also very detailed jewelry and want to know how she acquired her skills. „Well, before the mesh capabilities came out, I was already familiar with the formats, the layouts, and the way mesh handles. I’ve been an avid modder of the Elder Scrolls community since 2003-2004, probably before, which has amazing games like Oblivion, Morrowind, and Skyrim. I’ve always been really into modding games and looking at the inner workings of their design. So it was really easy for me to transition.“ Before mesh came to Second Life, people were working with sculpties. What is her opinion about sculpties? „I’ll admit, sculpties were such a mess. I dont think anyone really enjoyed working on them, they were just so limiting. There are always upsides to them, too. But when it comes to creating, I think mesh really re-invigorated how i do my work, in the same way that mesh bodies being introduced reinvigorated my love for system layer work, which was what a very large percentage of my really early work was all about.“
Layers, I wonder? When mesh hit the grid, I saw a lot people going crazy and stating that they would never ever wear layers again. „Do you think layers could become as important as mesh clothes again, Vae?“ — „I love the layers. I always said that we needed more and more layers! I think its important when you do clothing that’s got appliers for mesh parts, not to leave out the system layers and all possible mesh layers. I always try to offer every possible way to wear items so that people who cannot afford, or prefer to just wear their normal default avatar, or want to layer, have the option, too. I dont like anyone feeling left out. For mesh bodies and layers, though, i definitely think there should be more. Layering has always been a really popular thing, and I think that they‘ll always be relevant. I don‘t really know about the importance, because I know how much everyone adores their mesh parts, but I still use both constantly!“
Since we were just talking about variation of offers, I am curious if she has restricted herself to any limits what she wants to design. Maybe she would never create bicycles? „You know, I think about that often! I’ve considered getting into furniture and decor, and stuff like that, but I rarely ever find the time. I think the only thing I won’t really get into are vehicles and cars, I know how much work goes into every single one and I don’t think I’d be able to dedicate that much time. I admire the people who do, though!“ Vae creates many skins, a collection of nail appliers, a plenty of clothes and numerous accessoires, and I see her offering her creations more and more often with a broad HUD for color options.
It must be a lot of work. But designing is only one part of a business. A store owner has to keep many other criterias in mind: to watch the market, to promote new releases, to establish in events, to produce within deadlines and so much more: „Where do you get all your inspiration from to be up to date and bring always something new?“ Vae is participating in a lot of popular and well-known events, so I assume that she has a very tight schedule. „Well, a lot of that I credit to my manager Sorchiee! We spend a lot of time together getting ideas together, brainstorming, and she kicks my ass to make sure I am always on time. She’s also been the one who’s been helping me market my style and focus more on the things I needed to do to really get my stuff out there and noticed. I’ve got this dropbox folder of inspiration as well as several sketchbooks of things I’ve wanted to do since i was a teenager. And so I go through and I look at it all for inspiration when the event has a theme.“
Interview: The Plastik
Behind the bridge is a huge meadow with mystical trees
Time flies! Again, one hour is almost over. „Is there anything teasing you’d like to share with us? For example what you plan to come up with next?“ — „Well, I‘ve got a few really amazing corsets coming out as well as a dress that’s gonna blow people’s minds! I’m working on some body parts as well that are going to be really awesome for fantasy buffs, and several new skin lines. My workload is huge, but I am hoping that everyone will find something they love in the coming months! Plus, halloween is coming, and all of my customers and people who know me know it’s my favorite time of the year, and I go all out!“
That sounds indeed teasing! I am looking forward to that in excitement but now, I finally screw up my courage and hope that I wouldn’t sting into a wasp‘s nest. Because there is one last question left for which I have waited more than one hour. Actually, the only reason to request an interview was to get an answer to this matter. — Okay, just kidding! But I still have to ask: „Before I came over, I read something in your profile which won’t let me sleep if I continue to brood over it. What the heck is the ‚Leafy-Peepybirds animation‘? English is not my native language, so some things sound really weird to me. I have no idea what it is, but to me, it sounds like a bird on acid… ?“
I should have known better! Of course, I made her laugh at me with my crazy interpretation but she helps me out with an explanation: „An old friend of mine, a long time ago, a long long time ago, made me this really cute animation which was used in my boxed products that played when you attached it. In one box, I had accidentally put the animation in full perm. And even though i fixed it a few days later, a few people had decided to use it for their stores as well. This animation was made especially for me, it is sentimental to me. So whenever I see someone using it, I ask them to please stop because it was special to me.“ To let me see it, she hands out a cute little rabbit to me which contains the said animation. Click! And here’s the snapshot of us two:
Interview: The Plastik
Vae surprises me with an all white appearance and a workspace table full of candies!
– see credits below –

Last but not least, I have a bit more to reveal for you, dear readers. First: the store will be undergoing a rebuild somewhen in the near future. If you have seen Vae‘s previous store builds than you will already know that it will be a great one. I promise you, I will take snapshots of it as soon as I may get access to the location once it’s done! And second: at Shiny Shabby, The Plastik has shown the lighter side of this brand to a bigger public. So we may look forward to jaw-dropping creations for casual and mainstream fashion as well in future! By the way: The Plastik is currently looking for participation in casual events, so don’t be shy and contact Vae if you’d like to collaborate with her for your event.
A big thank you to Vae (aikea.rieko) for taking her time, for showing her lovely work space and for giving us the chance to get to know her with interesting anecdotes and from a very personal side.

HEAD / HAIRBASE / EYES / EYELASHES: Genesis Lab 04. Alice 2.0. Relaxe Milk @ Cosmetic Fair – Gacha
HEAD APPLIER: Genesis Lab Tara. Cream @ Cosmetic Fair – free group gift / no fee
BODY: Maitreya Lara body/hands/feet
BODY APPLIER: Genesis Lab Fluture. Maitreya Appliers (updated tones)

HAIR: Tableau Vivant Barley

EARS: [MANDALA] Steking Ears Season 5
EARRINGS / NECKLACE: The Plastik Ladae Jewelry Set. Gold tyvm!
BRACELET: The Plastik Byatrix tyvm!
NOSE PIECE: The Plastik Koralyn Bridgeclip tyvm!
BAG: KEEM “Tres Chic” Soho Leather Bag @ Tres Chic – free group gift / no fee
DRESS: Dead Dollz Isabeau. Sand
WEDGES: REIGN Peep Toe. Violet

HORNS: Chrysophylax Horn. Snow
NOSEPIECE: Koralyn Bridgeclip
NAIL APPLIER: Opaline Heavens

Interview: Independant Objects @ Fair Play

Previously posted @ Rubilyn’s Fantasy Wardrobe.

„Welcome to my contemporary world!“ acclaims me Susan Independent, the creative mind behind her brand Independent Objects. I am standing in the middle of a modern pavillon, furnished with a modern table and modern chairs, and: with christmas trees. „Christmas trees at the beginning of September?“, I wonder surprised. „I am used to such phenomenom in the superstores where they sell ginger bread and almond bisuits already in autumn. Is this part of your business?“ Susan has a chuckle to herself and enlightens me: „No. These are breedable plant pets. If you water it, every 52 days a descendant will spawn. Sometimes, something else spawns out of the christmas tree. A tulip, for example.“ I find that hilarious, and Susan explains that her friend inspired her. But what you actually find in Susan’s shop are roleplay-inspired clothes and costumes, and everything you need for landscaping a roleplay sim such as plants, houses, furniture and decoration. 
Interview: Independent Objects @ Fair Play
Like for many others designers, Susan started her business for the simple reason that she needed reasonable priced buildings which also suited her setting vision. „At the time, I was not willing to spent thousands of L$ for pixelated objects. That has changed a lot“, she laughs. „So I just tried to stack one prim on another, and looked where it lead me to.“ In 2009, she took her first steps in building but it was already two years later when she finally set her first item on sale. „I have learned most of my building skills by myself but also some of them with the help of a few close friends.“
Interview: Independent Objects @ Fair Play
Today, Susan shares two sims with Sweetgwendoline Bailey, owner of Sweet Revolutions, and four friends who have installed little shops on location. „The sim next to our store sim is a gorean roleplay area which serves also as our showroom.“ Susan tells me that she has been into Gor roleplay for a long time but then gave up. Since a few weeks, she’s finally active in an elven roleplay again after a two-years-hiatus without long-pointed ears. Apart from having her own store and being a roleplayer, she’s also very active in various events. „Isn’t it time-consuming? How do you manage all that?“, I want to know.
Interview: Independent Objects @ Fair Play
„I have no idea how I make it“, she admits laughingly. „But what I can assure you is that a day is too short. For me, every day should have 96 hours at least.“ I have read her store name in events like Fair Play, Fantasy Faire, 30L Saturday, or 35L Sunday. In which events may we expect her next? „I am participating in the Twisted Hunt which starts on September 19th. Another hunt starts on October 1st: the Medieval Fantasy Hunt hosted by Eldowyn Inshan. This hunt and the Medieval Fantasy Fair are one of my favourite events on the grid.“ While we talk about various popular and famous fantasy events in Second Life where we both love to shop regularly, Susan reveals also one of her biggest dreams as an SL merchant to me: to be a participant in the We <3 RP event.
Interview: Independent Objects @ Fair Play
„You are specialised on ancient, medieval and fantasy items so far. Trees, plants and everything for nature is in a certain way timeless. But have you ever made an excursion to modern age, so to speak?“ — „Oh, sure! There is almost nothing which I wouldn’t give a try. My friends tell me quite often to specialize. But then I have to reply: I can’t! I love to build too much to restrict myself to limits. So far, I have also made steampunk outfits, or a modern hospital, as well as some custom-built outfits for an urban roleplay environment. Mostly, I build everything which my friends and I currently need or want for a roleplay.“
Interview: Independent Objects @ Fair Play
I ask for examples what this could look like, and Susan rezzes a shelf with scrolls: „We were searching desperately a shelf that would allow us to store our healer scrolls. We also wanted that the notecards in the scrolls would be available for everybody with a simple menu. Low on prims, and with an appropriate design to match the furniture in our elven treehouse. But we couldn’t find the right shelf for us. So I built this one, and my friend was totally happy with it.“ She remembers another story: „Years ago, we had a roleplay where we visited a duke. We thought, a little souvenir would be reasonable, and I built some Elven Potions.“ As a farewell gift, she hands over a copy of these Elven Potions to me before I have to leave for now. A big thank you to Susan for the invitation and the nice talk!

All landscape pictures have been taken on Autumn Isle (mainstore sim) and Silken Dreams (roleplay and showroom sim).

Since I have blogged the current exclusive Catherine dress offer from Indepedent Objects already here, I decided to show you another one of her offers: It is the Moroccan House 8 which I have seen at the Fantasy Faire for the first time. It was a perfect match for the other exclusives I wanted to show you from this Fair Play round: Suleika’s Room by Tiar, and PoshTale’s Deiphe dress.
Interview: Independent Objects @ Fair Play
Interview: Independent Objects @ Fair Play
Interview: Independent Objects @ Fair Play

HOUSE: Independent Objects Moroccan House 8
FURNITURE: Tiar Suleika’s Room @ Fair Play: El Mundo tyvm!
1) Botha Palm YS @ marketplace – free
2) Botha Palm YSL @ marketplace – free
3) DaD Design Single Palmetto @ marketplace – dollarbie
4) L&Short 15 Palms Trees Group Curve Mod.2 Light Foliage @ marketplace – dollarbie
5) L&Short Maldives’s Island Off Sim @ marketplace – dollarbie

HEAD / HEAD & BODY APPLIER: Genesis Lab Naomi. Cocoa – currently on sale

BODY: Maitreya Lara body + SLink hands
EYES: IKON Triumph. Armor – free group gift / no fee
EARS: [MANDALA] Steking Ears Season 5
FACECHAIN: The Forge Singh @ The Fantasy Collective
JEWELRY SET: Secret Love Anne tyvm!
DRESS: PoshTale Deiphe. Aqua @ Fair Play: El Mundo tyvm!

1) elephante poses Part of Your World tyvm!
2) Aerial portrait gift pose 2 @ marketplace – dollarbie

Interview: Dead Dollz @ Enchantment

Previously posted @ Rubilyn’s Fantasy Wardrobe.

A few days ago, I met Kiddo Oh from Dead Dollz. She has an amazing talent for Mesh gown creations. I am following each of her blog posts to find out what newness she has to offer. Then I saw that she is in the current Enchantment event which made me looking forward to her next release already. But when I also read that she has moved her store to a new sim and saw the pictures of the stunning new location, I had to beg her for an interview! Lucky me, she agreed.
Kiddo Oh wearing her newest release O-Ren which is available at the upcoming round of
We <3 RP! (opens tomorrow on Sep 4), and Rubilyn wearing Dead Dollz’ Ursula dress

I was not even really installed on the comfortable seat yet when she already shouted: „What a beautiful headpiece!“ I was wearing the Ursula headdress from The Plastik. Kiddo has been so busy within the last days and weeks with various event deadlines that she was not even able to sneak a peek on all the awesome releases of her fellow creators at Enchantment. Besides Enchantment, Dead Dollz is participating in various well-known and ambitious events, like The Epiphany, Shiny Shabby, Fantasy Gacha Carnival, Tres Chic, Vintage & Cool Fair, Festival Of Sin, The Fantasy and others. It means a lot of work to meet the event requirements such as deadlines and themes. It’s even more work regarding the fact that all of her creations are original Mesh content.

Around April this year, Kiddo decided to take off all non-original Mesh products. These are gone forever. „It was necessarily evil“, she explains. „I said ‚evil‘ because most of those designs are part of myself; I loved creating them and I know people loved them. But I really wanted to get the SLOCCA certificate.“ SLOCCA stands for Original Content Creators Association. In order to apply for this certificate, all Mesh creations need to be 100% original. „So I had to let go the older creations. It was sad but in the end, I’m happy because people know me now for what I am truly capable of.“
For a short moment, we are distracted from our actual topic and discuss the use of templates. We both agree that templates are great, for various reasons, but also see the problem of the oversaturation of the market, and that the templates do put a certain limit to a vision. I go even further and say, that for me as a customer, it sometimes looks like pabulum of offers. Which is, in my opinion, a bummer. I would love to see designers to be more courageous and to create their own original content.
Interview: Dead Dollz @ Enchantment
All clothes can now be found in these houses. It’s like shopping in a huge walk-in-cupboard!
Interview: Dead Dollz @ Enchantment
The store is up on a hill. It invites to shop but also to hang around. Visit the beach, too!
„You made a change regarding your content, and you also changed your store location. It looks totally different now. I know that you’re from Italy. The first thing I thought when I visited was: she brought her real life home to us.“ — „Oh, yes. You know, I’m easily amused but I get easily bored, too. I do love sunken lands, and for a while it was the only environment I could see my store in. But recently I have felt the need to change. And since I love my country, I went for an italian style. The small town where I was born and raised, looks a lot like the little village on the hills here on the sim.“ She smirks and adds: „Minus the luxury pool. But all credits go to Ibi at 8f8; he’s extremly talented! I only wish it wasn’t from a gacha machine, though. It was tricky to get all the pieces.“
She laughs. Me too. We immediately know what we are talking about, and out of a sudden, we discuss enthusiastically, and with hands and feet one of our biggest weaknesses: the notorious gacha addiction! „One time, I spent way too much on a Zenith gacha machine“, I cry. „Do you know, how many copies of this Genesis Lab head I won prior to get the Emotions HUD?“, she tops it. „We obviously know both the evil side of playing gacha machines“, I whisper.
But Kiddo herself made it hard for me to resist a gacha machine: her current gacha offer is available at The Fantasy Gacha. „This is my first round at The Fantasy Gacha“, she tells me. „I was at the same time incredibly excited and truly terrified. I used to shop there and saw the level of quality of all the items. I was afraid, I could never reach that level!“ Another gacha machine was available at the recent Epiphany round. The Epiphany is a gacha event which uses a reward system where doubles can be turned into points. The points can then be redeemed for an exclusive offer. „I played often enough at The Epiphany to get the exclusive“, I admit. „I am glad to hear someone actually got it!“, Kiddo smiles. „I kept being asked: ‚How do I get the dress with the hanging-out-ass?‘“
The original inspiration for the Ursula dress at Enchantment

I wonder if this hanging-out-ass-exclusive was the pre-stage for the Ursula offer at Enchantment since I saw that hilarious inspiration picture for the dress (see picture above). „No! No!“, she laughs. „I had no idea what to do for Epiphany, so I ended up with a design I was considering for a while. The Ursula dress is actually Duchess‘ fault.“ Of course, I want to know why! „She was the one who told me: ‚Hey, what about Ursula? Everyone will be making mermaids.‘ I did want to add tentacles to the skirt, to be honest. But then I was afraid that you could not actually wear the dress. It would have been good for a picture. But not much more…“ I wonder what her face will look like when she sees what mix & match I have prepared for a picture with her dress.

Interview: Dead Dollz @ Enchantment
Good news for those who are not so much into black is, that they will be able to purchase this simple, yet elegant classic tube dress in more colors soon. And also with more options for Mesh bodies. „I still use mostly standard sizes just because most can be combined easier for me so far“, I admit. „I am in an awkward situation“, Kiddo replies. „I know, not everyone has the Maitreya Lara body, for example. But mesh body lovers want mesh body compatible items while standard sizes lovers want me to keep doing sizes. So the process of making a mesh item became longer.“ I am not a builder myself but I heard very often about this struggle from various designers around the grid. Kiddo adds with a big grin: „It’s time consuming and we all want to offer the widest range of options. But I truly wish they will stop releasing new bodies. I guess, shoe creators thinks the same.“
Again, I want to come back to her various participations in events: „With your style, you are participating in casual and formal events as well as in fantasy events. Do you have any personal preference?“ — „As already mentioned, I get easily bored. So I prefer fantasy and roleplay events, or events with a theme. Because it forces me out of my safe zone. With gowns, I have a certain expertise which can be not necessarily a good thing. You become too confident, and you tend to create less innovative items. But with a theme that is far from what I usually make I can challenge myself and see what i am truly capable of. This is a process that involves bumping the head against the wall a lot. But in the end is rewarding.“ I decide that this great explanation has to mark the end of my article.
And while I was preparing this article, I noticed what it means: we had a great and funny conversation. We were discussing more than her brand, and it was one very interesting talk. It was not easy for me to bring all that into a nice text. It was ‚a process that involves bumping the head against the wall a lot. But in the end is rewarding.‘ Very true. Thank you, Kiddo, for taking your time, and for letting us know more about you! Now let’s play some gacha… !

Interview: Dead Dollz @ Enchantment

HEAD: LeLutka Mesh Head Stella

BODY: Maitreya Lara body + SLink hands/feet
HEAD / BODY APPLIER: Lumae Adore – Eione // Anemone – free Enchantment Hunt gift
APPLIER EYE TATTOO: ARISE Mermaid Mask. purple @ Enchantment tyvm!
APPLIER LIPSTICK: SlackGirl Line-Up Lips tyvm!
HAIR: [DUE] Edita – Ombre 9 @ Fantasy Gacha – Gacha
EYES: Clemmm Unkin Mermaid. Unwanted Fog. Regular @ Enchantment tyvm!
EARS: [MANDALA] Steking Ears Season 5

HEADPIECE: aisling Calypso Crown @ Enchantment tyvm!
NECKLACE: The Annex Sea Net
MORAYS: aisling Caly’s Babies @ Enchantment tyvm!
BRA: aisling Scales Bra @ Enchantment tyvm!
BANGLES: Dead Dollz Ursula @ Enchantment tyvm!
DAGGER: aisling Pacte – free Enchantment Hunt gift
DRESS: Dead Dollz Ursula @ Enchantment tyvm!
TENTACLES: Stelloane OctoQueen. Violet tyvm! – part of a full outfit

POSE: elephante poses Girl and The Sea @ Enchantment tyvm!

Last few days are running! 
Enchantment is still open until September 5th!

Interview: Mer-Chandise Cove @ Enchantment

Previously posted @ Rubilyn’s Fantasy Wardrobe.

The Little Mermaid theme was obviously a challenge for all designers who participate in Enchantment, and they came up with so many great ideas and approaches to the theme. I had the chance to have a little talk with Kol Tchailenov, owner and designer of Mer-chandise Cove who created a classic mermaid tail in various color options for this event.
Mer-chandise Cove Sisters
– picture shown with kind permission by Kol Tchailenov –

“I absolutely love all things mermaid, both in real life and Second Life and have since I was a young girl. When I first came to Second Life years ago and saw a budding mermaid community, I was hooked! Some creator friends at the time helped to show me the ropes on how to create things in Second Life”, she explains her beginnings as a designer as well as her specialisation on mertails and accessoires. I grin and bait her: “I have seen that first life tab picture in your profile! You snorkel!” She laughs: “Haha, yes! That was at a marine park in the Dominican Republic where I also got to have a dolphin encounter, and play with a dolphin for a whole half hour! It was pure magic.” I am astonished and even a bit envious: who didn’t love Flipper?! But I also have to admit that I probably wouldn’t have the courage to swim with dolphins.

Of course, I did a bit of my homework for the interview and have had a look on her marketplace before. But I didn’t find so many products yet. Did she just start, I wonder? “I actually used to have more things on my marketplace. But like many creators, I am trying to keep up with the times and have deleted almost all of my older non-mesh merchandise.” She sounds like an organized and up to date person to me. And I have also a sneaking suspicion because we all know our beloved creators: they tend to be perfectionists! So I have to ask her: “Are you a perfectionist?” I am sure, I made her laugh with my guess. “I am also a perfectionist, haha!”, she laughs indeed but continues to clarify: “I will not be someone who cranks out products that I know are below the quality my custo-mers expect. I have several things I’ve made in the last few weeks/months and some items at events like Enchantment and The Fantasy Collective that will be up on marketplace shortly. I am also getting more serious about releasing new products every couple of weeks now. I see so many areas in Second Life lacking for mer that I want to be able to branch out into new types of products for mer. I’m so excited about the direction I plan to go with the store.”

I am excited to hear that, too. While I caress that awesome mertail creation of her which I am wearing during the interview, I nod enthusiastically and want to know more: “You offer mertails and accessoires so far. So what kind of new types of products for mer may we expect?” — “One of the most exciting things I plan to start offering more of is seascaping. I’ve started here and there with some high quality, low prim rocks, like the Ariel rock at Enchantment. But I want to broaden to things like large underwater caverns of the same caliber, and low land impact. I absolute love creating whole underwater environments so I want to start releasing all the building tools one might need to create a breath-taking underwater area, from vegetation to caves and coral formations.”

I turn my head around. We are underwater on a wonderful roleplay sim which just openend, and where mermaids (and mermen, too, of course!) could find a new home. I can absolutely imagine more great and colorful sea decor. You just can’t have enough of that! “Seascaping is certainly something which many designers have not on their screen yet”, I agree. And I am already looking forward to her upcoming mer products since she already made me curious when I have seen those great advert pictures for the Ariel rock. “It’s not just advertising pictures. It’s a story!”, I say, and she smiles: “One of my favorite things are vignettes, little scenes/stories, and I hope to bring more of that to the mer community in Second Life.” Talking about stories, I want to make sure what her favourite Little Mermaid is: the original, or an adaption? “My absolutely favorite Little Mermaid was actually the third Disney movie, Ariel’s Beginning. We got to see so much more of her life under the sea, her family, and how the stage came to be set for the beloved movie I grew up with.”

Ariel Rock
The advert pictures are not just advert pictures…
– picture shown with kind permission by Kol Tchailenov –
Your World
… they tell a story!
– picture shown with kind permission by Kol Tchailenov –

“You have also your mainstore on the Nymphai sim. During my interview with the owners of Enchantment, Duchess Flux and Sorchiee, I got to know the Ippos Community a bit better. What is your relationship to this creative community?” — “I love the Ippos Community! Sorcha Irelund and I go way back to the early roleplay days of Second Life, and Duchess Flux has been a long time custo-mer of mine. So I was elated when they asked me to consider moving my mainstore to their beautiful sim.  Being a part of Enchantment for the first time, especially this round with the Little Mermaid theme, has been truly delightful and I can’t wait to get more involved in the sim events.”

On a sidenote for everyone who is not used to the Ippos Community yet: the sim events are not always about shopping only. Just before Enchantment openend, I was able to attend a great concert with Redhawk. A musician who knows to entertain not only with his great voice and his guitar skills but also with funny comments to introduce his next song. If you ever have a chance to listen to him, I highly recommend to not miss this opportunity!

Redhawk live @ Enchantment
Impressions from the live music event with Redhawk at Enchantment

Finally, my little smalltalk with Kol Tchailenov has to come to an end. We make ourselves comfortable on the Ariel rock for a picture of the two of us. I am not used to wear mertails yet and have to rearrange its fit. Wiggling my bum, I twitch at it and grin when I notice once more that I am currently looking like Ariel — apart from the fact that I had to overdo it with my headdress(es) again! “Your offer is really quite close to the theme”, I state the obvious laughingly. Kol laughs, too: “Oh, I was doing backflips when I heard the theme this round of Enchantment! At the time they asked me, I was the only designer they knew of who was going to be making an actual mermaid tail for the round. So I felt a sense of duty to bring the classic look to the table.” I nod and push the camera button. The flashlights illuminate the underwater world. Kol disappears in a vortex, and I remain with a fun snapshot and a smile. Many thanks to Kol for taking her time, and for introducing us in her underwater world of mermaids!

Interview w/Kol Tchailenov from Mer-chandise Cove @ Enchantment
Kol and Rubilyn during the interview, chitchatting on the Ariel rock. Kol wears the Rebel mertail she offers at The Fantasy Collective. Rubilyn wears the Princess mertail available at Enchantment.
>> Flickr Picture Stream of Mer-chandise Cove <<

Interview w/Kol Tchailenov from Mer-chandise Cove @ Enchantment
And now some additional information I also want to give you about the outfit I was wearing during the interview:

Lumae came up with her first skin that has scales. For the head / head appliers, you can choose between with and without facial scales. As usual – and I’m always so excited about that fact! -, one tone comes with so many appliers:
* Omega head and body (can also be used for LOGO Alex head)
* Omega Petite body for Yabusaka Petite V2 (use with Omega head appliers)
* SLink hand, feet, Physique and Visage
* The Mesh Project head and body
* Maitreya Body
* Belleza Body
* LeLutka Head
* Genesis Lab Head
* Eve’olution Head
* Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam, Sweetlips and Kissers Mouth
* Soul Ears
And last but not least: with matching Leevi ears in three sizes. Each color – hold your breath! – is available at 100 L$ only! Because Lumae wanted to make sure that everyone is able to play a mermaid or sea fairy! How awesome is that?! Underwater Love! *lol*

The Plastik surprised me with a set of sea decor, including seashells and starfishes that comes with a HUD with no less than 40 color options/textures to choose from! They are low prim at 1-2 LI cost only, and since the original size is already quite huge it is guaranteed that resizing it won’t blow up your available prim count.

Now go, go, go, visit! You have still time until Sept 5 to check out all the great offers at Enchantment!

HEAD: LeLutka Mesh Head Stella

BODY & NAIL APPLIER: Maitreya Lara body/hands
HEAD / BODY APPLIER & EARS: Lumae Adore – Ianthe // Abyss (appliers: see list above) @ Enchantment tyvm!
HAIR: Olive the Pearl. Streaks @ Enchantment tyvm!
EYES: Clemmm Unkin Mermaid. Unwanted Fog. Regular @ Enchantment tyvm!
EYELASHES: Mon Cheri Falsies
TATTOO CHEST: Things Ryllae (appliers: Omega, SLink, TMP) @ Enchantment tyvm!

HEADPIECE I: May’s Soul Ariel headdress. silver @ Enchantment tyvm!
HEADPIECE II: LODE Blue Tail. Ocean @ Enchantment tyvm!
HEADPIECE III: AZOURY Eledone. Pink @ Enchantment tyvm!
NECKLACE & EARRING: Meva Mermaid @ Enchantment tyvm!
BRA & TAIL: Mer-chandise Cove Princess @ Enchantment tyvm!
TRIDENT: CerberusXing Tidal Trident. Silver @ Enchantment tyvm!

POSES: an lar The Naken Series @ Enchantment tyvm!

BUBBLES: Cole’s Corner Celestial Bubbles Aura @ Enchantment tyvm!
SHELLS/STARFISHES: The Plastik The Ursula Sea Decor w/40 color HUD @ Enchantment tyvm!
KELP / KELP NEST: Love fox Dry Kelp Large / Kelp Nest Dry @ Enchantment tyvm!

Interview: Del-ka Aedilis

Previously posted @ Rubilyn’s Fantasy Wardrobe.

For this interview, I met Nea Narstrom and Beric01 Resident, the two creative minds behind Del-ka Aedilis. This label might not be so well-known already. But I have seen various sim designs from the two and was always surprised when they came up with something new. Everytime, everything matched smoothly: landscape, buildings, furniture, decoration. Even if I didn’t participate in the proposed roleplays, the sims invited to stay and hang out for a good while. So I absolutely had to introduce them to you.
Nea, me and Beric on top of the wall

Their passion for roleplay and their wish for suitable roleplay environments was the headstone to give building a try. „As passionate roleplayers, we discovered the need of low-prim, well-built and nicely textured buildings, especially for gorean and ancient greek or roman settings“, they explain on their homepage. „I think, the first time we built was at the time, when we couldn’t find suiting houses for Selnar. Either we didn’t like it, or it had too much prims“, tells Nea while Beric adds: „Also we realized that many houses were great but unfortunately inappropriate for our roleplay intentions. So we started to modify the buildings we bought. We started little by little, and over time, we became more and more courageous. Victoria was the first sim on which all houses were self-built.“

It was a long path over months, even years for them to come from re-building to self-made. They took even a step further and are nowadays specialised in creating whole sim settings. They want to provide „the perfect roleplaying environment where terraforming, city or village layout, buildings, interior, decoration and everything else appears to be from the same mold“. But where does their inspiration come from? Nea explains: „Actually, we realize everything which would excite us for a roleplay. You have a certain idea about a roleplay environment in mind, and therefore a goal you’d like to achieve. It also makes it easier to work on it.“ — „And my inspiration is the challenge to create something with recognition value!“, Beric points out with a big enthusiastic smile.
Interview: Del-ka Aedilis
One of their latest releases from the Ellaria Series

One of their recent remittance works that made a whole roleplay sim community flabbergasting, was the reconstruction of Kasra. The german gorean roleplay sim on which Kasra was located had a big challenge when they decided to merge with another sim, Belnend, and that their part with the Kasra city would need a total new layout but now only on one half of the sim. The leadership of Kasra gave them a huge leap of faith when Nea and Beric were asked to rebuild and reconstruct it ‚as they see fit‘. With that granted freedom, they realized their vision of Kasra within a very short time. And Kasra’s expectation was not disappointed. It was even outstripped.
@ Ironrath, Wolfswood
Ironrath at Wolfswood is another roleplay sim design by Del-ka Aedilis, inspired by Game of Thrones

„Would you ever consider to participate in events?“, I ask. Both are a bit hesitant but for a reason: „So far, we didn’t have the courage to apply for such events. Even though it would be a nice option since our portfolio is gradually growing and is already quite considerably by now. On the other hand, we are aware that such events have often strict requirements and datelines because it is needed. Since we also feel that we want and need a certain connection to our works, we fear that we couldn’t cope with this kind of  business.“ I do realize how important it is for them to feel comfortable with their projects and to have a certain bound with it. I want the details: „If someone would love to hire you, what would they need to know?“– „First of, the general conditions: the setting, the time frame, and if it is a full or homestead sim. Second, the ideas or visions the sim owner already has. After putting all that together, we can decide if we are able to accept the challenge.“
What about the costs? Except from the buildings which are available for fixed prices at the mainstore, a whole sim design is a matter of negotiation. „All income from the shop is supposed to cover our sim costs. For any sim design by us, we ask to donate to a non-profit organisation only“, they explain. I am already sure about which organsisation they are talking because I remember their installation Terra Nostra in December 2014/January 2015. And indeed, all donations go to Doctors Without Borders, they confirm.
After so many information, I want to visit their newest sim, Castle Black and The Wall. Most will notice immediately that this sim is inspired by Game of Thrones. „It does look quite realistic. How did you do it? Did you study the books, the series…?“, I want to know as I look up that wall that seems to have no end. „It is a fusion of what we have read in the books, what we have seen in the series — I, myself, have watched the scenes about Castle Black forth and back! — , and everything we could find from ‚behind the scenes‘ information. A big help was a Youtube video from a student who modelled thecastle in a game engine.“
Interview: Del-ka Aedilis
Courtyard of Castle Black. In the background: the elevator to the top of the wall

Now I want to explore the sim! Nea and Beric suggest to get on that huge wall so I could have a nice view from above. I agree. They recommend to activate the sounds. To which I follow. Then we step into the elevator. The doors squeak, and finally, the elevator starts to move. „Justin Joseppe said, if ever anyone would build this elevator, he would provide the script. And he kept his word.“ I wished, he didn’t. They laugh. I don’t. I cringe, and grit my teeth. This is the best and, at the same time, the most horrific elevator ride I had so far in my whole Second Life! I have no words for that. This is an experience you will have to make yourself!
Interview: Del-ka Aedilis
View from above. The wall has a dizzying height!

But the panorama I have on the top of the wall outweighs the horror I had to go through. It snows a little and it’s currently rather calm than windy on that simple platform which is fixed in a dizzying height. I thank my two interview partners for their time and take a snapshot with them. In this moment, innocent me, even forgot that I still had to take the elevator to get back on the ground… 

>> Official Homepage of Del-ka Aedilis <<
>> Del-ka Aedilis @ Second Life <<

>> Del-ka Aedilis @ marketplace <<
>> Castle Black and The Wall <<

During the interview, I was wearing the following stuff:

HEAD: LeLutka Mesh Head Stella
BODY: Maitreya Lara body/hands
HEAD / BODY APPLIER: Lumae Niska – 4 – Peach // Sangria – Lazy Sunday
HAIR: Magika Shine
EYES: IKON Triumph. Armor free GG / no fee
EYELASHES: Mon Cheri Falsies
EARS: [MANDALA] Steking Ears Season 5

HEADPIECE: Independent Objects Mearwen Circlet tyvm!
OUTFIT: FDD Stories Trissa @ The Fantasy Gacha – Gacha

Interview: The Little Mermaid @ Enchantment

Previously posted @ Rubilyn’s Fantasy Wardrobe.

I am officially enchanted! Today, I had the great opportunity to have a little talk with two adorable and well-known ladies: Sorchiee, and Duchess Flux. They are currently setting up their upcoming event Enchantment with its theme „The Little Mermaid“. It will run from August 14th until September 4th, 2015. 

„When we came up with our theme, it was, of course, as suprising as funny for us to notice that other events had similar themes as well. But at the same time, it seems very understandable for July and August to create a theme around and under water“, they tell. „What differs our theme from the other events is, that we didn’t choose a general approach to a mermaid theme but the fairytale of The Little Mermaid. It matches also our event concept: Enchantment is a Second Life Shopping event, that is focused around fairytales.“
Enchanted August
The Enchantment bosses are all excited and have started with a few little events around the upcoming “The Little Mermaid” theme round already. 
– picture shown with kind permission of Duchess Flux –
Enchantment has been around before already, four times a year, but with another concept which was originally created by Voshie Paine. Voshie brought us the „Hop-Around“ and the Stamp Machine which was much fun because we got to see all the mainstores and were hunting for those stamps on the cards. But the event became too much for Voshie. She was going to close Enchantment down. Duchess and Sorchiee wouldn’t want to accept that. And we are glad they didn’t, and that Voshie – still supporting as team member – allowed them to take over. „All our incredible designers were handpicked by the two of us. We strive to offer the best of the best“, they explain, and the line-up on their official homepage approves it: FDD Stories, Alegria, Dead Dollz, !gO!, Lumae, Pure Poison, just to name a very few at this point. While most of the designers are taking specific choices on The Little Mermaid, some designers like The Plastik, Aisling or Azoury are taking a more artistic route in interpreting the fairytale. „And we love it!“, they claim.
Interview w/Sorchiee & Duchess Flux from Enchantment
The rezzing-friendly, fantasy-inspired sims Ippos, Pegasoi and Nymphai have many nice corners to explore under their forestal cover
The artistic route does certainly not come out of the blue. The three sims Ippos, Pegasoi and Nymphai, where such events like Enchantment, Totally Top Shelf, The Secret Affair are located – as well as The Fantasy Collective on a neighbour sim – are home to many creative minds. Various creators & designers from fashion to decoration to poses and more, photographers, bloggers, event managers, roleplayers and all in-between are living here next door to each other. It allows to offer a place with a huge exchange of ideas. „All three sims are fantasy inspired and built by our sim designer Divine Paine. They were created with photographers and bloggers in mind. That’s also the reason why they are rezz-friendly. We want them to be able to take the pictures they want. But our Ippos Community is not just a place to take pictures. When we started to rent out, we wanted to have an environment where people feel equal, safe, and where they can contribute to a big community of like-minded people.“
Interview w/Sorchiee & Duchess Flux from Enchantment
It looks all so calm and quiet but don’t be fooled … 
But with all those on-going events, didn’t it become all about competition for everyone? „We have indeed various events on the sims with different influences from roleplay worlds such as Elves, Gor, or Sci-Fi. But with all those varying backgrounds, we are not competitive at all. We really complement each other. Everyone is always willing to lead a helping hand. It makes our Ippos Community something really special.“ 
Ippos, by the way, is one of the first sims to be released by Linden Lab. One day, Pegasoi popped up somewhat out of nowhere and they took their chance to purchase it. When more new events started and people asked them to host their events nearby, it inspired them to buy the third: „Though our sims are residential and commercial, Nymphai is our first totally commercial sim with stores from Figment, Rowenwood, Ravenshot Interiors, Mer-Chandise Cove, and more.“ Is there anything else they have in mind but business, you might now wonder? Oh yes, they have! They always try to bring more inspiration to the grid and the fantasy roleplay community. Just recently, a lot of bloggers and photographers from the Ippos Community gathered to contribute to a big story called „Defenders of Ippos“ where they presented not just their prefered fantasy fashion but gave an insight in their virtual adventures.
Interview w/Sorchiee & Duchess Flux from Enchantment
… these are not sweet little waves chopping around archaic stones. These are racing vortexes!
Their adventures and sims are also source of inspiration for their event themes. And what was the inspiration for the „The Little Mermaid“ theme of this round of Enchantment? „That film is one of our favourites!“ – As unexpected as this may sound, film is and can be art, too. And Enchantment is into many arts: „We have also other events going on during Enchantment. We have an art opening from The Last Unicorn Gallery. We have a Movie night. We have also our own Little Mermaid show at Lady Garden Cabaret on August 22nd.“ 
Interview w/Sorchiee & Duchess Flux from Enchantment
The whole event location design have been set up by sim designer Divine Paine
Then I have to step quickly aside. „The art behind you is being set up for the event“, the ladies explain griningly. And I realize that I have talked to them for about nearly an hour already. Time to stop to pester them with more questions because they have only a few days left to finish the setup. And while we are unpatiently waiting for the event to open its doors, the three sims invite you to be explored. Trust me: you’ll be officially enchanted as well!


# Mili # Interview – Nanda Marjeta

Previously posted @ Inventory Mess.

Finalmente o blog traz mais uma entrevista da Série “revelando meus amigos” hehehe
Brincadeiras à parte, essa é um projeto do blog que estou adorando fazer, pois conta um pouquinho sobre os amigos que fiz ao longo dos anos nesse mundão virtual, através de suas próprias palavras (e meus comentários).

A entrevista de hoje é com a Nanda Marjeta, dona da Chez Moi Furnitures – uma criadora séria e competente, que vi evoluir ao longo dos anos, mas acima de tudo, que posso chamar de amiga há muito tempo, o que me orgulha, por ser uma pessoa sempre querida e atenciosa. Desde o comecinho da sua loja, e muito antes de eu pensar em blogar.
Nada mais natural do que unir forças, e trazer um pouquinho sobre ela 😉

# Mili # Interview - Nanda Marjeta
Nanda Marjeta

Tempo de SL:
7 anos


Antenada na moda? Acompanha as novidades?
Eu gosto de acompanhar a moda, mas prefiro me vestir mais despojada.

Estilo em que mais se inspira na hora de vestir o avatar:
Eu adoro um estilo mais gypsy ou mais praia como uma boa carioca e isso se reflete em como me visto no SL

Item que nunca tira:
Ultimamente tem sido meu pé mesh lindooo *.*
(Adoro andar descalça na rl e isso se reflete na Nanda)

Algum ícone no SL (ou ídolo):
Eu não tenho um ícone, mas váriosss builders maravilhosos que me inspiram a querer aprender mais, desenvolver mais e fazer o meu melhor todo dia. 

O que mais gosta de fazer (qdo não está exercendo sua principal ocupação):
Sou viciada em séries de TV. Ultimamente tenho assistido Dexter.

Alguma dica para newbies?
Acompanhar blogs, se juntar a grupos e ir a festas é ótimo pra conhecer o estilo na galera e montar seu próprio estilo, pegar coisas boas e de graça e conhecer gente. No final das contas o importante é se divertir :)

Para saber mais sobre a loja, aqui vão alguns links

# Mili # Interview – Riley Bittencourt

Previously posted @ Inventory Mess.

E para segunda entrevista do blog, trago Riley Bittencourt.
Fotógrafa e dona de algumas das tiradas mais hilárias do SL, além de um senso aguçadíssimo de moda.Pessoa que eu gosto de ter perto, e ser amiga :)
Até posso ouvir a voz respondendo as perguntas, com o jeito ímpar de ser!
Para quem quiser fotos, aqui o Flickr
Street sweet
Riley Bittencourt

Tempo de SL:
6 anos e 6 meses


Antenado na moda? Com certeza Acompanha as novidades? Óbvio

Estilo em que mais se inspira na hora de vestir o av:
Pin up / anos 40/50/60

Item que nunca tira:

Algum ícone no SL:

O que mais gosta de fazer (qdo não está exercendo sua principal ocupação):
Conversar com os amigos

Alguma dica para newbies?
Tô por fora

# Mili # Interview – negao Bellic

Previously posted @ Inventory Mess.

Iniciando meu projeto de entrevista todo dia 15, trago o negao Bellic. Porque a gente anda grudado, porque a gente trabalha junto, porque a gente tira foto junto, porque eu pego no pé dele, e porque ninguém melhor do que ele pra dar um start nessa nova empreitada no blog – com um avatar maneiro, que seguido eu incomodo pra sair, e comprar mais coisas xD
Mas acima disso tudo, é um cara que arranja tempo pra conversar com os amigos, e tocar os negócios dele no SL: a corretora NB Sky Home e a ilha Brasil Minas BH.
# Mili # Interview - negao Bellic
Nome: Negao Bellic

Tempo de SL: 6 anos 8 meses

Atividade: Corretor na NB Sky Home e Sócio do Grupo BMBH.

Antenado na moda? Acompanha as novidades?
Na verdade sem minha grande parceira e grande amiga “Milli Miklos” eu continuaria sendo uma caixa 😛 (sim, a pessoa andava vestido de caixa de papelão até um tempo atrás hehehe)

Estilo em que mais se inspira na hora de vestir o av
Inspiro em usar roupas casuais que usaria na vida real.

Item que nunca tira:
Acho que meu avatar é caracterizado pela careca sempre!

Algum ícone no SL
Anshee Chung

O que mais gosta de fazer (qdo não está exercendo sua principal ocupação):
Gosto de frequentar lugares públicos, onde pessoas tenham a liberdade de se expressar e conhecer novas pessoas.

Alguma dica para newbies?
Se divirtam muito, aproveitem cada momento. Porque o que você está vivendo é unico!
# Mili # Interview - negao Bellic
Anything you need to know about negao’s look please feel free to send a comment or IM me inworld :)

Eclipse Magazine – Spread and Interview

Previously posted @ Landa Crystal.

Eclipse Magazine honoured me by having this little old avi as a model on pages 18-19, 24-25, 30-31 and on page 36 (first one on the left).  My interview (Edited by Eclipse Editor) of ThePierrot is on pages 154-160.




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