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Relay For Life 2009

Friday, July 17th, 2009

This morning I got a chance to visit the 2009 Relay for Life build. This place is made of titanium Awesome. I wish I had more time to visit and take pictures but my RL day is already clamoring at the door, so I’m going to put up the post now and hope I get a chance to visit more — and get some more snaps — later.

One of the genres that I’m a huge fan of is Steampunk and Team Caledon steamed my creases with this glorious installation.

Then I headed down the road only to find a wonderful faerie woodland. It’s a gorgeous bit of building but if there was a team sign there, it didn’t rez for me while I was there.

On the other side of the wood, the New Babbage Team just amped up the steam-powered goodness with this installation featuring a zeppelin mooring station, a ferris wheel, and a steam powered globe. The globe tickled me because every good steampunker knows that the world is powered by steam and this was the perfect metaphor for that.

I’d love to show you more, but I’m out of time for today. Let me close with a plea for you – whoever you are and where ever you are reading this from — visit this place this weekend. Give if you can. There are lots of ways you can contribute any time during the July 18-19th weekend. Find an installation you admire and donate there.

You can also “buy” one of the luminaria that line the walkway. Any of the white ones are open. When you buy it, it turns color and your name will appear above it. This is a great way for everybody to own a piece of the cure. If we all give just a little bit, there’s enough of us to make a huge difference when we all contribute together.

The opening ceremony is set for noon SLT on July 18th and the official walk portion will run though noon on the 19th. There will be events all weekend long, and you’ve got plenty of time to get your avis down there to see, to help, and to just be part of this amazing effort. And if you can’t be there, all the official ceremonies will be broadcast live over the Official Relay For Life Radio Stream – T1Radio.

For more information about special events, background, and schedule, visit the site and grab the notecards from the various info givers available.

One World, One Hope.

Amen.

Congratulazioni, Molto Sete

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

In one of those “ain’t it a small grid” days, I found out through a back channel that one of my modeling cronies and her partner were opening up a new sim today and kicking off with a massive day of fashion aboard the Steam Ship Serenade with three shows back to back to back. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the first two, but before I talk about that, you really need to see the amazing build that is Molto Sete and the Steam Ship Serenade.

The build itself is a cruise ship anchored in the lagoon of a pair of islands. The setting is idyllic and the place is crammed with things to do – like shopping, surfing, fishing, and even a romantic overlook.

The ship itself is a great build as well.

On the top deck is a fabulous pool that’s got floats, pose balls, and lots of places to sit out and enjoy the sun and company.

And if you really like it, there are staterooms for rent so you can live there. I’m not sure how many of them there are, but at 450L a week for 100prims it’s a pretty nice deal.

I didn’t discover everything that was aboard, but I did manage to find the theatre.

And, then, of course, no model could build a ship without having a runway.

It was this runway that attracted my attention this morning. At 9am, Ghost Trefoil and the Serenade Supermodels put on a great display of SF Designs current line. From the Performance Suit modeled delightfully by a pair of models through dresses and tuxes, costumes and casual, the models did a great job for a large crowd that included Swaffette herself in the audience. At noon, one of the only “men only” shows I’ve ever seen went off, apparently without a hitch. Ghost did a wonderful job of calling a show of Sartoria’s men’s wear that included several pieces that I’d never seen before. The final cardigan, modeled very nicely by Apollo Call, was matched with a nice ensemble of jeans and sneakers that put the sweater in perfect context. The audience wasn’t as large for this noon show, but they were very enthusiastic and in a surprise appearance traveller Bade showed up at the back of the venue.

I managed to snag a couple of pictures, but with a bad connection, they didn’t come out very well.

For me, it was a great day getting to meet swaffette Firefly and traveller Bade in the same day, in the same venue. I’ve long admired both of these designers’ work and to get to actually meet them in the avatar, that was something.

Unfortunately, real life kept me off the grid for the 2pm showcase of new designers but I have no doubt that the show went off marvelously, showing off the work of Alair Cortes of Pocket Mirrors, LadyCatherine Fairey designer from Butterfly EffectZ, and AprilR1 Braveheart of The Rose Collection (TRC) — names that might well become as famous as SF Designs and Sartoria. Ghost Trefoil has demonstrated a rare ability to collect skilled and talented people around her and I expect that shows aboard the Serenade will become hugely popular events in the future.

Congratulations to Captains Ghost Trefoil and Rush Parkin on a Grand Opening to remember.

End of the Road

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Tomorrow marks the end of the road on my Walk of Fame. It’s been — at turns — fun, frustrating, maddening, and anger inducing. There were some highs in there when the contest outfits worked perfectly and the judge du jour scored it. And there were a lot of lows when the seemingly random nature of the outcomes became overwhelming.

If I’m honest in looking back over the last four months, on balance, I’d say it was worth it. I met a lot of very nice people. I learned a lot about the way some people view fashion and the people who model it. I learned a lot about myself as well.

Looking back at the blog, this is the way I looked on my second competition.

Crowe from Primoptica

This was after working on skin and shape, and while I was still thinking I’d be able to be a model without going broke. I was so naive.

My look has gotten a lot more sophisticated since the beginning of March.

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And my photography skills have improved a lot as well.

In the contest tomorrow, three judges will rate me against seven gorgeous and talented women, most of whom have a lot more experience at this than I do. I’ll be judged in three outfits across four dimensions, and in the end the organizers will pick the people they want to win. That’s not a critique. It’s a simple statement of fact. I got a notecard with that information in it. I’m sure they’ll probably take the judges’ scores into consideration, because being a judge is a gawd-awful thankless task and they’re owed at least that much consideration, but the bottom line is that the organizers reserve the right to assign the top ten — or eight in our case — prizes solely at their own discretion.

Ok. I’d rather have known that going in than coming out, but I kinda suspected it all along and if that’s what the game is, then that’s the game. I got no beef.

In many ways I really am the poser I’ve complained about — having bought my way into the pageant by dint of knowing how many lindens to plunk down on my picture at what times. In all honesty, while I can walk the walk, talk the talk, and actually know what I’m talking about in the process, I’m not really a model. I’m just a guy who likes to write about fashion and wanted to see what a pageant was like from the inside.

Well, I saw. I wrote.

And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be in the “also ran” category tomorrow. If I place higher than 6th in an 8 person pageant against 7 gorgeous and talented women, it’ll be a miracle. I’m already pretty sure — since the organizer announced that she’s already selected “Miss Photogenic,” I’m probably not even gonna get the consolation prize. Ah, well. Somebody needs to be on the bottom rung, and it’s pretty clear I’ve been penciled into that slot before the show even begins. Anything above last place is gravy.

Whatever the outcome, I’ll always remember my time with this group and I’m taking away some valuable lessons in fashion and in modeling.

I think for my next challenge, maybe I’ll see if I can be a writer for a fashion magazine. Or maybe become a male model for real. Who knows.

As Scarlett said, “Tomorrow is another day.”

Fashion Expo 2009

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

I’m a derelict! After posting about the Expo starting up this week, my schedule has kept me too busy to visit it. I grabbed a few minutes this morning to find out what I’m missing. Turns out, I’m missing a lot.

We’re off to see the wizard!

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The theme for this expo is – as you might be able to tell from the Yellow Brick Road here – the Wizard of Oz. The shops are nicely done and laid out in an accessible pattern.

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With four sims worth of shopping, I’m a bit upset that I wasn’t more on the ball. I’m not sure I can even see everything between now and the close of the Expo on Sunday, but I’m sure going to try. The organizers have provided a teleport board that serves as an index to the vendors as well as cutting down on walk/fly time.

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With over fifty designers scttered across four regions, the only remaining question is, “Where to begin?”

Make Him Over Hunt 121-151

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Wow!

That’s all I can say about it.

Wow!

Today, one last outfit from the end of the hunt. I really liked this outfit called “Made Men” from Toxic Tiger (#143). The jeans are really well done and the shirt/waistcoat combo has some nice cuffs and collar. The Jungle Wear (#136) “Claws” surprised me when I saw them in the folder. I was expecting something a tad more Neko-ish. The monochrome palette on the shoes made them a natural to go with the grey vest.

For accessories, I added the Convent Necklace from Goth1c0 (#140), the ceramic and silver bracelet from Bull and Bear (#132), and the Patchouly Belt from Kosh (#151) – the last item in the hunt. I liked the weight on the Convent Necklace. Sometimes men’s jewelry feels a bit heavy and blocky. This one, while carrying a bit of extra heft, seems to work really well. The bracelet gave me a bit of trouble fitting, until I realized that the texture had some alpha-layer action going on, giving it a sort of pierced look and that my skin was supposed to show through in spots. This item is mod, too, so I was able to shape it bit better to my wrist than a simple round shape would do. And I had to wear the belt. It’s the last item on the list, and worked with this outfit. It’s also very well done. I have trouble wearing belts but this one didn’t require a lot of bit-fiddling to get a good fit.

I won’t add to the bandwidth that the Hunt is generating by adding a lot more pictures and commentary. There are some terrific posts already, including a very comprehensive catalog of finds over at Free Finds for Men and a great set of “highlight” posts over on the Make Him Over Hunt blog.

I will say a heart-felt, “Thank you,” to Tarsis Gausman, Samara Pennell, and all the people who are currently helping to support this great opportunity for some terrific designers of men’s wear to get known.

Guys, if you haven’t had a chance to do the hunt, take a few hours and run through some of the stores. Visit, vote, and support them by buying something if you can. I know I’m putting together an index of my favorites and I’ll be going back to see what I might have missed.

Let ’em know you noticed.

Make Him Over Hunt 91-120

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

The hunt is winding down for me but you have the rest of the month to take advantage of these great items. Today I’ve got a potpourri of items to share. They’re just some of the items that caught my eye as I was unpacking last night’s haul.
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MHOH 70 – 90

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The hits just keep on coming. I ran short of Hunt Time yesterday so only got through 20 more treasures. One thing I’ve noticed is that there are a lot of shirts and jackets. Some are part of outfits but a lot are just really cool toppers that work well with almost anything. Here are six of them that I found in just this last set of finds:


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Relay for Life Events

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Nevar Lobo has passed me these two upcoming events in support of the American Cancer Society.

The Fashion Expo is coming up next Monday and runs through the following Sunday. For updates and more information, you can find them on the web. It looks like it could be a blast and I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to get in a do a little preview work to give you a better feel for it as we get closer.

Following closely on that we have:

This looks like a blast. I’m thinking of it as a Fashion Event for the non-Humans on the grid because — you know — fighting cancer is important to everybody regardless of morphology. You can find out more about this event by visiting them on their blog.

The Fantasy Faire will kick off the day after the Fashion Expo closes so the next couple of weeks are shaping up to be really exciting.

Stay tuned for further developments!

Bewitched

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

If you’re like me, when you go to a shop, you just look in the store and seldom actually explore the region. With the Memorial Day Marathon right around the corner, I thought you all should see what else is in this peaceful and scenic region.

The central plaza is dominated with this scripted “Mother Nature” figure. She’s really lovely and will talk with you.

This impressive dragon guards the entry to the store. His head swivels to follow your movement in a most disconcerting way. I’m reminded of the old adage:

Do not interfere in the affairs of dragons
for you are crunchy
and taste good with mustard.

He seems harmless enough, but still…

Speaking of guardians, there’s a Troll Bridge leading to the neighboring region. Complete with Troll. I didn’t find an “exact change” lane or the “troll booth” but this was a nice bit of whimsy.

The region is lovely and rich with things to see and do. For the fishing fans, there’s a fishing hole. I have it on good authority that there’s a custom prize lurking in the depths here. It may not be there much longer, but you never know.

There are eight – count ’em – eight(!) lucky chairs in the central plaza.

There’s a nice beach for those who like to take a little break by the water.

There’s even a secret grotto complete with healing pool.

The region is relaxing and open. There’s plenty of open space with some lovely views, like this river walk.

And even the outlying shops are lovely cottages and crofts, so there’s plenty to shop for and look over.

I didn’t even get into the sculpture garden. There was just too much to take pictures of and my Flickr account is groaning already.

As you start planning for this weekend, be sure to save some time to attend the Memorial Day Marathon and support all the Relay for Life teams who’ll be raising money in support of the Race for the Cure, and take some time while you’re there to support the merchants as well.

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Theme: Sports

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The theme for the evening was “Sports.” My initial response to this was “team” but then as I thought more about it, I realized that there really are a lot of sports and I had a lot of great sports gear already.

So, the Sport of Kings:

theme: sports

I used a lot of these pieces before in another event, so I went back to see what I should have done differently there.

This time I had some better hair, and a considerably better set of tattoos. I also had a tanned skin this time, which showed off the platinum blond hair very nicely. I left off the glasses and the shirt, but kept my sandals on along with the boardies.

The Result

Third place. My third for the month.

Theme: Sports

Given how many contests I’ve missed this merry month of May, three places — even three thirds — is pretty respectable and I’m delighted to have picked up this one tonight.

What Would I Do Differently

Picked a different sport. One that didn’t use a big honking surfboard. Preferably one that I didn’t have to carry anything at all. That board was a very difficult prop to work around when posing.

Skimpier bathing suit. The leg tatts were obscured by the long board trunks. While they lent a certain air of verisimilitude to the costume, they also got in the way of the really dramatic leg tatts.

Stuff
Trunks: Reaction Board Shorts
Sandals: Shiny Things BoHo Sandals
Jewelry: MRM Jewelry
Tattoos: Tiki Tattoo – Upolo

Skin: Belleza Thomas Tan
Hair: MADesigns – Cruz (Platinum Blond)