Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dress Me Up Strikes Back.

This is (hopefully) the last time I'm letting you lot mess with my pixels... unless you care to do it up close and personal, of course. And I thought I'd also rock each one of these outfits with some of the particles the delightful Rockerfaerie ColeMarie dropped on me over the week. I was unable to crash a sim with them the other day, let's see if I can take down my own blog with sheer glowtard fabulousness.
Ashia Tomsen said...

I'd like to see you in something from the Black Canary, accessories from Le Petite Prince or Sanu or possibly Giselle. And absolutely not a scrap of pink!


To my embarrassment I remembered that the lovely Aussie had tried to get me to go to The Black Canary once before, and I'd placed the LM on the pile with the best of intentions - and promptly forgot about it. You bided your time, didn't you? Remind me to never piss off an elf.

Canary Prince

So I sauntered into The Black Canary and was lucky enough to jag the W on the lucky chair. I was hoping I could get away with that, as the place purports to be unisex.. but the "Winter Dream" outfit was WAY too obviously a dress, and one of my New Year's resolutions will be to keep my drag activities down to just once or twice a year. Okay.... week. So I was quite pleased to see this one, the "Porcelain Princeling" as I could definitely see myself wearing that on the days that I pretend to be genteel. Following the junior royalty theme I dragged out my Le Petit Prince "Octopus Headset" with the accompanying spine and arm - some of my fave accessories which I don't get to show off often enough. And the brand new eXcess skin with which I was very disturbed to discover that neither the Man nor Boy options suited me... but the Hermaphrodite looked great. So all photos in this particular skin will be taken purely from the neck up.

Ana Lutetia said....
My suggestion for dress me up is PixelDolls that I am sure you are going to love.

Pixelmen 2

The delicious Ana had also tried to get me to go to Pixeldolls recently. What I hadn't realised is that I had been there in the past and bought several jackets which had been swallowed up in the black hole of my wardrobe, neither to be worn nor seen again. A small digression - if you are wondering what to get me for Christmas, a voucher for a couple of hours worth of inventory sorting would hit the spot, thank you for asking. So I happily shook the dust off this purple velvetacular and wandered back to the store to match it to serendipitously find their storecards at 50% off. Win! So I took these grey pants off the wall and worked it up with this black shirt with tie combo. Then I teamed it with the Pixel Dust "Quinn" hair with this mad colour change streak in the front. Which is usually set to a default pink. I guess in this I could pass for the purple people eater - or drinker, anyways.

Frequency Picnic said...

I can't think of anything I haven't seen you in except maybe some kind of tweedy professor outfit.


Now... Freq has seen me in just about everything, so she's qualified to say that. Luckily I already owned this silk suit from Sartoria. I'd bought it a few months ago, standing in front of the vendor for a good while arguing with myself whether it was chic or geek. I managed to convince myself of what I wanted to hear in the first place, - I'm VERY good at doing that - and after shaking hands and agreeing on the deal I took it home in glee just to put it on and realise with a sinking heart that on me? It was definately geek. So I cast it from the light in disgust just to fish it back out again with a grin for this challenge. And I'd already bought the briefcase a while ago from Bad At Croquet. I have no idea why - maybe it was to blend into Wall Street to see what yuppie blood was like?I have some classy/expensive/elegant watches, but this was best finished off by my Hobo Watch with the radium dial - because Frequency is a Hobo. See what I did there? Eh? Eh? I've shod myself with these Tesla Oxfords - because that way I can claim my feet are all professorish and well edu-ma-kated even if the rest of me isn't.

DONE. Unless Dove and Autumn do what they were threatening to and throw me a massive style curveball. Bring it, little girls.

I'd also like to wish the lot of you weird human types a happy holidays no matter how you choose to celebrate them. Make sure you all stay safe and well. Even if for no other reason than because I like my victims warm and putting up some kind of a fight.



Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fire Fox - Dress Me Up Part 1.

Achariya Rezak said...
*grin* I wanna see if you can make furries look cool. Using the free furry avatars, I want you to pick the one that expresses your inner beast, and then make him look like you.

Yeah... thanks for that, Ach.

After I stopped inventing new swear words between gritted teeth, I did as was bid and stopped by Wingless Emoto's free Furry avatars - which are amazing. After being unable to find a bat - and realising that if I was a wolf I'd have to fight myself - it hit me that of course my alternate familiar had to be an Arctic Fox. Being cunning, fluffy, and well... stone cold foxy - it was me to a T. So I was able to quite confidentally answer Achariya's part of the challenge. Find the beast that was me and still make him recognisably Winter.

ZPhirefox 1

At first I had a hard time dealing with this. There's nowhere to rez my fangs!

ZPhirefox 2

Oh hey. Don't call me CUTE. These claws aren't just for show, you know.


But after a while in my new fursuit, and after adding the items that I feel best represent me - Stringer mohawk, Schadenfreude beater, SN@TCH shorts, Retox Fishnets, Spider, Magika and Action accessories - I realised that I felt pretty good. No diminishment of the essence of Lord Winter, just rocking it Vulpine style. I managed to drop into a few shops and do the Oz Frolic like this and no one tried to give me calcivirus. So I looked at some of my other challenges.

Kenzie said...
Hmmm either channel Humphrey Bogart in something from 1800Betties or a grungy/punk look with an outfit from Gearshift and some chucks.

I already owned a few items from Gearshift. But could I work them with this new form? Now THAT was a little more of a challenge.

ZPhirefox 3

I think one of the problems our Furry community faces clothing wise is long pants. I could have detached the shaped legs but that would have been cheating. And unfaithful to what I was trying to do.

Dress Me Up - Achariya And Kenzie's challenges.

So I found their Predator shorts worked well, and added the Faster Harder t-shirt also from Gearshift. I couldn't oblige Kenzie with the chucks today, they don't seem to come in this shape. Get on that will you please, SakuraDawn? Adding Black Maria hair, the SN@TCH coffin backpack, Kari audio wire bracelet and Prozak Biomech tattoo- and a VERY stretched out pair of Armidi aviator glasses - I think this is nicely grungy and yet still something I'd be happy to wear with either shape.

Noirran said...
Nylon Outfitters...

ZPhirefox 5

This is the Striped Shirt, the Brown Capri pants - again, short length is sadly necessary - and the Lolita glasses all from Nylon Outfitters. With Bare Rose hair, and Genesis necklace. A store that I'd walked into in the past yet never stopped and really looked at. Thanks for waking me up, Noirran.

Attitude and self shine through no matter what kind of pixels you are wearing - that's one of the best things about Second Life. I'm not ready to go Furry just yet, as I like my fangs as they are. And I have marginally better breath in my Vampire form. But this Dress Me Up definately gave me pause for thought, and yet another outlook on SL. I still have a few more to go but seeing at least one of them involves jeans I'll be regaining my Undead mojo to do them justice. Now pardon me whilst I go see what this yiffing caper is all about.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Drifting Through Rose Scented Dreams

My last ROSEBUD! post.

I think.

I've spent the last week expounding upon Bare Rose, showing ways to mix and match, extolling the virtues of their everyday wear, and featuring other people's enthusiasm. All the while circling the heart of B@R, the part that really makes me a fanboi of June Dion until the end.

The fantasy outfits, of course.

I know that if maturity were one of the tests for being allowed in Second Life then I'd barely be allowed onto the teen grid. But one of the main things I love about this waking dream we share is that I can be anything I want to be. And I spent my childhood in the library. Bare Rose allows me to be all the things that I read about and yearned to be. A valiant knight, a savage demon, an avenging archangel, even a majestic dragon and yes. A Vampire.

My far-less-than-elite photo skills don't begin to do the justice to these few favourite outfits that I'd like to. But here is just a few of the more than 1000 of June's imaginings bought to life. Second Life. All taken at Templum Ex Obscurum, the perfect setting for this.

War Chariot - Blog Version
War Chariot


Arachnid Knight
Arachnid Knight

Bloody Jolly
Bloody Jolly

Dragon Knight
Dark Dragon Knight

Ethereal Heaven
Ethereal Heaven

Salamander - Blog Version


I'd also like to share with you the last round of wonderful SL Bloggers who joined in the ROSEBUD! Challenge.

Francesca Balogh Ganymedes Costagravas Stacie Pryor Tiffer GossipGirl Grazia Horwitz Willow Zander Grady Echegaray Vyktor Maertens and Cayce Newell Jhuzen Ketsugo Joonie Jatho Casja Lillehook Gabby Panacek Helix Rehula Frequency Picnic Rylan Carling Efemera Bisiani Shelby Rasmuson SakuraDawn Lei Candy Lemmon Sai Pennell Elusyve Jewell Meara Deschanel MacKenzie Irling and the amazing Ana Lutetia, who not only completed 9 versions of the challenge but also offered me advice and support this last week. <3

Along with rounds one and two

Stacie Pryor Kairo Lange Bubbles Komachi Phire Zuhra Cajsa Lilliehook Dove Swanson Yabusaka Ana Lutetia Fricka Morgath Grazia Horwitz Aisuru Candy Lemmon Rylan Carling Tesa Jewell Gabby Panacek Achariya Maktoum Makenzie Irling Brandy Rasmuson Whimsy Winx
Luna Jubilee Raul Crimson Ana Lutetia Kristi Maurer Casja Lilliehook Vixie Rayna
Dakota Lubitsch Grazia Horwitz Ivey Deschanel Mouse Mimistrobell TearSong Vaughan Kalia Meiklejohn Amyla WakowskiSasy Scarborough

There are a few names that appear several times but they've all submitted several versions of their take on this project. Over 50 bloggers took part! And we had hundreds of submissions to the Flickr pool as well. You should all be damned proud of yourselves.

Don't forget that we are wrapping up Bare Rose Appreciation Week with an epic party at the White Wolf stage on Tursday the 11th at 6:30 - 9:30. There's prizes for the best male and female using a Bare Rose costume, and we have DJ Summerkatz taking requests all evening.

And I also want to thank everyone who read, participated, shot, shopped, or introuduced a friend to Bare Rose because of this week. It's the ongoing enthusiasm of all the residents that keeps Second Life alive and thriving. Even for us dead boys. And now I'm going back to being a slacker for at least a couple of weeks. If anyone wants me, I'll be in my trailer.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008



June Dion and myself were astonished and overwhelmed at the response to the ROSEBUD! challege and so we hatched a nefarious scheme. So yes - this is a party to appreciate all those who appreciated. I think that makes sense. But it's open to all comers, whther you blogged it, photographed it, read what was going on or just think that B@R isn't half bad.

It's at the White Wolf sim which is next to the Bare Rose HQ, and it's pretty much zero lag. We've organised a nice big area so you can rock your Zodiac outfit or whatever you wear without taking out a wide swath of partygoers. DJ Sumkatz - Summer Deadlight - will be there to play a mix of all kinds of music and take requests. And there are prizes and competitions and all kinds of the good stuffs.

So bust out your best moves with us at 6:30 - 9:30pm SLT on Thursday the 11th 2008, not 2009 as my delightful friend Sumz so helpfully tried to lead you all astray by pointing out on this poster. She's hoping that the supermodel in B@R "Paper Moon" is enough compensation for her error. I tend to agree. I'll have one more post with the final round of bloglinks up before then, so if you are thinking about it PLEASE go ahead and just post one.

Don't make me hunt you down. Elusyve, I'm talking to you.


Monday, December 8, 2008

Bare to the Bone - ROSEBUD! Challenge Mash 2

So I wanted to a do another hard mash, one of items that I already owned from Bare Rose at the time this challenge was set. Being a vampire as you can imagine I started out with some rather dark items. And the theme I set myself here was "Gentleman Demon." So I dug waaaaay back into the early depths of my closet and dragged out the Midnight Grace shirt.

Gentleman Demon - another Bare Rose mash for the Rosebud! challenge.

This crisp white shirt with a textured brocade waistcoat is as elegant as anything you'll find on the grid. It comes with a full length jacket but I liked the whole Paul Newman "Hustler" vibe about it, so in full reverence and respect to The Man I left it as was, after just adding a few more straps and things I ripped from the Alert set.

Bare Goth 2

Going down I found in delight that the pants to the Lotus Coat were almost identical in shade, texture and style. Proving again just how pieceable Bare Rose clothes are. I also found the gloves from the Dokoru Oh outfit sat nicely with this - although made of leather with embroidery it has a similar pattern echoed throughout this mash. Finishing at the feet we have omg shoes! that I also wasn't aware Bare Rose made until last week! Three pairs of full sculpty boots in different colours for 100l. I cant think of anywhere else that gives you that, especially not in men's shoes.

Bare Goth 1

Crowning this dark glory we have the horns from the Mastema set, as well as the tail I'm happily swishing everyone in my way with. Up until 4 days ago I would have sworn Mastema was my fave B@R outfit, like, evar - but in this last week I've gone back again and again looking for special items for pictures... and everytime I've been I've discovered something that has made me squeeee more than the day before. I'm styling it with the Flurry hair that also comes in the most boss fatpack of all time, 10 colours again for 100l. I've slung the Moon necklace from their jewellery line at Bare Rose Haute Couture around my neck - well, I'd hardly wear the sun, think about it - and being my constant joyfully malicious companion I have their sculpty Gargoyle shoulder pet. I'd say it acts as my conscience but if that were the case I'd have to sack it.

The only things that are't from B@R in this shoot are my new beloved Corvine skin in Marble from eXcess and of course my fangs. Which I grew myself. I can help you get some too, if you like - just make sure you haven't eaten any garlic in a few days and come knock on my door...


I kept my usually wordy-as-hell post to a minimum so I could display some more of the submissions to the Flickr pool for this Rosebud! challenge. I've kept it to those without their own blogs, but I could easily choke the feed with the goodness that's been pouring in. There's still a few days left in Bare Rose Appreciation Week, so please keep the blogs and pictures coming - I'll be posting round 3 of the links in tomorrrow's post.

Bare Rose Sled 1
Genna Gray

B@re Rose Challenge
Chou Skinstad

Miss Quin
Akasha Divisadero

On the Rocks
Taille Wrigglesworth

Maryna Wind

BareRose Challenge
Arbel Vogel

dark wings
Nina Becker

Darkandiel Bury


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Bare on the Street - ROSEBUD! Challenge Mash

Astonishing. And nice to know I'm not the only one that felt that way. Even if I can't move amongst the Bare Rose aisles for the Fashionistas now - didn't quite think that one through, did we Jefferson?

So I did a full on mash for my first look, an Urban deal. The only things here that weren't items I already owned from B@R is my skin and the shoes. To my delight the Camo Parka was one of those Prize Orb shouter things and an absolute score. Full sculpty so it doesn't take up one of my precious clothing layers - win!

Bare Rose Street Mash

It was only recently that I discovered that there was hair at Bare Rose - HAIR! And very cool anime types too - this is the Syuriken, it comes in 10 different colours and 2 headbands for 100l. Perfect to go with the shirt and funny clear strap... skirt... ummm... "things" from the Alert set. I think the red shows up perfectly against the Cargo Pocket Pants in khaki, but these pants are dangerous - I found a half eaten spleen in one of the zip pockets from MONTHS ago, and we all know how awful offal can get when it's unrefrigerated.

Bare Rose Street done 1

This tattoo was also another find at B@R that surprised me, especially as it's apparently the symbol for the guardian of the year I was born in, the Monjyu Bosatsu. I don't claim to know much about this belief - I just know that it makes for a pretty hardcore looking tatt and that's all the guardian I'll ever need. I borrowed the necklace from the Gabriel set, its been one of my favourite accessories since I first started inworld, that was the second thing I ever bought at B@R. The gloves are also a freebie prize, I ripped them from the Rinne dress that the all-giving Prize Orb deemed would suit me. The Orb could have done the decency of tapping me on the shoulder to let me know I was taking all my damn pictures in the wrong resolution as well, so I'll spare you more of my lets-pretend-it's-intentionally-gritty-and-noirish photos, and spread some of the goodness that people have been pouring out.

You can't throw a rock at the feeds at the moment without seeing some wicked Bare Rose stylings today, and I think you all need to go and be inspired anew by

Luna Jubilee Raul Crimson Ana Lutetia Kristi Maurer Casja Lilliehook Vixie Rayna
Dakota Lubitsch Grazia Horwitz Ivey Deschanel Mouse Mimistrobell TearSong Vaughan Kalia Meiklejohn Amyla Wakowski and a post by Sasy Scarborough that I can only describe as epic.

There's also been pictures submitted to the Flickr group that have made me gasp, and I'm reposting some of them here. No one said I couldn't re-use them, but feel free to take it out of my hide in the most public way possible if you don't like this. No, really. I can even make an appointment for that.

Francesca Balogh

Just Take One Step
Tomoyo Breitman

Shelby Rasmuson

Kamian-B@R Challenge Pic 2
Kamian Trescothick

Queen of Hearts
Absinthe Primrose

Vampira Razor

deposer 2

I've received word from on high, as well. June Dion is really touched by everyone's praise and it looks like something special is in the works. I'll be updating blog links and pictures all week, so everyone has plenty of time to go and rediscover The Rose.

Except for Dove Swanson, you've bought enough.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

ROSEBUD! A Challenge.

Lag. Incessant amounts of lag. Mile high vendors that take an hour to rez, a store so gigantic you can wander in it for hours and never find what you need. And the nagging conviction at the back of your skull that no WAY can all this be made by the one person, that there must be a sweatshop of chimpanzees highly trained in sculptywork toiling away in an barely ventilated building somewhere.
Right, we got all that out the way?
I love Bare Rose.
And I'm calling for a Bare Rose Appreciation Week.

Bare Rose Armour
For a designer that brings out items almost every day, its so rare to see anyone actually featuring them. I've seen the lovely Mist series a lot on the feeds, but that's about it. Even the Bare Rose Haute Couture line gets a fairly quiet reception, and the textures and primwork on that is superb. So here's an inspiration to occupy all of you Bloggers. We all have at least one B@R outfit in our inventories, surely? Even if just bought for a fancy dress party.  Dust them out, show us your favourites. Make a mash up of what you have, or feature Bare Rose pieces with other designer's items and show us what you can do with them as a base. And if you don't have any, then here is your excuse to go and discover, drift amongst the aisles in wonder.

 I'm sure this is a story that has been repeated again and again. But I remember wandering into Bare Rose Tokyo as a fresh off Orientation Island noobie with a whole 1kl under my belt to find "me." And I remember my delight in discovering that it was true, all the fantastical looking avatars I'd seen on television that drew me to Second Life in the first place existed, and that they were within my reach. That someone knew how I wanted to look before even I did - and had made it up in all my favourite colours and beckoned me to come, join in. I'm now at a point where I don't care to try count just how many B@R outfits I have, and I KNOW that I've bought a lot of them and never been able to find a place to wear, for example...  a giant golden set of scales - but it just doesn't matter.  My personal style is always evolving but I still go back there every few weeks to see what's new. Bare Rose Tokyo, I love thee. Let me count the ways.
Bare Rose Challenge.
For the amazing "bang-for-your-buck." So many options in a myriad of colours. All for 180l or less. No one else on the grid offers as half as much value as June Dion. She understands that we have 3 clothing layers for a reason. So she offers versatility at a rate everyone can afford. You can wear ensembles out of the box or mash them up with other items, and do so at a price that even campers won't begrudge. There is also a mountain of freebies with essentials for every avatar just finding their feet - AO's, facelights, skins and clothes. So we get prettier noobs to look at - she performs an important public service.
For the transfer option. You crave the Wastelands Cowboy but you only want the pink chaps? (Okay, okay, yes - the pink ones were in the Cowgirl not the Cowboy - I bought it. I'll admit it!) Then buy it, and split up the brown, the black, the blue and the grey and farm it out to your friendslist. Or stop by when you are bored and pick out impromptu gifts to delight your friends upon log in. No filling out giftcard requests and waiting a week for the store owner to deign to pass on the goods. See. Want. Buy. Transfer. Reap love.  No wait.  Or buy a French maid's uniform to wear just once as a dare and then pass it on to someone with better legs. *cough* There is a lack of stores that offer transfer, and I cherish B@R for that alone. 

bare rose Samurai
For the endless variety.  You all know that Bare Rose has fantasy and gothic outfits, and geisha robes, right? But there is also urban streetwear. Evening wear. Lingerie. Shoes. Handbags. Flowers. Hair. Jewellery. Castles. Tattoos. Skyboxes. Cages. And marvels hiding in the aisles that defy classification, as I discovered for myself yet again when Newdoll and Sasy sent over this "Pioneer" Mecha Avatar a few days ago. Stomping around making the Transformers noise as I ran Noodle into the wall several times reminded us afresh of just how much fun Second Life can be, and this was what prompted this - my open love letter to June.

bare rose pioneer
For the audacity.  Who else would release 4 sculpty dragons, gargoyles, an entire set of costumes for men and women based on the Zodiac, highwaymen capes, knight's armour, mermaid tails, demon wings and kimonos in 17 different styles? It's obvious that some things aren't going to sell. It must be fuelled at least in some small part by the joy of creation, and a sense of "just because we CAN." I'm not under any delusions, I'm fully aware this is a business. But it seems to me as an observer that maybe, just maybe it isn't always just about the bottom line at Bare Rose. They put on concerts, competitions, hunts, and maintain a sandbox for their customers. And June is seen rarely, and never seems to do any interviews. Feel free to fling tomatos and howls of derision at me for this line... but I think it's kinda nice that Second Life has a Willy Wonka too.
This was my paean to B@R. And I'm going to spend my next few blogs on this subject - all this week - making some mashups and highlighting a few of the interesting items I've found there. If anyone wants to join in on this, please post the links to your blogs here in the comments so we can all admire your elite blogging skillz. We have such a diverse array of styles in the SL fashion blogging community, I'm sure that everyone is going to bring something different and inspiring to this challenge. Bring it on Tokyo style!

P.S. - I've been asked to establish a Flickr group for those of you who dont have blogs, or want their pics posted here. Never let it be said that I don't give people want they want. It's getting me to stop that's the problem.

P.P.S. - I've since taken out my email addy, because in the last 24 hours I've won 4 lotteries and had 11 rich relatives die. (Note to self - stop holding family reunions in Nigeria.) So if you post to the Flickr site, mention on your blurb whether it's okay for me to re-post your pictures here.