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.


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.


Friday, November 14, 2008

A Meriken Boy

Today I'm getting nasty with patterns. And I'm making the rainbow my bitch. What bought this on? Just the discovery of pretty much the most interesting men's store EVER, Meriken Designs. It's owned by Yaszi Mornington, a Japanese designer who is a master of texturing. I haven't seen hand drawn clothing this good since Casa Del Shai. Yes, I'm daring to make that call. Bring it. I was teleported in by Voshie Paine, and when it rezzed I fell to my knees in awe and worship. Colours. Like you wouldn't believe. After I sprayed an obscene amount of lindens all over the walls I was left with a pile of amazing clothes that by no law of taste or physics should be seen together. So of course I put them all on.

Meriken Boy

I'm pleading with the men of SL to be more adventurous.Now... you can mix different patterns, textiles, textures and shades. The trick is to keep trying different configurations until you find one that isn't physically painful. This is where you scribble out the rules of what you know to be good taste, and just cycle through everything you have until it looks good. Even if it doesn't. You'll know when your eyes stop bleeding. No way would I have ever have thought vermilion would have looked this darn good with green, orange and fawn. That's before you toss in the melange of tartan, spots and stripes. In theory it shouldn't work. But - it does.

Meriken Orange 2

This mess of tones comes off as springlike and breezily casual. Part of that is the attitude, part the accessories, but mostly the “blorangeness” of it all. Because the colours are complimentary on the spectrum you get a fair bit of leeway with the clashing patterns. Whereas with this ensemble the madly pink spots have the odd yellow one, and that ties it in with the gold crocodile jacket. Keeping the pants a single solid shade this time means it's just on the side of good enough taste that I wouldn't get turned away at 7 Ultra. I think.

Meriken Gold

Meriken Lounge

Not that I'd wear that there, I've been reserving this super-pimp-a-luxe Sesame suit in Vin for that. This is a pre-prepared ensemble, but it's so well toned together that I have no problems wearing it out of the box. The plum velvet has a Paui shell sequin detail on the lapel that ties in with the dotty shirt, and the different coloured buttons are interesting all on their own. I also bought the whole set in Noir as well, but to piece it up. These are the pants - and this is the pink python jacket that was originally teamed with the green spotty shirt in the first picture, but I wanted to tone it down, make it a little less outrageous and more stylishly wearable. Otherwise it be relegated to the back of my inventory as merely the 27th pink jacket I own.

Meriken Pink

One thing I do want to add so it doesn't look purely as if I am pooing rainbows. The gold croc jacket was on the vendor with a pink shirt, and I bought that as I did so much else. When I took it home and tried it on it was only half the shirt, the midriff was exposed. I messaged Yaszi and mentioned that I loved his clothes, I had bought a buttload but it appeared that this set and one other I'd bought had just the half shirts included, and it looked to be a simple error, how could we fix this? As several of the other jacket/shirts I had bought at the same price were complete. I received a reply a few days later that the shirts were only a sample. And if I wanted the real thing they were for sale seperately. I can't say I was thrilled with this customer service as they had appeared on the vendor as a set. But I loved the clothes and the colours so I went right the hell ahead and blogged it anyways, with the shirt that was included in the Sesame Noir set. So that's a caveat emptor warning, just check what's actually included and that you are happy with it.

On the whole I am still gibbering several days later in a complete colourgasm, and I'll be stalking the store for all future releases. He also has an outlet at KMADD City, and a new one at the Starlust sim. I know I was a tad preachy in this post, but... guys. Step outside the black occasionally, okay? Don't let the Vampire be the only polaroid nightmare out there.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm sorry, Zaara...

Elusyve and I were talking clothes - well... is there anything else to talk about? Oh, how rude - she's Canadian. Sorry. I'll start again.

Elusyve and I were talking aboot clothes when the subject of the new Zaara pashminas came up. All the girls had been sighing about how lovely they are, and I was raving about the beauty of the textures alone. I said to Elu that it was a shame I couldn't wear one. Her reply? "I bet you could."


So this is my first plain old "LOTD" post. Let's see if I can remember where all this is from.

Zaara Pashmina 2

I knew the key to being able to wear this beautiful shimmering scarf, the "Berry Blue" was to keep the shirt simple, yet echo the colour in my accessories, and match the blue trim with my pants. So I hauled out my wonderful Casa Del Shai jeans - made all the more wonderful because they were free. I also tinted my thankfully mod Richmond shirt from Badkatz a shade of cream rather than it's standard blinding white. I have enough lighting issues because of my hair, thank you very much. Shoes had me stumped at first until I remembered the Crimson Dublins that I bought from Jeepers Creepers two weeks ago and then tossed into the corner with a snarl because they didn't match my kilt. So they were allowed to live. This time. Strapping on my ubiquitous wrist cuffs, this time the ones that I bought in a 50% off fatpack at the FNKY! sale and still winced at the price.

So thar ye have it. I didn't have to upsize that poor pashmina too much, and it still retains all of it's original detail. Or I'd have buried the poor thing unannounced at sea. I'm sure Zaara will cry as is when she's sees her creation draped around a boy's shoulders...


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hey - How You Dune?

Just a few of things I found over this last week that had me whimpering and reaching for my wallet.

Those who know me are aware of one of my hinky "things." As Elusyve once laughed at me - "Latex is your garlic." True. 93% of this is purely for it's aesthetic qualities... let's not go into that other 7%. Or I'd have to change the rating of this blog.

Latex Tron

I found this at a german store named Latex Station. I shouldn't say "store," as it was a utopian steel vision of the future... complete with models that made me want to run my tongue down them to hear them squeak - *cough* sorry, where was I? Oh yes. Full of rubber fun for both boys and girls. And with some surprisingly classy and elegant designs. Stop laughing; I mean it. And this is the Tron suit. Cue fanboi squeeees at the name, which alone would have made me buy it. And a latex cape....! Every deviant Vampire's dream. Surely I'm not the only one?

Latex makes me horny

One of the other items that stopped me in my tracks was this crown called the "Shai Hulud - Kwisatz Haderach." Again... I geeked out all over the name alone. It also comes with another configuration, the "Shai Hulud - God Emperor." Included as well is a glowy set of melange eyes - blue for the uninitiated. For those of you who don't know, this is from the Dune series by Frank Herbert. It's not vital to be a fan to fall in love with the opalescent textures and seamless spirals of this beauty. The poor team of designers at Dark Goddess Designs have had to listen to me rave on in breathless tones about this for DAYS. So much so that they gave me another set of cybernetic horns to shut me up - but I'm using them in a few days for another outfit so... deal. They also created the hostess's avatars at the "In Darkness" events last week; so if you were impressed by those check out the rest of these devilish delights.

This one has been on my Flickr page for a few days now, but I had to spray it about here as well.


Earthquake skin by Nikita Fride. Any other Australians thinking about burnt pavlova at this point? My bestie Noodle rocked up in the goriest, most realistic fighter skin EVER, and I begged - no, demanded to be taken to it's point of origin. Everyday and fantasy skins for men and women. And the most interesting conversations on voice from fellow shoppers - I learnt more about vibrators in half an hour from the team of skanks cruising the aisles than I have in 4 years of internet porn. So if you want to look like you went 11 rounds with Mike Tyson - whether that be in a boxing ring or at a beauty pageant - then come check out the fighter skins. Or if you want to have a frank and open discussion about which batteries have better staying power, then turn on voice and keep a box of tissues close at hand.

For the tears of laughter, you sickos.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wasting Paper

So I was a participant in a discussion about Paper Couture a month or so ago, and group consensus dismissed them as totally ENC. (That's "Emperor's New Clothes" for the uninitiated.) But then they released the Fall line. What unmitigated gall. One look at the new releases and I had to undo all my well thought out arguments. Colours! Feathers! Prim ... well, interesting bits!

Paper Couture

What amazingly well thought out tones on this, the "Comfy Suit." The Lu Sisters got it very, very right. Just enough feathery floaty bits to create interest and break up the lines, yet not enough that some Momma bird tries to stuff worms down my throat. And I was informed that I look like a glam Rock Star in this so it's definately on my personal win list. Usually I avoid brown but this shade has a great sheen on it - and that leg seam is very realistic. These pants feature the Fall motif of bird's eyes, a design they've used throughout the collection on both the male and female lines.

You can see this also on the "Learning Suit"

Paper Couture learning

Yes. I'm pretty sure it was meant for the ladies as well. It had a big poofy collar and dramatic cuffs all in cream. And it looked fantastic as long as you didn't... move... an... inch. I tore all the extraneous sculptery off it (sure, that's a word) and I find this configuration to be very wearable. A kind of Sunday morning lounging suit. I'm sure the Lu's will weep when they see how their masterwork gets molested, but... if I wasn't meant to mess around with it, it wouldn't be mod, right?

There is also a silver set named the "Silver Pied" and a brown one named "Leather Scales" but not only do I look dreadful in brown -yes, Copacetic, I'll capitulate- but Lucas Lameth has done a great job of covering them already.

Oh yes. And no birds were harmed in the making of these Paper Couture outfits.

..... but my shoes are made of cute baby seals.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Introduction and Manifesto

Hello children - let me introduce myself to the class. I'm the Lord Winter Jefferson, vampire partyboy and general nuisance. I've been blogging for Rezzable for a few months now; but I've been persuaded to clutter up the feed with a broader example of my fashion train wrecks. So here I am in all my Undead glory, and with a word of caution. I don't have a whole lot of shame.

Amerie Blue

Here beginneth the lesson. The stereotype is that Vampires must be made of doom and gloom and emo red, black, black black and black. Skulking in the shadows, sulking in the shallows. It's my manifesto to bust that myth wide open. Not just the perception of mine own bloodsucking kin, but to urge everyone to play against type. Don't conform to expectations. Only - make sure you DO do it once in a while, then no one will be expecting it. Find your Second self. Work out who you are; settle upon your personal style, define the animus that is you. Discover and confirm your identity. Get comfortable inside that pixel sheath. Conform to all the established rules and guidelines of style, taste and formality. And then the very next day break all of this down and step out of that comfort zone. Hair grows back, and skin regenerates itself in a matter of seconds. A pill makes you big, a pill makes you small. Even an amputated leg can be fixed with the click of a button. This the beauty of SL. You can find the real you by stepping outside of it.

Amerie Purple

This blog is going to be whatever I feel like doing on the day; learn to live with that. Some days it's going to be an LOTD, others an education on events/items in fashion, occasionally a showcase of stores I discover and spend all over and sometimes it's just going to be showing off cool shit I found that week. Don't ever be scared to comment, as I am a fully fledged attention hor. And feel free to disagree or critique, I shouldn't go TOO Keyser Soze all over your ass. And yes, I'm also quite aware that my photos suck, thank you for pointing that out.

Amerie's Red

Just as a pingback to what I was referring to - one person who seems to realise that vamps just wanna have fun is Amerie of Amerie's Naughty. Can you believe this coat? The "Vampire Jacket." Tartan, feathers and chains. I know it wasn't actually created for me... but it may as well have been. And a man can dream.

I'd say - here
endeth the lesson. But the best thing about it is that nothing ever truly ends. Not in this realm. SL is best enjoyed with open eyes, mind and heart. It's constantly evolving. My best advice to offer here is sit down. Strap yourself in. Hold on tight. And when you puke, try get it all over the person behind you. Odds are it will accessorise nicely with what they have on anyways.