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A showcase of some of the amazing things going on in Second Life - from snapshots, to gifs, to edits and landscapes. If you're interested in being featured, submit your pics to the Official Flickr Group. Looking for places to visit inworld for pics and adventures? Check out the Destination Guide for places to explore. 

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In celebration of its sixth year in Second Life, Bare Rose Tokyo has created an elaborate treasure hunt that begins with a click on the poster near the store's entrance.

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Once you click on "The Mother Dragon" poster, you'll receive a hunt folder that contains the prologue to an elaborate storyline and quest that will take hunters through several challenging puzzles and stunning locations. 

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It all begins with The Blue Maze, where you must navigate your way to the exit to claim the first of many prizes. Weave your way through these crystal caves to find your way to the exit, where you'll be given the first components of The Armor of Ordeal outfit (in both male and female versions). You'll need to click on the "Next Chapter" sign at the exit to claim your gifts and receive a landmark to your next challenge.

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As you arrive at The Bridge of Red in the next chapter, you'll be faced with several menacing blades that you must carefully dodge. The task is made more difficult by the dodgy-looking, narrow stone bridge that you must stay on. Be careful here! If you fall, you'll land in the nasty lava pool below. Your reward for making it safely to the other side? More free items to complete your Armor of Ordeal outfit.

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In the next chapter, you'll encounter the daunting Wall of Green. Don't look down if you're agoraphobic! You must carefully descend from the small rock ridges to safely arrive at the exit below and claim your prize and the next landmark. You'll be rewarded with the final items to complete your Armor of Ordeal outfit and you'll also gain entrance to the next challenge.

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At last! You've arrived at The Room of Gold, where you'll find yourself face-to-face with a huge golden dragon. Find the vulnerable spot to claim your final prize...and it's a good one! You'll get a special, rideable dragon that makes the entire journey well worth it.

So, that's the end of the quest...or is it? Rumor has it that there is even another hidden secret of this hunt to discover in the Bare Rose sim. Can you find it?

This hunt is only around until Sept. 17, so quest seekers will need to head over to Bare Rose to get started before the fun ends.

Happy Hunting!

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Mark your calendars for Fashion Expert Days, held Sunday, Sept. 18 through Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific) in the official SL Community Blogs and Fashion Forums

The Schedule of Fashion Experts (subject to change):

Sunday, September 18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Pacific)

  • Iris Ophelia
  • Felicity Blumenthal
  • Lotus Mastroianni

Monday, September 19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Pacific)

  • Frolic Mills
  • Sasy Scarborough 
  • Whimsy Winx
  • Harper Beresford
  • Laylinha Tomsen (in Portuguese)

Tuesday, September 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Pacific)

  • PopTart Lillehook
  • Casja Lilliehook
  • Gidge Uriza
  • Vick Spitteler (in Portuguese)

Wednesday, September 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Pacific)

  • Strawberry Singh
  • Lily Karlsbar
  • Ponino Oh 
  • Thereaver Barrymore (in Portuguese)

Hear What Second Life Resident Fashion Experts Think in Real-time

Each day of the event, as many as five SL Fashion Experts will be standing by to share ideas and images, and to discuss the vibrant fashion scene in Second Life. There will be exclusive Fashion blog posts and insider style tips shared in the Fashion Forums during this interactive community event.

Ask Questions 

Experts will be on call in the community from 9 a.m. through  4 p.m. (Pacific) during all four days of the event (Sept. 18-21). This is your chance to ask these fashionistas any SL style-related questions you can dream up and hear their expert opinions. Newbies can get advice on how to improve their avatar’s appearance, and more-advanced Residents can get the scoop on the latest fashion trends and developments. No query is off-limits — just ask the Fashion Experts!

Share Your Creations

Want to share your own creations? All participants can post and share images of favorite fabulous fashions and creative combinations at this community event. Join the conversation and ask the experts and community what they think of your designs.

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Image courtesy of Poptart Lilliehook for Modavia Fashion Marketing.

Don’t miss the fun! Join us live for this special Second Life community event, held on the Second Life Fashion Expert Blogs and Fashion Forums.


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Harper Beresford

 

From Harper Beresford's blog "A Passion for Virtual Fashion":

"Linden Lab recently announced an event where “Fashion Experts” will be chatting with folks, answering questions, and posing some of their own in the SL Forums. I was chosen to be one of those Fashion Experts (among a pretty august group of bloggers and SL fashion leaders), so it was quite an honor for me. On Monday, September 19, from 9 am slt to 4 pm slt, I will be available to answer questions, bring up topics, and generally have fun. I really hope you can join me."

Keep Reading...

 

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These days, the amount of stuff available inworld and on the Marketplace seems almost endless, and although this means almost anything you could ever want is out there somewhere, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed as you’re looking. While this will be old news for many skilled fashionistas, I think the most valuable knowledge I could share here is my method for finding whatever you’re looking for in this wide virtual world — with almost universal success!

If you’re lucky you’ll already have the name of the product you’re looking for, the store it’s from, or the designer who created it. With that information, an easy inworld search is all you really need to do. But — what if the store has changed names, or the teleport dropped you in the middle of an empty field? This is why I’m a big fan of using a designer’s Profile Picks to locate their main store (and why it is so vital that designers keep their Picks current!). A designer’s name is more useful and more reliable than any other piece of information about an item.

In a perfect world, you would always know the specific details of an item you want, but what if you have the wrong information, or no information at all? Maybe you saw someone wearing an amazing pair of faun legs, or maybe you’ve just always been a fan of mythology and feel like wearing something that shows it. Where to even begin? 

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The Second Life Marketplace is a great starting point, but many designers haven’t listed all the creations there yet and some don’t have Marketplace storefronts at all. So, how would you find them? Your next step should be to ask the Second Life Forums, which can be a wealth of knowledge. It’s also a good idea to head to a place where many Residents share information and pictures — image-sharing sites like Flickr and Koinup are ideal, and so are blogger networks like HeartSL. If network-wide searches there fail to turn up anything promising, broaden your terms. After all — if you can’t find anyone with faun legs, a blogger with a penchant for mermaids may still be able to point you in the right direction.

Remember that when nearly anything you can imagine is out there waiting, getting what you want is only as hard as finding it!

 

Iris Ophelia has been a SL fashion blogger for over 5 years and currently writes for New World Notes, where she blogs about both virtual world fashion and metaverse etiquette.

Iris is one of today's Fashion Experts. She'll be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Sunday, September 18. 



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Hi there! My name is Felicity Blumenthal, and you may or may not know me from my little blog My Second Closet. I started my blog back in April 2008 as a hobby, which it still is for me. In my Real Life, I am basically the typical soccer mom living in the Southern part of the United States. So, it just goes to show you — no matter who you are, you can do anything you'd like in Second Life.

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Anyway, I thought I might introduce myself here on the Second Life Blog by sharing with you some of my favorite creators, all of whom I've been blogging for years now. I really do blog mostly for myself, but I like to share the things I love with my readers. Things I look for in clothing are really well-sculpted items, like the skirt I am sharing today from League. It is my favorite new thing, and if you haven't visited the store, you absolutely must go!  The skirt comes in a whole slew of patterns and colors, plus tons of tops to wear with it.

Accessories: These are my two favorite shops — Zaara and Mandala. I find that I can rely on them to get really high-quality, well-crafted jewelry, and impeccable texture work — and their sculpts are amazing as well.

Some other things that probably don't need mentioning at all because almost everyone on the grid has them: TRUTH hair and Maitreya shoes. You might have noticed my adorable prim feet peeking out from under my skirt — Onyx's new flip-flops are hands-down my favorite, and really ANY hair from TRUTH hair could be my favorite on any given day.

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Skins are another of my many shopping addictions, and without a doubt Belleza makes my favorites. The skin I’m wearing today is from the upcoming release — Chloe.

You know there are tons of little things you can add to your look to really personalize yourself: eyelashes, eyes, nails and freckles. I could go on and on about them all, but most of those you will see I wear the same on my blog constantly. Old habits are hard to quit!

Well, I hope you all enjoyed sharing a little of my addiction with me, and that I've given you some “run-out-and-buy” items for the day. Now hop over to the Forums so we can chat it up! Can't wait to meet y'all!

Style Details:

Skirt:*League* (Nena Janus) Nomad Skirt -Vintage Floral
Tank:Nyte'N'Day - Racerback Tank (complete) - Brown
Freckles:[PXL] (Hart Larsson) – FullBody freckles
Freckles: [:T:] (Tuli Asturias) Freckles
Hair:>TRUTH< (Truth Hawks) Abigail - quince
Nails:[MANDALA] (Kikunosuke Eel) - NAIL/female Long
Flip-Flops:Maitreya Gold (Onyx LeShelle) * Flip-Flops Fawn L
Bangles:Zaara (Zaara Kohime) : Nizam Choodiya (bangles) gold *white*
Earrings:Zaara (Zaara Kohime) : Sarayi wood hoops *gold* L
Lashes:[LeLutka] (Minnu Palen)-Photoshoot II Lashes(NOSE)
Eyes:[LeLutka] (Minnu Palen) -Ellis-Vine/M
Necklace: [MANDALA] (Kikunosuke Eel) - KAGETORA necklace/wood/chest
Skin:-Belleza- (Tricky Boucher) Chloe Pale 31 **not yet released**
Pose:oOo Studio (Olaenka Chesnokov)

 

Felicity Blumenthal is one of today's Fashion Experts. She'll be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Sunday, September 18. 

Linden Lab

Existem alguns aspectos no Second Life que são bem interessantes, mas nenhum é tão instigante e mexe tanto com nosso espírito que a moda secondlifeana. Acredito que nesses anos de Second Life, nada tenha movimentado mais em termos econômicos que a relação simbiótica da oferta incessante de novas criações e a busca incansável por novidades. Essas novidades são transformadas em tendências que estão cada vez mais conectadas ao constante aprimoramento tecnológico que a plataforma tem proporcionado somado a inquietação explosiva dos criadores. Afirmando isso, não estou querendo dissertar sobre possibilidades ou oportunidades, mas quero sobretudo apontar para o processo de inspiração que influencia cada vez mais o espírito consumidor, recompensando todo o investimento. O caráter artístico e a qualidade de um produto são importantes ingredientes nesse mercado e determinam o sucesso ou o fracasso de um grande investimento tecnológico. Não basta ter apenas uma grande tecnologia é preciso ter qualidade e um apurado senso estético somados ao conjunto.

 

Durante muito tempo, o usuário com perfil consumidor teve pouca oportunidade para buscar melhores produtos, já que havia pouca oferta de qualidade e a inexperiência de saber como e aonde procurar. Alguns poucos criadores fizeram muitos sucesso há uns 3 anos atrás, tendo feito alto investimento em texturas com apurado senso estético, criando tendências. Ao observar essas criações de 3 anos atrás, vemos o primoroso trabalho que eles tiveram em uma época tão limitada onde tudo estava sendo testado e aperfeiçoado. Mas mudando o foco para os dias atuais, observo que houve muitas mudanças, sobretudo na oferta, o que faz com que existam mais novidades do que temos condição de consumir. Nesse caso o usuário precisa exigir constantemente qualidade nesse processo. Não só qualidade mas também o comprometimento constante dos criadores em oferecer bons produtos.

 

Mecanismos de difusão como os blogs são importantes ferramentas e devem chamar pra si a responsabilidade na busca por esses objetivos. Esta maravilhosa ferramenta já demonstrou inúmeras vezes, e de inúmeras maneiras, seu potencial para a propaganda. Não me refiro somente à utilização comercial da propaganda, mas também na divulgação, principalmente, de idéias e opiniões. Da mesma forma que criadores precisam ser responsáveis e comprometidos com a qualidade de seus produtos, os responsáveis por blogs não podem permitir que a popularidade e o consumismo exacerbado se sobreponham às exigências do senso estético e qualidade.


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Lotus Mastroianni is one of today's Fashion Experts and will be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Sunday, September 18. 

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When I started as a new Resident, I explored Second Life but I didn't know what I was here for. Yet, I enjoyed what I was seeing and was visually stimulated by all of the user content. One of my favorite places was Creative Fantasy — this was my place to get lost in. Visually interesting, each build a scene of its own and each an inspiration for a photo, outfit or décor. This brought about my need to make things. I felt I had to put something — anything! — down on the grid and so I played with prims. Eventually, it wasn't enough. I found stores I needed to share with others. This need to create and share motivates us.


When shopping, styling, and blogging, I envision a complete look. Most of the time I do not do location shots, as they can be problematic. But I do have a scene or event in mind. Other bloggers and photographers will tell you the same thing. They put together an outfit and off they go looking for a location to shoot it in. This gets posted to photo sharing sites, added to groups, shared on social networks, blogged and then someone else sees it.

Next the inquiries start about where the content is from. Soon enough those items appear in another photo, and so on. A simple photo of a living room can inspire someone to create outfits they imagine the occupant might wear, or the use of the color scheme for clothing. The outfit I am wearing is influenced by an advertisement I saw. I was amazed at how well they paired black, red and purple.

How many of us are influenced by another to create something? This is what makes our Second Lives so unique and interesting, and why I've stayed. Without user-created content we would easily be bored. We wouldn't be creatively stimulated or motivated. So many of us have learned and refined new skill sets to be able to interact in our world, like graphics editing programs, 3D modeling and animation. Our evolution is personal, while very much a part of our collective conscious.

ABOUT WHIMSY WINX:
 
Whimsy Winx is a virtual fashion and event blogger for Virtually Dressed. She creates home and garden items for W. Winx, and generally plays well with others.
 
She is one of today's Fashion Experts and will be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Monday, September 19. 
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Algumas das coisas que fomentam o mercado do Second Life são as inúmeras criações de moda que podemos encontrar. Entre roupas, skins, acessórios, sapatos, cabelos, o grande barato é o mundo de estilos que podemos assumir neste metaverso.

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Há quem carregue para o seu avatar traços da cultura do seu país. Um exemplo prático, as indianas usam o Salwar Kameez, que são aquelas túnicas compridas usadas com uma calça mais larguinha por baixo. Ou então o Saree que é aquele lenço que atravessa a cabeça, a cintura e é jogado sobre os ombros. Este é apenas um dos inúmeros exemplos possíveis de que podemos trazer para o nosso modo de vestir dentro do Second Life estilos que nem sempre estão ligados ao que simplesmente é mais comum à maioria das pessoas ou o que é popular neste momento, mas que também pode retratar nossa cultura, nossos costumes e, lembrando que no Second Life podemos ser o que quisermos, o nosso estilo pode seguir o que nossa imaginação mandar.

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Outras pessoas seguem as tendências das celebridades. Artistas da música, do cinema, da literatura. Por exemplo, Lady Gaga foi motivo de inspiração para várias pessoas com seu estilo curioso na prisão no clipe Telephone. Recentemente, devido ao sucesso do filme Harry Potter, era fácil se deparar com um avatar usando o uniforme de Hogwarts. Alguns avatares reproduzem o estilo fielmente, por devoção aos famosos ou somente por curtirem o que eles usam. Muitos vão além do que se consegue vestir na vida real, tendo em vista que algumas destas modas certamente não teriam tantos seguidores com coragem de usá-las na real life, porém os mesmos usam naturalmente dentro do metaverso onde tudo é possível.

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Há também pessoas que têm estilos de vida alternativos na real life. Os naturalistas, os góticos, os hippies, os furries, etc. De uma forma geral, já que aqui é o nosso mundo, a nossa imaginação, por que não trazer tudo isso e mais para a nossa Segunda Vida também?

ABOUT LAYLINHA TOMSEN:

Laylinha Tomsen nasceu no Second Life em fevereiro de 2007, é brasileira, carioca, fotógrafa (http://www.flickr.com/photos/laylinhatomsen3/), fashion addicted e escritora do blog Second Ladies.

She is one of today's Fashion Experts and will be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Monday, September 19. 

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Need to impress a date? Getting married? Having a fashion emergency? Whatever it is, we can help! 

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Feel free to share any great discoveries you may have found, and ask others about anything related to fashion. Today, we are joined by the talented group of Miss and Mr. Virtual World candidates as well as our Best of Second Life (BOSL) readers and fashion friends and designers...and they do really know it all! Topics cover anything from eyelashes to nails, from couture to beachwear, from hair to jewelry and fashion accessories.

To begin this thread, I will be sharing Miss & Mr. Virtual World's tips for impeccable styling:

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Miss Virtual World 2011 Serene Faith always looks fabulous. These are some of her top fashion tricks and tips: 

1. Stay within the theme: If it's an elegant style you are creating, don't match it with crazy Halloween hair! 

2. Know your colors: Experiment with colors that complement and don’t clash with your skin tone. 

3. Use accessories: To differentiate yourself from others, try experimenting with makeup tattoos, jewelery, belts, bags, hats, jackets and/or scarves to add your own flair to an outfit. 

4. Don't go overboard: Adding a bunch of stuff or modifying too much — it can be too much!  

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Mr. Virtual World 2011 Jax Aster has a very handsome and well-styled avatar. This is his styling advice:  

1. Be yourself: In any outfit — no matter if it is couture, retro, avant garde or some other theme — you should always be able to make it your style and add your own personal touches to the outfit.   

2. Be prepared: Try and make time to prepare. Style your outfit, adjust your prims, and then go over everything again. If you have time, leave your outfit for a few days and then come back to it. You never know what new ideas you may have or might find. 

3. Ask a friend: Always ask a friend what they think. Asking is also beneficial to make sure prims are in the right places and your poses or AO don't make your prims go all over the place! 

4. Be picky: Know what you want and go find it. I always seem to have an idea of what I want, and can never seem to find it but KEEP LOOKING! It's out there somewhere.

ABOUT FROLIC MILLS:

Frolic Mills is CEO of BOSL,  which includes BOSL magazine and the related blog, as well as the Miss Virtual World and Mr. Virtual World pageants. 

He is one of today's Fashion Experts and will be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Monday, September 19. 

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The topic for today is utilising what you have in your wardrobe, by taking an outfit — or whole item — apart.


Though layering options have increased, there has always been the ability to get a little more from a purchase. On the other side of the fence, I always encourage designers to look past their initial idea and imagine how the customer may wear it. My very overused phrase is “it doesn't matter if it doesn't make sense, just do it,” when asking a designer to make a shirt/jacket on all layers rather than  just one. Please — never flatten and combine belts or corset/wraps into a shirt or pants, as it limits your creativity after the purchase.

My first example of how to get more out of a look is the gown in the first photo (above). It shows how it comes with the initial purchase. The second photo (below) shows an example of different ways you can then combine it with other pieces to make it not only wearable more than once, but also individually tailored to your own style.

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If you plan on keeping your inventory low but fashionable, make sure that what you purchase is copyable or modifiable as often as possible. The pants in the gown are both — however, the bottom of the corset is flattened on the top of the pants, so the "add" option was needed there. I was able to shorten them and wear only the top portion of the gown skirt and — voila! — a cocktail length look. Always make a copy of something before you modify it.

Next, we take a dress that has visible pieces to use in other ways —  and actually use them. We can make a simple tank dress look inserted with a contrast panel by using the high-waisted portion of the dress, or make a fancy top with dress pants. These are men’s pants — anything made for men will fit women and vice versa when it comes to the clothing layers. Prims will need to be modified.

There are many looks that can be achieved by taking the bottom or top part of an outfit, even a dress, and making them separates. Not only do you get to extend your wardrobe, but you get to show real individuality when doing so...and that is what Second Life and fashion is about.

For all credits of items used in this post, please visit my blog at http://www.sasypants.com.

ABOUT SASY SCARBOROUGH:

Sasy Scarborough blogs frequently about Second Life fashion on Sasypants.com. She is the owner of What's New SL and The Deck, and has served as a chairperson/committee member of Hair Fair since 2007.

She is one of today's Fashion Experts and will be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Monday, September 19. 

Linden Lab

It was difficult to think on just one thing to talk about in my post for Fashion Expert Days but eventually I settled on what I feel is an advance that truly improved the fashion experience for every Resident, not just us prissy fashionista types. What is it?

Tattoo layers. Specifically as it relates to makeup options.

Now thanks to tattoo layer makeup, you can own one skin and change it up in infinite ways by purchasing blush, lipstick, eyeshadows, eyebrows, eyelashes etc and make it your own several times over.

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Starting with any base skin, you can go ultra glamorous to simple, lovely girl next door with just a few additions of tattoo layer. 

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Many of the top tier skinners also now include or offer tattoo layer makeups that are specifically toned to be a perfect match to the skin tone you purchased (not to mention a perfect fit to the skin). Belleza offers lipsticks and pictured below, PXL creations has both eye and lip colors to compliment the skins.

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With the advent of tattoo layers I've also completely tossed all my old prim lashes, preferring to add a layer or few or tattoo layer lashes for depth and fun looks.

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My best advice for all tattoo layer makeups is to DEMO! Just like skin, everything won't fit everyone.

I'm wearing:
Skins from: BAIASTICE, BELLEZA, PXL CREATIONS
Makeups from: Adam N Eve, cheLLe, Miamai, Baiastice, PXL Creations, Belleza
Lashes from: Amacci and Miamai
Hair - EXILE - Hollie Dae in Chardonnay
Eyes - Poetic Colors - Cosmic Dawn

ABOUT GIDGE URIZA:
I am a fashion blogger at It’s Only Fashion for the past three years. Previously a contributor at Second Style and occasionally at Freestyle, I love everything about fashion, especially challenging what is defined as beautiful.

Gidge is one of today's Fashion Experts and will be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Tuesay, September 20. 



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O shape é a base para ter um avatar legal no Second Life e deve ser a primeira coisa a ser definida. Editar um shape humano no Second Life é relativamente simples, o difícil mesmo é tornar o shape bonito e nas proporções corretas. É claro que o shape deve estar de acordo com o seu gosto pessoal, mas é bom ficar atento para alguns erros muito comuns na hora de editar um shape, como por exemplo, cabeça em proporção muito menor que o corpo, braços muito curtos e mãos muito pequenas. O exagero nas medidas também deixa um resultado não muito legal: mulheres extrapolam nas medidas dos seios e quadris e homens na quantidade de músculos para se sentirem mais atraentes, mas acabam parecendo deformados. Existem vários tipos de padrões de shapes no Second Life: as mulheres podem ter shape de modelo ou cheio de curvas, podem ser gordinhas ou magras, altas ou baixas.

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Os homens também podem variar o shape de acordo com o gosto pessoal, dos mais fortes e musculosos aos menores e mais magros.

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Outro fator que deve ser considerado ao escolher o seu shape é a skin. Algumas skins ficam melhores em determinados shapes e vice-versa. Ao escolher um shape e uma skin é interessante sempre comprar as versões em demo e provar para ter certeza de que o resultado vai ficar bom.Se você não tem muita habilidade para editar o seu shape, pode facilmente comprá-lo em uma loja especializada. Há várias lojas que oferecem shapes de qualidade no Second Life. Caso você queira um shape exclusivo, pode contratar o trabalho de designers de shapes e neste caso você vai pagar um pouco mais, mas pode valer a pena e é bom pedir indicação para um amigo. Uma coisa interessante é comprar um shape que seja modificável, assim você vai poder fazer ajustes que lhe agradem (não esqueça de salvar uma cópia da versão original antes de mudá-lo). Uma novidade que está sendo inserida com a chegada do viewer 3.0 é a possibilidade de usar shape em mesh. Este tipo de shape já tem skin própria e não pode ser editado, sendo então empregado de forma interessante para a criação de avatares não-humanos.

Para finalizar, não importa se você quer ser humano, um robô ou um pássaro, no Second Life você pode ter a forma que desejar. A sua imaginação é o limite.

ABOUT VICK SPITTELER
Vick Spitteler é residente do Second Life desde fevereiro de 2007, possui uma loja de shapes, skins e poses chamada Art Body Store (http://www.artbodystore.wordpress.com) , é escritora do blog de língua portuguesa Second Ladies (http://www.secondladies.net) e co-criadora do evento de descontos The Tropicalia Bazaar (http://www.thetropicaliabazaar.wordpress.com).

Vick is one of today's Fashion Experts and will be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday, September 20. 


ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

Choosing Your Shape
The shape is the basis for having a cool avatar in Second Life and it must be the very first thing you define. Editing a human shape in Second Life is relatively simple, the hard part is making the shape a pleasing sight with the correct proportions. Of course the shape should reflect your personal taste, but it is a good idea to pay attention to a few very common mistakes when editing a shape, for instance, the head much smaller than the body, very short arms and tiny hands. Exaggeration in your measurements also leads to a not so cool result: Women tend to exaggerate their breasts and hips measurements, and men often beef up to feel more attractive, but they just end up looking deformed. There are several types of shapes in Second Life: Women may have a supermodel shape or a curvy figure, they may be overweight or thin, tall or short.

Men may also vary their shape according to personal taste, from stronger and muscular to smaller and thinner.

Another factor that should be taken into account when choosing your shape is your skin. Some skins fit better into certain shapes and vice-versa. When choosing a shape and a skin, it's always interesting to buy demo versions and try them on to make sure you like the result.  If you are not skilled enough to edit your shape, you can easily buy it at a specialty store. There are several shops offering quality shapes in Second Life. In case you want an exclusive shape, you may hire shape designers and, in this case, you'll pay a little extra, but it might be worth it and you should ask your friends for referrals. It's a good idea to buy a modifiable shape, so you can adjust it as you like (don't forget to save a copy of the original version before you change it). A new feature introduced in viewer 3.0 is the possibility of using mesh shapes. This type of shape already has its own skin and cannot be edited, so it is used creatively to make non-human avatars.

Finally, it doesn't matter if you wish to be human, a robot or a bird, in Second Life you can have whatever shape you wish. Your imagination is the limit.

ABOUT VICK SPITTELER
Vick Spitteler has been a resident of Second Life since February 2007, has a shapes and skins store called Art Body Store (http://www.artbodystore.wordpress.com), writes a blog in Portuguese language called Second Ladies (http://www.secondladies.net), and is the co-creator of the discount event The Tropicalia Bazaar (http://www.thetropicaliabazaar.wordpress.com).

Linden Lab

Cropping is an element of composition that can change a photo from static to dynamic in seconds.  In shooting people, or avatars in the case of Second Life,  there are four standard crops: full-length, three-quarter, portrait and headshot. The first rule of cropping: Crop close and fill the frame.

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For this full-length, I start with a standard snapshot. The 3*3 grid illustrates the Rule of Thirds, namely the subject should be where the lines intersect. It's an approximation of phi, the Golden Ratio. Starting from the left, you can see I put the subject on the vertical third, yet the photo lacks energy because I am looking out of the frame. I want to leave room for the subject to move. With the subject in the center, it's flat and static. In the third, I apply the rule of thirds, but not to the subject, missing the point. Finally, the subject intersects the first vertical line and is looking into the frame – with room to move. This picture has energy.

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In this three-quarter you can see the Rule of Thirds at work again and the importance of having the subject look into the frame. Incidentally, if you make composites of multiple pictures, look at where their eyes are and make them look at each other, not out of the frame. The three-quarter crop is the most popular in fashion photography because it fills the frame more than a full-length shot. Crop close and fill the frame.

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This portrait set illustrates a couple of points about portraits. You usually should crop below the fullest portion of the breast. Watch your arms and hands and cut them off above the elbow so nobody is fretting about amputation. The crop still works in the left because it's close to the elbow. I placed a slug (“Cajsa”) in these two to illustrate another rule – don't put the slug in the subject's line of sight. Crop close and fill the frame.

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Headshots are zoomed close in and can be anywhere from the shoulders up. Don't be afraid to chop off bits of the head. Making viewers think – even about topping off your updo – will make your photo more
memorable. This tip is not about cropping, but about zooming correctly in SL. The left is zoomed with the keyboard, the right is zoomed with CMD-0. CMD-9 resets the picture and CMD-8 will zoom out. Use them and
crop close and fill the frame.

ABOUT CAJSA LILLIEHOOK
Cajsa Lilliehook started It’s Only Fashion in 2008 with Gidge Uriza. She also has a column called “What I Like” highlighting good fashion photography from Second Life at Shopping Cart Disco. 

Cajsa is one of today's Fashion Experts and will be "on call" to respond to comments and answer questions both here and in the Fashion Forums from 9 am - 4 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday, September 20. 

Linden Lab

The first thing I did when I joined Second Life was search for ways to improve my avatar. I wanted to be able to customize it more to my liking. As I hopped from sim to sim, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a small number of stores that carried a variety of ethnic-styled clothing from around the world. Coming from an ethnic background myself, the colors and textures of this attire called out to me.

When I first started fashion blogging, most of my earlier posts were full of colorful silks that I loved to wear. Now my blog, StrawberrySingh.com, has become more mainstream, but I do try to bring in my cultural influences into my pictures as often as possible.


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For today's post, I knew I wanted to highlight some of my favorite ethnic designers and sims. The Indian lehenga I am wearing was created by Zaara Kohime of {Zaara}. {Zaara} is full of colorful, ethnic-inspired clothing with rich textures for men and women.


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The sim I'm on is Kingdom of Sand, which is a role-playing sim. So, if you hop over there for a visit, please make sure to wear a visitor tag, which is available at the entrance. I adore the architecture of this sim. It has a very realistic quality to it and really does make me feel like I'm out in the desert.


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The Kimono I picked up from Sweetaholic. I was amazed at the beautiful textures and styles of the kimonos I saw there and some of them also come with many accessories, such as hair and shoes. You can find traditional and modern kimonos for both men and women here.


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The sim I'm on is none other than Japan Tempura Island. There are so many different areas where you can explore, dance, take gorgeous pictures and spend time with your loved ones. The whole sim itself is a must see.

One thing I really love about SL is having the ability to transform myself into whatever I'd like to be. I hope you get a chance to explore the sims and stores I mentioned today.

Photo Credits:

Photo 1 and 2: Strawberry Singh
Skin: Glam Affair – Gio Skin by Aida Ewing
Hair: LeLutka – Brigitte AlmostGoth Hair by Thora Charron
Lehenga: {Zaara} – Frawla crimson by Zaara Kohime
Jewels: {Zaara} - Nizam Collection by Zaara Kohime
Poses: Long Awkward Pose – Bolly All The Time Pose Set by Dove Swanson
Location: Kingdom of Sand

Photos 3 and 4: Strawberry Singh
Skin: Glam Affair – Sakura Skin by Aida Ewing
Hair: Plume – Sakura Onyx Hair by Fauve Beaumont
Kimono: Sweetaholic – Reien 1.0 by Asalt Eames
Poses: Tuty's Creations – MrS Classy Geisha AO by MrSigmund Fride  
Location: Japan Tempura Island 

 

About the author: Strawberry Singh has been an SL resident since May 2007. She is an avid blogger, photographer and social-media enthusiast. Since December 2007, Berry has been sharing her zeal for fashion, lifestyle and culture via her blog, StrawberrySingh.com.

Linden Lab

Imagine um baú um pouco antigo com brinquedos dentro. Como uma criança se portaria ao vasculhar este baú? Há aqueles que encontrariam novidades, como há também aquelas que não se interessariam em explorar as infinitas possibilidades.

O Second Life é um baú pronto a ser explorado e quem estiver disposto a aventurar-se e souber tirar proveito do que lhe está disponível, terá em suas mãos a maior ferramenta de aprimoramento e descobertas de vocações que se pode ter ouvido falar.

O Second Life é uma multiplataforma de áudio, vídeo e imagens. É como uma enorme vitrine onde é possível pintar e compartilhar gostos, idéias, tendências, aprender e trocar experiências. É ideal para professores que queiram ensinar a distancia, DJs ou músicos que queiram mostrar sua música, fotógrafos, pintores, arquitetos, fashionistas, escritores, modeladores 3D e designers.

Recentemente com o advento do Mesh (um novo método de importação de modelos em 3D), artistas gráficos 3D têm visto no SL novas possibilidades de se ganhar dinheiro, criando roupas e objetos inteiramente criados em softwares 3D.

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A possibilidade de ganhar dinheiro real é o que faz com que milhares de pessoas acabem estudando na primeira vida a fim de aprimorar técnicas ou aprendê-las desde o início. Optar por ter uma loja de roupas, por exemplo, “obriga” a pessoa a dominar programas gráficos como Photoshop ou Gimp, caso contrário, não conseguirá criar suas próprias texturas. O mesmo acontece com aqueles que decidirem criar cabelos e qualquer outro objeto que contenham Sculpts, também criados em 3D, através de softwares como Blender.

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O SL tem feito com que muitas pessoas descubram sua verdadeira vocação. É o que tem acontecido principalmente no meio da moda. Designers têm investido em conhecimento a fim de criar as melhores texturas. Aprender novos softwares e técnicas não são úteis apenas para criar roupas, skins e cabelos. Atualmente estudar softwares de produção gráfica tem também sido um diferencial para modelos e fotógrafos que trabalham com moda. Dominar técnicas que editoração de imagens fazem a diferença em revistas voltadas para os residentes do Second Life e fotos para seleção de avatares em agências de modelos.

O que você pretende estudar hoje para tornar o Second Life melhor amanhã?

Thereaver Barrymore é residente do Second Life desde janeiro de 2007 e desde então trabalha com fotografia e design gráfico. Foi diretora de arte da Revista InnerWorld e atualmente é CEO da Tropicalia Magazine.


Real Skills for a Better Second Life

Imagine a little old toy chest. How would a child act while exploring this chest? There are those who would find new things, and there are also those who are not quite as interested in exploring the endless possibilities.

Second Life is like a box ready to be explored — and those who are willing to venture out and know how to take advantage of what’s available will have in their hands the ultimate tool for discovery, creativity and improvement.

Second Life is a multi-platform world of audio, video and images. It’s like a huge display window on which you have the power to paint — share tastes, ideas, trends, and learn and exchange experiences. It is ideal for teachers who want to teach at a distance, DJs or musicians who want to share their music, photographers, painters, architects, fashionistas, writers, designers and 3D modelers.

Recently with the advent of Mesh (a new method for importing 3D models into SL), 3D graphic artists have seen new possibilities in how to make money, designing clothes and accessories created entirely in 3D software.

The possibility of earning real money is what makes thousands of people end up studying in the first life in order to improve techniques — or learn them from the beginning. Choose to have a clothing store, for example, encourages the individual to master graphics programs like Photoshop or Gimp — otherwise, you cannot create your own textures. The same goes for those who decide to create hair and any other object containing Sculpts, also created in 3D, using software such as Blender.

SL has helped many people discover their true calling. This is especially true among members of the fashion community. Designers have invested in knowledge in order to create the best textures. Learning new software and techniques is not only useful in creating clothes, hair and skins, but nowadays studying graphic-production software has also been beneficial for models and photographers working in fashion. Mastering image-editing techniques makes the difference in magazines dedicated to Second Life residents and photo selections of avatars in modeling agencies.

What do you plan to study today in order to make Second Life better tomorrow?

About the author: Thereaver Barrymore is resident of Second Life since January 2007. She works as a photographer and graphic designer. She was art director of InnerWorld Magazine and today she is the CEO of Tropicalia Magazine.


Linden Lab

“I remember having tried even tears with running mascara when I felt sad, or a pink hair when I wanted everyone to see me smiling from the other side of a sim,” — that would be the opening to anything that I always wanted to say to people about fashion in SL.

Today, I have that chance, and I am thinking to myself, “how would you like to be seen by others? Would you like to be the rock star who plays the guitar in your dreams? Or maybe the pin-up girl who shows her long legs, wearing a vintage, classy swimsuit?” I think the only correct answer is, "Yes — you can be any of those, or even all of them at the same time!” (Well, actually, you may not want to try all tendencies at once — LOL!).


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I truly believe in being yourself when buying clothing and accessories, or looking through your inventory just as if you were in your wardrobe trying on things you like. (I still have tons of pink socks in my inventory — and even a turkey head! — waiting to be worn when I wake up in the mood to be... maybe Thanksgiving dinner? LOL — who knows!).

And why not? My policy is, “if it’s nice, cool! But if it’s nice and cheap... I must have it!” Fortunately, most of the stores around SL helped me with these addictions. When you stay in SL for almost five years, you learn that seasonal sales exist, and that there are things known as “hunts” that give you unique stuff for free, and that many of the cutest stores still believe in group gifts. OMG! There are so many tips — this space is not enough (yeah — I do have a notecard somewhere with more tips because I love to help people as much as I love bargains *smiles*).

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To wrap this up, I just have to say thanks to all of you for the opportunity! I'm open to all kind of questions and suggestions. I know my English is not that good and that many selected designers might be more interesting than me — but I just have to say fashion is for me one of the things that have captured my attention since the day I decided to be creative in this SL, and that is for me like the reason I'm still here today! *winks*.

 

About the author: Ponino Oh has been a blogger for a couple of years. Now, she enjoys mixing new releases, some freebies, offers and a bit of her artwork with some of her fellow bloggers at Eatmystylee.

Linden Lab

I love shopping in Second Life! I love looking at the designs, seeing how they look on my avatar, being as girly as I want – or being naughty! It all works in Second Life.

What I’d like to focus on today is lingerie – also known as panties and bras, underwear, unmentionables, skivvies, and drawers – LOL! I picked three of the many stores out there on the grid. Let's take a look at what I found.

ABL LAMU Group has this frilly bra-and-panty set that also doubles as frilly pajamas. Pink, orange, white, blue and back all mix together to give you a sexy, pretty, soft-looking lingerie set. Wear it to bed, wear it under a gown, wear under jeans – it goes with everything!

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ABL LAMU Group

Next up, we have Insolence. The Insolence outfit that I chose is a gorgeous sheer tan and brown set. Stockings, panties and a bustier – all sheer, all hot, all to make YOU look sexy! Not so frilly as the LAMU group – but still sexy in a “get it done,” business-like way. Sometimes, the frills and bells and whistles aren’t necessary for a hot look.




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Last but certainly not least, I chose Blacklace. Blacklace runs from basic to knockout. Actually – all three stores I chose have basic to knockout choices! This selection will definitely make him drool and make you feel “O La La!” You can wear the pieces separately or all at once, I think it looks SMASHING!

From plain, to frilly, to knockout – Second life has the lingerie you want when you need it. It’s only a click away!

Photo credits:
Skin: Belleza Elle Dark Deep Tan (cleavage)
Hair: Vanity Hair, Lemania Indigo
Makeup: *(Kiko Life)*
Remix: Bitch Mama
Lips: J.E.A.L.O.U.S

Jewelry: NOD Bangles


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