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Vanity Universe 2009 Skin Fair organisers ejecting avatars on suspicion of ‘wearing stolen skin’

A member of one of my SL groups (Fashion Emergency), Sun Marseille, a visitor to the skin fair, was ejected by Nadja Baxter, one of the organisers. She had no idea why, and so sent an IM to Nadja asking why; she was told ‘you’re wearing a stolen skin’. A log of Sun’s conversation with Nadja Baxter is reproduced below:

[17:30] Sun Marseille: why did you eject me?
[17:30] Nadja Baxter: your wear a stolen skin
[17:31] Sun Marseille: nniumm no
[17:31] Sun Marseille: dont be ridiculous
[17:37] Sun Marseille: how do you know what skin im wearing and who are you to boot me without asking me first?
[17:38] Nadja Baxter: sorry i have not time for people like you
[17:39] Nadja Baxter: buy your skins from the original creator and you are wellcome 🙂
[17:40] Sun Marseille: are you nuts??
[17:49] Nadja Baxter: ask to hwher you bought this skin ?
[17:50] Nadja Baxter: no answer ?
[17:50] Nadja Baxter: no answer ?
[17:54] Nadja Baxter: so where you bought this skin?
[17:56] Sun Marseille: little late to ask me now.. isnt it?
[17:56] Nadja Baxter: is it a secret
[17:57] Sun Marseille: not at all
[17:57] Nadja Baxter: you are very wellcome
[17:57] Nadja Baxter: but whre you buy this shin ?
[17:58] Sun Marseille: im sorry .. but you severly disrespected me.. if you had asked me BEFORE kicking me out .. I would have been nice
[17:59] Nadja Baxter: hum yes that can bee

The skin in question was bought from Le Mode ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/Turnip/56/144/3001 ), created by Milla Crystal.

When contacted, Nadja Baxter declined to comment.

UPDATE: Nadja Baxter issued an apology; the chat log of this is below:

[18:12]  Nadja Baxter: iok i sse you buy from a creator
[18:12]  Nadja Baxter: so i  apology.
[18:13]  Nadja Baxter: you are wellcome at the fair
[18:14]  Nadja Baxter: it is strange for the customuers what is stolen at a skin

Even with the apology, this sort of behaviour on the part of an event organiser is extremely questionable, in my opinion; one hopes that she won’t be quite so precipitous in the future.

le mode 1

Sun Marseille wearing the Le Mode skin Nadja Baxter called 'stolen'

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November 8, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Intellectual Property, Second Life, Skin, SL Events | , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

SL Poetry Group

I did my first poetry reading in SL yesterday.

even my avi looks nervous

I snapped that pic right before going up on the stage and reciting a sonnet over voice chat. This was pretty ridiculous of me, but I was like super silly nervous about it because the sonnet is something I’ve written. ^^ I’m usually extremely private when it comes to my writing but I was feeling kind of… well, anti-social for not sharing when everyone else was doing so. After a bit of waffling over whether I should do it or not, I finally took the plunge 😀

The SL Poetry Group is one of my favorite groups that I belong to right now, even though I’ve been a part of it for maybe only a month. There are quite a few people who participate and they meet at regularly scheduled times all over the place. In regards to the use of voice, everyone is accommodated. I personally prefer using voice at these gatherings because I like hearing the readers (there’s this one woman named Morgue with a voice that was meant for reciting, it’s like butter and her accent is so pretty), but if you aren’t able to hook up sound or use a mic, that’s not a problem — the poems are also fed into these things called “line readers” which will recite the verse in public text chat in a different color (so as to differentiate the poetry from actual resident chatter). You can also have another voice user recite the poem for you if you’ve no desire to recite it yourself.

There were some bongos on the stage where I recited, lol. They really worked if you clicked them, too — it made me think of Mike Meyers and his beat poet in So I Married An Axe Murderer so for fun I put together my own pretentious poet outfit :p :

SL Poetry group

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February 18, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, SL Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

CSI, OnRez, and the Content Creating Community

All right, I have to admit that I was one of those people who went to Fashion Avenue, saw all the “big name” content creators represented there, and immediately though, “Nice, but what about other content creators?!” After having spoken with others and reading various blogs, I’m apparently not the only person who was thinking like this.

My friend Vivienne Graves, however, just posted to her blog about this very subject and pointed out that to have expected Electric Sheep to go about selecting the content creators for the CSI sims in any other manner would have been illogical:

“… with a development deadline, one can’t reasonably expect ESC to have been able to sort through the mountain of submissions that would inevitably have followed… “

Check out the rest of Vivi’s posting by following this link: http://second-impressions.blogspot.com/2007/10/csi-and-sl-business.html

October 26, 2007 Posted by | Fashion, SL Events | , , , , | Leave a comment

Miss SL Tropics update

All right, I did not mean to let this much time go by between my posts regarding the Miss SL Tropics pageant. o.o

The sim filled up very quickly on Sunday; the event did not officially start until 12 noon SLT but ASpiRE Isle was packed to capacity before 11 a.m. The contestants weren’t required to be there until 11 a.m., but I’m glad I decided to go to the site a half hour before then; when I arrived, we were *already* experiencing lag due to the load. 😮

Thankfully, the lag was manageable because the limit was at around 55 people. (I recall being in the SL4B sims with as much as 81 people at a time; the lag at that event was of a magnitude I’d not witnessed before and nor since.) I am quite pleased to report that I never did fall off the stage, not even once, which really is a miracle in my opinion.

The first half of the competition involved three fashion segments: Swimwear, Casual, and Formal. The contestants had a special group IM session held all throughout the competition; the organizers used this channel to communicate with us, helping us with our marks and timing. Right at the beginning of the show, the session was full of nervous chatter! Even after the show had begun, we continued to use the group IM, expressing nervousness and encouragement to one another. It was after the formal event that the IM had begun to slow down; I think we were all so relieved at having finished our three runs that we were all kind of just sitting back quietly, hehe.

All right, so what did I wear? Here we go:

SWIMWEAR

Out of all my three outfit themes, I especially wanted the swimwear outfit to reflect the fact that I hail from Hawaii. 😀 I hadn’t realized just how challenging it was going to be, finding a swimsuit that met all of the criteria I’d mentally listed as requirements: it needed to cover up (no excessive exposure of buttcheeks, crotch, and/or boobs), it needed to look tropical, it needed to be in a color that would contrast nicely with my skintone, and for crying out loud… it needed to not have that goddamn dreadful texture bleed right at the thighs. I gotta tell you, that texture bleed bug is really annoying.

swim

The swimsuit I ultimately ended up wearing is a bikini set from Artilleri called Palekaiko. So far I have been digging the Hawaiian print stuff that comes out of Artilleri; the placement of the excellent textures on pieces with modern cuts (i.e., the halter tops and button-down shirts) really gives the clothing a feel of authenticity. I can totally imagine some local Hawaiian resident putting on one of these items in RL to go to a party or what-have-you, myself included. Another thing about the Palekaiko bikini that pleased me is it’s combination of colors: the light background contrasts nicely with the brown tone of my skin, and the red hibiscus print stood out nicely against the vivid blues of the pageant staging.

What I especially loved about my swimwear outfit were the accessories I’d found at Aitui. The necklace and bracelet I am wearing in the image above are actually kukui nut leis, which are very popular in Hawaii. Aitui actually sells these items as a necklace and an anklet; I simply modified the attachment point for the anklet so that it would go around my wrist, instead.

The blossom tucked above my ear is a common variation of the fragrant plumeria flower. Plumeria trees can be found all over the place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Wearing a solitary plumeria blossom tucked in the hair above the ear, or using the flower to adorn a ponytail or updo, is a very common practice here, and the placement of the flower is also often used to indicate one’s status as being single or not (much like wearing a ring on either your left or right hand). I was tickled to find that the owner of Aitui took this into consideration and packaged two versions of each color blossom: one is labeled “I’m Single”, which will attach above your right ear, and the other is labeled “I’m Taken” and will attach above your left ear. Nice touch, eh? Needless to say, Aitui is now one of my Must Visit stores in SL. 😀

Other items included with this outfit: Grace heels in Pearl from Maitreya, Katie hair in Black from ETD, and Manicure 04 from =RaC=, which is on the glove layer.

CASUAL

We were told that this category was called “Classy Casual”, and honestly, I was a bit flummoxed as to how I should convey a tropical “feel” for this outfit. I was originally going to wear the Auntie Elsie dress from Artilleri, which again has a great Hawaiian print texture. If there’s anything I dislike about clothing, however, it’s being a brand name slave. I already had the Artilleri swimsuit; I wanted to change things up and use something from a different designer for each outfit.

After discussing it with a friend, I ultimately decided on a mix-and-match outfit. While the outfit itself doesn’t exactly scream “tropical”, it is something I would wear to work or a social function here in Hawaii. 🙂

casual

All throughout SL, you will find an abundance of lowrise and ultra-lowrise jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I happen to like lowrise jeans and pants and I own a number of them. Sometimes, though, a girl wants a little more coverage without having to resort to wearing the lower half of a business suit, right? Enter Blaze’s HighWaist Jeans into the picture. They come in a comprehensive 6-color bundle with options, options, and more options. Prim legs, pants layer, undershirt layer, underpants layer, jacket layer… I love it when we’re given all these layers to play with!

The conservative feel of the neutral charcoal colored jeans was balanced out by the sexy bold dark red and plunging V-neckline of the long-sleeve top that comes from ETD’s Red Stripe dress. What’s especially nice about this top is that it comes with a shirt layer that goes under the jacket layer of the top itself, resulting in a looser-fitting sleeve.

Other items included with this outfit: Red Suede boots from SF Design, Angel V hair in Black Pearl from Naughty Designs, Mother of pearl necklace from Caroline’s Jewelry at Lo Lo, and Manicure 04 on the glove layer from =RaC=.

FORMAL

For this category, I was determined to find a gown that would somehow reflect a tropical locale… but how on earth does one go about finding a “tropical” formal gown?? I happily stumbled upon the answer to that question when I took a look at Nicky Ree’s Boutique.

formal

Okay, I actually found two gowns at Nicky Ree that I fell in love with. My first choice was a gorgeous confection of a gown called the Sonata in Fuchsia. It is predominantly a peach-pink gown, but it’s generously accented with yellows, golds, and coppers, and I was immediately reminded of the beautiful sunrises and sunsets that we are regularly treated to here on the Big Island. ^_^ I was convinced that this gown was *perfect*.

Hrmm… well, turns out I was wrong. I can’t tell you how bummed I was when I discovered that the gown did not fit my avi’s skin properly, which brings me to the issue of non-transfer items… but that is for another post. 🙂

Fortunately for me, there was another gown at Nicky Ree’s that was also reminiscent, imo, of the fiery sunsets one can see over the lava fields and deserts of West Hawaii: the Exotic Tangia Ballgown in Red. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the sunsets over Waikoloa and Kona are breathtakingly beautiful; people driving along the highway will literally pull off to the side of the road, in droves, to clamber out of their cars and gawk at all of the oranges, pinks, and reds that streak the skyline as the sun settles into the Pacific.

The gown is primarily a peach color, but has a liberally applied golden sheen that gives it depth. The shape of it is wonderful, too: it has a collar that rings delicately around the throat and tops a very plunging neckline, which in turn draws the eyes down the cleavage-baring bodice to a prim belt that sits at just the right spot to perfectly accentuate the hips, at which point the skirt billows out gently around the legs. In other words, OMGZ this gown is HAWT, hehe. I totally need to find more excuses to bust out this outfit in the future! Dancing, anyone?

Other items included with this outfit: Spring Stilettos in peach from Shiny Things, Tyra hair in Black from ETD, Gold Flexi bangles from the 3 Flexi Bracelets-Gentle Sway set from Caroline’s Jewelry at Lo Lo, Eva Gold Hoop earrings from the 6 Sets: Large Gold & Silver Hoop earrings bundle which is also from Carline’s Jewelry at Lo Lo, and Manicure 06 on the glove layer from =RaC=.

Soooooo… there you have it, the three outfits I chose to wear for the pageant. 😀

All right, now on to the finalists and winner of Miss SL Tropics 2007! Here are the names of the runners-up and their placement:

4th place – Ivette Television
3rd place – Feles Seitan
2nd place – Dendre Benelli
1st place – Leisa DeCuir
Winner – Summer Deadlight

Congratulations to all the ladies who participated in the competition, and to Summer Deadlight. 😀

Summer Deadlight is Miss SL Tropics 2007!

For more pictures of the event, check out Bianca Darling’s set on flickr. Or, you can check out my own Miss SL Tropics 2007 flickr set.

August 31, 2007 Posted by | SL Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Miss SL Tropics 2007

Miss SL Tropics 2007 poster

All right, I have been quite remiss in keeping this blog updated. There’ve been a couple of significant developments/events in my SL experience that I’ve not even mentioned! 😮 So, let’s get cracking:

Several weeks ago, I read an entry at ASpiRE! magazine’s fashion blog announcing a call for entries to a Miss SL Tropics 2007 competition. I have to admit, the whole “tropical” angle of it is what really caught my attention, being that I’m from Hawaii and all. :p

After debating with myself over whether I should submit an entry, I finally decided, hey, why not? It can’t hurt to try, right? So I did my three photos and my notecard:

Headshot 3/4 swimsuit Full body

A few days later, Isabella Sampaio sent me a notice saying I was one of twenty women out of eighty-eight who’d been selected to compete in the pageant! Needless to say, I was pretty stoked, hehe.

Selected!

So much work goes into these types of events! I mean, I realize I am stating the obvious, but still… the people who are responsible for planning these things are taking on a lot. There are training schedules to juggle, various notecards for twenty-three women to keep track of (the twenty entrants plus the three alternatives selected in case an original contestant must depart for whatever reason), stages/props to be constructed, extras to be hired, etc etc etc.

As for my part, I did some power shopping for my outfits for the contest. There are going to be three portions: Swimwear, Classy Casual, and Formal. Doing this kind of serious, I’m-on-a-mission type of shopping really opened my eyes to a few things that are unique to Second Life, which I’ll discuss in a future posting (since I don’t want to go off on a tangent as I am sometimes wont to do ^_^). There truly are a lot of talented designers out there! With so many beautiful items out there to choose from, it was sometimes difficult deciding.

I also participated in a training session at the contest site, and oh man… I must say, the thing I am most nervous about is LAG. Argh, lag! Laggity lag lag lag, lol. I have had some pretty interesting experiences in SL due to lag — I have seen my avi spontaneously go into Edit Appearance even though I do not have the Appearance dialogue box open; my avi has taken underground walks, seemingly moving of her own volition; she’s wandered around for several minutes at a time while stuck in the “landing” position; the list goes on and on and on as any SL citizen can attest. Anyways, I’m worried about lag causing me to walk off the stage, which is set over the ocean. Hrmm, oh well! What can you do, huh? It is what it is, just need to cope :p

The best part of this whole experience so far has been meeting the other people involved in Miss SL Tropics. The ladies who are competing are more than just pretty avatars; they are a friendly, funny crowd of strong women with all sorts of fascinating backgrounds, interests, and stories. That, to me, is one of the biggest draws of SL: meeting people I would’ve otherwise never intercepted in my lifetime and attaining new friends. 🙂

The competition is going to be held in just a few hours from now. I am excited and yet also a bit nervous 😀 Okay, time for me to log in and get myself ready. This is going to be fun!

My Miss SL Tropics photoset on flickr: click here

August 26, 2007 Posted by | SL Events | , , , , , | Leave a comment