I had this idea for a post to pictorialize 10 things I really love in Second Life that makes my experience so much richer. I had lots of fun putting it together and would love to see my blogging colleagues share pictures of what floats their boat about SL.
To ensure due credit, I have listed the creators of items used in each picture.
In no particular order, here are 10 things I love about you SL:
If I could choose one SL designer to dress me in RL, it would be Applonia Criss from Chantkare. This is her Jada dress from the recent Platinum Hunt and encapsulates all that is brilliant about her designs. Bold, vivid and always stylish, SL just wouldn't be as beautiful if there were no Applonia.
hair: elikatira; skin: glam affair; eyes: izzies; dress: chantkare; shoes: maitraya gold; nails: pixel mode; bracelet: paris metro; earring: junk; bag: teefy (teefy gone).
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Well right there I've shown 8 ways before I even clicked my heels. From the moment I landed on Maitreya Isle nearly 4 years ago, I've been a serious fan girl of Onyx Leshelle. When I popped on my first Aimee hair, I was mightily impressed by the realism and understated sleek model look that I hadn't yet found in SL back then. Maitreya Gold heels are the Jimmy Choo's of SL imo.
I know nearly everyone will agree with me on this. Gogo from Juicy Bomb, This Is Juicy, iheartsl and the divine Juicy sim has made and continues to make a massive contribution to SL fashion and lifestyle. Her Juicy Bomb blog is a must read for thousands of SL residents who take their SL style seriously. What I particularly love and appreciate is her desire to share what she knows through tutorials and an honest, transparent critique of items she blogs about. Not wanting to use any copyrighted material to pay tribute to Gogo, I created my own interpretation of what the juicylicious Gogo means to me. Everything pretty, feminine and sweet which quite frankly, we need a lot more of.
I have so enjoyed watching Aida Ewing's wonderful label Glam Affair go from strength to strength. She has provided us with a stunning build and ambiance to enjoy our shopping experience which adds to the pleasure of our life style in-world. I've always loved Glam Affair skins but the new release Jadis V2 skin is as pure and perfect as they come. Skins are one of our biggest investments both financially and in terms of our identity so unless you have Lindens to burn, the choice is usually well considered. If you can only purchase one fat pack, the Jadis V2 in your favorite skin tone would be my recommendation for quality and versatility. From morning to night, from club to catwalk, this is my pick.
skin: glam affair; shoes: lelutka; rings: glow studio, hair: elikatira; earrings: je suis; padded room backdrop: adorkable poses; nails: pixel mode.
Like I've said before, nothing is more fun in SL than discovering a relatively new designer or someone not yet on the tips of everyone's lips. Like when I found Equus not so long back, I loved the joie de vive of this dress called 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls'. Whilst I've chosen Equus to represent my joy of burgeoning new designers, there are so many of you out there just waiting for discovery and I wish you well.
hair: elikatira; skin: glam affair; eyes: issie's; dress: Equus; nails: pixel mode; shoes: pixel mode; lashes; the niven collection; eye shadow: chelle; bracelet: paris metro; earrings: glow studio; runway: bent.
Another blogger, stylist, writer, photographer, and the list goes on, who raises the bar so high that most of us are swinging off it by our finger nails, is Strawberry Singh. How amazing is this girl who shares so much with us through her tutorials and tips? She illuminates the feeds and in-world publications so brightly I have retina damage. She needs no introduction but to me as a reader and an appreciator of her art, she makes me want to do better. See I even learned how to do reflections in PS in a bid to improve my skills. If you stand still too long, I'll reflect you. Like with Gogo, I didn't want to use any of Strawberry's pics without due permission so created my own fruity tribute.
hair: plume; skin: glam affair; eye shadow: synt; dress: magoa; shoes: lelutka; nails: pixel mode; earrings: je suis.
I am an unabashed house whore in SL. Not any house though. Oh no, they have to have impeccable style and second to none texturing and lighting. They don't have to be big, in fact, my preference these days is for compact. When I came across the Lani Beach House straight from the architectural drawing board of Fornicola Butuzova at Pre Fabulous Homes, I signed up on the spot. Pre Fabulous? Post Fabulous? It's just bloody Fabulous. This is how Fornicola markets the Lanai: "Ever watch a movie where there this gorgeous cocktail party, where people are enjoying a martini back-lit by a the glow of an elegant pool. Well now you can host that party!" It doesn't have a kitchen but that's ok, I only ever use caterers.
I know many of you will join me here to say that the multitude of fashion feeds in existence for SL are an integral part of our daily SLives. God I know I've left some off...sorry if I have. When I don't feel the inclination to drop in-world, I feel connected and informed by browsing the feeds much like I do with my RL fash mags. I seriously appreciate the work my fellow bloggers devote to presenting SL so fashionably. AND if I'm not on your feed....add me...add me. /me chortles.
hair: ploom; skin: glam affair; eyes: izzie's; top/pants: ison; shoes: redpoly shop; chaise: the loft.
Ok I know, it's not specifically a SL application but so many of us use it. I love to see everyone's artistic interpretation of their Second Life with a few residents out there having a lot of sex...lucky buggers. How do I know? Cause they keep showing their pics. Good for them. Anyway I love to flick through flickr and thought it only fitting that it made my top 10.
hair: ploom; skin: plastik; eyes: izzie's; eyeliner: boom; top: acid & mala; pants: plastik; shoes: dela; earrings: chantkare; hat: indyra originals; arm bands: dela; neck tie: mailing couture; belt: maitreya; bracelet: paris metro; nails: pixel mode; reflections: Chalice don't ya know.
Last but absolutely never least is shopping. In both lives, its what I do very well. It's almost orgasmic to walk down the street with bags upon bags of glorious buys then get home to unpack. I personally would rather wait and save up for quality items than to have a wardrobe full of cheap stuff. My dad taught me that and its how I've always been PLUS when I go to my favorite boutiques, they wrap and bag it really, really well. No nasty plastic bags in sight.
hair: elikatira; skin: glam affair; eyes: izzie's; dress: ibizarre; lashes: miamai; hat: bliss couture; earrings/necklace: loulou&co; shoes: maitraya gold; nails: pixel mode; bags and boxes: from every-bloody-where.
Anyway darlings...hope you enjoyed my top 10 SL people, places and things. Hope to see yours soon even if you do just one.
I was remiss not to add the Linden's on here because without them, we don't have a SL.