Sunday, January 17, 2016

Fabulous Avatars - Round One

Casy Brouwer

One of the great pleasures of Second Life is Avatar Watching. We all do it. For most of us, our avatars are our most creative and personal expression of ourselves in Second Life. But, not all avatars are created equal. The special ones sparkle with a creativity that make them distinctive. You recognize them. They need not be Miss Virtual World and are probably not; but, they have something about them that shines. It may be a unique avatar dressed in an awesome outfit or exhibiting a number of qualities that expresses the personality behind this avatar. Well, I want to feature them in this and future Fabulous Avatars posts. When I come upon an absolutely fabulous avatar, I'll snap a candid picture that I hope will capture that creative sparkle. So, let's begin with Fabulous Avatars Round One and present some truly fabulous Second Life residents.


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Móni (mony.markova)


Blaby (blabytych)


Hreidmar Lothbrok

Indii Tolson


Lulubelle


Val Kyrie


Veronika Vaniva


Edward Pearce

Seradin Carona

Eve Whiterose


Raspberry Lemondrop and her dance partner Mason


Catnip Rosie Mibu

Yuki Takashi

Edward Hyde not Dr. Henry Jekyl


Marita Decosta

TaylorSwift Wildrose

Ireland Barrymore

Nitsky Zapatero

Jane1 Bookmite

Darius Godric

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mariko Magic: Moon Kitty Daria


It's not everyday that I'm invited to look in on the ground floor of a new fashion house and preview its collection. My good friends Tayrn Moon and Lady Di are launching Moon Kitty with a attractive and sexy line of fashions ranging from lingerie to formals. For this post, I choose to feature a charming formal dress from their collection called Daria. With its bright colors and damask textures, Daria would be the perfect outfit for celebrating the holiday season dancing at the clubs. And I love how it shows off my long legs.

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Now don't I look like a bright green Christmas tree ornament? Well, I told you that this dress would be very holiday. And I selected a very appropriate location to photograph Daria - the Christmas Pavilion at Calas Galahon Park, a fabulous dance palace richly decorated for the season. There was a live music event going on at the time, so I found a little corner away from the dancers and began posing and taking pictures. I was striking pose after pose, one after another, while changing the colors and textures of the dress.  I was attracting much attention. People may have thought me acting very strangely, striking poses and all; but, I was also receiving IMs complimenting me on my lovely dress.  


Daria was working some wonderful magic as I was also receiving many invitations to dance. Often, at such music events, girls going unattached end up wallflowers forlornly watching happy couples dance. I saw a number of girls suffering that fate here tonight. So, this was a marvelous and welcomed circumstance for me. Thank you Moon Kitty and Daria.

I'm not a wall flower but I feel like one:
http://mariko-nightfire.blogspot.com/2012/10/im-not-wallflower-but-i-feel-like-one.html



But, before hitting the dance floor, I want to finish this photo shoot. So, shall we continue ...

"Look to your right, Mariko." 

Daria comes with a HUD that allows you to change the color and texture of your dress. Daria comes in a dark color version and light color version of the dress. I'm wearing the dark version. Each version has six satin and lace textures and ten colors that can be mixed and matched.


"Now, look to your left. Perfect." 

The HUD also has a unique and useful feature - a light that is used to brighten the outfit. The light has 3 intensities, and, of course, it can be turned off. It will enhance the dress with a luminescence that highlights the textures. It is also very useful when taking photos.


My hair is from ARGRACE and is called ANZU. It was designed by ARGRACE owner rika Oyen. ANZU sells for L$250 per color set. A fatback set of all colors can be purchased for L$950.

ARGRACE:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/shin%20zushi/126/155/26



I hope that this preview of lovely Daria has stoked your interest in Moon Kitty and its line of fashions. Moon Kitty has a vendor from which you can preview their fashion line and make purchases. Tayrn Moon and Lady Di will also be pleased to answer your inquiries and will be happy to show you their fashions and take your purchase orders. Just send either of them an IM when you are online, and they will get right back to you.

Moon Kitty:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Klein/19/113/74


Sunday, December 6, 2015

How I Spent My Second Life Halloween


The best place in Second Life to spend Halloween is at Calas Galahon Park, Tuck Meredith's and Tymus Tenk's wonderful gift to Second Life. Halloween at Calas Galahon gets better and scarier each season. And this year, it was most wondrous and terrifying. Tuck and Ty created a lost kingdom filled with mysteries and horrors. I couldn't wait to explore it with Jaysun.


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I met Jaysun there, and we began our exploration on the scaly back of a winged dragon.


It was a very harrowing experience. Our dragon climbed high over the mountains and then swooped down at high speed, twisting and turning in flight over the ruins of a long abandoned city. Abandoned by its human inhabitants that is.


The dragon deposited us in the city, and we continued exploring by boat. Yes, that's Jaysun under that skull head mask. Well, he said he was Jaysun. But, he's holding me awfully close and tight. Maybe too close and tight. Hmmm ... I don't remember Jaysun having such squinty eyes?


Well, I had more immediate dangers to worry about. Such as fire-breathing dragons.



And long dead warriors who might not remain so long dead.


And spirits from long forgotten ancient realms.



Some images were truly disturbing.


Wouldn't you know it that we would end up in the snowy realm beyond The Wall. Winter is coming, and I felt a chill.  And it wasn't only due to the cold. 'Jaysun' pulled out a flashlight from under his coat and was flashing it on and off. Was he signalling to someone or something?


In reply, a blood curdling shriek came from the forest.  And an apparition from hell came rushing towards us drawing an arrow on his bow. 'Jaysun' or whoever he was reared back his head and let loose a burst of maniacal laughter - BWAHAHAHA


He waved at the apparition and shouted, "I brought her to you like I promised."  
I immediately turned and fled. Then, I heard a loud thud and a "WTF".  I looked back and saw 'Jaysun' on his back in the snow with a feathered shaft through his black heart. The skeletal creature with the bow muttered, "Oops ... Sorry!" and laughed. 


A stone wall blocked further escape. Scratching and clawing their way out of shallow graves, more skeletons rose from the snow all around me. Heaven help me, what am I going to do?


Well, they are all so sweet and taken with me that I invited them to accompany me home to Opar, my country estate. After all, what girl wouldn't want to be pampered and wooed on Halloween? 


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Narcissistic Little Me


YIKES! Its been an eternity since my last post. But, I've been inspired by Emerald Wynn's recent return to Emerald's Eyes, her wonderfully entertaining SL blog, after a similarly long absence. Oh, I've been around ... although you wouldn't know that by the paucity of posts over the past two years. And, I'm amazed at the number of hits this blog still receives. It's gone over 100,000 hits in my absence. Thank you Dear Readers for dropping by and please stick around. I promise that I'll post more frequently than once a year. Well, I am back, and, as you might expect, my first post upon returning is a narcissistic exercise featuring me modeling some lovely SL fashions.

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While exploring one day, I stumbled upon this really creepy city full of tall buildings all bending as if wilting in the heat of a hellishly hot day. As if that wasn't creepy enough, the place was inhabited by neutered little men walking around naked in circles and floating away holding helium balloons. I guess guys that have been neutered might just walk around in circles or want to float away. Creepy... nonetheless, I immediately thought, 'What a wonderful place for me to stop awhile and pose for some pictures in my undies.'


HOT!

So I did. Hmmmm, I'm actually wearing the Helen minidress by Utopia, not lingerie, supposedly. To be fair, I'm wearing the skimpy lace version of the dress. But, it's still like walking around in one's underwear. Showing off am I? Well yes, I'm being narcissistic after all.

Utopia: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gienah/130/27/53

COLD!

This snow clad wintry place is called Dreamers. Its a creation by virtual artist Cica Ghost. I'm not the adoring object of the dreams of these dreamers. Far from it. Just look at them. They are all avoiding looking in my direction while sticking their snooty noses in the air. I'm not use to being so ignored, and this is positively insulting. I'm wasting this sexy pose and this wonderfully colorful outfit on these cretins. This dress is called Patchwork Multicolor and was designed by the highly talented xy Randt (xy Kirax). Sadly, she recently closed her store, My Style, and will take a break from Second Life. But, she told me that she'll return in a few months and hopefully reopen her store. I hope so. I love her outfits. But, right now, I have need of a suitable fashion accessory to complement the ambiance of this locale ... a sledgehammer would do. There are some rocks around here that need some smashing.

Dreamers by Cica Ghost: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/122/3/49


Moving beyond the cretins, Dreamers is visually awesome with vast snowy vistas. It's like being 'North of the Wall' in Games of Thrones. No, that's not Jon Snow (sigh), commander of the Night's Watch, with me. It's my dear friend Jaysun (sigh) who teleported here to do some exploring with me. He does resemble Jon Snow (sigh). We need to be more warmly dressed ... Winter is Coming.



Readers of this blog know that Jaysun and I go way back. This is a picture of us dancing at Opar, my country estate, in 2008. He's lost some weight and grown some hair since then. If you look very closely at this picture and the previous one, you might notice that Jaysun is still wearing the same flipflop sandals even after all these years.



Thank goodness, a fashion picture without neutered little men or stony cretins. I like this picture because orange is my favorite color. And this orange top and capri pants is from Luxe Paris Fashion House and is called Marilyn. Orange is the color of Autumn, my favorite season, and the color of Halloween. I'm so looking forward to Halloween.

Lux Paris Fashion House: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//45/73/26

The Zombie Hunter

Around Halloween, Second Life becomes infested with brain munching zombies so much so that many towns and cities become virtual zombie apocalypes. It's this time of year that I don my zombie hunting gear and declare war on these mindless reanimated corpses.


It's World War Z, and my comrade-in-arms  is none other than Jaysun Dagger (sigh). Doesn't he look dashingly handsome?


Jay and I employ many highly effective strategies against our undead enemy. Here, I'm perched on top of a pile of boxes offering myself as bait. I don't know whether they were drawn by my brains or by my Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, but I attracted a large ravenous hoard of zombies. And as they staggered toward me, Jaysun mowed them down with staccato bursts of gunfire. Zombies in Second Life explode and make a bloody mess when hit by bullets. Jay and I were very successful that day. The brain munchers perished by the hundreds.



A preview of Mariko's Halloween this season.

A Slice of Cheesecake

Time out for some Cheesecake Mariko. "This Fluffy Japanese Cheesecake is so light and soft that it will literally melt in your mouth." And this scrumptious morsel is sweetly dressed in an outfit called Remember Me from Shu Shu and designed by owner Shu Shu Congrejo. Doesn't this slice of cake look irresistibly delicious? A very narcissistic dessert.

Shu Shu: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millais/67/96/23



Sometimes I like to make a dramatic entrance. Wearing this black top called Spiky Fur by Gizza Creations made my entrance all the more dramatic.



Both dramatic and narcissistically cute.



Sa Na Rae is a place of peaceful calm. And it's also a wonderful place for Second Life photography. It made for a fascinating photo background for this exotic combination of the LAKSHMI  Ilsa Top and tapestry LAKSHMI Belinda Skirt found naturally at LAKSHMI.

Sa Na Rae: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Junin/149/130/21

LAKSHMI: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chimera%20Island/47/159/23


I was going to take further advantage of this beautiful place and shoot some more fashion photos wearing other outfits. I removed my top to replace it with a mesh one, and I was struck at how lovely I looked standing there bare-breasted. A very narcissistic moment.


A Work of Art

So I just had to pose for some photos right then and there. SaNaRae forbids public nudity; but, some allowances are made for second life photographers. I didn't get permission. However, no one else was in the area, and I wasn't going to be taking any salacious pictures. I had art in mind. Hold it right there Mariko, this picture seems a little risque, especially for you. Is it really, truly art? ... Yes, it is! ... It isn't narcissistic exhibitionism?  ... No, its art! ... You're convinced of that? ... Definitely, yes! 



It's time that I conclude this post on a high note. I may be a narcissist; But, I can't end this post with a risque partially nude picture of me work of art. That would end the post on a low note. So let me end it with this pic. I may be with those creepy little neutered guys; but, at least its not an indecent exhibition of salacious narcissism a work of art. And, it's a MINIDRESS, not underwear.