Sunday, September 19, 2010

It Was A Dark & Steamy Day...

A friend recommended that I tour Nemo several weeks ago but I was regrettably too busy to give this fantastic steampunk sim the time it deserved.  No more.  This morning I put on Nicky Ree's beautiful Larissa gown, pinned up my hair, added my EarthStones vintage inspired earrings and perched one of my much loved Hatpins hats atop the whole ensemble, ready to explore.  From the observatory to the aeriel tour, around the teacups and down to Nautilus, Nemo is a feast for the eyes and a delight for the mind with its amazing detail and many many moving, whirring, spinning, floating and turning parts.  Don't delay like I did... go now, come back often.

Location SLURL: Nemo, France3D Futuna

Hat: Hatpins Lady Ophelia (Doves & Kisses)
Dress: Designing Nicky Ree Larissa Collection (Black)
Hair: Cake Afterglow (Black)
Earrings: EarthStones Eternelle Marcasite (Garnet)
Poses by Manifeste

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Blogger Goes To Modeling School

Like a lot of bloggers, I'm a fashion consumer and, as such, I go to the shows, read the magazines, am a member of the groups and always kind of wondered exactly what the whole modeling thing was about.  When a notice came through that the MVW Academy was taking students, I figured it would be something fun and different and I'd have that peek behind the scenes so I sent in my headshot and signed up.  The course was divided into five classes, 101-105, covering pretty much all the bases in increasing depth.  I took all five, though graduates of other academies and working models can skip the first two and move to 103.  I learned something new in every class, picked up some great tips, met some terrific people and snagged a bunch of useful notes, recommendations and landmarks along the way.

The first four classes were from 2-3 hours in length and covered posing, photography, styling, walking, shapes, prim editing, dos and don'ts and involved a lot of instructor interaction with the students.  I had Miaa Rebane, Mimmi Boa, Mui Mukerji and Kay Fairey for these - the classes are offered at various times with various instructors to accommodate timezones.  The last "class" spanned three days over a weekend with Frolic Mills.  The first class was lecture and discussion of styling and color selection, the second was a closed runway exercise and critique and the third was the open graduation runway walk "final exam" - pass or fail.

The theme for the 105 exercise and graduation was "Red Carpet" and my Saturday night outfit just wasn't right - not because of any of the individual pieces, but because I didn't style correctly for the theme and the color wasn't right for my skin.  I should have been thinking Oscar and I went Grammy.  For the Sunday graduation, I kept the bracelets and skin but pretty much changed the rest.  Luckily for me, the changes worked, I didn't fall off the runway, freeze, crash or miss my poses and passed the exercise to become an official graduate.  Whew!

Dress (Top): Lady Mor Ginevra
Hair (Top): Truth Cyndi (Crow)
Shoes (Top): Stiletto Moody Bare Katherine (Black Diamante)
Dress (Bottom): Miamai Gretha
Hair (Bottom): BooN QPT129 (Black - Hair Fair)
Jewelry (Both): Rozoregalia Hydra Earrings & Bracelets
Clutch (Bottom): Septem Essentia Manhattan Evening Bag (Black)
Poses by Manifeste

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Steam Cleaning - Part 1

Well, I finished my third Steam Hunt and I have to say that they just keep getting better - terrific hints, great hunt prizes, friendly group and loads of fun.  The participating designers outdid themselves in wonderful builds and incredibly detailed gifts.  I'm still unpacking, but unlike most hunts where 80% gets deleted, I am once again running at an 80% keep rate.  For the guys out there, the hunt is heavy on gadgets, ships, houses, furniture, hats, textures and toys with most clothing vendors offering both male and female versions, so it's well worth your time to participate.  The only downside to the hunt?  Listing your favorite five hunt prizes at the end - I'm already up to 15 top 5s and am only halfway through opening.  Naturally I'm wearing, riding and surrounded by hunt bounty to give you an idea of what is in store for you.
Hat: Hatpins Steamy Cogitator
Dress: Wishbox Steam Dream
Necklace: Jaquemate Pocket Watch
House: Kytheria Atrus Papilonis
Transportation: Twisted Metal Steamworks Steam Carriage

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Steampunk Information Centre, Mieville Doyle (Steam The Hunt Starting Location)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's Steam Hunt Time Again!

*Bounces up and down excitedly*  If you have never done the Steam Hunt, you have missed out on the BEST organized, executed and designed hunt on the grid.  Not only are the hunt gifts always amazing but the sims you travel through are dazzling.  Take your time, enjoy the trip and definitely join the group (it's friendly and fun)!

 STEAM: Steampunk Travelers' Event, Adventure & Megahunt

++++++++++STEAM: the Hunt!+++++++++++

This is the third Steampunk Grid-Wide hunt! STEAM will take place September 1st-30th, 2010. The gifts will remain available for the entire month... if you can find them!

There will be Steampunk-themed gifts to find hidden all over the grid in more than 135 participating shops. You'll be offered a variety of gifts as you search for the hidden items. Only high-quality designers have been invited to participate, and their exclusive items will be available only for the duration of the hunt.

As with most hunts, you begin at a starting location. That location will give you the LM to the next, and so on.


Steampunk Information Centre, Mieville Doyle

However, if you join the group, in September you'll be given a list of all the merchants' shops and you can start wherever you like!

SEARCH the group STEAM HUNT PUNKS and join for free!