Project “Runway”…of the Shengri La Variety

It’s challenging not to keep writing about the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace.  Many a night we’ve seen any combination of impromptu fashion shows on the boardwalk, a sneak preview of award-winner Callipygian Christensen’s lastest photo series, a welcoming of a new designer (with the official announcement of his fashion line forthcoming), a finding of another designer resting on a gargoyle, or a close encounter of the Linden kind with Torley (he of video tutorial fame) running around as a tiny kitten snapping pictures of the five-island Shengri La sims for his SLBuzz, Snapzilla, KoinUp, and Flickr streams.

So without saying too much, here’s a couple of images of a couple of those happenings.  

Here I am in Jare’s shop at the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace.  Jare’s “AU V” fashion line represents the latest addition to the Marketplace, with the official announcement to be made by Shenlei Flasheart through Shenlei’s Shengri La Utopian Micronation blog.  But I couldn’t resist wearing one of Jare’s truly very finely-crafted creations and sharing a bit of a sneak peak (beyond last night’s impromptu boardwalk fashion show).

An early look at one of Jare's finely-crafted creations
An early look at one of Jare's finely crafted creations
Another peak at one of Jare's wonderful creations
Another peak at Jare's wonderful creation
There’s only so much walking one can do in stiletto heels.  So, where does a girl rest her weary feet after a long day?  Check out the gargoyles.  Not quite Santa, but they’re comfy when you just feel like plopping a squat.  Here’s a photo of Shengri La Marketplace Designer Misteria Loon and me resting on one of the many gargoyles that line the Marketplace boardwalk.  The most serious problem with this photo is that it doesn’t do justice to Misteria’s latest creation, the black feather gown that she and I are both wearing.  Her newest creation is simply *sublime.* 
Sneak Peak of Misteria's Sublime Feather and Lace Dress
Sneak peak of Misteria's gorgeous feather and lace dress

We’re both wearing the dress version, but it comes with a long skirt (and a capelet) to make it a gown.  Every part of that creation is gorgeous, down to the lace stockings which are so impossibly intricate and meticulously detailed it’s astounding.  Please do check it out at Misteria’s PasDeDeux shop in the Vintage Marketplace (slurl in the first paragraph).  You won’t be disappointed.  The artistry is amazing and what you get for the price will, well, simply knock your socks off.  

Speaking of knocking socks off…this gal is about to kick off her shoes, drink some hot chocolate, and literally smell the roses for a bit.  (The forecast calls for flurries tomorrow…FLURRIES!!! GAH!)  Maybe I’ll ponder a bit on November’s National Novel Writing Month .  I *greatly* admire (beyond words, ironically enough) those who participate(d) in this.  I have yet to do so, but hope to one year.  Meanwhile, its fast arrival and my admiration for those who do are both inspiring me…if not quite yet for a novel, then perhaps for my next blog. 

Until then, how about that nice cup of hot cocoa…extra chocolate, please, yes, indeedy do, smiles.

Bursting into SecondLife(tm)


“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”   …Begin it now.


per Wikipedia, this “Goethe Couplet” (the two sentences in quotations above) is attributed to John Anster, based upon his loose translation of lines 214-30 in Goethe’s Faust


It’s been an intense few days/weeks at RL work with an org-wide audit covering a five-year period, and using animoto again has proven to be a bit of a gentle decompressor. I love this animoto tool.  (Thanks, again, to Botgirl for blogging with/about it.)   Happily, I learned from the last time.  This time, it didn’t take me a day and 45 minutes to complete the project.  Only mere minutes.  So much so I finished this a couple of days ago (before the audit stressed everyone utterly out) and scheduled the blog to run now.   (I feel super nerdy with the scheduling point and click, even though I’m sure this is a very simple undertaking for most.)

So, I couldn’t resist creating another video trailer, but this time to present the new creations at the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace.  In all of 29 seconds, the tool showcases (again with free music from the site) some of the gorgeous creations from Balderdash Jewelry; Kicks & Twirls; PasDeDeux; Luminous Designs.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that two of the photos are by ober talented Callipygian Christensen.  


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Those photos a wee bit out of focus or low res?  Uh, yeah…those would be mine.  I like to think that they give the piece a certain patina, as Saiyge would say.

Fashion Creations at the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace

Celebrating Belief, Artistry, Authenticity


“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no person could have dreamed would have come their way.” ~ William Hutchinson Murray (1913-1996), from his 1951 book entitled The Scottish Himalayan Expedition.


The elementary truth:  “…the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”  The Shengri La Vintage Marketplace lives this elementary truth.  As do the new-ish designers who have set up their shops for the next six months in the Marketplace.  Shenlei Flasheart – Marketplace visionary and CEO of the five-island Shengri La Sims – announced the designers, complete with photos and bios, yesterday.  (See the Shengri La Utopian blog.)  Verily a day ago, we just invited our fourth designer into the Marketplace.

Their work is so wonderful and original that I couldn’t help but post a blog about them as well.  Here (below) are a few photos of their amazing creations, with two photos taken by the incredibly talented and generous Callipygian Christensen.  Their shops in Shengri La contain more gorgeous items.  Please visit soon to peruse their gorgeous artistry.  I’m certain that, like us, you will be delighted by their creations…not to mention the breathtaking surroundings.


Balderdash Jewelry by Saiyge Lotus

Whiskey and Sunllight by Saiyge Lotus; ad design and photos by Saiyge Lotus
Whiskey and Sunllight by Saiyge Lotus; ad design and photos by Saiyge Lotus

PasDeDeux by Misteria Loon

Flower Dress by Misteria Loon
Flower Dress by Misteria Loon
Flower Dress by Misteria Loon
Flower Dress by Misteria Loon

Kicks & Twirls by Xand Nagy

Red Chantilly Lace Dress by Xand Nagy; Photography by Callipygian Christensen
Red Chantilly Lace Dress by Xand Nagy; Photography by Callipygian Christensen
Red Chantilly Lace Dress by Xand Nagy; Photography by Callipygian Christensen
Red Chantilly Lace Dress by Xand Nagy; Photography by Callipygian Christensen

Luminous Designs by Lumina Elvenjem

Curl a Whirl by Lumina Elvenjem
Curl a Whirl by Lumina Elvenjem
Curl a Whirl by Lumina Elvenjem
Curl a Whirl by Lumina Elvenjem

A Beautiful Picture



Taking a cue from Botgirl, I played around with the animoto tool, created a video of some of my sketches and a couple of pics, dropped in some music (“Picture Perfect” by Daddy is the Engine), and posted it to YouTube.  (Don’t mind the poor resolution on a few of the sketches.  This was more an experiment to see if I could put the piece together, with less focus on the quality of the images.)  Botgirl whipped hers together in 15 minutes…took me 45 minutes (after converting tif files to jpegs).  The bulk of that time found me trying to figure out how to drop a video into WordPress.  Still haven’t figured that out…at least, not in a straight-line manner.  Somehow, I think I created a widget of videos but I still couldn’t find mine.  I did manage, though, to figure out that it’s easier, in this case, to post my animoto video onto YouTube.  And easier still to nab it from YouTube to here.  Animoto is a fun tool.  Thanks, Botgirl, for blogging with it.  I’ll definitely play around with it more.

Egads.  Okay, so the code or widget thing just came through so I think I found it: 

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Runs more smoothly from the widget than from YouTube.  For a little change, I remixed it…just to see.  And yeah, you can even remix the layout and order of the images after you create it.

(Guess that means it took me more than a day and 45 minutes to figure this out…)