Luckier than a Lucky Chair

This happened several weeks (months?) ago.  I had meant to post this at that time (and obviously didn’t) but I had the happy surprise of discovering this photo on my computer.  So the post is finally here.  This photo was taken during a very playful impromptu lucky chair stalking  moment… 

 

Lucky Chair

Letters kept turning and none of them were ours, because, of course, the Lucky Chairs were watching us watch them.  So we did what every lucky chair stalker does.  We tried to psyche out the lucky chairs by getting playfully silly and pretending not to be watching the lucky chairs as they watched us.  I’m not sure how long we stayed in these contorted positions, but between all of our laughing and picture taking (not to mention our poses) we drew quite an audience.  Even the shop owner came down from somewhere in the sky to see in person what she had seen after we dropped our photos on her.

As far as I know/recall, none of our letters were called that day at that shop.  But it turns out that hearing the trumpet announce a lucky chair winner wasn’t at all the point.  It was just great fun laughing and being so wonderfully playful and silly in the moment with great and wonderful people.  Thank you for that.  Then, now, and always.

And on an unrelated note, I’m not sure why my Blogroll is no longer appearing even though my dashboard says that the list of blogs is there and showing.  Hmmm almost as mysterious as a lucky chair, but I shall figure this out too.  /me hops into a contorted silly position.  (Update:  yay, I figured it out!)

You can leave your hat on

You can leave your hat on
You can leave your hat on
Joining the “nekkid but tasteful butt” pictures meme that Dale has shared (whose is sweeter than double-whipped chocolate I might add) and that was started on a blog called “Mooching with Marnix“.    If only I had thought to start it myself when I flickr’d a tasteful bottoms photo on May 20th

Commencement

“Designing Dreams” – Graduation Show & Fashion Installation

May 30th, 7 am SLT

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It’s with no small amount of genuine joy that I share news of the upcoming graduation of the first cohort group of designers from the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace program:  Xand Nagy (Kicks & Twirls), Misteria Loon (Pas De Deux now in Phatland), Wollemia Sands (Bull & Bear), and Jare Capalini (AU V , main store in Ocean Estate which I just learned tonight is not yet open but will be opening soon).   This graduation is predominantly an innovative presentation of these designers’s wonderful creations….in effect, a graduation fashion show.    This event is open to one and all.  So it is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend if for no other reason than to celebrate these wonderful new talents, who I’ve blogged about and flickred numerous times over the past six months. 

 

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How very quickly their 6-month tenure with the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace has passed.  Last fall, I found each of these four wonderful designers after lengthy and concerted grid-hopping in search of new, talented designers.   While I saw many new designers along the way, these four were the ones who stood out at that time, so much so that Shenlei invited them into her Vintage Marketplace program.  I couldn’t have been more enthusiastic at the time.  And I can’t be more enthusiastic now.  It has been a genuine pleasure to know and work with each of these wonderful souls…and to have been part of the Vintage Marketplace program, an immersive endeavor (immersion within immersive SL, truly) that guided new talents, helped them, challenged them, celebrated them, and ultimately saw each of them grow into their own legs, moving confidently forward with a vision and a dream both more solidly crystalized and more elegantly expressed as a result of the experience.

Xand, Misty, Wollemia, and Jare:  each of your voices is unique and wonderful.   Not only are you all very talented and elegant in spirit, but you are all such genuinely nice people with wonderfully distinctive personalities as unique and as expressive as your fashions:  playful, surprising, flowing, bright, ethereal, striking, colorful, crisp, and pragmatic.  It has been a joy and a priviledge, and I’ll always smile at the many memories of how all of us — you as designers, me as the curator, and Shenlei as the sims-program owner, visionary, & mentor — grew and learned.  All from the basis of a shared purpose to pay kindness forward, to release more beauty and positive talent into the world, and to nurture the good and the grand in all of us.  It doesn’t get much better than that.   Yet somehow…I just know it will continue to be even more wonderful.

Congratulations Xand, Misty, Wollemia, and Jare!  I’ll be there cheering you on during your graduation this Saturday.  I suspect you’ll see many like-minded souls there doing the same.  And deservedly so.

Forest Feast

Such a perfect name for this sim.  There’s so much beauty to feast your eyes upon.  It simply bursts into life with flowers and gardens.    I felt the breeze flowing across my face and the grass surrounding my feet.   I stumbled upon Forest Feast in SL’s Showcase tab and am so very glad for it.  It was so glorious it compelled me to rummage my closet and dust off my favorite wings and flit and float in the sim’s expansive gardens:

Feast Forest
Feast Forest
Feast Forest, a lovely garden sim
Feast Forest, a lovely garden sim
Feast Forest (using one of the environment presets)
Feast Forest (using one of the environment presets)

Feast Forest, a lovely garden sim
Feast Forest, a lovely garden sim

 

Do check out Forest Feast (in the Showcase tab).  I’m surely going to return again to the sim to take it all in again and maybe pick up a flower or two (many are for sale there).  And I’m definitely going to remember to check out SL’s Showcase tab more often…this was simply a delightful find!

And then there’s Jare

AU V Fashion

Jare Capalini is the creator-designer of AU V, a relatively new line of haute couture.   Last fall, I stumbled upon a handful of Jare’s creations in what was, at that time, his very small shop.  But since that time, Shenlei Flasheart and I invited Jare into the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace as a designer-in-residence.  We’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Jare for the past six months and watching him grow.  Here’s one of his latest:  

AU V Fashion by Jare Capalini
AU V Fashion by Jare Capalini

Now, six months later and Jare – along with a couple other designers-in-residence — is about to graduate from Shengri La, having worked to refine their vision, and creating broader awareness and interest in their lines.  For Jare, that includes his getting some of his creations shown in Vain, Inc. magazine; his securing a new and larger main shop; and, most recently, landing (through Shenlei’s help) a series of photo shoots with talented fashionista-photographer-model Carabella Babii.  

model in AU V Fashion, photographed courtesy of Carabella Babii
model in AU V Fashion, photographed courtesy of Carabella Babii

Without getting ahead of things, I understand that there’s also exciting talk of ongoing collaboration between Carabella’s Fashionista sim and Jare’s AU V fashion.  When the specifics can be announced, we’ll be sure to do so and to extend congratulations!  Oh, and Jare is also venturing into hair making!

AU V hair "Good Morning Rome", by Jare Capalini
AU V hair "Good Morning Rome" (hair and ad by Jare Capalini)

Meanwhile, how best to describe Jare’s creations?  Truly, they speak for themselves, making a bold statement and suggesting for all to see that what you’re wearing is art as much as it’s fashion.  So instead of my trying to put words to Jare’s creations, let me give you a glimpse of a couple more of his pieces. 

AU V Fashion by Jare Capalini
AU V Fashion by Jare Capalini
AU V Fashion by Jare Capalini
AU V Fashion by Jare Capalini

 And let me urge you to head over to Jare’s shop in Shengri La (through May 31st) or to his new main shop in Ocean Estate.  If you love making a unique, confident statement, AU V fashion is for you.

“Primal Elegance” Images

…featuring Cocoon Jewelry, Eclectica Jewellery, and Sable Rose (currently designers-in-residence with the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace).  “Primal Elegance” was conceived, created, and hosted by the Fashion Research Institute (FRI).

 

 

I love this song “Flaunt”…and the YouTube video (with the snuggly critters) that goes with this song is beyond adorable.  I point it out only because I imagine all eyes will be glued on the  lovely ladies and the gorgeous jewelry in this video.  And that’s purrrrrfectly as it should be.

A Smoldering Jewerly Installation

Primal Elegance … a Jewelry Installation

 

What an incredibly hot and popular jewelry installation! 

“Primal Elegance” featured 12 gorgeous creations, four each from three exciting new jewelry lines:  Cocoon Jewelry (creator Yoona Mayo), Eclectica Jewellery (creator Tiffy Vella), and Sable Rose (creator Rosie Barthelmess).   Here’s a very brief glimpse (to be followed soon with another post that has more images).  I hope the images compel you to visit these wonderful new creators in their Shengri La shops. 

 

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The 12 gorgeous models who so generously volunteered their time and support looked smoking hot, both in the sumptuous jewelry and the smoldering set.  (Apparently, it’s too hot for the animoto tool because it won’t display more than six images, but I’ll soon do another post with static images.  Also be on the lookout for what will be a wonderful machinima from Shenlei, which will soon be uploaded onto her Utopian Micronation blog.)

The set for “Primal Elegance” and the entire event was masterfully conceived, designed, and hosted by Shenlei Flasheart, CEO of the Fashion Research Institute and creator of the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace.  Everyone was bowled over by Shenlei’s concept for this show as much as by the gorgeous jewelry pieces.  “Primal Elegance” was so wildly popular that it maxed out the sim in terms of avatar presence, ran a full hour over its end time to accommodate the overflowing stream of attendees, and generated non-stop buzz in the chat windows of several fashion groups.  The concept and the jewelry were absolutely on fire together.

Cocoon Jewelry, Eclectica Jewellery, and Sable Rose all have shops in Shengri La.  Please do make a point to visit their shops and check out the amazing talents of these three creative designers.  Gauging by this wildly successful show, you won’t be disappointed. 

Thankful Acknowledgements:  Although I work with Shenlei and curate the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace, I enjoyed the priviledge of modelling in this show.  Like Shenlei, I so love helping talented, new creatives who are also genuinely nice people.  And to that end, let me express genuine gratitude to my fellow models, the wonderful individuals who volunteered their time in support of Yoona, Tiffy, and Rosie:  Callipygian ChristensenHarper  Beresford, Chestnut Rau, IndiaRose Muircastle, Patricia Anne Daviau, DZ Questi, Carabella Babii, Georgianna Blackburn, and Jaydie Sapeur; as well as three other wonderful volunteers who were at the ready to help out if other models crashed:  Dede, Vahari, and Ahuva.  Thank you all!