Second Life Fashion Portfolio: Six Gowns from Silvan Moon Designs by Bee Dumpling and Solas NaGealai

I wanted to show off all the beautiful gowns I recently bought from Silvan Moon Designs (SL StoreSL MarketplaceFlickr), both the special designs available at their booth on the Aetherea sim of the current Fantasy Faire, and at their regular store on the Emerald sim! Bee Dumpling and Solas NaGealai, the owners of Silvan Moon Designs, do such outstanding work that I wanted everybody to see them!

Here’s a couple of pictures of Vanity Fair in the wonderful Le Carnivale Baroque gown in blush I bought at Aetherea (please click on each picture to see a larger version):

And here’s Vanity Fair in the Relay for Life special I also bought at Aetherea, called the Lady of Shalot in sapphire blue:

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Here my medieval roleplay avatar, Scarborough Fair, is wearing the lovely Lady Ariana gown in white (click each picture for a larger size):

And here is the beautiful Daphne of Mistborn gown in green, which comes with a matching vest:

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And in this picture, Scarborough is wearing the Light of Sarin gown set with matching hat, in slate blue:

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Finally, Scarborough is wearing the Windsor Palace gown in gold (this last dress is also one of the special Relay for Life designs available only at the Silvan Moon Designs store on the Aetherea sim):

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I’d like to thank Solas NaGeala for so generously giving me the Linden dollars to purchase these six exquisitely made gowns. As you can see, I spent the money well!

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Second Life Fantasy Faire Has Started!

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Today, the 10th Annual Fantasy Faire opened in Second Life. This long-running and popular benefit for the American Cancer Society is described as follows in their press release:

Celebrating its tenth year, Fantasy Faire 2018 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 19 to Sunday April 29, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

Avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets and exclusive items are available from more than 200 of Second Life’s top Fantasy Creators across ten stunning shopping sims designed by some of the visionary artists behind many of the hottest spots on the Second Life destination guide.

In addition to the ten shopping regions, there’s also five whole Fairelands dedicated to various Faire events from Memorial Garden to the Fairelands Quest, from Literary Festival to Performance Stages, from Art Galleries to the Worldling Collection. This brings the Fairelands count of 2018 into fifteen sims, just waiting for you to come and explore them.

Of course, no big Second Life event would be complete without technical glitches! I crashed out of Firestorm just about every single time I tried to cross from one Fantasy Faire sim to the next on my journey today.  I almost literally had to crawl my way through the lag to get into the Aetherea sim, home to the Silvan Moon Designs store, where I bought this beautiful Lady of Shalot gown in sapphire blue for L$350:

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Here is Vanity Fair, wearing the Lady of Shalot gown, feeling every inch a princess! The detail work on this gown, like all the work that Bee Dumpling and Solas NaGealai do for Silvan Moon Designs, is astoundingly good. (The crown Vanity is wearing is the KrisCar Queen crown from Alienbear Design.)

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At Silvan Moon Designs I also bought myself Le Carnivale Baroque Gown set in blush for L$450, just the thing for those days when I want to roleplay as Marie Antoinette at the Versailles court!

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From the Oubliette store on the (much less laggy) Severina sim, I got my medieval roleplayer avatar, Scarborough Fair, the lovely Snow White Maiden Gown for only L$185! (The Varda roses circlet, necklace and earrings were from Illusions, a store that has since closed in SL, so it is sadly no longer available.)

Scarborough Fair in Snow White Gown by Oubliette 19 Apr 2018

The Fantasy Faire runs from today until April 29th, so you only have eleven days to take everything in! Here’s a link to their calendar of events, so you can start making plans.

Sansar Outfit Outlay: Ready Player One T-Shirts and Denim Skirts

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Sansar Studios has put dozens of Ready Player One-inspired T-shirts for men and women up in the Sansar Store, and they are all FREE! So I am going to show you a few of the designs available.

I have paired them with a new line of denim skirts made by Solas. Solas NaGealai is a well-known fashion designer in Second Life as the owner of BlueMoon Enterprise (SL storeblog) and the co-owner of Silvan Moon Designs (SL StoreSL MarketplaceFlickr), and she is now creating and selling clothing for Sansar avatars under her Lune Bleue brand name. The denim skirts are available for S$75 each in the Sansar Store.

Here Sansar supermodel Vanity Fair is wearing the blue Joust T-shirt with Solas’ stone wash denim skirt in blue:

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This is the Crystal Key tie-dyed T-shirt with the bleach wash denim skirt:

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And finally, we have the black Easter Egg T-shirt with a black denim skirt:

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The final picture was taken at C3rb3rus’ experience The Beach. In this picture, Vanity is also wearing:

Jessica Outlaw’s Survey on Virtual Harassment: Half of All Women Surveyed Have Experienced At Least One Instance of Sexual Harassment in Social VR

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Photo by Mihai Surdu on Unsplash

Jessica Outlaw, whose previous research on women and social VR I talked about previously, has published the results of her latest research: a survey of over 600 people of all genders on their experience with harassment in social VR.

She reports:

Harassment is commonplace in VR. In past qualitative research, I studied sexual harassment of women. In my new project, in partnership with Pluto VR, I surveyed 600+ people who regularly use VR (Rift, Vive, PSVR, or Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality). It turns out that all genders are subject to multiple types of harassment in VR:

49% of women reported having experienced at least one instance of sexual harassment

30% of male respondents reported racist or homophobic comments

20% of males have experienced violent comments or threats

The full report can be viewed here. She summarizes her findings as follows:

  • People want to be with their friends in VR
  • 70% of those who have used multiplayer VR agree that it’s better with people they know
  • People use single-player apps to avoid harassment
  • Many avoid social VR spaces entirely

Thanks to Enrico Speranza who told me about this report!

Outfit Outlay: Ninjas in Sansar!

ninja (忍者) or shinobi (忍び) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare (Wikipedia). Three talented Sansar creators have made beautiful outfits for sale, for those days when you feel like channeling your inner ninja.

For women, there are two options for ninja wear. First up is the basic black Ninja Outfit – Female by Debi Baskerville, for S$99:

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You can pair it with the Katana for Sansar Female by Ralph Vintorix (S$50) and you’re good to go!

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Another option for women is the wonderfully detailed Onna-bugeisha / Ninja Top – Female and matching Onna-bugeisha / Ninja Pants -Female by Nya Alchemi (S$100 each). Add Nya’s Ninja Star Hat – Female to the outfit for S$75 and you’re all set!

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Here’s Vanity Fair in Nya Alchemi’s ninja outfit:

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For men, Ralph Vintorix has created a Classic Authentic Ninja Suit, which sells for S$450 and includes:

Igabakama (pants)
Kyahan (leg wrap)
Tekko (hand protection)
Uwagi (jacket)
Zukin (hood)
Tabi boots are available as a separate item (S$100) and is not included.
Katana and Pouch are free items.

Here’s my avatar in full ninja mode (click each image to see it larger):

So, whether you’re male or female, you are now ready to carry out espionage and other stealthy duties of the ninja!

(All pictures were taken in Genocyber Constantine’s Feudal Japan experience.)

Sansar Pick of the Day: The Farm

Small and simple can be beautiful. There’s no better example than The Farm, a Sansar experience created by Warm Winter Arts. It’s probably the smallest experience you can visit in Sansar, but it’s beautifully and painstakingly done. Just a dirt road in the middle of a rock-strewn farmer’s field, all overgrown with grass.

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There’s a computer set up at the side of the road on an old beaten wooden table, connected to a battery and a solar panel, with a cheeky sign saying, “Free WiFi $20/hr.” Somebody left their teddy bear, too!

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Vanity Fair is wearing a piece of clothing I made last month for my brand, Ryan Schultz Virtual Fashion: the Summer Flower Dress. It’s available in the Store for only S$5!

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Sansar Outfit Outlay: Vassay’s Animated Disco Hoodie

Here’s the perfect thing to wear to your next outing to the disco! Vassay has created a shining one-piece outfit with a hood, textured with an animated pattern:

And you can pick it up at the Sansar Store for only S$100!

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Here’s Vanity Fair wearing her disco hoodie at Galen’s Clockworks Club! The metallic materials on this outfit really reflect the lights around you!

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