In one of those “ain’t it a small grid” days, I found out through a back channel that one of my modeling cronies and her partner were opening up a new sim today and kicking off with a massive day of fashion aboard the Steam Ship Serenade with three shows back to back to back. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the first two, but before I talk about that, you really need to see the amazing build that is Molto Sete and the Steam Ship Serenade.
The build itself is a cruise ship anchored in the lagoon of a pair of islands. The setting is idyllic and the place is crammed with things to do – like shopping, surfing, fishing, and even a romantic overlook.
The ship itself is a great build as well.
It was this runway that attracted my attention this morning. At 9am, Ghost Trefoil and the Serenade Supermodels put on a great display of SF Designs current line. From the Performance Suit modeled delightfully by a pair of models through dresses and tuxes, costumes and casual, the models did a great job for a large crowd that included Swaffette herself in the audience. At noon, one of the only “men only” shows I’ve ever seen went off, apparently without a hitch. Ghost did a wonderful job of calling a show of Sartoria’s men’s wear that included several pieces that I’d never seen before. The final cardigan, modeled very nicely by Apollo Call, was matched with a nice ensemble of jeans and sneakers that put the sweater in perfect context. The audience wasn’t as large for this noon show, but they were very enthusiastic and in a surprise appearance traveller Bade showed up at the back of the venue.
I managed to snag a couple of pictures, but with a bad connection, they didn’t come out very well.
For me, it was a great day getting to meet swaffette Firefly and traveller Bade in the same day, in the same venue. I’ve long admired both of these designers’ work and to get to actually meet them in the avatar, that was something.
Unfortunately, real life kept me off the grid for the 2pm showcase of new designers but I have no doubt that the show went off marvelously, showing off the work of Alair Cortes of Pocket Mirrors, LadyCatherine Fairey designer from Butterfly EffectZ, and AprilR1 Braveheart of The Rose Collection (TRC) — names that might well become as famous as SF Designs and Sartoria. Ghost Trefoil has demonstrated a rare ability to collect skilled and talented people around her and I expect that shows aboard the Serenade will become hugely popular events in the future.
Congratulations to Captains Ghost Trefoil and Rush Parkin on a Grand Opening to remember.
Trollng through endless freebies gets you only so far, and after a while, I got tired of throwing away the same old stuff. That’s the point where I threw $10USD into my free account and began thinking about my first look.
The Task: Get out of Newbie Land
I wanted a decent skin, shape, hair, eyes, and at least one good outfit. Freebies are great for filling in the missing pieces, but there’s something to be said for having at least one great look you can wear around the Main Grid.
The Budget: $1000L
Animation Overrides (the much storied AO) substitute the default walk, stand, sit, fly, etc animations with something which may or may not be an improvement. The default walk for most avi’s is a bit – what’s the word? Choppy? Cartoonish? Comical? Whatever it is, nothing marks you for a newbie more surely than not realizing you’re walking like a dork. Enter the AO.
First day in my new Second Life. How much more exciting can it be than to start with nothing and build from there! After by-passing orientation and skipping out of the newbie island, I made my way to the mainland in search of freebies to unload my default gear and start up my new life on the Main Grid.
Good freebie spots are key to starting up life on the Main Grid. While a quick search for “freebies” or “newbies” will give more hits than you can shake a mouse at, one of my new favorites is Freebies World. The real advantage here is that you get to pick individual items while looking at real vendor images. It’s not some blind, box with floating text claiming “4000 Men’s T-Shirts” but an actual vendor and you get to see what it is you’re picking up. This is a huge help when it comes to sorting out your inventory later.