It’s ALL about the pose (Avatar Blogger Crossfit Challenge (Entry 4 of 30))

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You know, we’re really lucky in Second Life to have such a great variety of pose creators in-world. They share their wonderful poses and props with us so that we can convey a myriad of actions, emotions and activities on our blogs and in our photographs. We’d be lost without them.

I’m always eager to find new poses, and I  was DELIGHTED by Gidge Uriza’s latest pose collection that was released this week.

Gidge is the talent behind the ‘Pretense’ label (love the name, was formally Status Poses) and released a five pose pack called ‘Styptic’, and it’s sublime. It’s all about simple, fluid poses for when you want to look naturally posed in your photographs. The transitions between poses are gentle and they work wonderfully well; I’m really loving them.

You may be surprised to learn that it is actually incredibly difficult to create well-balanced, natural poses, but Gidge has risen to the challenge and met it head on with gusto. These are just fabulous.

 I think ‘Styptic’ going to be my favourite pose set for a while to come, and an essential pack for bloggers to have in their inventory. Well done Gidge, I’m really looking forward to your next Pretense release!

*Styptic five pose set costs L$200, demos are available in store. HIGHLY recommended!*

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An SL competition you MUST enter!

..because it will be *tons* of fun to do, and pretty painless all things considered!

Katey Coppola, the mad genius behind ‘Glitterati’, has teamed up with Kaz Nayer, clothing designer extraordinaire, for a fun photo competition with some corking prizes. All you have to do is take a picture using a Glitterati pose whilst wearing an item or items of Nayar clothing. Simple huh? But even better, this contest allows even Nayar dollarbie clothing items to be used in the shots, and Katey has even provided us with a pack of special poses FOR FREE in her store (although you can use any pose you like so long as it’s Glitterati) Spiffing, what?

The prizes are as follows:

1ST PLACE
10,000L in cash
5,000L gift card to GLITTERATI.

2ND PLACE
5,000L in cash
2500L gift card to GLITTERATI.

5x THIRD PLACE
1,000L in cash
1,000L gift card to GLITTERATI.

Banging huh? This is a GREAT contest, and I hadn’t been to Nayar for ages so it encouraged me to go and I’m mighty glad I did. Kaz’s stuff ROCKS! I threw together a ‘Rock Chicklet’ look using a load of items from my inventory, and two Nayar items;I’m wearing the Nayar ‘Pulled Fishnet Tank’ in black, along with the ‘Destroyed Denim Mini’, and I think it really looks the part. A bit Kat Von D-ish, don’tcha think? The pose I’m using is ‘Glitterati-Contest Single 4’. ( Incidentally, ‘Single 5’ is now one of my fave Glitterati poses EVER, but I couldn’t use it for my shot owing to my overt hairyness getting in the way! )
This is going to be my entry, but if you think you can do better, and to be fair you probably can, then poddle off to Glitterati and collect your free pose pack, which you’ll need because it contains ALL the rules as well as specific photo submission details. Then bugger off over to Nayar and get some goodies to wear.

The deadline for photo submissions will be JUNE 4TH at MIDNIGHT SLT…GOOD LUCK!

Glitterati Modelling Chair..

Never let it be said that there aren’t any ‘nice’ designers in Second Life..there are actually tons of them out there. I know a lot of residents are of the opinion that the majority of designers are all divas, but in my experience that could not be farther from the truth. In all my years of SL-ing, I’ve encountered ONE such designer, and despite the attitude they displayed I still think their work is amazeballs….
One designer who ranks among the NICEST avatars upon the grid is Katey Coppola. Katey is the kind of person who, when you meet her, is just so darn lovely that you want to squeeze her really hard; she is literally that yummy.  She’s blessed with practically no ego and a great sense of humour something that  a lot of people, never mind designers, could do well to take the lead from Katey’s example. She’s also AMAZINGLY talented, as anyone who has ever visited Glitterati will tell you. She creates some of the best poses on the grid, and is just about to relocate to a new store which means she is having a mega-sale on pose packs at the moment, so you’ve got just under a week if you’re interested…ANYWAY..what I want to tell you about is THIS CHAIR. Katey has worked her buns off to make it, and perfectionist that she is, she’s scrapped a lot of poses only to start from scratch and replace them with new ones-she sure is a grafter. This isn’t on sale yet, so consider it a sneaky peaky BUT you *will* want one:) The chair is a wonderfully squashy, contemporary take on an art-deco design (although the chair in this photo is the prototype, so may well change texture etc before release date) and there are 8 poses embedded within it. It’s menu-driven and uber-simple to use and provides excellent results.

I was lucky enough to test this chair out with Amanda and a few of Katey’s chums. She wanted critical feedback about the poses which I was only happy to give, and in all seriousness folks, I couldn’t fault it. The transition between each pose is lovely and smooth, and the poses themselves are great quality. Obviously in this picture I’m clothed, but you could use the poses for lingerie/burlesque shots or even steamy nekkid shots if you so wish, and you’d be more than happy with the results:) There are some more photos of me using the chair in my Flickr bar, and I will be featuring it in shoots over forthcoming posts. I don’t know how much it will retail for and when exactly it will go on sale, but quality like this is definitely worth the wait and it makes me wonder, if Katey has been working on projects like this for her re-launch, what other surprises does she have in store?? Ooh the excitement! I can’t wait!!

What’s the most annoying thing at wedding receptions?

Apart from brides in fancy meringue dresses and drunken uncles trying to do ‘The Moonwalk’ and failing miserably, and ending up in Casualty in the process?
Yes, that’s right folks..it’s kids running around the dance-floor pretending to be aeroplanes and making you spill your Mojito….grrrr

Once you’ve finished shoeing them to within an inch of their lives* you may be relieved to know you can now recreate that experience in Second Life as well! (Playing aeroplanes that is, not the shoeing) Well, not exactly..but this pose, from a series called ‘Balance’, is perfect should you wish to photograph yourself participating in such madness. The pose is from a chap called Idoru Cyberstar ( LOVE the name) aka ‘The Posemaster’ and he’s just released a series of excellent poses for your delectation. The sets are called ‘Balance’, ‘Protect and ‘Sentry’ and individual poses are L$40 each. I think the poses are perfect for storytelling (if you go and take a peek you’ll see what I mean) because they have a narrative quality to them that makes them different to your standard SL modelling pose.I don’t think I’m surprising anyone by stating that the Japanese designers are some of the most creative on the grid..it’s eclectic creativity at it’s best and never ceases to amaze, and ‘The Posemaster‘ seemingly carries on this tradition for a touch of the avant garde (I wonder what the Japanese equivalent for that phrase is?)  To round off the Japanese theme I’m wearing a freebie favourite of mine from Honey. I acquired this off XstreetSL a long time ago, BUT I didn’t realise that there was a store on the grid until today. I took a peek and was pleasantly surprised – great value dresses and tops with the same stylish flair, as well as some utterly random gubbins that only Japanese designers could come up with. The prices are great; for example there are some gorgeous dresses for a mere L$50 and the prices are pretty consistent throughout. There’s also some menswear in the shape of jackets and vest tops..not as great a selection but quality nontheless.

There you go then, that’s my contribution to international relations for the day! Right then..where’s that Mojito?
*Please note, Kitty does not in anyway condone violence, especially to children. Although sometimes a flick on the ear may be appropriate.