Archive for May, 2011

Pimp your Pumps – how they work

So I’ve been playing a bit with these new Gos shoes and here’s how they work. They’re kind of fun to play with and as new accents are released, they will be even more fun.

So I chose to play with the point platforms. Here’s how they look when I put them on – straight out of the box:

So this is the starting point. I then chose to start playing with the texture. You can choose to change the color of the shoe, sole and heel – or all of it at once. And there’s 15 colors to choose from. You can have your heel one color, your shoe a second and your sole a third if you so desire. I chose to make the shoe plum, and heel and sole both black.

Then it was time to add a bow. There are 6 types of bows to choose from – again, each of them in 15 colors. So – lots of options. I added a coffee bow to my shoes.

So far, the shoes only come with that one accent – various type of bows. But others are coming. One thing I really like is, that Gos will have other designers work on creating accents for the shoes. So the idea is that someone who is really an expert on creating jewelry or flowers, create these accents for the shoes. So not only get we cool shoes – we get accents from all different kinds of designers!

The shoes are incredibly easy to use. You just touch them and a menu opens where you can choose – it takes no time at all. I really love how you can choose whether to sync your shoes or not. It’s very easy to style your shoe – and then you can decide if both shoes should look the same or not. How amazing is that?

What I’m wearing:

Shoes: * Pimp your Pumps (point platform) – Gospel Voom for Gos


New favorite skirt?

So this might be my new favorite skirt. It’s a bit different, it’s fun and cool, and it’s very sexy. I paired it with a top and a denim jacket, some sexy gartered stockings and long denim boots.

I have to say, though, that I’ve had a hard time fitting these boots. They are very long and the issue is probably that I’m short. Very very short by SL standards. So when I got them fitted below my knees, they were too small. If I just dragged them down, then the alpha layer kicked in and parts of my legs are gone. They fit okay now – and I really do think that the issue is my very short legs.

What I’m wearing:

  • Skirt: My leather fring skirt – Marie Lauridsen for (Milk Motion)
  • Top: Jerry Lee – Ptite louloute (lolly carlberg) for LouLou&Co
  • Jacket: Porter Jean Jacket – Anouk Spot for  {mon tissu}
  • Stockings: Side-Gartered Stockings (Butterfly – black garter) – Nena Janus for *League*
  • Boots: RemakeDenimBoots (Ripped) – Anexx
  • Hair: Inverted Hair (FireTop) – Thora Charron for Lelutka
  • Makeup: Make-up Layer 08 – aida Ewing for Glam Affair
  • Tattoo (face): AITUI Tattoo Stars 02 Face Tat – female fit – boy of crows (Jesseaitui Petion) for Aitui
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles – black lashes) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

Location: Inaka

Use Your Shoes Challenge: 11 pairs blogged – 41 to go … (Read about the Use Your Shoes Challenge here.)

Annie get your bow

I usually don’t wear dresses. I mostly wear skirts or pants and combine them with whatever I feel like. But I liked this dress so …

One of the think I liked the most about it, was the unusual color combination – aqua and cintz. The cintz do look a bit dark to me to really be what I think of as cintz – and what google displayed as cintz – but it looks beautiful so who cares what this exact color is called. (It comes in two other color combinations two – ditsy floral and sunshine. Sunshine is yellow and green and I really like that one too!)

To really show the colors, I chose to take these pictures at my favorite sim in SL – World’s End Garden. I just love this place, it changes a bit once in a while and it has some interesting music (Gregorian monk chanting combined with ‘heartbeat drums’). I come by quite often to see if it has changed.

The dress is beautiful in itself and has something of a … hm …

What I’m wearing:

  • * Dress: Annie Cutie (Aqua Chintz) – Laurel Carlucci for Alloro
  • Shoes: BM Bloom Pump (Blue v2) – Baby Monkey
  • Necklace: Vintage Lace Bib Necklace (OldBlue Ribbon) – Nena Janus for *League*
  • Hair: Lucia (cranberry) – Truth Hawks for Truth Hair
  • * Makeup: afternoon set 3d – Mattie (mattie.rae) for perception
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

Use Your Shoes Challenge: 10 pairs blogged – 42 to go … (Read about the Use Your Shoes Challenge here.)

They’re finally here!!! (Pimp your Pumps by Gos)

So long, long time ago – well, on May 14th to be precise – I mentioned that Gos was coming out with something new and exciting. It was supposed to debut at Shoe Fair but got delayed a bit but they’re finally here. Yes, they’re new shoes – but they’re so much more than that. So so much more.

Let me start by quoting from the notecard that came out tonight:

[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps™ is the exciting new range of womens shoes from Gos, giving you complete control over how you want to wear your shoes. Just as the name suggests we’re giving you the ability to style your own shoes by providing a range of footwear in a multitude of colours and accents to ‘pimp your pumps’.

Each introductory fatpack comprises a total of 15 colours and 6 bow accents just to get you started.

So yes – we all get the ability to play around with our shoes and customize them as we want! I was lucky enough to ran into Gospel Voom at Shoe Fair and well, after I was done being big-eyed fan girl, I tried to pump him for every bit of information about these. There are 9 shoes in the range in various color packs – and then you can add more colors and accents. Now everyone familiar with Gos knows that boots like Curvaceous and Docs come with the ability to change color by purchasing polish and when you’ve opened the polish once, you can swap the colors easily back and forth and even combine them – and it takes seconds. (Once one has figured it out … for some of us, it did take a bit longer … see here.) These have even more possibilities – you can add bows, ribbon and laces for instance – and there are more than 100,000 combinations so not much chance of showing up to the party with the same shoes as someone else! It all comes with a menu, no hud, so very easy to use.

So what this is, is you can take your basic shoes, your pumps, and then you can twist them as you like, completely dependent on what you feel like, your mood. Add stuff, change the colors – and of course, more options will come down the line. This is going to be so much fun!

Okay, I’ll show you pictures of the real deal later on – just wanted to get this out there as quickly as possible. And yeah, I know I’m on that self-imposed shoe-buying ban but come on – this is the biggest thing since alpha layers or something, so these I gotta have!

You can read more – as well as see more pictures of these pretty shoes – at the Gos blog.

(Btw – he also promised lots of new polishes for the Docs!!! Can’t wait ;-P)

Tossing shoes, wearing bathing suits

So after Viki and I were done going through all her bikinis and tossing about 20 out of the 60 she had (don’t worry – she has bought several new once since so no risk of her running out any time soon…!), we needed a new project – and the answer was obvious: we should toss out a lot of her shoes! (Well, that’s my interpretation – I think, she thinks the project is about me admiring her shoe collection…)

So she has a lot of shoes from several years of buying and well, we started yesterday and it’s going to take a while. But it’s great fun and luckily, I don’t tell her to toss her favorites very often.

Speaking of shoes, I’m wearing these very cool wedges from R2. They are available in several colors (6 actually) and they’re perfect for lots of things, not just for wearing together with a bathing suit. I got them at Shoe Fair – as soon as I saw them, I knew they were a must have for me. They are now available at R2’s main store.

R2 is a brand I discovered at Shoe Fair, and it offers a lot of really nice shoes. The ‘Ekolu’ for instance, a plaid platform heel for instance, is on my wish list, as is the ‘Makaeleu’, a striped wedge sandal. Rei2 Aya is not afraid of color either so many bold colors to be found as well.

What I’m wearing:

  • Bathing suit: Sabrina swimsuit – Antonia Marat for /artilleri/
  • * Shoes: Kupulau (Pink) – rei2 Aya for R2
  • * Sunglasses: Puddles glasses – Chalice Piers for !Graffitiwear
  • Anklet: Symbolic Anklet (Ankh-let) – Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones
  • Hair: Boho 2 (cranberry) – Truth Hawks for Truth Hair
  • Tattoo (face): AITUI Tattoo Stars 02 Face Tat – female fit – boy of crows (Jesseaitui Petion) for Aitui
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles – black lashes) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

Use Your Shoes Challenge: 9 pairs blogged – 43 to go … (Read about the Use Your Shoes Challenge here.)

Oh, and if you’re wondering – the boots Viki is wearing, went in the keep pile.

Project Endless Possibilities (25): Jinnywitha Cleanslate

(So we have reached participant no 25 in the project. Please welcome Ginny. You can read more about the project as well as find the previous entries here.)

  • Does your avatar look like or represent your real life self?

Yes.  I wanted to be me in SL – so I spent about 4 hours on my first day trying to get myself to look like myself, by staring in the mirror and tweaking away at the sliders.  It was weird how I perceived myself to look, then when I looked in the mirror to compare, I was actually quite different to what I had created, and had a much rounder SL face.  I soon corrected that by using the mirror.  If I could have added the extra wobbly bits that I have around my midriff in RL – I would have done.  Thats how much I just wanted to be me in here.  lol.

  • Do you make significant changes to your avatar often?

No – I am me in here.  I have a horse and dog and dolphin avatar too but I hardly use them.  The horse  – a Water Horse Avatar, I use as a touring vehicle for newbies, as I found it easier to have them sit on the horse rather than just follow – that way we can stay together and don’t waste time gettign seperated.  And as both people can control the AV – it was a good way to get about, as they can explore and still ask question with me present.  As soon as the tour is over – I go back to being me.

  • Why have you chosen to have your avatar look like he/she/it does?

I have a lot of gaps in my RL, that SL fills.  I couldn’t be anyone else but me, and so it was important to me to put in the initial effort to create a virtual me.

  • Do you have a signature look?

I look like me.  I don’t have a particular style.  I have more fashion sense in SL – largely because in RL I can’t get clothes like that.  But in RL I wouldn’t walk about in short tops that show a section of my belly area, because society objects to stretchmarks and wobbly bits, and also I feel cold a lot of the time in RL.  lol.

  • Is it important to you how your avatar looks?

Yes!  Very!

  • Do you have some basics that you always wear (certain color of hair, eyes or …)?

My hair colour and eye colour, skin, all stay the same.  I usually also always wear this heart necklace.  I go through phases in RL of wearing necklaces when I go out – and most of them are hearts. :o)

  • What does it mean to you how other avatars look? Do you avoid talking to some avatars because of their appearance?

I think it’s only natural to pass judgement on how people look.  However, that judgement does not always have to be negative. Saying that – those SL jeans that girls wear that are on their hips and the zipper or flies are open…. they make me think of someone who might be easy.  I just personally find those jeans very cheap and trashy looking, along with overly low hipsters that show the bum cleavage and buttock curve.  I must say, that I find it funny how in RL young boys will walk about with jeans hung annoyingly low on their hips, with the crotch at mid thigh level – you know – the kind that make you want to get behind and haul them up to the proper hip level, yet in SL – you can’t find jeans like that…. thank God!  Lol

  • How has your perspective on your avatar and your thoughts about your appearance changed since you first joined Second Life?

They haven’t – always been me.  Boring huh!  lol.

  • Has Second Life influenced your Real Life in any way?

Very much so.  I have seen the 2 sides of SL – the good and the bad – and on balance – overall it has been a very positive thing for me – however I have seen it destroy many people.   I have chronic OCD and Multiple Allergy Syndrome, and that with an ill elderly, co-dependent mother, that I also have to care for in RL, means I have very little freedom in RL.  SL gives me freedom.  It taught me how to control my OCD via an SL support group – and I now mentor people with OCD in this specialist group, inworld.   It gave me something to do, when I was bedridden for 2 years awaiting surgery.  It gave me self confidence.  It gave me the chance to see bits of the RL world, that I might never have seen, albeit representations of them.  It gave me new friends, and support in some very terrrible times in my life in ways that I found my RL friends didn’t.  And because of my mother’s restrictions and controlling tendencies in RL I was denied a very valuable RL experience, but with SL – I could bypass her, and so it gave me the chance to actually have my first ever ‘boyfriend’ and ‘relationship’ in a way that she couldn’t stop.  I’ve had 2 long relationships both lasting over 2 years in SL.  Neither worked out – but that whole chapter made me grow up a lot in RL.  SL is my escape from the general chaos of my RL.  Some people turn to drink and drugs – I turn to SL to de-stress and get away from it all.  I still ensure that I have my feet firmly in RL though, and try not to let it control my life.  But I do truely love SL!  heheheh

  • How do you view your avatar? Is it just a tool to be able to navigate SL, is it an aspect of your persona, a virtual representation of you or maybe your best friend?

My AV is a virtual representation of me.  In RL my nickname is Jinny and I am known as someone who is always nice and good (not a do-gooder as such, just someone who won’t deliberately start trouble or gets in trouble) – and in SL my name is Jinny (or Jinnywitha Cleanslate = Jinny with a clean slate).  I would be heartbroken if I found my AV been deleted by accident one day, and I could never get her back.  I think my therapy bills would go through the roof if that ever happened!  LOL – I’d probably need grief counselling too.  LOL.   My AV is such a strong part of me that when my health was in critical condition, and I was making my own memorial booklet for my RL funeral if I didn’t survive – I had a picture of my SL self and my SL name, and D.O.B. on the back cover – and my RL self and name etc, on the front.  I even have an SL Last Will And Testament, to distribute any Lindens and transferables amongst people.  All my RL and SL friends have said that SL has been a positive thing for me, and I felt it important to acknowlege that, in the event of my passing.

(Photos by Jinnywitha Cleanslate.)

Bandana Day (Hair Fair 2011) – information

It is that time of the year again. The big call out to all those wanting to help us create some memorable Bandanas for Bandana Day. As usual Bandana Day is held on the last day of Hair Fair, where we remove our hair to show we care. All proceeds from the sale of the bandanas goes to the donation for Wigs for Kids, this years charity of choice for Hair Fair.

All Bandanas are sold for 50L each and only available at Hair Fair 2011, and each one is created by someone you may know. Or this year it could be made by YOU!

For your info and Bandana Kit contact a Hair Fair Committee Member or send a notecard to CharitySasy String and one will be sent to you. The deadline for bandanas is June 12th so get in early and start being creative.


Sasy Scarborough

Ashia Tomsen

Whimsy Winx

Gabby Panacek

Newdoll Nikolaidis

Quoted from the official blog for Hair Fair 2011.