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hallucinatory heat

  So it is hot again. One of the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest is avoiding blistering heat, but thanks to global climate change, I am afraid that may become a thing of the past. However, I suppose I should keep it in perspective. It is far hotter elsewhere. Most of the time, when you read about someplace deathly hot with temperatures in excess of 120° Fahrenheit, you can also add “but at least it is dry heat” which might be small comfort at that temperature, but it still makes a difference. This was made very clear when I read a news article that left me reeling and think I should be grateful. There is a city in Iran, on the Persian Gulf, that reached a Heat Index of 165° degrees – that is heat of 115° and a dew point of 90. Heat and humidity, that is just not fair. Now my response to heat is to dress lightly, so imagine that heat in a burqa. It makes me very grateful for my much lower intensity heat discomfort.    Of course, in Second Life, the temperature is an always perfect 72° with freshening breezes that are calibrated to never muss your hair.… Read the rest150801_006


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Damselfly Marnie hair and Azuchi Suma dress If you have been following this blog lately, you know that Hair Fair happened and while it was happening, I have been publishing interviews with Hair Fair designers. I got a notecard back from one on Sunday. It was from Shyla Honey of Damselfly and began with an apology because she had been out of town for two weeks and wanted me to know she had not been ignoring my notecard queries. I didn’t read the rest because I was in a bit of hurry. I popped over to Hair Fair to buy the two of her Hair Fair releases I had not already purchased and pick up the gifts and shot my pictures of all her hairs. Then I opened the notecard back up and realized that the note was all she sent, reasonably assuming since Hair Fair was ending, I would not continue the interviews. Oh well, at least I have all the pictures. I decided to wear this dress from Azuchi because it has that  huge ruffle across the bodice that normally conflicts with hair and Damselfly hair is often long and curly and exactly the sort of hair likely to cause problems with a bodice ruffle.… Read the restDamselfly Marnie_001

Hair Fair Designers — MissAllSunday Lemon

I have been wearing Wasabi Pills since 2008, though the first year I was wearing Wasabi Pills skin and then later, when she began wearing hair, I started wearing her hair, too. Between Gidge and me, there are nearly 200 posts with Wasabi Pills hair. I do not know if I was one of the first to blog her items, but I do remember that when I first blogged her skin, she sent me a warm and friendly note. I also remember how when mesh hit the grid, she hit the ground running as if all that time before mesh was just preparation for mesh when she really got into creating a new level. Wasabi Pills Saffron Wasabi Pills Saffron It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? MissAllSunday Lemon: Well, I honestly wouldn’t know which was the craziest thing we (me and Rouge Darcy, my partner in Wasabi Pills) did, but at the beginning we had a lot of fun going around with the strangest clothes and gadgets, talking to new people and taking pics.… Read the restWasabi Pills Saffron_001

Hair Fair Designers — Alice Demonia

I wore my first Alice Project hair three years ago this month. Alice Project holds a special place in my heart for scaring me the first time I put on an all white hair that I applied a texture to. I am certain there was an involuntary squeak or two before I realized I had not broken it and just had to add the hud and click. We are friends on Plurk and I don’t think I will be telling any deep, dark secrets if I tell you she has a wicked, sardonic sense of humor. And as you can see from her favorite photo, “Nobody parties like Alice Demonia.” Hair Fair may be closed, but you will be able to find these styles in the stores. I have some remaining profiles to do, so on we go. Nobody Parties Like Alice Demonia by Vanity Mirror – 2013 Alice Project Strawberry It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Alice Demonia: My Second Life has been pretty boring, I think, hahah.… Read the restAlice Demonia by Vanity Mirror 2013

Repairing the World

  There is a concept in Judaism called “Tikkun Olam” which roughy translates to repairing the world. As with any religious concept, there is debate about what that means: does it urge people to because engaged in social justice activism to make the world more just or does it mean making the divinity of god manifest? I am not Jewish so the finer theological argument is not for me to engage, I can simply admire the confident power of that injunction. There is an assumption there that we all have agency, that we can do our part, and that power to repair the world is in our hands. However, since we are not magical creatures, we probably need to start small, with ourselves and our relation to the world, finding avenues to being people together, to create the Beloved Community, another religious concept, this time from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a community formed by and of agape or brotherly love, the selfless love of others that seeks justice and dignity for all.… Read the restBandana Day 2015_001

Bandana Day 2015… The End Is Here

It’s Bandana Day, the day we take off our hair just for a day, to show respect for those who have to do without. We have the luxury in SL to be anything, do anything, wear anything. In our real lives we’re constrained by biology in ways many people never talk about. Illness, disability, these things impact our real lives but in SL people can get away from them, ignore them and be free from the constraints that reality places upon us. But for one day we take off our hair to remember that beauty isn’t about hair, it isn’t about a thing you can see. Beauty is about who you are inside. Hair is the ribbon on the package. It’s what inside the package that matters. Hair Fair 2015 wraps up today. It’s your last chance to contribute to this amazing event by shopping at the wonderful shops that are participating. I hope you make it over if you haven’t yet. I hope to see more of you without your hair today. I’m so proud of everyone I’ve seen on the feeds already.… Read the rest

Hair Fair Designers — Helena Stringer

Our Lady of the Bugs was the first hairdo I purchased from The Stringer Mausoleum, long ago for Halloween 2008. Her work is instantly recognizable because it is wild and exuberantly creative, full of wit and a dollop of kookiness. It entertains as well as adorns. Helena Stringer – Pixel Mythos – Bats by Moonlight By Helena Stringer – 2015 The String Mausoleum Kitchen Magnet, Luxuria GigaWatt Bodysuit, Sn@tch Latex Gloves, Glamistry Echium Heels It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life®? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Helena Stringer: The Craziest Thing I have ever done in SL® would probably be taking the reigns of Media Manager for a rather large event, 2 weeks before it was to open. I learned a lot, and was rather successful at it. There was over 200 designers in that event, and I managed to get each of them covered at least 2 times, by a team of 60 bloggers.… Read the restHelena Stringer - Pixel Mythos - Bats by Moonlight - 1

She Stood In the Storm

For some reason, this feels cancer’s year. It has been wreaking havoc with too many lives. It will be a year in August since my sister’s diagnosis and double mastectomy and she is still not cleared to go back to work. Chemo laid waste to her immune system leaving her vulnerable to multiple bouts of pneumonia and a baker’s dozen of random diseases that I have never heard of – one so rare that it had never been seen in that hospital before. Then, just to make things interesting, they found three brain tumors during a scan. In the end, though, she has survived and hopes to be back to work soon. My niece is struggling with her own cancer battle, driving 330 miles to the Mayo Clinic and back again once a week. There are closer clinics, but she has always been an adventurous sort and  managed to acquire a rare and orphan form of cancer that can only be treated there. We had a scare with my one year old great nephew, but thankfully the tests came back negative a few days ago, but it has been a tense two weeks while we waited for results.… Read the restAzul for Lexi Project

Hair Fair Designers — Alice Klinger

Alice Klinger self-portrait – 2013 wearing A&A Elven Hunter Hair in Dark Brown.   My first hair from Alli & Ali was in 2009, when the Darla hair took the fashionista world by storm. I think everyone I know bought that hair. Since then, the brand has maintained its reputation for wild, exuberant hair that suits the bold, the outrageous and the wildest among us.       Alli&Ali Designs Dragon It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Alice Klinger: Probably being in SL as much as I am is the real crazy thing. I used to be there 20 hours every day when I started getting creative here, with only small coffee breaks, but recently learned to enjoy the real sun and my real garden again so, I have cut down on those all-nighters a bit. Alli&Ali Designs Margery and ghee unbroken line minidress IOF: What drew you to designing hair?… Read the restpetitealice

Seraseeya, Watcher of the River of Souls

Seraseeya was an unusual creature. With a foot in both worlds, she was neither human, nor fully a beast. Her mother was a harpy who had the unfortunate accident of picking a human male as a mate. We wont go into details, but the result was Seraseeya, and her 3 other sisters. Things were not too bad to start. The Harpy Broodmothers could tell there was something a bit different about them, they had funny feet and they lacked claws on their hands. There was not a feather on their head, nor much hair to speak of.  They let them be, thinking they would grow into their features. As the years passed, it became apparent that there was indeed something wrong, they looked more human, than harpy. This would not do. More story and credits below the cut. Late one night, a group of Broodmothers crept up on Seraseeya’s family nest. Before her mother could so much as shriek, 2 of Seraseeya’s siblings were murdered. Seraseeya, who just happened to be the strongest of the brood, took her remaining sister, and fled, fumbling in the sky, with the extra load of her whimpering sister.… Read the restHelena Stringer - IOF - Seraseeya - 1

Hair Fair Designers — Mirja Mills

I discovered EMO-tions in April 2010 thanks to a blog post by Sugar Planer. I became a fan of her romantic and wild styles. There is something so undisciplined about Mirja Mills hair. It wants to move and be free. Even with the arrival of mesh, her hair has the feeling of movement and freedom. Mirja Mills Self Portrait – 2014 EMO-tions Stephanie It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Mirja Mills: Craziest , most exciting and silliest in all was the first year .. when I was sooo addicted that logging out meant pain The best feeling was to realize that there were people who liked what I create. And awesome always was and is to make wonderful friends in a virtual world. EMO-tions Stephanie IOF: What drew you to designing hair? When did you start? What are some of the changes that were most significant for you?Read the restMirja Mills Self Portrait - 2014

Hair Fair Designers — Emerrem and Bertha Weiss

  Emerrem and Berthaweiss are two sisters whose bonds in their real life just make their Second Live richer. Their store, .EMBW. was new to me at this year’s Hair Fair and I was excited to see their creations, particularly since I am always complaining there is not enough short hair.

EMBW Psi It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Emerrem and Bertha Weiss: WE LOVE DOING SILLY THINGS! We also photograph every silly moment. Like one time I wanted to see the creator of the little fairies, I tried to select “Edit” but my mouse went wrong to “Sit here,” the next moment I sit on that little fairy’s head with a silly sitting pose, and she carried me up and up and then stuck into the wall. xD EMBW Erulasse includes a hud to change the band on the braid. IOF: What drew you to designing hair?Read the restWith lovely friends ^-^

Hair Fair Designers — Annette Voight

I found Decoy first through my love of shoes seven years ago – not just seven years ago, but seven years ago this month. That means Annette Voight has been around creating through all the changes in design technology, learning new skills and adapting to the trends and revolutions of Second Life with élan. She started making hair just five years ago, but from the outset, her textures were great (redheads have to be picky) and her style casual, but always elegant. Decoy Jen It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Annette Voight: The most exciting experience for me was exploring Numbakulla, this awesome puzzle adventure sim that I stumbled upon around 2007/2008 when I was still pretty new to SL. I was bored of only hanging out at typical places like beaches and clubs, so this was one of the best hidden treasures for me.… Read the restFound

Hair Fair Designers — Neveah Niu


It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Never Niu: OMG, there have been so many silly, exciting and strange moments that have happen to me in second life, I am not sure where to begin with that one. However, I think the most exciting and fun thing I have done is role-play on the Kingdom Of Sand sims. I find it so interesting to see individual’s rp in the heat of moment and just go wherever their imagination takes them. Second Life is such a big place with so many individuals who have big imaginations I love being a part of that. Iconic Aria IOF: What drew you to designing hair? When did you start and what were some of the most significant changes for you? NN: Well, I am artist by nature. I draw, paint, game and sculpt for enjoyment. I have a degree in design and development where I am fortunate to use my education in both rl and in sl.… Read the restVACATION_TIME

Hair Fair Designers — Syndel Daviau & River Eternal

Asset Rocket Syndel Daviau and River Eternal are the design partnership behind the Asset hair salon. River Eternal described their relationship like this. “The shop is ours, but she’s the brain, I’m mostly the hands” When the brain and hands work together, some amazing things can be produced. Sandel Daviau completed the interview. It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Sandel Daviau: The craziest, most exciting and probably silliest thing altogether that I’ve been doing in SL since my very arrival is to own roleplay sims. So far they have been about a dozen and I never can stop myself from thinking about the next one. It’s like an addiction to bring amazing playgrounds to the grid, much like making books come alive so people can play in them. I always think about stopping: “this will be my last sim!”, but when I see it I’ve already commissioned a new one.… Read the restAsset Rocket_001

Hair Fair Designers — Queue Marlowe

Analog Dog Psylocibin at Hair Fair 2015 demonstrates Marlowe’s skill at  outwitting alpha glitches. 
Who has not gotten lost in the forests of hair at Analog Dog. From my first visit, I have found the quantity and diversity of hair overwhelming. This comes from a long history of creating hair and from the skill to create hair that stands up to the test of time, changing fads and changing technology. Any hair love will be able to recognize Analog Dog hair in an instant. Creator Queue Marlowe’s style is easily recognized in large part because her hair moves. Flexi has gone out of fashion in large part because it cannot be rigged and because people struggle with alpha glitches. Marlowe cannot avoid the rules of alpha layers, but she can stretch those rules and she can outwit them – as anyone who has tried on her hair can see. Analog Dog hair is unique, long may it wave…and bounce. Analog Dog Psylocibin with additional curls add on.… Read the restAnalog Dog Psylocibin_001

Hair Fair Designers — Leyla Flux

Self Portrait of Leyla Flux 2015 KoKoLoReS Skyler for Hair Fair 2015 It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience?  Leyla Flux: Actually, I don’t think I ever did something really crazy in SL. I came here in 2009 for the premiere of my Machinima movie “Saving Grace” at the Machiniplex theatre, which was run by Sol Bartz, better known as Phil Overman Rice in the machinima world. My film was not a Second Life movie but made using the program Moviestorm and footage taken in the game X³ Terran Conflict, and I was asked to do an interview with Overman and the interested viewers at the venue. That was in February 2009. So I stood in front of the audience, knowing next to nothing about SL, in my noobie avatar. It was fun, and frightening at the same time! Later that year, my film was shown at the Machinima Expo, by then I was already infected with the SL bug and looked much more stylish than in February.… Read the restthe smell of you

Hair Fair Designers — Thora Charron

Thora Charron, April 2015 If you have ever wanted to discover what it feels like to be trampled by a herd of bison, just teleport to Lelutka after the group received a notice of a new hair release by Thora Charron. It is not for the faint of heart. Why such excitement? I think there are a few reasons. For a redhead like me who wants to avoid the fiery and brassy reds, her hair textures are a wonder.  I am surely not alone. Her releases often reflect a theme, an organizing inspiration so there is always some curiosity about what new thing she has done. She innovates. While fades and ombres have spread like wildfire, I remember that they did not exist “back in the day” and the frenzy when she released her first hair with roots. There is thoughtfulness behind her releases that inspires curiosity, anticipation, excitement and stampedes. Lelutka Dakota hair with Coco Sheer Panel top and skirt and Essenz shoes. It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life?Read the restThora's New Face (unedited)

Hair Fair Designers — Anya Ohmai

Anya Ohmai is one of the most beloved creators in Second Life® for very good reasons. All of her creations are full of joy, her playful wit and quirky humor part of their DNA. Despite her unquestionable talent, she remains humble about her skills, seeing herself as a perpetual learner always striving to do better. She is also a person of character whose kindness goes to the marrow. She does not produce a lot of hair; but every year at Hair Fair, there is a crowd of eager fashionistas waiting to see what flight of fancy she has come up with this time. Ballerina Solitude by Anya Ohmai Ohmai’s personal style is very soft and feminine, youthful and sweet. The humorous motifs in her creations lead people to adopt a more kawaii sort of style with her hair. I thought it would be a fun challenge to go in the opposite direction, showing that her hair works just as well for high fashion styles. You will have to decide if I succeeded. It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life?Read the restBallerina Solitude

Hair Fair Designers — Kavar Cleanslate

Kavar Clearnslate – self portrait 2015 Kavar Cleanslate is the highly popular and much-loved stylist behind the Exile brand. While he turns his hand to every style from short cuts to romantic updos, he is best known for his lovely long flowing styles and he innovations in texturing, tinting and streaking hair with HUDS that allow wearers to go wild with color.     Exile Siren’s Call can be found at Hair Fair. The lingerie is from Luxuria. Exile In the Shade It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life®? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Kavar Clearslate: I think the silliest was a few years ago (after a Hair Fair set up in fact) I set up this race track with friends in the sky with buildings that had those break apart scripts in them and we spend 2 hours wrecking the place with cars and prims flying everywhere, it was a blast.
IOF: What drew you to designing hair?Read the restKavar Clearnslate - self portrait 2015