Posted in clothes, Flickr, nudity, scenic, Second Life, shopping

The 500$L Blouse

The 500$L Blouse

A demo for Layla’s Brooklyn Top has lived in my Demos folder for some time now, waiting for me to decide if I should spend 500$L or not. That’s expensive for a blouse in one color, even one that can be “stripped” like this one can. You or someone you allow can click the blouse to make it open up in steps until it is completely off. In this picture, it is four steps from full closed. The transparency can be adjusted, too. The stripping feature makes it several blouses, I suppose, but I still hesitated to buy it. Then I was dressing and thought of it when I put on Zaara’s Arpora Fisherman’s Pants (fitted mesh) *so chic* (a gacha purchase; SLurl) and got an idea. The pair would make a great, casual outfit for Summer. I zipped to the store (SLurl) and bought the blouse right away.

Location: Las Islas – Las Arenas, Second Life (SLurl) G-rated

Avatar details:

  • Skin: Lumae Eirtae – T7 – Nutmeg // Bare (Freck / Brow 4)
  • Hair: Ayashi Makoto hair-Fatpack
  • Eyes: theSkinnery Happy B-day! Eyes
  • Body: Maitreya Mesh with Mandala: Steking Unisex Ears – Season 5
  • Jewelry & Makeup: Aisling Circe [Chakra ThirdEye/DBlue] necklace; Punch Hoop Earrings; PUNCH / Nyan Belly Piercing (for Maitreya); kunst – Fox ring / gold; Luxuria Simple Liner and Shadow (smokey neutral); Gyaru Nose Tattoo; Mad Line Lips
Posted in avatar, Flickr, real life, Second Life

On Being Poly(chromatic)

On Being Poly(chromatic) 2
Some of the most wonderful people I know in Second Life never change their avatar. Ever. And haven’t in over a decade. On purpose. Others adamantly stick with one general concept: Unicorn, pre-teen, mole, faun, etc. They all have identities. Then there’s a few, like me, changing their avatar more often than they change their Real Life underwear.

What I change most often is my skin. By “I” and “my” and “me” the character Uccello Poultry should be inferred. My alts hardly change other than upgrades (newer wings, other hair, etc). Uccello is heavily polychromatic. Here she’s grey. When she logged in she was chocolate. Often people see in a blue skin. This is something I’d rather like to do in Real Life. Might it end racism? Probably not. I’m Irish-born and there are places I wouldn’t be welcome regardless of color.

This isn’t meant to be a diatribe on any politically sensitive issue, though. Elsewhere I’ve written about being tired of identifying as Caucasian and related topics. Instead, I’m just expressing myself through polychromatism and how my attitudes about Uccello are changing. Of late, I’m trying to gel her overall look much as my other characters have. Xandah is far more upscale than Uccello and definitely favors Indian fashion. Zyx (not the young pixy) is somber, almost always in black, leaning toward otherworldly clothes and never, ever speaking. An alt I share with my brother is always a robot. And so forth with other alts, as you can imagine. Each also follows a strict rule of being in character at all times, except in private conversations with close friends.

Uccello is far more organic (a polite euphemism). Over the years I  haven’t tried to pin any standards to her and thus she has (and her Inventory has) become quite chaotic. Perhaps that’s because I am much the same in Real Life – rather directionless. My wardrobe is entirely bland, but I have never really developed me. I’ve gone from hiding in plain sight and avoiding people to being cooped up nearly 24/7 as a caregiver for a decade. Now that I’m 30 years old and really facing life more or less on my own, I need to start defining things. It is time I do so with Uccello, too.

Lately, she’s been wearing the same nose and lip stripe makeup at all times, tinting it as needed. Jewelry is far more common. Something blue is always worn even when her skin is not blue. And I’m trying to have her dress less like a trollop. Well, at least in public. All part of creating a more cohesive identity. Rather like growing up, I suppose.

Edit: After posting this I was reminded by someone of Robert A. Heinlein’s novel Friday, the story wherein an almost throwaway mention of a technology that allows one to change their skin made a devastating impact on a certain 10-year old girl, scarred from violence and wanting to be anyone but herself. Part of an identity, one might say.

Posted in Flickr, home, mainland, scenic, Second Life

At the Seogyeo Woods Pool

At the Seogyeo Woods Pool

Like many in Second Life, I have a few homes. The Seogyeo Woods (SLurl) Is the first I’ve ever given a backstory. Along with the adjacent Seogyeo Retreat (a cabin that Angela and I have lived in for a little while), this land was part of a royal residence ages ago, specifically the Bathhouse. Some of the ruins are visible. More need to be excavated. The large pond was once the main pool, but nature has reclaimed it. Ducks, fish, and otters enjoy its waters now and at times you’ll see an osprey from the nearby ocean roost in a tree.

The pool pictured here was part of the original complex, but stones from around the site have been reworked to make it more modern. Weaving in a bit of pixy magick with some assistance from a clever beagle, the pool is now my favorite place in all of Second Life.

Very seldom have I ever blocked access to my homes so all are invited to drop by at any time. The pool still had fresh grout after being finished before strangers were already using it. Just be prepared as I’m often half-dressed when I’m home. The SLurl is listed above and the Zany Zen Railway is adjacent so you can take the train to visit.

 

Click the image above to see it embiggend on Flickr.

Posted in body part, Flickr, real life, Second Life, skin

A Colorful Tuesday

Topless Tuesday 05 June 2018
It’s no secret that I have an obsession with – even a fetish for – women’s breasts. Some of this is, indeed, sexual. Afterall, my bi-sexuality leans 90% women so it’s ingrained in who I am. But part of my obsession is that breasts are treated with misogynistic inequality. In many places in and out of Second Life women must cover thier torsos when men are not required to do so. To me the eunequal treatment is a lack of maturity. If someone can’t handle the sight of a woman’s breasts, what other problems do they have?

Like skin color (AKA, race). You don’t have to be on Twitter or Facebook or other social media to have seen the rash of people behaving badly when they see a person of color. Here’s the most recent example I’ve seen:

One of my first thoughts was “I’m embarrassed to be white.” Nearly every instance I’ve seen of this sort of abuse involves someone white being stupid. White pride, huh? Does someone have to work at being white? And is this how they practice? This lady probably needs more practice as she’s driving a Japanese car.

In Real Life (iRL) I’m a pasty white Irish girl, about to turn 30 and giving into gravity. I wish my iRL boobs were as perky as my SL ones*. But moreso lately I wish I could be polychromatic. Above I’m wearing Lumae’s Eirtae T9 Java Freckles but in shorthand I call it Chocolate. When i’m not in the mood to be my usual dark blue (Lumae’s Adore Aegean skin) or another color I usually wear this skin rather than one of my several Caucasian skins. Just not comfortable being white any more.

If only I could color-shift in Real Life as I do in Second Life.

Topless Tuesday 05 June 2018 Iris Okkido and Me
Iris Okkido dropped by the arboretum for a Topless Tuesday picture.
This and my solo pic are on Flickr.

*Especially my perky new Nifty Bits – Boobies Moundz 1.5e “implants” (Marketplace).

Posted in contest, exploration, Flickr, Press Release, Second Life

ZZR Photo Competition

When I received the following Press Release from Zen Swords (zenriaco Resident) about a photo competition for her lovely railroad, my thought was “I have lots of photos I could enter!” Then I thought “Probably wouldn’t be right to enter as we are family.” Turns out I have just one photo anyway. Read on to see how you could win L$3500 and bragging rights!

ZZR Halloween 2018 3

The ZZR Needs You! to take photos of Little Coverston!

Hello there,

Thank you for your interest in this competition, Little Coverston has been without a Land Picture for a year almost. The Land Picture is an important thing as when people search for a place they tend to go off the picture to see if its worth it. So what does this have to do with you?

I want you *boops your nose* to take the most awesome picture you can of Little Coverston. If it is awesome enough. you will win 3500 Linden. Simples!

How To Enter:

(1) Take your picture.

(2) Send it to Flickr

(3) Submit it to this group with somewhere in the description of the photo “Little Coverston Photo Competition”: https://www.flickr.com/groups/thezanyzenrailway/

(4) Send a Notecard or IM inworld with the Flickr Link to your picture and your Second Life Username to ZenriaCo Resident inworld.

(4) On the 31st of May, the winner will be announced!

How it will be Judged:

Me (ZenriaCo Resident) and The ZZR Managers will go through the pictures and find which one we like best then we will discuss till we all come to a clear winner.

“But why not hold a public vote and let the public vote what they think is the best?” I hear you ask. While it was tempting Public Votes tend to consist of people bringing in their friends, alts, and bots.

RULES:

(1) All Photos must contain Little Coverston in them.

(2) The main focus must be Little Coverston (you can be in the photo but not in the centre focus).

(3) No super wide panoramics. Think small box!

(4) You may put a small watermark/tag in the corner of the picture.

(5) Editing/Photoshopping is allowed.

(6) 1 Entries Max Per Person.

(7) All Entries must be submitted by 31st of May.

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Little Coverston SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gaori/97/242/28

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So what are you waiting for? go get snapping!

The Zany Zen.