Holding On

Greeting and happy Sunday,

I have been a little bit on the grouchy side of life lately, and today, I am going to try to be positive and appreciate the many, many blessings in my life.  I hate funks.  And my funk has to do more with my real life, but the real life stuff that makes you forget to stop and enjoy life.  So, as the title suggests, I am holding on to my zen.

And that leads to my little run out to my garden house in SL.  I recently acquired new land and I love little glass garden houses.  You can find some of the items I used down below in the credits.  At the time, I was also sifting through my inventory and I settled on this outfit–it was so comfortable looking.

See my cute shorts–They are by Paper Arrow who debuted I believe around the summer time, and I have been impressed with their releases for many reasons.  They release footwear, accessories, and clothes.  Their clothes also include fittings for Maitreya, Slink Original and Hourglass, Belleza Isis, Freya, and standard sizes.  I mean–I know that takes lots of work, so I am very appreciative to any designer that includes so many options.  As a shopper, I tend to gravitate to those brands, which is why I also have a Blueberry item on.  Both brands think of all shoppers and the mesh bodies they wear when they create, and that is pretty cool.  You don’t have to worry–will it fit me?  You can find the cute shorts I’m wearing at The Season Story–they come in a plethora of patterns that connect to that winter theme.  The fit is amazing.  You will absolutely adore them.   Is anyone else really excited to see more and more Slink Hourglass items!?  I am.

The minute I demo’d the Tableau hair, Shocking Hair, I knew I wanted it.  Lots of attitude and I love their blonde shades.  I loved the bangs, the way it parted, and the profile of the hair is also pretty killer.  You can find it at Collabor88.  And I am obsessed with mesh heads, so seeing that Glam Affair made appliers for LOGO and Catwa  for Collabor88 made me squeal–another brand who keeps the shoppers in mind and always releases mesh head appliers mixed with system skins.  Glam Affair Lia for Catwa is so soft, with some pouty lips that she fit my mood perfectly, especially for my picture.

Not normally so chatty, but I felt like writing something this morning!  Cheers to keeping yourself in zen mode this coming week.

Sophee Mojo

*New*
paper.arrow pj.shorts floral [s-hourglass] @ Season Story is OPEN  [also available for Maitreya, Slink Original, Belleza, Standards]
Tableau Vivant \\ Shocking hair – Blonds @ Collabor88
Glam Affair-Catwa Applier-Lia @ Collabor88

 Other Credits:
BentBox Sylvan Ears – Small
Blueberry – Shyla – Knotted Tops – Slink Hourglass    [also available for Maitreya, Slink Original, Belleza, Standards]
CATWA HEAD Annie V4.3
IKON Triumph Eyes
paper.arrow heart.necklace.rose
Slink Physique Hourglass Mesh Body
Pose by An Lar-Being Miss Read series

Other Credits:
[PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Seed Box RARE (gacha item)
Shutterfield-LD  jug with flowers – country white
*MC* Last Summer Days / Flowers in a bottle #17 (gacha item)
Soy. Old laboratory table (white metal) *worked well as a garden house table
[PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Small Clay Pots  (gacha item)
dust bunny . lily greenhouse  (gacha item)

Come play with me.

We <3 RP is open for business, and I have to say there are so many wonderful items.  There are also gifts this round, so make sure to be on the lookout for those as well.

Azuchi has updated their beautiful Archer outfit to include boots.  The boots come with and without a crest option, and they also come with a black version.  If you find the boots still poke through, put on the isis version of the pants. This was stated in the notecard that comes with the pants! Since I alphaed everything out, it didn’t really matter which version I wore.  Very simple fix to make sure your boots fit those pants! You can find a close-up of the boots below.   Yummy had a few different items that I adored as well.  I am wearing the utility belt and the necklace.  My hair by KoKoLoReS was the perfect fit for me.  It allowed me to show off my BentBox ears and shirt, but still have some hair flowing over my shoulder.

 

-Credits-
*Bolson / Tattoo – Mr. Burton (Worn)
(Yummy) Ancient Amulet Necklace – Gold @ We <RP
(Yunmy) Leather Utility Belt @ We <RP
-Belleza- Isis
.random.Matter. – Ardic Bone Collar – Gold
BentBox Sylvan Ears
CATWA HEAD Annie
Azuchi Archer Outfit @ We <RP
Azuchi Archer Boots *New* @ We <RP
[Buzz] Aura Eyes – Forrest
[[KoKoLoReS] Hair – Delaney @ We <RP
Pose by Label Motion-Fairy Sparkle

-Scene-
+Half-Deer+ Fennec Foxes
*alirium* ItchyGrass [DarkGreen]
Cubes Store: Pans Oak Tree, Hecates Oak Tree, Gods Rays* Season Change Hud

Boots Blog archer

Truth… I kept believing it falls always from the lips of the one you love and trust the most.

“Love … I put so much faith in it. Truth … I kept believing it falls always from the lips of the one you love and trust the most. Faith … it’s all bound up to love and trust. Where does one end and the other start, and how do you tell when love is the blindest of all?”
― V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic

Shiny Shabby is back for October. You can see the gallery over at Seraphim of all beautiful items to preshop. Zenith released an ornate dress that falls just above the ankles at Shiny Shabby that immediately grabbed my attention.  The Vintage Corset dress is offered in standard sizing.  I decided to rock the Just Design Friday heels (socks included) with the dress. Just Design fits their shoes to Belleza, Slink, and Maitreya feet–since I change my body daily it is nice to have such a myriad of options.  These shoes are available at the Pastel Goth Event. Glam Affair also released new head appliers for the LeLutka mesh heads in celebration of the new added expressions to Lelutka’s mesh heads. I chose to mix and match Eline and Laura.  Make sure to look for an update or revisit their delivery system in store.  You can pick up your new Glam Affair appliers while you do so!

For those that do not know, I did update my earlier post about Maitreya to reflect their response.  I am not sure how or why so many people close to the situation were confused.  I know that designers were in a panic, no notice stated why weights were not included in these specific kits, and no one was responding to inquiries from Maitreya to resolve the situation.   Maitreya’s statement makes it clear that these issues were isolated.  I will let time tell the rest of this story and look forward to Maitreya supporting other content creators.

Slink has released a curvier version of her mesh body.  Since I collect mesh bodies as a side hobby, I am sure this one will be added to my inventory as well.  With the success of mesh bodies, I can only see more and more bodies on the horizon

-Credits-
Monso-Minju @ Shiny Shabby
Zenith-Vintage Corset Dress @ Shiny Shabby
Just Design @ Pastel Goth Event
Glam Affair Mesh Head Appliers-Eline & Lauren
Ikon Eyes
LeLutka Aria Mesh Head *UPDATED* with expressions
Location: L2 Studio

Maitreya begins the reign of bad blood


an lar [poses] The Polarius Series

[Update 10/21: I had several creators give me the information that the new policy was to send out bodies and not weights. It wasn’t a wild assumption.  They sent emails and provided their dialogue. I had other creators, who have full kits, support the conclusion that Maitreya changed their policy to only include the body and no weights.  That view has currently changed  via the policy written on Maitreya site.  My only conclusion is that either Maitreya changed their stance or they didn’t clearly communicate with creators in their process. Maybe there is some other reason why this confusion happened.  Either way, I am glad to hear that creators may have a chance to get a full kit.  Maitreya does acknowledge in their process that they do not give the kit to everyone. The process to gain Maitreya kits is selective and takes a while, and some may never get the full kit. While my post may have been an “overstatement,” I am beyond happy that consumers understand that clothing creators want to provide Maitreya fitted clothing, but in some aspects their hands are tied, so they either try their best to present to the consumer a “Beta” version or because of the process no version. I have heard that some standard sizing does fit the Maitreya body, and some commented to shop for what you like rather than what signs are on a product because with alpha cuts it may work (demo, demo, demo all the things!).  One last note brought up by a commenter below is when you buy a mesh body, you buy it “as is” and you can’t expect content to be made for that product. With new mesh bodies being made and distributed often today, the consumer needs to know that when they purchase a product, they can’t let expectations from previous purchases persuade their thinking.  All creators manage, distribute, and deal with their products differently. ]

I see things in shades of grey. I always have.  When people ask me to choose a side, I get very uncomfortable.  That is how I feel currently as a blogger and girlfriend to a creator.

The mesh body business is lucrative.  I have no doubt the bodies make an obscene amount of money, and on the sidelines, I have heard numbers tossed around.  They are making money probably as I type.  Numerous amounts of mesh bodies hug the curves of the default body throughout the SL world, allowing most to enjoy a certain body type.  If you decide to go into this mesh body business, you usually understand your product needs clothes, therefore, you have to give out a developer kit to clothing creators.  Slink does this, Belleza does this, and most do.  The theory is that the more creators with a kit to your mesh body, the more people will buy your body.  However, one brand of body, Maitreya, has a more selective process, allowing only certain clothing brands to have the proper tools to create the clothes that everyone wants.

First, I want you to know I come to you as a Maitreya Lara owner and a Maitreya shopper.  I have supported the brand, and I, like many Maitreya shoppers, leaped through the air when they announced a mesh body.  Hordes of fitted clothing clinging my new Maitreya Lara body flashed before my eyes.   At events, I saw “Maitreya Beta” and “Maitreya experimental,” and I grabbed them up, hoping for a fit that would work on my shape and the alphas provided.  There were issues with these pieces.  I overlooked them.  Most creators didn’t have the kit and were just trying to “eyeball” the best the could.  I will be honest.  I had NO idea what that meant.  I thought you pushed some meshes around and voila it fits.  I just thought that at some point all creators would have the tools necessary to create clothes.

I bought the body because I thought creators would have the tools to make clothes.  The body, released Dec 2014, is now coming up on its 1st birthday and creators still DO NOT have this kit. Alarmingly, now people are not provided the proper tools once they get the kits. Most kits will come with the body files and “weights.”  The weights are CRUCIAL to the fit of the item.  They allow the clothes all of us wear to move with the body.  They allow for clothes to have that snug fit we all adore.  Maitreya has knowingly decided to OMIT this CRUCIAL tool from their developer’s kit.  Maitreya needed the SL default “weights” to create their own body (which are free and available to everyone). Without the SL weights, Maitreya wouldn’t have such a perfect product of their own.   I will ignore the fact that some creators have had to scan REAL LIFE identification cards in order to obtain the kit.

I understand that Maitreya has created a stellar body.  I get it. I get that others feel that Maitreya CAN monopolize Second Life.  I just don’t understand WHY they feel the need to create divides between creators, bloggers, and shoppers.  For a brand that joined the “Undivided” team,  I am left with questions because they have left many creators feeling like second class citizens.   Why not provide these designers the tools they need?

Most say this is a futile effort.  That Maitreya has the power, and they can do as they wish.  I hope that isn’t the case.  I want more than one style of lingerie from Erratic. I want choices.  I don’t want everything to come from the same 15 designers that have been selected.  In a world where there should be sharing and learning and support, I hope that Maitreya doesn’t spread the cement that DIVIDES us all.  If they are, in fact, their motto, I hope they see clothing creators as a chance to spread the “Undivided” logo.

I would like to say that I have heard nothing but positive comments about Onyx, the creator behind Maitreya, and I have heard something happened that prevents most to get full developer’s kits.  I can only hope they change their policy and views so that the shoppers, their source of income, have the best experience possible.

I am left at a loss.  I do love my Maitreya body, but I also know the stress and financial burden it has placed on numerous clothing creators who feel that having the tools to create awesome clothes is permitted to a few.  I am disappointed in spending and choosing to fully support a product that had not fulfilled the promises they made to all designers and shoppers.

Any creator should have the tools they need to create, and I silently shake my head in despair with you. #rureallyundivided.

If your clothes don’t fit, ask Maitreya.  They are the ones who don’t want you to have clothes.  I am just here to report it.  Maitreya is not giving out the tools for creators to do their job. End story. You can cry now.

I don’t know. Maybe this only bothers me because I hear about it more.  Does it bother you that the dev kit for Maitreya is basically the ULTRA RARE?  Should clothing creators jump through so many hoops to provide content?  Did I miss something you think I should have included?

-Credits-
!gO! Goplana glow @ We <3 RP
D!va”” Hair “Manon” (Type A)(Rhodolite)
Belleza- Venus V3
Genesis Lab -Julia 2.0
Just Design- Chantal Belleza Vintage