Salvation

-Credits-

Winter Touch Appliers-Fallen Gods @ We <3 RP
Corset and Mask-Enfant Terrible @ The Arcade
Winter Foxes-The Secret Store- @ The Arcade
+Half-Deer+ Jackalope Baby-rabbits @ The Arcade
“”D!va”” Hair “Luise”
Mon Cheri Lingerie @ Winter Trend
Stormwood: The Broken Tree Animated Scene – Winter
Belleza Mesh Body
Skin Appliers for Lelutka from YS&YS
Pose by Del May- Need Socks (modified)

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

direct the course of your spirit

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D!va- Hair “Diva2” -Moon stone
M.birdie Story-Matryoshka look Apron S RARE @shiny shabby
M.birdie Story- Matryoshka look clothing S RARE  @shiny shabby
LeLutka.Mesh Head-ARIA v1.1
ieQED irina.ring.set.all.left @shiny shabby
IKON Spectral Eyes -Clarity
Izzie’s – Lace Overknees
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
Decoy-Neve Boots – Black
Izzie’s LeLutka Applier-Sophee
Pose by Del May

You always save me

 

*New*
Glam Affair Lace Mini Top, Layered Skirt, and Spring Sandals @ Uber
An Lar- Pose and Prop-Within Reach @ Shiny Shabby

Other:
D!va- Emilie Hair
Maitreya Mesh Body/Feet
Slink- Hands
Glam Affair-Sia Skin-Asia
Chemistry-Rose clip (part of another hair)

On him: Deadwool top, Redgrave jeans, and Hermony Skin

Afternoon Delight

Pose-Olive Juice-Summer Beats-Hip Hop Hooray @ Summerfest ’13

What better way to say hello to summer than some truly fun in the sun items available at The Garden-Sandbridge.   I’m ashamed it took me so long to post these, but I kept playing with all the cool stuff.  I floated around in my floatie, I laid around in the sun on my sun blanket, and I kept very calm in my cute beach chair.   The beach set by Pixel Mode has some of my most favorite poses for both couples and singles.  The animation are so darling.  What I really like about The Garden-Sandbridge is the location of the event itself.  All items are out and easily in view so you truly get the beach vibe while shopping.  Another item that really caught my attention was the lifeguard tower made by Breno.  It is the perfect place to curl up as the sun sets and sip on some wine, which is conveniently included with your purchase of the tower.

Delight

 

Credits
D!va- Hair Mimi (Type A)(Cat’s eye) @Collabor88
V.e. Elle Bikini & Coverup- Leaf @ Summerfest ’13
Slink- Mesh Hands and Feet
Glam Affair – Margot – Europa Clean – Blonde
IKON Vanity Eyes – Dew

The Garden-Sandbridge:
Pixel Mode – Classic Beach Chair – KC Pink
Pixel Mode – Essex Beach Blanket
Breno-Avalon Lifeguard Tower
Botanical – Sand Barrier Fence Long

Other items:
Standby Inc. – Beach Radio [Bubblegum]
Alouette – Porch Swing
Alouette – Tropical Getaway House
Studio Skye-Beach

 

 

 

Ruffles and Eyes. Oh my.

Ikon-Vanity-Eyes

If someone has not put together this outfit yet, I will be shocked.  They are adorable together.   You can find the Fashionably Dead Maxi Skirt and Just Frills top by Aux at Collabor88.  You can also pick up D!va’s new hair, Sayaka3, and Glam Affair’s  new Europa skin tone, Margot, there as well.

My eyes are a new release by Ikon, and I really loved the color Starfall in his new series Vanity Eyes.  Finally, Ison released a new Scout Boho bag not too long ago that I think finished off my outfit perfectly. The bag comes in all sorts of colors.  I picked up a chocolate brown one as well.  Three pose options are included with the purse.  Sorry to be all choppy and on the fly, but life happens!

-Credits-

“D!va”” Hair “Sayaka3” (Type A)(Moon stone) @ Collabor88
(fd) Maxi Skirt w/ Belt – Tan @ Collabor88
ISON – scout boho bag -right hand *NEW
Slink Mesh Hands Casual
[Aux] Just Frills – short  – Anchor – pink @ Collabor88
[Gos] Marilyn Sandals – Hazel & Calf –
Glam Affair – Margot – Europa 01 – Blonde @ Collabor88
IKON Vanity Eyes – Starfall *New

Immerse

Poses: Focus Poses-Model 60-4  & Everglow-Girls-611

I have been trying to blog for two weeks.  Trying. Failing. Trying.  Failing.  Finally, I just took a break for a few days.  Sometimes, you just have to step away.  So many, many events and releases over the past few days, so I decided I needed to try to get back into the swing of things.  I started out with a dress from Bilo, and the dress must have been magic because my blogging spirit returned!  There are three different versions of this dress: a shimmery one, patterned, and plain.  I like that there were options.   I really was going back and forth between the shimmery colors and this pattern that I decided on.   The dress will definitely make you stand out in the crowd.  I decided I needed some red shoes.  I think I only have one other pair of red shoes in my inventory, and they are sneakers, so I was able to justify my purchase of these killer heels from Maitreya.  I needed them, but of course!

Once I had my clothes, I headed over to Collabor88 to see what I could maybe add to my outfit.  I picked up the necklace by Maxi Gossamer and hair by D!va.  I think I do that every round.

 

-Credits-
D!va-Asami-Moon Stone-Type B @ Collabor88
Bilo-Nandini-Red
Maitreya Gold-Liaison-Lipstick
Maxi Gossamer-Eyelashes-Inverted Crown
Maxi Gossamer-Filigree Oval-Combo-@ Collabor 88
Slink-Mesh Hands-Relax
Deetalez-Dolly-V2-Glossy Winter-Lips No. 6
IKON-Eternal Eyes-Lagoon

Zenith and G-Field for Fair

Pose-Everglow-616-modified (I just moved the arm out a bit more to fit the purse)

I finally made it to Fair, an event brought to us by Chic Management.  I picked up adorable boots by G-Field.  Seriously, the bow on the back it cute (see picture below). I love how my mesh jeans from The Secret Store actually fit snugly inside the cuff.    I decided to focus on accessories this round so I added Zenith’s purse for Fair to my outfit.

I missed this coat when it was first released from Valentina E., but I thought it went perfectly with my G-Fields boots.  Now, I have the perfect holiday outfit to go Christmas shopping.

-Credits-
D!va Hair-Manon-Type A-Rhodolite
G-Field-Mesh-Fur Cuff Boots-Sasha-Brown @ Fair
V.e.-Belted Blanket Coat-Reds
Zenith-Macie Mini Leather Shoulder Bag @ Fair
Kyoot-Simple Cozy Sweater-Coco
Mayfly-Deep Sky Mesh Eye-Rainshower Shadow
MG-Mesh Eyelashes
The Secret Store- Rise Skinny Jeans-Blue Denim
Glow Studio-Cross and Pearls
Adam n Eve-Disa-T2-Bare with Blonde Brows and Freckles

Location: Cafe Green Gables

Week Forty-Two: Cosmic

Poses-Focus Poses-99-1

Ladies and Gentlemen.  A First.  A Numero Uno.  I have an outfit for 52 weeks of color way before the deadline.   Wow.  Well, of course, this means I need to dish out some thank yous. *Saunters up to platform* Well, first on my list:

League: Seriously, I love you.   Thank you for not only coming out for one item, but coming out with an item that pretty much only needed me to add hair.  My boots to my jewelry thank you.

Pretty Island: Well, aren’t you fabulous.  I love your location.  You have made my life so much easier to photograph.

Focus Poses: How could I look all cute and innocent without you?  Thank you very much!

the Skinnery:  Seriously, you are the first skin that I love this much *extends arms wide as they will go*; I just seem not me without you.

Luna Jubilee: I wouldn’t be here without you.  Kisses.

*Bows and exits platform*

Pose-Focus Poses-104-2

-Credits-

D!va-Hair-Norma-Topaz-Type A
League-Boots, Outfit, & Jewelry *New
H+L-Liner Shades-Electricity
Candy Nail-#P055- Color French Pink
Mayfly – Deep Sky Mesh Eye-Rainshower Shadow
MG – Eyelashes -Assorted Mesh
the Skinnery-Sophia-Woodstock-Honey
Location: Cafe Green Gables @ Pretty Island