Monday, December 20, 2010

I feel pretty, oh so pretty


Sorry. Just trying to live up to my reputation of "that blogger who starts every post with a picture of her face." (And depending on the season, a gingerbread house.)

Thank you to all the lovely people who expressed condolences about my lost shape. I Frankensteined a new one by combining a body I liked from Shapes by Kira with a face I liked from a shape by [Muted] and then tweaking things here and there to match some measurements of my alt, because thank God, I gave her almost the same face as Emerald Wynn. And then Alexx Usbourne from Shape it Up! made me cry (in a good way) when she gave me an Emerald Wynn shape that she created by looking at pictures in this blog. Wow, that was an extraordinarily kind to do — SEE, I'm tearing up all over again just thinking about it. I've never even met Alexx. *sniff*

So now I'm all set, as far as shapes go. Knock on wood.

This time I gave Emerald fuller lips, slightly more slanted eyes and a boob job. SHE'S PRETTY! All the pretty-AV haters can go ahead and hate. There's nothing wrong with wanting to have a pretty avatar. In real life, I have stringy hair, a huge snaggly once-broken nose that never got fixed, stubborn unsightly melasma and the world's flattest chest. I feel embarrassed and sad and forever alone when I look in a mirror, and I would rather get a root canal than get my picture taken. This, my friends, is the only chance at pretty that I'll ever get. I get irritated when people post snarky SL Secrets or mock people with traditionally pretty avatars. Forgive me if I don't feel like staring at a pixel reproduction of my wonky face and shapeless body. If I wanted to do that, I'd just go find a Mokey from 'Fraggle Rock' AV.

Sorry. It's the holidays and I'm a little hormonal right now. *climbs off the rant box and puts away the violin*

But I didn't come here to write about my face.

Unfortunately we only have five days left until Christmas. *passes out* I went a little overboard with buying Christmas gowns and Christmas decor this year. I did the math today and I'd have to change clothes and houses three times a day for the next five days to use it all. Oops.


I like this Naughty and Nice Gown by BlakOpal. Actually I love almost all the clothes at BlakOpal. If I could afford it, I'd wear them every day. Or at least every other day. They're a little out of my price range though, so much so that I was pleasantly surprised when I checked the price tag on this gown and it was 'only' 450L.

Look at the gorgeous detailing:


I'm actually wearing this dress with a burgundy corset undershirt layer that I found in my 125K inventory. (And THAT is why I have a hard time throwing things away.) Because, um, without it . . .



That's not blood on my neck. It's what jewelry looks like now in my V2 viewer. Things like delicate silver chains are dead to me now. Let's pause for a moment of respectful silence and remember them fondly.

. . . pause. . .

I also like the atmosphere of cautious optimism that pervades BlakOpal's Bundle Up Winter Store:

Gentlemen, this menswear is possibly festive.

I laugh every time I look at that sign. It's full of WTF joy.

But enough about me. Let's talk about you. BlakOpal has some free gifts for you at its Winter Store, like a scarf, some mittens - dot dot dot - and this guy:

"YOU DON'T GNOME ME!" (Reindeer leg not included.)

The awesome thing about this free holiday gnome is that it's full-perm. So you can fill your yard with hundreds of them. Or you can annoy the hell out of your friends by throwing gnomes in their inventories while you sing, "If you don't gnome meeee byyyyy nowwwwwww, you will never never never gno-o-ome me, oooooooh!" (Just brace yourself for awkward silence after you do it.)

Soooooo, I had to uninstall Second Life tonight because I'm back to crashing every time I log in. I give up. YOU ALL WIN. After I reinstall it and get through this holiday season, I'll commit myself to cleaning out my 125K inventory. I wanted to get it up to 200K. It was on my bucket list and everything. But apparently an inventory this large causes performance problems. I thought it was just an old wives' tale. I was wrong.

And twist.

BlakOpal Bundle Up Winter Store
BlakOpal Main Store
Shape it Up!
[Muted] (I hear it's called Mocha now.)
Shapes by Kira


Steven said...

I created an avie that looks just like me - photoshopped the face with great care. My wife looked at it and was deeply disturbed. She thought it looked like my corpse.

I say, it's Second Life, look how you want!

Alicia Chenaux said...

If you right lick to edit your prims, the chains and stuff come back. I have to do that often when taking pictures. Not sure what the deal is, or why that works, but there ya go. LOL

Word verification is "kinglal" which reminds me of Kringle. Yay! Merry Christmas!

Alicia Chenaux said...

LMFAO! Omg. Right CLICK. CLICK. Don't lick your prims! I don't think it works! LMFAO!!!!

Boudica Destiny said...

Look at you miss gorgeous Wynn! Hey I've been missing your blog but just came back and read a whole ton of them! I keep waiting for you to show up and rock the InWorldz grid with your pretty self. I've decided to open up a shop there, since it's so freaking inexpensive to do, and I miiiight bring it to SL but so far having way too much fun in InWorldz. Thanks for all the laughs Em, you always make my day!

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Chalice Carling said...

I didn't think you could be more gorgeous, but you are. So sorry SL ate your shape. It ate up a necklace I purchased at that limited sale where they only make so many of a certain thing...forgot what it was called. I never did get to see what it looked like on. But your SHAPE...that's just nasty.

Quaintly Tuqiri said...

I have seen your RL pictures and you are gorgeous! I guess we all are so aware of our own imperfections that they seem huge to us... but trust me, you are beautiful, Em :) *hugs*