My Second Life Updated

Where to start? Life has a habit of moving along so fast we sometimes fall behind. My last post was clear back in February. I need to pull my head out and pay more attention to the posts. I do these posts for two reasons; first to keep you informed of the things I’m up to in my day to day travels through Second Life and second to help my own brain process these things.

Those close to me may have noticed that Dawn is no longer shown as my partner in my profile. This is not to be interpreted as meaning we are no longer together. We still spend all of our time together in SL but we decided to split our stores so we could expand. I wanted to start designing women’s clothing as well as men’s and our vision of how the store would appear and move forward was a little different so at this early stage in the store, it was better to split them. I have begun rebranding my store which is now named HellGate Trading Company (HTC). While I don’t have a main store I do have a store at ShenaniganS Music Café.  I will have a mainstore at some point but want to be able to fill it with quality products before I go down that road again.

I’m still DJing and while my schedule is always changing this is how it looks today.

Purple Gator – Monday & Thursday Noon – 2

ShenaniganS Music Cafe’ – Wednesday 10-Noon

I also will be doing a special Memorial Day tribute show at ShenaniganS this coming Monday @ 4:00 SLT, Hope to see you all there. Remember Memorial Day is not about barbecues but about remembering those who gave their lives in defense of our nation.

 

Alrik Halberd

alrikhalberd@gmail.com

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Dawn and I have opened a new store

I want to give you an update on what Dawn and I are up to this year so far. On the first of February, we opened Poliwogg. Poliwogg is our clothing store. Working as our alts, Ribbitt & Poliwogg, we have released our own line of clothing. Poli makes women’s clothing and Ribbitt make men’s. We have been working hard to give you the best product we can at the best possible price.

There is a definite learning curve, not only in the making of clothing but how to market our products. This includes how best to texture our vendor boards, where to focus our marketing and getting people in the door to mention a few areas we have been working on. We are in the process of revamping our sale board images and downsizing the actual store now. We have a beautiful mainstore but are going to be giving it up and using a couple of smaller mall locations we have due to a number of reasons. The main reasons are cost and size. We have decided that until our products start selling we could not justify paying the big rent cost. Once we start selling we will reassess where to place the mainstore. Another reason for the move is the original store is so damn big it would take months to fill lol.

Come visit the new store & Ascendent Modeling Agency http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Enchant%20Wedding%20Isle/149/83/2089

Dawn is modeling for Ascendent Modeling Agency (formerly Superior Modeling Agency) and loves doing shows and learning all of the new skills needed for modeling. At times she finds it frustrating which I can understand being a former model myself.  She has taken a sabbatical from hosting to focus on the store but is planning to return to the stage very soon. I hope she does soon as I’m missing my favorite host.

Currently, I am DJing at Southern Comfort Rock Club where Dawn and I also each have a vendor booth for Rock N Roll T-shirt’s – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shadow%20Shore/217/190/733 and I will be starting at a brand new ballroom, Black Velvet, owned by Southern Comfort – fuck-u-hoodie-black-board-revised

Check my profile or about page for my schedule.

My thought for the day: Why is it that female avatars have available to them physics to allow for breast bounce but men have no access to the same technology so we can swing our bits?

WHAT WE ARE UP TO

Dawn and I have been so busy lately. She is preparing a new clothing line and this past weekend graduated from modeling school. I took a position as a club manager only to watch the GM have a melt down and start thinking she was Benito Mussolini. I celebrated my tenth rezday on 11/17…HOLY CRAP, ten years, I need a life lol. We are working to get ready for Christmas, putting up the tree and baking cookies (when will the Firestorm Viewer come out with virtual smells?). HAHA…scratch & sniff SL…the sex trade would go nuttier than a squirrel turd.

As you have seen from my last post I finally made the jump to a mesh body. There were a few things keeping me from making the transition. I like my face so I had to find a body that was compatible with a skin that was compatible with the face applier. My friend David from L’Etre had shown me his new skin so I went from there and easy peasy…it was done. My biggest fear was that my clothing would no longer fit but with the exception of very few items they all seem to fit fine, if not better than before.

Dawn and I decided to down size our living space in anticipation of her opening her store. She is still away off from the opening but as a cost saving plan we now have a skybox above out offices. This is saving us about L$1100 per week. I can live with that. Keep an eye open for her to premier her clothing new clothing line first on the Market Place.

With 17 days until Christmas, we are staying busy and happy and hope you and yours are also.

The New Me

MESH BODY – [SIGNATURE] Gianni – Mesh Body – v3.1

HEAD – [CATWA] – Jackson

FACE APPLIER – [THE SKINNERY] – Hugh – Golden

SKIN – [L”ETRE] – Gianni Body Appliers (Golden) Muscled

SHAPE – [TELLAQ] – Broderick

EYES – [L’ETRE] – Mesh eyes #46

HAIR – [MINA] – Waylon – Light Brown

GLASSES – [GOS] Custom Eyewear – SCT

NECKLACE – [COLDASH] – Mesh Weston Necklace

JEANS – [REPUBLIC] – Classic Jeans Blue W/ Black Belt

Rock Your Rack

 

ROCK YOUR RACK 2016

October 1 – October 16

 

Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women. 1 in 8 women, and an every increasing percentage of men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival.

 

Models Giving Back is pleased to present Rock Your Rack, an annual fundraising event combining the best of SL Music and Fashion to support the work of breast cancer charities and raise awareness for early detection which is critical to a positive outcome for this devastating disease.

 

This year’s 4th annual event will support the National Breast Cancer Foundation providing mammograms, education, support and early detection services to anyone in need.

 

The 2016 Event is all together on one sim and involves 63 designers including 9 Gold sponsors:  AlaFolie, Athena Couture, Dulce Secrets, Emerald Couture, Empyrean Forge, LaVian & Co, phedora, Prism and Kultivate Magazine.  Along with these designers,  14 DJ’s, 11 Live Musicians, 22 2D/3D artists, and 22 models will participate in the two week long event.

 

Events during the fundraiser include 9 fashion shows, 11 live musical concerts,  12 DJ dance parties, a 10L Hunt,  Two Silent Auction areas, an Art Exhibit organized by Kultivate magazine, Art Auction and 7Seas Fishing Tournaments.  Designers will be providing exclusive creations with 100% of the sales of those items going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation along with a fine selection of the newest and most popular designs donating a percentage as well.

 

For a complete listing of events and more details on this year’s event, please visit the website:  http://rockyourrack.wordpress.com

 

This year’s event officially opens to the public on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12:00am SLT and will close at 11:59pm SLT on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

 

Together we can make a difference!

 

Those who are unable to attend but wish to support the cause, may visit the Model’s Giving Back official donation page at https://fundraise.nbcf.org/mgb2016 where donations can be made directly using a v
ariety of means.

 

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Models Giving Back is an agency of professional, certified SecondLife models who give of their time and talents to raise funds for legitimate and verified SL and RL charities.

 

Models Giving Back was founded in October of 2012 by Jamee Sandalwood after a previous agency dedicated to charity work was forced to close due to the owner leaving SecondLife.  Jamee felt the work that was being done needed to be continued and set out to lead the models that were already a part of the former agency into new and bigger endeavors at the newly created Models Giving Back.

 

To date the agency has partnered with dozens of designers and provided models for runway, print and other functions that support charities around SL.

 

Rock Your Rack is the creation of Jamee Sandalwood and is owned exclusively by Models Giving Back in SecondLife.

 

Models Giving Back CEO:  Jamee Sandalwood

 

Models Giving Back Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ModelsGivingBack

 

Models Giving Back Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/94469096@N04/

 

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About the National Breast Cancer Foundation

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The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34.  At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make a decision about her health with few options.  After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.  NBCF’s mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need.  This mission includes increasing awareness through education, providing diagnostic breast care services for those in need, and providing nurturing support services.

 

www.nationalbreastcancer.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REBELLION

REBELLION-Bishop Leather Jacket W/ HUD

One of my favorite men’s clothing stores is Rebellion. This store can be found at (Downtown 191.74.22). The owner, Kavon Chrome, designs some of the best punk, grunge, rock and casual clothing on the grid.

I happened upon Kavon last week and had a short discussion with him. I cut it short because he was busy putting out his latest design, the “Dylan” Henley Tee w/ HUD. It is nice to find a designer that is so laid back and even though he was busy he took the time to answer a few questions from me.

Go see what Rebellion has to offer, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Photo by Cheryl Genira

REBELLION-Corrosion Tee W/HUD

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Spoonful of Sugar Festival

For every national and international disaster Doctor’s Without Borders has been there. There is no barrier, border, or line they will not cross, no length they will not go to too bring aid to those who need it most. Where there is need they are there giving generously all of their knowledge, talent, and skills. Now it is time to give back to them.

Second Life is a global community and with the help of AIM, LTD, ModeLS Magazine, The Second Life Enquirer, SL Live Radio, and Versus Magazine we will come together to celebrate the world wide movement of Médecins Sans Frontières with an entire two weeks of parties, events, and fundraising beginning Sept 9th to the 25th, 2016. Join us at The Spoonful of Sugar Festival as we jet off to old London for what this inaugural event and help MSF/DWB to make a difference in the world.

We have some of the most amazing, wonderful, and talented designers in fashion, home and garden, and breedables joining us to make this an event to remember. Take a moment to shop Alafolie, Ex Machina, Zuri Jewelry, Roanwood for exciting fashion and home goods. Stop by the Wonderful World of Meeroos and play with Dragoos or visit Wild Kajaera on the lovely breedables sim. There will be a little bit of everything from clothing, to hair, and skins. Our Home & Garden Sim will be filled with furniture, home accessories, and gorgeous houses that will make you the envy of your neighbors. Finally the breedable sim will house some of the most adorable, cute, and cuddly creatures that danced through anyones imagination. The best part it can all be yours and it will all benefit an amazing cause.

This is just the beginning though we have some fabulous events planned for the week including an opening gala event, fabulous London Bridge themed fashion show, live entertainment, dance parties, and more. Enjoy a carriage around Piccadilly with Elite Equestrian.

To learn more about the S.O.S Festival and MSF/DWB please visit our website where you can see all the latest happening and developments: http://www.thesosfestival.com/index.html.

Join our inworld group! Spoonful Of Sugar (SOS) Festival

You can also stay up to date and follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thesosfestival/?pnref=story

To see all the new releases, exclusives, and creations from over 150 amazing designers check out our flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/thesosfestival/

We can not wait to see all of you at The Spoonful of Sugar Festival 2016!

Yours Truly,
Ever Courtois & Angel Wickentower
S.O.S Founders
&
Lexie Jansma
S.O.S Event Coordinator
&
S.O.S Event Team