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?

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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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NEW MEN’S GROUP

 

I woke up this morning with an idea; I started a group specifically for bloggers of men’s fashion and interest. The groups name is Men’s Fashion Bloggers and I have a vision of bloggers and fashion forward people all getting together to discuss any issue of interests to men. You can join the group by going to my profile picks or it should be in search>groups. Finding high quality, truly detailed men’s fashion can be tasking to say the least. Designers come and go. Often they close their doors due to lack of customers. This doesn’t always reflect on their talent or designs but often on their ability to get the word out so people know their shop exists. One way to get the word out is for us as a group to use this opportunity as a networking tool.

Yesterday evening I posted a blog about men’s fashion and pasted the link into the Menstuff group IM panel and almost immediately was booted from the group. Because I had an open IM with the group when I was ejected it allowed me to still be in the IM discussion. The moderator went on and on about people like me spamming the group. According to the Urban Dictionary spamming is…and I quote…Spamming: The act of chatting gibberish and. Irrelevance.

As I see it, an article on a fashion designer who makes high quality men’s wear should not be considered gibberish or irrelevant to a group claiming to be a guiding force in men’s fashion. As far as spamming goes, there are quite a few of their ‘Accepted Designers’ who fill the screen with less that top quality designs.

Groups like Menstuff are far less about promoting Men’s stuff then they are about promoting Menstuff. There were even guys who asked whether the designer was as good as I stated in my post as they had never heard of Redgrave. Well that makes sense seeing how Menstuff only allows certain designers to post in their group. As a group grows it is easy to lose focus and lose sight of the original inspiration to form the group.

When I first joined Second Life I wandered around trying to find the look that was right for me. I had to sift through a lot of crap and wander through an awful lot of women’s clothing shops to find the gems hidden back in the dusty corners of their shops. I soon realized that if I was having problems finding decent fashion then other men must be also. I started taking notes and eventually bought the Thinc press and started my own magazine focused on men. I kept that magazine (ForMen Magazine) going for about ten months, until RL came calling and I was forced to take a sabbatical from Second Life. My main focus in Second Life for almost ten years has been men’s fashion and I have no plans to change that.

Now, don’t get me wrong…I respect Menstuff and I know that being a moderator in a large group can be a real bitch. At some point they have to draw a line in the sand, but as a group that focuses on men’s fashion I think that line should be pulled back a bit to allow for others who have a true interest in men’s fashion. A one line link to a fashion blog should not be considered spam but conversely if the link is to a blog that is irrelevant to the focus of the group then I can see ejecting the person that posted it.

I have followed Menstuff group almost since their inception. It stands to reason that I would follow them as I follow all groups that I can find that include men’s fashion or men’s issues. I wish that they wouldn’t have ejected me but it is what it is. At this moment I have a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to groups such as this but holding a grudge serves no purpose. If I were invited back I would rejoin. The group does serve an important purpose…but, they have to figure out a way of allowing relevant bloggers to post relevant links. Designers that are approved by the group owners are allowed to post at will; bloggers, often are the voice of the designers and should be allowed to post side by side with the designers they promote.

That, my friends is the end of this rant. I’m going dancing.

 

Alrik Halberd

alrikhalberd@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/AlrikHalberd