Reader Diana writes…

‘Hi Ella and the team!

I’m not a naturist in real life or in Second Life, but I am drawn to your blog on a regular basis. I was particularly inspired by your re-invention of your ‘Eve’ alt to undertake a bit of a 2014 re-invention of my own, starting and finishing at the Fab Free Headquarters. You’re aware of them I guess?

And I thought I’d send you a couple of photos of me starting in my 2013 version at one end of the store, and ending up at the far end of the store in my 2014 incarnation.

I can’t say how inspiring I find Fab Free, and SLN, to be. Thanks for the inspiration to reinvent myself. I love my new look! 🙂 ‘

Diana Rookstown.

Ella says: Thanks Diana. Wow! That was a quick response to a posting made not two hours ago! While we’re primarily a naturist blog, and clothes don’t figure much, I’m delighted that you found SLN to be enough of an inspiration to reinvent your look. I personally find a bit of a tweak now and then keeps SL fresh, current and new, so I’m pleased that you’ve been inspired by the blog. I assume that it was the ‘Eve’ reinvention posts that inspired you to make that journey, and I’m delighted that you, even as a non-naturist, have found some inspiration from SLN. I also hope that other non naturists might find that there’s something about SLN that they enjoy, and can benefit from. That’s the aim. Use us as a springboard and discover (or rediscover) yourself for 2014. A Happy New Year to you, and I’m glad we’ve helped to refocus your SL for a New Year. Yes, we’re aware of Fab Free…their blog is an essential stop off every day I log in, even for naturists!, and we’d regard it as one of the prime SL blog sites in existence. Even as naturists there’s always something we like…skins, hair, poses…at Fab Free which we can use too. My assessment would be that it’s one of the ‘must have’ landmarks and bookmarks for those of us who love SL!’.

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Diana goes shopping at one end of the Fab Free HQ

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…and emerges at the other end, reinvented!

nb: Diana’s raw photographs were edited down for this blog posting.

Ring out the old…

ring out the old

…ring in the new!

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Four hours from midnight (where I am). Some of you -Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai etc- are already making your way back from New Year’s Eve parties, dreading that old hungover feeling about to kick in. Some of you – the US, Canada, Brazil- have a few more hours of 2013 left, and you’re making plans for the old hangover feeling to kick in in about 10 hours time!

Anyway…we’ve got model Slat to pose as the clock’s about to turn to midnight and we wave ‘bye bye’ to 2013. This time tomorrow we’ll all be in 2014!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Barbara

New Year’s ‘Eve’ (2)

Yesterday, I began an ‘upgrade’ of my alt, Eve, someone I don’t use much, as I explained in yesterday’s post.

However, she’s there in case of emergency (no photographers or willing models around), and so I decided to tweak her for 2014 use, if necessary.

I settled on a L$500 budget, and I know from experience that I could pretty much get her quality skins (say, Belleza) and quality hair (Damselfly, Emotions, Truth) and be inside budget. But to make it a little more ‘fun’, I’ve decided that I won’t use those stores I’m familiar with, and maybe see if I can make Eve ‘hot’ using skins or hair from stores that aren’t immediately on my radar.

Come with me, while we attempt to make Eve the hottest naturist babe on the grid! 🙂

In the end, L$500 wasn’t necessary. Aeva/Heartsick are doing discounted skins on the marketplace, so I managed to pick this delightful skin up for just L$10!!!!!

Wow!

And after an exploration of some uninspiring hair salons, I opted to go back to Dura, which I’ve used before, but not for Ella’s ‘everyday’ look by any stretch of the imagination and pulled the style you see in the photos, in a ‘cherry’ colour -just to make Eve substantially different- for L$120.eve 2014b_001b

So…total spend on Eve, over the course of two nights shopping, came to L$132! 🙂

See? It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to look great in SL. Newbies who may be reading this, take note!eve 2014_001b

Granted, male skins and hair will be harder to come by if I opt to upgrade ‘Adam’, but I think that’s an adventure we may well leave until later in 2014.

In the meantime, I can put ‘Eve’ back in the cupboard, knowing she can (and probably will) be rolled out around May/June time, when I get my next naturist holiday. I can’t wait! It’s going to be a marvellous, naturist year, in and out of SL.

Ella.

New Year’s ‘Eve’ (1)

I’ve told you before about my ‘alts’, ‘Adam & Eve’?

I don’t need to roll them out or use them very often…generally it’s an ’emergency’ situation when I need a different look because I can’t raise anyone inworld who’ll pose for me, when I can’t pre-plan Harry or Diane using one of their own models, or whatever.

Last time ‘Eve’ got a roll out was when I used her, as ‘Consuelo’, for part of my ‘Postcards from Spain’ series back in September. Goodness knows when ‘Adam’ was last used!eve before (2013 style)

And I’ve also told you about the need to ‘tweak’ my own look at the end of each year and re-invent for the forthcoming year? I’ve tried that this year, and found myself resorting to the familiar old Ella, because I don’t feel overly needy to adopt a radical new look. But with the wonderful gifts around, I wondered if it might be possible to reinvent Eve for 2014.

I started off at Vogue, where they’re doing 2014 mesh tank tops, free (along with a Santa hat and Christmas dress as of 30/12/13…for how much longer, who knows?) but I’m guessing the 2014 tank will still be available when this post is finally published on New year’s Eve, so there’s still time to snag it for a party tonight!

And as I’ve appeared to give ‘Eve’ L$7 at some point in her life, I decided now might be the time to spend it, and also determine that that is her entire ‘allowance’ for this year 🙂

And with that it was off to Pr!tty, to grab some hair they’ve going for L$1, complete with 3 different huds for different colours. A quick stopover at Foxbase Alpha (hmm! now I know who’ll be soundtracking the party at our house on December 31st) to try ’em on, and then back to a whirlwind whistle-stop tour of New year freebies, always with one eye on what fits the bill as ‘naturist’ style clothing. In other words, there’s lots of ballgowns out there right now for tonight’s parties, but not a lot of need for me to buy, as I can’t conveivably use them for ‘Eve’ photoshoots in the future!

After that? Off to Pink Sugah, where I picked up some 2014 styled undies. From there, onto Tameless, joined the group (free) and picked up a free hair pack in natural colours.

OK. Now that’s all done…back to Foxbase Beta 😉 for a fitting session…

From there, to Pink Hustler to pick up yet another free hairdo! (what is it about ‘pink’ themed shops and terrific freebies?). And then to Fishy Strawberry to pick up even more mesh tanks (6 colours…each one free!)

Time to part with another dollar! At Miss C‘s you’ll find a New Year gift hairdo, an undo, for that price.

And, phew!, that’s as much shopping I’ve done in a single trip since I was, well, a noob.

Finally, I did a little bit of tweaking at Eve’s shape and face because, well, I’ve never really bothered with making her ‘hot’. Indeed, looking at her when I started this, two hours ago, she was an ugly little thing! 🙂

Finally it’s back to try out some of the different items I picked up (for the princely sum of L$2) and examine ‘Eve’ in her 2014 upgrade.eve during metamorphosis 2013

Now, I’m not finished yet 🙂

Having demonstrated what can be achieved with a couple of hours, chasing down links that are constantly upgraded on the SL Style Daily Wire, I hope I’ve demonstrated what can be achieved for ‘free’ (or two dollars…a sum guaranteed to ensure ‘me love you long time’ 😉 ).

There will be a further part to this reinvention of Eve, tomorrow, as I then attempt to demonstrate what is achievable with a bit of a limited budget, perhaps L$500? Join me then while we continue to ‘upgrade’ Eve, and make her fit for purpose in 2014.

Ella.

Up to the job?

For some odd reason, this story -dating back to 2006- has gone top 10 in the BBC’s list of ‘most read stories’ today. Yep, it’s official….kind of. Indian men have smaller penises that other places around the globe, apparently.

Why this? Why now? Why, seven years after the event, has it popped up in the BBC’s ‘most read’? It may be that it doesn’t take a huge number of reads to get it into the Top 10, and once there it kind of goes ‘viral’. Who knows? Who cares?

Although I’d take issue with Sunil Mehra, the former editor of the Indian version of the men’s magazine Maxim.

“It’s not size, it’s what you do with it that matters,” he said in 2006.

From our population, the evidence is Indians are doing pretty well.

“With apologies to the poet Alexander Pope, you could say, for inches and centimetres, let fools contend.”

Um…surely the population of India -or anywhere else on the face of the globe, for that matter- is as a result of not using condoms!

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Anyway…having found the item in my hand in my inventory, I couldn’t resist asking my Indian friend Ravi to pose with me for this post 🙂

(Thanks, Ravi, for being a terrific sport about this! 🙂 And…ahem…clearly not being ‘typically’ Indian in one aspect! 😉 )

Pookes

Spencer Cloakk

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When Spencer met Harry

Meet ‘my friend’ Spencer. 🙂

Look closely at the photo and you’ll see I didn’t actually ‘meet’ him, it’s a composite of two photos. And I can’t meet him because….I’m Spencer! And Harry!

Yep, after five years in SL I’ve added an ‘alt’.

Inspired by Ella’s ‘Spencer Tunick’ post yesterday I thought ‘what a great idea!’ (it’s why she’s editor, you know?) and then thought ‘there’s no time like the present’. So…I dreamed up ‘Spencer’. His surname is, quite obviously, a play on Tunick’s own surname, an outerwear garment with a ‘k’ added to the end.

So instead of ‘Tunick’, we have ‘Cloakk’.

And Cloakk has already been undertaking Tunick-styled shoots this morning. (We don’t let the grass grow under our feet here at SLN).

Everything else Ella said yesterday still applies, though. We’d like you to get thinking about ‘Spencer Cloakk’ type shoots, contribute your own, design your own, submit your own.

And while I don’t generally name the photostudios I use, I thought I should make an exception in this instance, as it does contain backdrops where you can pose five avatars in a similar position. I only had three willing friends online at the time I did the shoot, so there’s room for expansion.

You’ll find the free photo studios at Nataly Kara’s Lagoon. Please, please DO try and become involved in what will be an ongoing SLN project throughout 2014.

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Harry