I’m Trine, the new editor of SLN. You can read a little more about me at this page.
It’s a daunting task to take on a well-established and clearly much loved blog. Over the past six weeks I’ve been acquainting myself with WordPress, and also reading every last post (almost 1500 of them!) published by SLN. This has given me a clear indication of editorial policy, and I’m not going to rock that boat too much. Yes, I shall try to put my own stamp on it, but for much of the blog it will be ‘as you were’.
One of Ella’s final posts seems to have been a promise to Teresa, owner of ‘Naked Dreams’, to do a post on the place, so I’ve made it one of my first tasks to deliver on that. You’ll be able to read about that elsewhere in SL Naturist Issue 14.
Eagle-eyed followers of the blog will notice that Ella’s final magazine was Number 12. There was no way I was commencing my time at SLN with ‘Issue 13’, so I’ve skipped that and moved onto Number 14. I’m hoping to make the ‘magazine’ element of it quarterly, roughly in line with the changing of the seasons. We’re a bit late for the Autumnal Equinox, but consider this to be our Autumn/Fall edition. Issue 15 should therefore be with you around Christmas.
In between the quarterlies will be other posts as you’ve been used to seeing up until now. I’ll be trying to get around many of SL’s favourite naturist locations in person in the coming weeks.
Abi (left) and Trine (right) at Naked Dreams
I’ll be aided by the lovely Abi in the task of keeping SLN alive. We’ll make mistakes. Be gentle with us 🙂
As certain items have previously been blogged as part of a ‘naturist wardrobe’ we felt that it was an element we’d like to retain ‘under new management’.
R2 Fashion is currently offering a free cap (in a military style) in both black and white. I thought it looked cool, so I paired it with a pair of thigh highs for a look. It’s maybe a little more fetish/militarist than naturist, but it’s free at R2. Join the group, also free, and grab both colours of cap.
Over at Le Muguet, there’s a free group gift to celebrate 150 members, a dress with butterflies attached, but their other group gift grabbed me more.
It’s a lacy dress thing that, naturist or not, would surely turn heads worn out to dinner.
I’ll try and blog more freebies as Trine and I put our own stamp on the blog.
I received a message from Arthur Wingtips, owner of Artisanna Tattoos, during our break, reminding me that SLN posted on one of Artisanna’s products away back in June.
Arthur tells me that his store is going from strength to strength, and that there are now numerous group gifts available (L$o). I’m not a tattoo wearer, but I got one of our models to head over there and pick up the male gift, one called ‘No Evil’, modelled below and really best observed on a naturist (or naked anyway) avatar.
I do really like that skull & sword design on the back.
I’ll now hand you over to new assistant editor Abigail and let her describe the wide range of female gifts available.
Milky Way tattoo (above)
Root of Life tattoo, front and back detailing, above and below
There’s a range of female tattoos at Artisanna as free group gifts. I won’t show them all, but pick out a couple that I particularly liked. The top one worn by our model is called ‘Milky Way’ (top photo) and the second is called ‘Root of Life’ (middle and bottom photos with front and back detailing. I’m confident I’ll certainly be teleporting over to Artisanna to pick up these free group gifts. Watch out! I may be wearing them in future posts.
Tess reminded Ella of the work she’s done over the years as part of SL’s naturist community towards the end of her tenure as editor and Ella promised she’d ‘fix that’.
But why not time for another update?
I have to say that Naked Dreams has been one of the absolute joys of my taking over as editor as it was somewhere I’d never explored before. Of course I’ve visited Eden Naturopolis, but I’d never taken that boat ride from the main Eden sim to Tess’s Naked Dreams. I’m happy to be correcting that in this post, as one of my first acts as editor.
Welcome to Naked Dreams
Trine in front of, and in, the church at Naked Dreams
Panoramic view of Naked Dreams
Trine is joined by Dick at a social area on Naked Dreams
Abi also took the ‘scuba tour’ at Naked Dreams, an experience that has also been enjoyed by 60,000!!!!!!!!!!! other avatars since it was opened.
She has this to say about it.
‘Quite simply, one of the most remarkable experiences of my Second Life. Tess has produced something that is simply awesome, and I’d encourage every avatar in Second Life to do this scuba dive at least once.’
I can’t argue with that. I did it too, but didn’t even bother with the camera, so wrapped up was I in the experience. When Second Life is this good, it beats any other computer game/virtual world experience that your computer can offer. The entire thing is awesome, and I’ve no problems in making Tess my first ‘Hero of Naturism’.
Should you have the
good luck misfortune to run into me in Second Life, you’ll find out very quickly that I’m chatty, and instigate conversations rather than simply sitting back. I’ve been out and about in some of the naturist sims recently, stopping and saying hello to several of the avatars I’ve met.
While I’ve undertaken several naturist holidays in real life, naturist sims haven’t been somewhere I’ve particularly gravitated towards in Second Life for the reason that I’ve always found much more to do than just exist around naturist sims.
I do like to dance. I can just as readily be found at a sim like Frank’s Elite Jazz as I can at a naturist sim -until recently. Yes, if there was some sort of well populated dance at a naturist sim, I would certainly attend and have no problems getting stripped down to my pixel birthday suit. Equally, I would also be found shopping for new, exciting ball gowns to wear at Frank’s.
I guess that’s going to change a bit now that I’ve taken on my new role. 🙂
While on my travels I ran into male naturist avatar Malachi at Blue Lagoon, and I got chatting. Malachi admitted to me that he was barely aware of naturism when he joined Second Life. ‘Sure, I knew of nude beaches, but as a community and lifestyle, no. I had no idea’.
Being introduced to a naturist location by a girlfriend, he admits it ‘seemed weird’ taking his clothes off in a social setting, even in Second Life. ‘I suppose it’s like real life. Taking my clothes off in my apartment with Second Life girlfriends is OK but outdoors in a public sim was strange. But I liked the social element of it. So I became a Second Life naturist.’
A year later, he was so consumed by the idea of the naturist lifestyle that he embarked on a naturist holiday. ‘My girlfriend then wasn’t so keen. We finished with each other because I got drawn into real world naturism. Second Life made me a naturist, hahaha! Fortunately my new girlfriend is much more accepting of naturism and seems to enjoy it as much as I do. We’ve been on several naturist holidays together.’
Malachi and Trine at Blue Lagoon