Flying off to Bora Bora for Memorial Day weekend

Home projects, extreme heat, and the high cost of gas kept us from the beach this Memorial Day weekend. But I found a few minutes to fly off to Bora Bora in Second Life. The sun, sand and surf proved somewhat unstable on the highest graphic settings, but I managed to get this one shot before crashing.

Featuring: Rush Delicately! Blouse in Aqua, ***Ambrosia*** Lace Ruffle Skirt in White, Battle Angel Leonore Deep Red Hair, HeartSick Sprit Muse Skin in Le Mer, Ingenue Bridget Flats in Pool. Pose by Glitterati

What is 2nd Hub, and why should YOU be there?

If you haven’t joined 2nd Hub yet, what are you waiting for?

2nd Hub is a social networking site that welcomes users registering with their Second Life Avatar name (unlike another social networking site that shall not be named, which has been dumping users registered with SL avatar names).

2nd Hub has a lot of the standard social networking features…like threaded messages, links in to photo streams, user profiles. It also has a number of features that are focused on Second Life. Users can list their SL businesses and create groups. Events in SL can be posted to the calendar. There are also in-world delivery servers and group subscribers. I like that with 2nd Hub groups, you can read your messages when not in SL by going to the 2nd Hub web site.

There’s already thousands of users and hundreds of businesses on 2nd Hub (and many of my favorite businesses are already on there). You should be there, too!

rebranding/refocusing

Over the next few days, you’ll start to see changes at Horatia’s Hopping and Shopping.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting very much recently. This happens with many  SL bloggers when real life happenings take priority over our hobbies (and, let’s face it, for 99.9% of us, SL is a hobby).

Recently, however, it’s been issues involving SL as much as things in the non-virtual world that have been influencing my lack of posts.

First is the ongoing monstrosity we call “Inventory.”  It seems like most of my time in SL these days is spent trying to clean it up and bring it back to manageable numbers.  I find I have little energy and enthusiasm for fashion blogging after tediously trying on virtual clothing and body parts, waiting for hair to rez, and then dragging items from one folder to another (or into a cube to archive).

Second  I’m an introvert offline, and have tended to be rather solitary in SL as well. This isolation has increasingly bothered me, and has provided yet another reason to change focus.  There are lots of interesting people in Second Life, and lots of interesting topics I’d like to talk about with them…so this is a priority for my next year of virtual life.

It’s not just about events…I’ve attended plenty of them in the last year, and reported on many of those I attended. One thing you’ve likely noticed is that SL is not particularly well-suited for large events. Sims get overloaded and become laggy. It may take days before a user is able to teleport into a popular event (which happened to me recently).

There are other aspects that I’d like to integrate into my blog…for example, the “bigger picture” – the impact of technology on our overall lives. I’ve touched on this a little bit in previous posts, but I’d really like to post more on the topic as it relates to Second Life.  I’d like to put more emphasis on the world of SL – the places that users have created.

I won’t be moving completely away from fashion. I just want to change the focus of my blog into something more inclusive.

So…you’re going to start to notice the rebranding around here.  The new name for the blog is “around the (virtual) world.” I hope to get a chance to meet many of you as I travel.

Quick post: more colors of spring!

Hubby and I need to get on the road to visit family this Easter weekend, but I wanted to quickly post another colors of spring-themed set of pics. I won’t have SLURLs for these…..sorry, but time is short right now!

This outfit is from Petunia and is featured for this weekend’s LOW sale. The skin is a dollarbie from Mother Goose, and the flats are from Duh! The hair was featured for this week’s Fifty Linden Friday from Clawtooth (if you hurry, it might still be there?). The necklace is from Croie and the pose is from Doll.

The babydoll dress featured here is NuDoLu’s Robe de fillette Ciel Dress for Help Japan. The shoes are R.icielli Sophia Pumps from the current collection at The Dressing Room. This is another hair from Clawtooth offered at this week’s Fifty Linden Friday, and the pose is from !Bang. The skin is Apple May Designs’  Gaia Pale.

The pretty setting for these poses is a free group gift skybox from Lo*momo.

More on ipad integration

Well, I’m several weeks into my ownership of an ipad. I’ve tried the only existing client for ipads (more on that later), and I’ve tried remoting into my desktop in order to access SL. Of the two, remoting into a full-fledged computer seems to be the better option.

The remote access tool that I am using was recommended to me by a co-worker: WYSE Pocket Cloud. Pocket Cloud allows the user to zoom in and out of the screens on the remote desktop, and supports dual monitor configurations (where that zoom feature comes in awful handy!). There is a desktop component but apparently it’s only needed if you are using the Google ID sign-in configuration. Pocket Cloud works with Mac and Windows, It’s a little laggy but will allow a user to accomplish some simple tasks in SL. I’ll be looking at some other remote access apps as well.

The picture below was taken while in the Pocket Cloud app, and then cropped in Photoshop Express on my ipad.

And, of course, this post was created using the WordPress app!

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Colors of Spring part 1…pink/rose/sand/salmon

I love the colors of spring fashion! Every year there is a new spin on soft, pretty, feminine pastels and this year there is an especially pretty variety of earth-tone spring colors! Here are some examples from SL designers…

Left: a boho-influenced look with a paisley maxi skirt from pesca.  The necklace is Hanging Rose from Dark Mouse(March Group GIft). Shoes are  Baby Monkey Simone Pump in Nude. The top is Magoa’s  Tabby Shirt in Curious Ears Cream. The skin is a former The Dressing Room item, Glam Affair Sakura D and the hair is from !Lamb; it’s Bitter in Kit Kat color. Pose: aDORKable Poses.

On the right: cheer!sh is a great shop for really cute seperates and dresses at bargain prices. Here is the Dot Chiffon off shoulder top in Pink partnered with cher!sh Floral Baggy short pants. The shoes are: Roly-Poly Jelly Beans in Strawberry. Skin: Al Vulo!-Nilli Spring Blossom Bronze (formerly featured at The Fashion Garnet).
Hair: Simply Britnee Charro in Chocolate. Pose from Clique.

SLURLS to follow shortly!


Japan Fundraisers

As you may know by now, there are numerous fundraising events being held in SL to help the Japanese people after the earthquake and tsunami. Here’s a quick list with links.

Most of the items below are from the fundraisers listed above. The poses are cheapies from Exposur at the Pose Fair.

Magika Hair Sophie – Red – Coontail Edition (Project Fur)
Nippon Dress  – Project Fur
Fishy Strawberry Kokeshi Skin – PCF
LP Wren Wedge Shoes – PCF

Paper Doll – Amber  Cherry Dress – Project Fur
A-Bomb Kitten Shoes (not from fundraiser)
Mother Goose’s Sohae – Help Japan Skin
Magika Hair – Aina – PCF

Style by Kira Stefani Skin – Another Fundraiser II
Baiastice Nina dress in Pearl – Project Fur
Baby Monkey Simone Pump in Nude (not from fundariser)