I Don’t Want to Be a Fashion Blogger
I joined Plurk a few months ago out of idle curiosity. I fully expected it to be a hotbed of drama and not my cuppa social media. Twitter has always been my style, sarcastic and sardonic and the perfect place to admit an urge to chain your family in the basement. (I said URGE. I would never.) (Shut up.)
And while Plurk does indeed have more than its share of “drama” it’s also a pretty neat place if you’re picky about your timeline. I’ve met some interesting folks from SL I might have never found otherwise. I’ve discovered creators who are making some amazing things and places to explore inworld. Turns out Plurk is a great place to learn about Second Life.
90% of my timeline is made up of SL fashion bloggers and fashion creators. I have to admit I don’t frequent many fashion blogs, because most of them cover the same events and post the same items and I can see the same dress only so many times before my eyes bleed. Far better writers than me have written in depth about the relationship between bloggers and creators, so I’m not going to rehash that here. But I do wish there was more variety and diversity represented in fashion blogs. And I wish that the SL market wasn’t completely event driven like it is.
Most of the “review” blogs that I really follow are home and garden, because that’s my real weakness in SL. But as a photographer meself, I know that those fashion blog posts take a lot of time and effort to put together. There are bloggers who slap a look together and throw it out there just to meet a quota imposed by an event or creator, and those are immediately apparent to anyone who sees them. But the bloggers who put a lot of thought and care into their posts go through a lot to create them. Those who include SLURLS to the stores of the items? They’re heroes in my book.
I challenged myself to do a fashion post, but I’m not a very good fashionista. My skin is 4 years old, if I’m wearing shoes they’re probably my 5 year old Kboots, and I change clothes only a couple of times a month. My SL photos aren’t about the clothes, so I tend to keep them very simple and neutral. I don’t shop much, except maybe for hair.
So part of my personal challenge was to go shopping. I was all geared up to put a look together, to find pieces and parts from different stores and create an entire EN-SEM-BLEH all by my lonesome. I logged in, checked my $L balance, and de-scripted my avi to prepare for shopping. But then I had to TP … where? I buy my clothes from a few select stores, but I wanted something new. I opened a fashion feed and every single post was from the new Fameshed event that opened just today. le sigh
Now, I know better than to attend an event on Day One. Even if you can get in, you’ll deal with lag and undelivered purchases and have to rub up against the unwashed masses. Ew. But I tried and wonders never cease, I TPed into Fameshed. My super-duper-mega-sweet new computer handled the lag like a champ, and I only had to hover over the person loitering at the landing point for three minutes before I could move.
I shopped. I’ll be honest here, I bought some home items. Then I remembered what I was doing, and I turned my attention to the clothes on the walls.
I was uninspired. Now, wait. Hold up. The creators are great! Most of the items are good quality and probably very fashionable. But I’m not young, nor very hip. I don’t want to look like a 15 year old Lithuanian model. So much of the fashion world these days doesn’t appeal to me at all. It’s just all so flowery, so twee, so Zoe Deschanel. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. (But there is.)
And holy sticker shock, Batman! I’m prepared to shell out the Lindens for nice, original items. But the stuff at Fameshed was pricey. A few stores were more expensive there than in their own stores for similar items. I really, really didn’t want to spend so much on something I would likely not wear much after this post. My intricate ensemble was looking less and less likely. And I was running out of inworld time.
I spotted this dress from Zaara from across the room. I love the style, I tend to always wear black, and HELLO BIRD PRINT. This dress is something I would wear on my real world body, minus the sleeve frillies. I’m not stepping very far outside my comfort zone here, and no one would call this an entire look, but it was a start.
I bought the dress, congratulated myself with a few more Meshworx chairs, and TPed to my photo platform.
And then I realized I needed shoes. My Kboots weren’t going to cut it, and wearing the GOS bare feet would be a cop-out. I own a pair of Baby-T heels, but they’re eons old and really, I was trying to embrace the spirit of my challenge. So went to buy shoes.
I started at Slink, because I wanted to support a worthy cause. But everything there was so… pointy. Yes, that’s a technical shoe term. I’m not a big fan of heels, and they all just seem so complicated. I tried, I did! But in the end I TPed to GOS because I knew I wouldn’t have to spend any time matching skintones, at which I am lousy at best. I bought the least pointy heels in the place, and even though everyone and their father owns a pair of these in SL, I still like them.
By this time my $L balance was depleted and my time was almost gone. So I didn’t even bother changing my hair. I love this hair. I have an asymmetrical cut in real life right now that looks just like this, and it’s ridiculous how much it thrills me to find it inworld. But I needed a location for the pics.
The outfit is supposed to be the star of these shots. But you can see above that I failed miserably. I’m just not a good fashion photographer. I loved the pattern of the shadows on the walls, the shape of the door, the lighting… I composed a pretty picture, but you can barely see anything that I’m wearing. Fashionista fail!
So I snapped some quick shots on my photo platform and called it a day.
I’d only done half the work of posting a fashion blog. But I had laundry to do, phone calls to make, and family in the basement to feed. So it took a while before I could come back to finish this. I edited and cropped my pics, and made my knees work with the rest of my legs in photoshop. I got the pics all ready and sat down to write this post.
And then I remembered the credits. The whole point of the fashion blog is to feature the items. What was my hair called again? Was it Tram or Lamb, because let’s be honest, they look the same. I had to log back in and copy all of my credit info. What a pain in the ass.
By this time I don’t really even feel like critiquing the the items. The dress fits great, but only if I wear my emaciated “mesh shape.” That’s not Zaara’s fault, but it’s a complaint I voice often. I like my curves, and clipping them for mesh is frustrating. The dress is incredible, though, and I actually really love it. I think I’ll wear it.
The shoes are a snap to color, and I will admit they make me feel sexy. But I still prefer my bare feet and these will likely only see the windlight of day when I break out this dress.
I had such big plans, ya’ll. I was going to do layers, and jewelry and possibly even make up. I was gonna buy a BELT. I was going to rock the fashion blog and introduce small, undiscovered creators. But I managed a dress and a pair of shoes, and both came from very well known designers. I pretty much failed my own challenge.
Jesus, it’s tedious. And time consuming. I often spend several days putting together a set for a photograph, but I love that time and it passes so quickly! I could work on my sets and windlight and angles all day, and never tire of it. I hope that’s how the good fashion bloggers feel about what they do, too. I hope they love it, because I hated it. You won’t catch me doing this again anytime soon.
But I do love the details of this dress.
Here’s what I’m wearing:
Shape- Whiskey’s Too-skinny Mesh Shape
Hair- Tram C407
Dress- Zaara Chiatra Chiffon dress (from Fameshed)
Shoes- GOS Lolita Espadrills
Eyes- IKON Ardent
Necklace- Olive Folded Golden Paper Letter Necklace (from Arcade)
All poses from Flowey (Flutter Memel)
Location: The Legion Project