Since the introduction of mesh to Second Life months ago, there have been many advances in avatar creation. The latest craze is the emergence of petite mesh avatars. These cute, teeny avatars are probably the tiniest population on the grid, at least in height. I recently got one of my own because I simply love anything bite-sized and adorable. Evie's Closet is just one of many creators on the grid catching onto the trend, making miniature clothes and furniture for the Lilliputian avies. I'm showing two of her latest designs, one of which has yet to be released. The Tuala gown is the newest addition to her petite line and is only reduced in size, not quality. It comes with a pretty flower wreath for that fairytale touch. The Petite Ariel matches its larger cousins, but contains options for wings that flap fast, gently, or only when flying. There is also a set of unscripted wings included. She has a full line of options in her mainstore, and even a free gown for them, so head on down to Evie's Closet now to treat your petites!
Pageants can take a lot out of you. It's only natural to need some well deserved vacation time once it's over. It was also time for a fresh change, but I didn't know how to progress until the body co. released their new India skin. I'll admit I was hesitant to take on a more mature appearance in a virtual world of babyfaced models, but my friends were positive I'd look fantastic in it. After some soul searching and a Skype pow wow, I took the plunge. I am loving the new model me so far and feel fiercer than before. I celebrated with Nardcotix's MANA Moshi glitter heels from the Back to Black event. Keeping up with the items from events theme, I also bought the newly released Amacci Pythia hair from the Festival of Sin. I accessorized with new faves from Finesmith, the Heartbreak necklace and Sequin mesh clutch, to balance out this colorfully casual look. Now if you'll excuse me, I am on vacation and the beach is calling my name.
The final challenge of Miss Essence of Ebony 2012 was the country gowns. As it is in real life, sometimes plans don't work out as you had hoped. Originally my gown was supposed to be made by an upcoming designer but she vanished from the grid and didn't return until time had run out. In the final days leading up to the challenge, I combed Second Life for a second option. It was so stressful looking for something with only two weeks to spare, but I persevered and decided on this gorgeous gown from Kunglers. It represented the colors of Congo's flag best and was as colorful as my personality. I seem to be going through a hat phase lately so I had to top it off with two of them from Nardcotix and Lode. In the end, I didn't make the top three, but I am so proud of my sweet friend, Miss Togo Ngozi Faith, who won the title. Throughout the entire competition she has been nothing short of gracious as a person and a seriously fierce stylist. I'm so happy to know her and hope she'll enjoy her reign as Miss Essence of Ebony 2012.
Let me start off by clarifying why one of the EoE Challenge posts is missing. It was the Real Life Designer Challenge and we were given specific designers to emulate. We were limited to only the Fall 2011/Spring 2012 collections and had to include items from the sponsors of this pageant. It was the worst challenge ever and I failed miserably. For those of you holding these kinds of contests, may I make a suggestion? Don't limit the contestants. Trust me, the challenges live up to their name; you really need not increase the difficulty level by imposing restrictions that can stifle creativity instead of encourage it. Basically it's like SOPA for pageants. Stop it.
Ok enough of my soap box antics, it's now time for some great news! I finally, FINALLY made it into the top 3 this past round with the Androgynous Challenge. Thanks to some inspiration from real life model Anna Von Neon, I was able to construct a geeky chic ensemble with a touch of punk edge. Every week the competition has gotten fiercer and this challenge was no exception. Since this was the last challenge before the finals, I went all out and threw my inhibitions through the window because I have nothing left to lose at this point. I'm so happy my risk paid off.
The third week of Miss Essence of Ebony 2012 focused on Harajuku. For anyone unfamiliar with this style, it's is based on the street fashion in Japan's shopping district of the same name. Young people from all over express themselves in various sub-genres, from colorfully cute Decora to punkish Visual Kei. I chose Gothic Lolita for my style because I have always wanted to dress in frilly Victorian clothes and look like a doll. I went for something a bit more high fashion than what the girls usually wear because it just looked artisically beautiful to me. Not my best styling but as always I gave it my best shot.