Business Managers

A lot of content creators have Customer Service Representatives, which I think is a sweet thing to do especially if a shop is big and you would be really searching for the product that you are looking for. In that case it is a very nice service to have an employee available to help your customers find things, to help out with easy issues and to give information on how to get the best possible service. It is especially nice when a content creator has the time filled that he or she cannot be in world him/herself.

Recently there is a development for hiring so called business managers. Obviously these are persons that have more influence than a simple (ahem) CSR, they may be even able to restart a sim, and do some blogging and manage the update group. Way to go. But they still have no access to inventory, they are still merely representing, not actually managing the business.

What I find totally lame though is content creators that actually refer in their profiles to their business managers, stating that for all matters regarding their business they should contact the business manager. That way they are reducing themselves to content creating entities and inventory givers only, they create a distance between themselves ad their clientele, and honestly… I think it is just plain arrogant. How important can you feel yourself that you shut off the contact with your clients?

Personally, I feel that a content creator who hides behind a business manager (especially when NOT squeezing out new stuff regularly) thinks he or she has better things to do than actually running their business, and so I am less likely to bring my L$ to their shop. They may be thinking they are doing a good job on service.. but for me it just feels the other way around. A big part of my shopping fun is also in the contact with the makers, to hear what drives them, and how they see things. If I am interested in your product, I am interested in you.. not in your business manager.

/rant off

Dang.. Got Tagged

Ben Vanguard… you are such a (b)rat… still love you though…. tagging me.. how could you? But… once tagged.. you have to be a good sport and play along sooooooo… here we go:

(1) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

(2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.

(3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

(4) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1) I am phobic for the dentist. It’s ridiculous as my pearly whites are just that and I never had issues at the dentist. Still I managed to lock myself in the rest room and not come out again and my dentist (my uncle of all people) pleading outside because there was this girl who needed to pee.

2) I am motorically challenged… hence my typos.

3) I was the little girl that during a ballet performance ended up before the curtain after we finished and could not make my way back stage… hey.. I was 6!!!!

4) Thunderstorms freak me out. I love to see the lighting.. but I can’t stand the flash. Do I make sense?

5) I always avoid having my photo taken, which can be quite challenging when your other half is a photographer. Can have something to do with the flash thing.

6) I get all agressive when a dad takes his screaming kids to the supermarket on Saturdays. First I get irritated with the occasional shopping man that does not know his way around in the supermarket (“Look how emancipated I am. The wifey can stay home on Saturday”… duh.. more like…”Your turn big boy.. oh and take the spoiled brat with you I have a headache”) and secondly… keep your kid under control… a screaming toddler in your shopping cart is so NOT an asset….. eeks.. got carried away here 🙂

7) I used to be quite a dancer, unfortunately above mentioned challenge that I have since 5 years now made me into a camel on the dance floor

8) I hate participating in things like this… but I love to tag a couple of other people ;-P

You’re tagged: Ryan Darragh, Celebrity Trollop, Blaze Columbia, Prue Lu, Miriel Enfield, Nicky Ree, sachi Vixen, Onyx Leshelle

Look of the Day

This look popped in my head when I received a group message from Lyra Muse that she had some limited in time boots out at Last Call. They are very holidayish… with the white fur trim (the boots come in green, black and silver too) so I wanted to pair them with a slightly more day to day look.. after all.. we’re getting close, but it ain’t X-mas yet. Last week when I found the scarf and waistcloth at Creamshop, I just HAD to have them, but until now they were idling in my inventory. I think they are doing really well together, the boots and the plaids.


Clothes:

  • An*knit sweater, top part, in white by Anju Enoch at Petit Ange ,L$ 110
  • Amby Denim capri [dark] specialty by Ambyance2 Anubis @ Naughty Designs, L$ 125
  • Sugar boots in Holly by Lyra Muse @ Last Call, L$ 250

Accesories:

  • Check Charm Stole (brown) by Sazae Yoshikawa @ Creamshop, L$ 220
  • Check Charm Waistcloth (brown) by Sazae Yoshikawa @ Creamshop, L$ 220

Body:

  • Skin Après Ski 3 in Buff by Roslin Petion @ Tête à Pied, L$ 500
  • Hair Emily in Espresso by Elika Tiramisu @ ETD, L$ 200 (natural pack)

Look of the Day

I have been cold for days now, despite central heating and thick cuddly sweaters, I am just feeling cold. So that reflects in my SL and I am wearing quite wintery outfits lately. Besides, when everyone is putting out christmas decorations, I just think shorts and a t-shirt look ridiculous. Err.. on second thought.. that only goes for the northern hemisphere…. I don’t blame the antipods for celebrating xmas in their swimwear

Clothes:

  • Brown Pea coat by Donmai Frederick @ Back and Forth priced MORE than reasonable at only L$ 98
  • Hanna high waisted skirt (pants and prim skirt only) by Antonia Marat @ Artilleri, L$ 120
  • Black Tights by Blaze Columbia @ Blaze, L$ 100 for a bundle of 13 colours
  • Plain Riding Boots by Damen Gorilla @ Adam ‘n Eve, L$ 350

Accesories:

  • Funky Scarf Leopard by Antonia Marat @ Artilleri, L$ 75
  • Black Date bag by Nekoko Noel at Honey Kitten, L$ 150. It is mod so you can recolour the flower in edit linked parts. Of course I found out AFTER I took the photos.
  • Black Leather Gloves by Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot at Tête à Pied, L$ 100

Body:

  • Pandora Fall Diva Solstice in skin tone 1 by Sachi Vixen at Adam ‘n Eve, L$ 4000 for a six pack with multiple make ups and skin options (freckles, pubix, mani & pedicures, lashes, face light)
  • Jaylin black/blonde streak hair by Imani Moseley @ Fetish Boutique, L$ 225 for the black pack

Je Me Souviens Trop Bien

Je me souviens trop bien… I remember too well… I remember too well your warm and witty personality, the talks we had while you were working on the Unique gown for Relay for life and how you told me you felt blessed to be able to give an extra bit to this charitable cause by creating something truly unique in SL.
I remember too well the fascination you had for France and french things, how you loved to live there. Oddly enough just as I learned about you passing away, I was litteraly leaving for Paris. Right now I am sitting in this small hotel in the middle of the Marais and it is so strange to walk through this city we both know and love so much, seeing the things that you have seen and knowing that when I come back tomorrow, I will not be able to share stories with you.

I am extending my heartfelt condolences to your family and friends and most of all to your love,who will have to deal with living without you in a home that is still breathing you. I wish them strentgh, and love, and the ability to turn their memories in a healing power.

Je me souviens trop bien.. mon ami, I will miss you.

Pose Making Addiction

Yep.. the virus has hit me hard…. feverishly manipulating the 3D figurine to make more and better poses whenever I have a spare moment, the result being this first set that I am not totally afraid of showing to you (all 3 of you). And no, the pose I posted this morning is not in this set. I need to work some more on it and it will be in a next series of poses.

Please Be Seated

Yours truly has been one lazy blogger lately, but that is because I have been spending quite some time making poses. Yeah that’s right… poses. I wanted to have some special ones for special outfits and I could not find them, so I finally decided to make them myself and it is totally taking me. It is so much fun. I have promised myself to do some reading to find out how animations work so that I can make a start with those too. And I do need to read things about it.. the few attempts I did without any back ground info really suck. Anyway, this pose I made earlier today and I really like how it has turned out.

Look of the Day

Happy anniversary to the Calla Ladies, Tigerlily Koi and Haedon Quine. I was over at their group preview party and grabbed some of their latest hairstyles. It was a fun, laid back afternoon with some of the most ardent Calla fans present. I am not hard core Calla… but I have always loved their work. My first “real” hair was Calla. So while I was checking out Lucerne, this outfit was kinda “born”. Roslin by Dakota Buck is one of the most stylish outfits available on the grid. I made the grey one slightly darker and paired it with the lovely Poet Blouse. To be able to wear both Fallingwater Cellardoor’s necklace and the neck ruffle of the blouse, I reattached the ruffle to the spine and adjusted it. Speaking of Fally… that new set she has out is truly awesome. With a click on the jewelry a menu appears and you can choose of 11 different gems for your set. Shoes and Skin are Tête à Pied’s. I love the meticulous prim work from CJ Carnot on these shoes. Mind you.. these are traditional prims, not sculpties and the skin.. do I really have to explain why I like it so much? It’s just delicious… the deep smokey eyes. Inspired after Shai Delacroix’ recent lingerie creation binge, but I just love it with real clothes on too.

Dress: Savvy? – Roslin in grey (tinted for a blacker look)
Blouse: Adam ‘n Eve – White Poet Blouse
Stockings: Down Undies – Fishnet stockings
Shoes: Tête à Pied – Black Mary Janes

Jewelry: Shiny Things – Nighttime Gems

Hair: Calla – Lucerne in Black
Skin: Tête à Pied – Vivant Buff Boudoir 2

Armani Opens in SL….

About 3 months ago I spotted an empty sim called Armani Via Manzoni. Exited by the idea of a famous RL designer making the transition to SL I contacted the company who was helping Armani to get introduced to the grid, but I did not get any confirmation, or any other news for that matter.

So after a while I got bored with it. I could have thrown it on the blog back then. after all, the sim was there, and the secretive ways around it made me pretty confident it was indeed Armani SpA that was involved it this. So after another friendly request and another non answer, I contacted the RL Armani press office. At least a friendly lady there confirmed me that indeed Armani was building the SL version of their flagship store in Via Manzoni, Milano and that within a few weeks the work should be ready. She also kindly requested NOT to write about it at that very time, but to give the builders and the content creators the time they needed to deliver something state of the art.
When I received an invitation that the sim was opened I dropped all the prims I had rezzed and rushed over to state of the art Armani, only to find myself desillusioned, annoyed even. Oh the architecture is nice, but it sure is not a great builder that has been at work there. Yeah they do have toilets. How silly can you be… no av ever needs to go to the restroom unless… oh well.. I don’t even want to go there. The shop is full with a bit awkwardly sculpted clothes, which are not for sale and did I mention, as empty as it was, the place was laggy as hell?
Finally in a hidden corner of the huge shop I found like 15 vendors and a couple of other avatars standing in front of it. I put myself next to them … oh my…. what were they thinking…. a suit, a dress, a couple of t-shits, a bag , a pair of shoes and some shades….. no details or shading on the textures, basic snapshots for ads hmm.. to put it short… what a desillusion.

After a while Mr Armani himself made an appearance and I asked him about the merchandise and if he himself had be involved in the process. As if he felt what direction I was heading he stated that, unfortunately the limits of content creating are set by the limits of technology. Well.. I think that was actually quite flattering. My honest opinion is, and that is what I told mr Armani as well, that in this case the limits of content creating were set by the limits of the creator, because the limits of the software were not met by a long shot.
Obviously, although I doubt the real mr Armani would have been this rude and unable to deal with the press, the typist handling mr Armani’s avatar did not really know how to deal with criticism and poofed, mumbling something that unfotunately he thought it was time to leave and poofed.
So far so good for an introduction of one of the world’s best designers in SL. one of the other girls present mentioned another Americam Apparel situation and I think it is true, Armani doe snot take SL seriously, does not involve the community and is likely to fail in the metaverse. Yet another example of how Second Life requires new and innovative marketing techniques and how even SL companies that pretend to help RL companies with their coming to SL do under estimate that.