IsabellaGrace Baroque


Hi…Trin, here. Just wanted to say why I chose to interview Bella this time around. I meant to get this out before Thanksgiving, but as you can all see, that didn’t happen. I am very thankful to have Ms. Baroque as a part of my life. She ALWAYS makes me laugh; she knows how to pick me up and tell me to go have some wine and not eat the cake; and she understands all the crap and awesomeness that I go through being a mom. These are just some of the reasons that I am glad she’s in my life. She’s pretty dang amazing and I hope, after reading this, you think so too.

How old are you?
I’m 31.

Where do you live or where are you from?
I live in Sherwood, Oregon; near the Portland Metro area. This is actually the fifth state I’ve lived in, and was born in Colorado. In between, I lived in Georgia, Washington, and Montana. No, I was not an Army brat. The Army part came later.

Care to give your personal background? Married, single, partnered, kids, etc.
I am a married lady in real life, going on 8 years. We have two kids; Jackson who is 6, and Eliza is 3. Plus, we have two furry giant Ragdoll cats named Piper and Dexter. My purely platonic old lady in SL is my best friend, Annunziata Macchi. You probably know her as Anna, or even Tegan Serin of the awesome store Floorplan. My proposal went something like “I f*@$in’ love you girl. Chu doin? Marryin’ me, that’s what!”… we’re weird.

bella11When did you join SL and why?
I joined SL in… *counts back on fingers*… 2007? Maybe? Sounds right. I remember my son was an infant and I was having that mommy crisis about how I’m going to work my hobbies into this new motherhood gig and find some balance. I have a B.A. in Music, and found an article on the internet about artists performing in this new-fangled game called Second Life. I joined, and hooked up with a music manager, Circe Broom, worked on a sim called Venezia as the Music Director, and still never found time to get my act together to actually perform. I branched out from there and found other interests.

What do you do in SL?
Now day? This might be the part that your readers wonder why I’m here, sorry! I don’t do anything at the moment. I was the owner of a pose and props store called Olive Juice for about 2 years. I also got into animations. I sold some with full permissions for furniture makers, and did a lot of custom work behind the scenes. It was an amazing experience, and I feel honored that it was so well received and grew beyond anything I imagined. I connected with so many great people through my store, met the best of friends and had the most fantastic and creative customers.
I decided to close earlier this year, as my kiddos weren’t babies who napped anymore and had early bed times. Yet, they weren’t school age yet either, so I had to make a choice between working or shelving it for now, and being 100% there for my munchkins. It was a difficult decision, and I miss Olive Juice, but it was the right one. That said, I still get teary thinking about all the well wishes from people. There are some very kind souls in this virtual world.
Olive Juice is Closing

Describe your style in SL. Does it differ much from your RL? How?
Well, like I said, I’m not in world really anymore. But I’ve always modeled Bella after my real life self, even if unintentionally. I just gravitate to a clean, classic and comfortable look. I have pretty much the same green skinny jeans in real life that I own in Second Life, which is kind of strange. One day I instagrammed my real life outfit, and said something like “Whoops, wearing my Maitreya colored jeans and Mon Tissu lace top out in RL today”. I think in my earlier SL days, I dressed a lot different. I think I wanted to play dress-up dolls more, and wore retro clothes and gowns.

Do you still have a home/workspace in SL?
I did, but not anymore. I used to be a co-owner of a sim called Hide and Seek, along with Anna, who owned Molto Bene! at the time, and Aranel Ah, owner of *BOOM*. I’m so lame, I just had a giant platform, photo backdrop, and pose stands for a workspace. I was never great at creating a home for myself. I usually “crashed” at Anna’s!

bella8How did you get into creating?
I first dabbled in pose making, after getting pretty into photography. Now, by no means would I consider myself an SL photographer, but there was a time period that I played around with it a lot. I liked exploring the darker side of things, maybe because I’m a huge horror movie fan, I don’t know. Back to the point (I ramble a lot, whoops!), I would get these ideas from a song, or movie, or whatever and have a distinct picture in my head. The most time-consuming part of piecing these pictures together was finding a pose as closed to what I had in my head as possible. Eventually, I just started making my own. I was blogging at the time with my two friends at “Who Let the Dorks Out?”, and we had a build for Burning Life in 2008, which I made all the poses for. I gave away poses there as a gift, and it went from there. (This photo is of our Burning Life build, tacky poseballs included with my early attempts at poses)

What was the first thing you created? Will you share it with us? (link, pic, etc)
This is a photo of my very first store. I didn’t even know what pose packs were, until a customer came along and told me I need to sell them. It was just a couple of pose stands in a room with a 50 prim limit.
Olive Juice is now open in world!

My first poses I created for the store were gifts. They were modelled from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie. I apparently wasn’t too bright with the whole copywriting thing, whoops.
The White Queen Pose by Olive Juice

And these were my first poses in those newb looking stands. They were all inspired by songs… and Chuck Norris? *Facepalms*
Now Available by Olive Juice!

What have you created that you are most proud of?
Gosh, there isn’t a particular pose or set that stand out in my mind, but I would say probably the animations I made for KittyCats. Making poses became second nature, but animations were a different beast. It was challenging work, and I was proud of the end result for the ones I was asked to make for the breedables brand. It was pretty cool to see avs walking around, holding their cats with the hold I created and playing ball with their pets using my animation.

bella2What is the silliest/craziest thing you’ve ever done in SL?
Oh man, blogging with the “Who Let the Dorks Out?” girls was one big silly/crazy experience. That was the whole point of the blog! But probably the random hangouts behind the scenes were crazier. There were a lot of griefing machines, floppy penises and saggy boob attachments, and more silly things that made for late nights of laughs that left my abs sore the next day.

What would you like to do in SL that you’ve never tried?
What I originally came in world for, to become a music artist in world. I have classical training with a focus in opera, so it’s not exactly the kind of music you want to dance to! There is a community out there that is involved in the classical arts, and I’ve attended an opera singer’s performance in world. But, yeah… probably not going to ever happen.

When you’re sitting at your computer playing SL or on Plurk, what do you usually wear?
I primarily worked at night, after the kids went to bed, so I’d be in my comfy uniform: black Gap lounge pants (I have 4 pairs, yikes) and a t-shirt or hoodie. Sexy, right!?!

Describe your workspace.
I started on my iMac, so at my desk, but about 6 months into creating, I bought a MacbookPro. So, my workpace was wherever I could plug it in and use my wireless mouse. If not at my kitchen table, then I used a laptop desk that had an attachable mouse pad platform thinger. That’s the technical term.

bella6Has anyone in SL inspired you? Who and in what way?
Oh constantly by my fellow posers. For some reason, it seemed like our little corner of the SL Market had some not only incredibly talented creators, but amazing and kind people as well. Adorkable Peapod and Dove Swanson are two that stand out in my mind. Their work is original and creative, bursting with life and personality. Anyone can download Qavimator for free and make a pose; true. But not everyone can breathe life into that pose in such a natural way, and be so familiar with how the human body moves, as well as how that translates to SL and the limitations of the avatar mesh. It’s not an easy craft, and takes practice. These women make it look easy, but that sure doesn’t mean that it is!

What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you wish more people could know?
Well, I already touched on being a singer. I had the time of my life being in a professional opera chorus, an active member of my local theatre company, as well as studying voice in college. I might be cheating by sharing another thing, but I was also in the Army Reserve almost 9 years. I joined when I was just 17, and opted to be honorably discharged when I became pregnant with my son. It was an experience unlike any other, and I wouldn’t change it for the world; good or bad.

bella4Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do now that you aren’t in SL?
It’s hard to have hobbies that aren’t centered around my children for now, so a big one is being a member of my local MOMS Club chapter. We are very involved in the community and local charities. I’ve been offered the VP of Services position on the board, but I’m still thinking about it. I’m also working on a plan for a possible popsicle business venture next year. Hobby-wise though, I’d say running is a big one. I really got into racing this year and plan on a half marathon next year. I also am a pinterest addict and do a lot of crafty DIY stuff for my house and gifts.

If you had to choose a movie title or song to describe your life so far, what would it be?
All that running talk, made me think “Run Lola Run.”, lol. But no, probably the song “Beautiful Mess” by Diamond Rio. I’m not even a country fan, but that song has been my husband and I’s anthem since we were dating. Originally, it was for the lyrics and how we fell in love, but now the title is a good description of the life we’ve built. We’ve had a lot thrown at us, and sometimes it seems chaotic, but it’s a beautiful life and we cherish the family we’ve made for ourselves.

bella9What would you like to be doing in 5 years? 10? 15?
I would love to be singing in a choir at least by 5 years, but hopefully less. But by 5 or more, my dream would be singing in the Portland Opera Chorus, as well as teaching private voice lessons. I also hope to get my little business venture up and running by then.
What things would you try if you had no fear?
My biggest fear is going through the audition process for adult choruses or choirs and not making the cut because I’m not talented enough. That I’ve been out of the game so long, my instrument is weak. If I could just get over that, and remember the confidence I had when I was younger, I could do anything.

If you left SL today, how would you like to be remembered?
I’d like people to remember me as a kind dork who put her heart into her poses, and made people laugh.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Well I’ve often had Teal Deer (TLDR= Too Long Didn’t Read) associated with me, so I’ve probably said enough!

We’ve also asked her fellow plurkers if they had any questions and here they are!

From Sookie Triellis: Will Olive Juice ever come back into our lives? We miss it so much!
Thank you, Sookie, for saying so. I miss you guys too! I can’t say for sure either way really and know that is like a non-answer answer. But I do miss it a lot some days, and I haven’t ruled out at least some random releases and collaborations. My good friend, Anna from Floorplan, is always encouraging me to get together with her on just that! So, look out for a collab or two or three in the future, at the very least.

bella3From TrinityBelle Meriman: Why are you so awesome, Bella??
Lol, you dork. Why are YOU so awesome? HMMMM???

From Douleur: Since OJ is closed, what other endeavors do you have your fingers in?
In SL? Not a whole lot. (Most boring answers ever!) But like I mentioned above, I do have at least one finger in plans for collaborating with Floorplan.

From Adorkable Peapod: Did you know your picture is next to the term “Suzy Homemaker” in the dictionary?
HA! Ok, so I guess this is the other endeavor I’ve gotten myself into? Just kidding, but I do enjoy having the time to do some extra special things with my kiddos now days.

From Laurenza Republic: Where has she been?
I wish the answer was the Bahamas, Laurenza!

bella1From Sasypants: I would like to know what advice she has for people considering starting a pose store, and if she was starting out now again herself, would she do anything in particular differently?
This is an excellent question! When I started out, I think the entire market was a different beast. It was okay to have no idea what you’re doing, no idea what a pose pack is, and think 2 stands can pass for an official start to a store. Now everything is faster paced, there are so many events and the market has really boomed with the number of pose stores on the scene. My advice to someone just starting out is try not to get overwhelmed and worried about “competition”. My roots may have seemed naive, but I always made what inspired me, what made me laugh, and what I couldn’t find myself on the grid. If you stay true to yourself, and you’re just having fun doing it, then you are creating for the right reasons. Would I do anything differently now? Yes, GET ORGANIZED! I always told myself I’d organize my pose stands and have clear departments in my store. In the final store, I did do that… somewhat, but man I wish I would have had a clearer plan early on. Ya live, ya learn!


Anubis Darkwatch

How old are you?
37. Or in other words, young enough to be wild and dumb, old enough to know better.

Where do you live or where are you from?
I live in Louisiana USA, but originally from the old country…the really old one…India. The one Christopher Columbus thought he found, but didn’t. but ended up calling them Indians anyway.

Care to give your personal background? Married, single, partnered, kids, etc.
I am married in RL to my SL Partner,Belle. We have a 12 year old boy, 12 cats (I like cats, big whoop, wanna fight about it?) and one Italian Greyhound! Most of you know me as the resident scientist on Plurk. I work with Cancer research and testing patients for cancer mutations. I also like turtles.

When did you join SL and why?
I joined SL originally in 2004 because all my friends from the now defunct ‘There’ 3D client and also The Sims Online were flocking here, so I thought I’d check it out. I never left. I created Anubis in 2009 after a short break because I missed DJing in SL and my wife had just gotten interested in it.

What do you do in SL?
I am usually on SL to DJ/Party, but when I’m not DJing or getting ready to DJ, I love catching up with whomever’s online. I tend to keep anywhere between 10 and 16 IM windows open so I can talk to as many people as I can. If I have made at least one person smile that day, I am satisfied. I also have a daily bucket list of people to annoy. This list is always growing. Feel free to apply for either list anytime by IMing me! I am never too busy to talk.

Describe your style in SL. Does it differ much from your RL? How?
When I start styling an ensemble, I start with a core focus piece that I want to showcase and then let the rest fall into place as a puzzle whose pieces converge upon itself, thus representing my mood for the day or using it as a catalyst to create a particular mood. Heavily influenced by the late Alexander McQueen and the fallen from grace artiste, John Galliano, I share their penchant for eclecticism and adventure while staying true to my casual and hopefully approachable personality. In RL I tend to stay casual, even if I am a label whore.

How did you get into djing?
I was always the one with the most music cassette tapes when i was a kid (both mine and my dad’s collection), so that ‘qualified’ me to be the DJ at several parties. I also had an official Staedtler pencil with which to rewind said cassette tapes. I enjoyed it immensely, and decided I wanted to do more of it. In college, I joined the university radio station and had a weekly show highlighting music from
different countries around the world.

What was the first thing you created? Will you share it with us? (link, pic, etc)
The 9/11 Mix ( I was hit with the sadness around on that day and decided to find a way to make people smile. I still keep that in mind every time i make a new mix.

What have you created that you are most proud of?
I think I am most proud of the 9/11 Mix, the aforementioned first mix I put together. I had never done anything like it before, and I did something I still do to this day, I did it in one take only. I don’t stop and correct anything I do because every mix is like a timestamp in my life; even the mistakes contribute to making me a better person, so I keep them in there. Other than that, I am quite proud of the Classical Mix as well (

What is the silliest/craziest thing you’ve done in SL?
Covered an entire sim with Freenises. I forget who I was trying to annoy… I just remembered that it worked.

What would you like to do in SL that you’ve never tried?
I would like to try my hand at photography. I see such immense talent among my friends on SL and Plurk that it’s something I admire them for and would probably enjoy it as a relaxation technique.

When you’re sitting at your computer playing SL, what do you usually wear? Describe your workspace.
I am usually in shorts and a t-shirt. My workspace is usually full of gadgets and receipts.

Has anyone in SL inspired you? Who and in what way?
Every single person I know inspires me in some way or another. Everyone is better than me in something, and I can always learn something from them, which is why I never turn down an opportunity to get to know someone and pick their brain.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do when you aren’t in SL?
I enjoy watching movies and Plurk lurking.

If you had to choose a movie title or song to describe your life so far, what would it be?
Dr. Demento’s “They’re Coming To Take Me Away”. It’s so romantic.

What would you like to be doing in 5 years? 10? 15?
I will be yelling at kids to get off my lawn in 5, 10 and 15 decibel increments.

What things would you try if you had no fear?
I would like to try Skydiving, or Formula 1 racing. I have a thing for speed, but a slightly bigger thing for staying alive. The agony of choice…

If you left SL today, how would you like to be remembered?
I would like people to remember me as a positive force in their lives, be it through the high energy music that I always spin, or the number of smiles and ‘LOLs’ I get on Plurk when I post funny stuff. Life’s too damn short to be unhappy.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Please don’t ever hesitate to IM me if you want to talk about absolutely anything. I love meeting new folks and getting to know people. I would like to think that I am fairly approachable, especially on days ending in ‘y’. God help you if you don’t like turtles though.

We’ve also asked his fellow plurkers if they had any questions and here they are!

From Tigist Sapphire: I want to know if the rumours are true. That he really IS Superman!
No, although my underwear drawer would think otherwise.

From Mikah Amysey: Is it true that his hair has its own entourage?
No, just a clever disguise for the return of El Chupacabra.

From Tigist Sapphire: is he really banned from entering 32 states, including Puerto Rico.
No, just 13 states.. due to that time…when I was young… and needed the money.

From Saffron Foxclaw: How do you keep up with work AND posting us interesting memes and pictures?
A lot of the work I do has incubation periods or reaction times, so I use that time to find funny stuff to brighten up others’ days!

From Reema Xue: Has music always been your passion in SL? Are there any other big passions you have or would like to get into inworld?
Yes, music was the original reason for my creating Anubis. It’s not much different in RL. I would love to do more creative work like building or designing stuff for DJs. I will be doing that as soon as I learn the Mesh Ropes! If there’s anyone willing to teach a willing student, feel free to contact me! 😀

From Misha Selene-Magnus: how did he get into his current field? and what’s he going to do after he finds the cure?
I came to the US for college, wanting to go into Biochemistry. The college I applied to and ended up going to had ‘Biochemistry’ as a major on their brochure, but when I got to the college, they had removed it from the curriculum. They did, however, say that there is a new (and better) program starting up in Molecular Biology and would I be interested. I did enjoy it, and eventually did attain the BS and MS degrees in the field. While looking for a job after that, I ended up doing more research and was able to add an MS in Molecular Physiology as well. Being in an academic institution helped keep me in the research field. To answer your second part, there is no ‘after the cure’ because there are thousands of different kinds of cancers that affect the body, any one of them due to a single mutation on one any of our chromosomes. As you can imagine, the possibilities for damage are endless. With the human genome project, that is becoming a lot quicker to decipher the reasons behind each kind of cancer, but a ‘cure-all’ remains evasive.

From Shiloh Selene: Is his RL profession related to his passion for music?
Music and Science go hand in hand with me, each balances out the other. I use a lot of science when I create my music sets, and I use a lot of music in my lab when doing science to keep me sane 😉

From Tigist Sapphire: If you could choose only one breakfast cereal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
I like Raisin Bran.. has more sugar than most other cereals 😀 . Other than that, I like Cookie Crisp… bitches love cookies.

From Brie Kovacs: How has science made your life better?
Science keeps my mind sharper than ever, especially because it is an ever evolving dynamic field that forces me to keep up. My memory and cognitive skills are probably better now than they were in college. In fact, I still have no idea how I managed to get through college, I don’t remember a lot of it :P. The important thing is that I did get through it I guess, and have a job that I do enjoy and make a difference in peoples’ lives on a daily basis.

Thank you, Anubis, for allowing us this opportunity to know you better. It certainly was very informative and entertaining!


Sixx Yangtz

How old are you?
30+ lets leave it at that. 😦 (Yes I’m feeling old around all you youngins!)

Where do you live or where are you from?
Born and raised in the St. Louis, MO area.

Care to give your personal background? Married, single, partnered, kids, etc.
Single father of one child.

When did you join SL and why?
Gosh, I can’t remember the date. Sixx is actually my second account. I deleted my first account for various reasons we won’t get into =P. I’d say around 2008 or 2009 maybe however my activity was maybe once a month if that. I know I took like an 8 month hiatus so even though it may seem I’m a SLveteran I’m really still a newbie, I swear. =P I still get the comments from people “you don’t know how to do that?” on various things. 😦 To answer the question “why”, that’s kinda a long story but in a nutshell a friend suggested it to me when I was going through some things in RL. Some friend he turned out to be! ROFL

What do you do in SL?
Currently I’m making guy static poses and part time blogger. I go and do where ever the shiny light takes me.

Describe your style in SL. Does it differ much from your RL? How?
Wow these are hard questions! This is actually one of the things that attracts me about SL, I love experimenting with different styles. I’ve explored most all of them but always find myself returning back to the midwest hometown boy with jeans, no shoes and t-shirt. shrugs. I LOVE trying on suits and ties in SL! But walking around as a suit kinda makes you look uppity. lol

How did you get into designing/blogging/djing, etc? (whichever applies)
Hmmm…I’m going to go with “designing” since that’s my current adventure. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to experiment with it. Just never could find the time. I’ve made a couple poses here and there for specific blogging scenes, but only when I couldn’t find the pose I wanted. Finally I just bit the nail and said let’s do this.

What was the first thing you created/blogged etc? Will you share it with us? (link, pic, etc)
Uhm, okay let me back up. BEFORE blogging and making poses I use to do photography. I deleted most of my early work so I don’t have that to share. My first blog post was deleted too so…yeah. Lol . My first pose was THIS though: which I made for a specific blog posting. I later put it up for sale.

What have you created/blogged etc that you are most proud of?
I’m most proud of this picture I did when I was doing photography. It’s my most faved and most viewed on Flickr: . Recently I’ve been floored at the response I’ve gotten on my pose store. I’m most proud of my EmoLean poses: They’ve been a hit and I’m really happy how they turned out. I actually made them when I was being emo in RL =P

What is the silliest/craziest thing you’ve done in SL?
I don’t do silly and crazy things! SL is serious business! Lol seriously, I don’t get out much. I’m always on my platform, I know I suck.

What would you like to do in SL that you’ve never tried?
omg there is so much! I’d like to learn more about mesh designs. I think that’s my next adventure.

When you’re sitting at your computer playing SL, what do you usually wear?
REALLY?! You pulled out the “what are you wearing” card? rofl uhm gosh idk. Weekdays I usually have on what I wore at work that day, dress slacks, shirt and undone tie cause I normally only log in, check messages/notices and log out. Weekends where I may sit longer and I know I’m not going to be going out afterwards and no one’s coming over, then PJ bottoms and tee. =\

Describe your workspace.
Desk, office chair, window behind me (so the whole world can watch lol) printer, acoustic guitar lying against the wall saying “learn how to play ME not SL!”

Has anyone in SL inspired you? Who and in what way?
o…m…g… SO many! Uhm, with photography I have to give credit to the great Gabrielle Sinatra. She inspired me to work with close ups. I also have to mention Janaina Delvalle who got me to go “outside of the box” and work on other things than close ups. In my blogging world Rylan Carling got me into that with her masterful writing and unique way of blogging. With poses I have to give credit to Rogan Diesel who shaped the direction in where I wanted to go with my poses. There are SO many pose designers however that continue to give me inspiration. Adorkable Peapod and Del May are the master at thinking outside the box in their own way. Ruby Starlight’s couple poses are interment and poignant. I know I’m forgetting others, I’m sorry I’m getting old.

What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you wish more people could know?
I think we all say the “RL before SL” term a lot, almost to the point it has no meaning. However, for me it’s exactly where my priorities are. SL is a “fun” thing for me when I have no other time in RL. I think I hurt feelings too much when I don’t respond quick enough to others or not give special attention and I wish I could fix or learn how to compensate in those areas where I lack in. I wish others would know that I truly value their thoughts and opinions. I look at Flickr and Plurk, I try to keep up but usually it’s 3-4 days behind everyone else. I don’t know where I’m going with this but I think we as SL residents “assume” about 90% of what others are thinking/doing and come to wrong conclusions. And rightly so, I mean we’re all behind a computer monitor and can’t see body communications and sometimes verbal tones so we’re left with letters that come from and IM box to make judgements. Which aren’t enough. We all need to have patience. Wow, did that answer the question? Rofl

Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do when you aren’t in SL?
SL is sort of a “hobby”? lol It’s what I do when I have “extra” time. When I’m not in SL usually I’m involved with my daughter. I try to spend as much time as I can with her but as she grows older I’m noticing I’ve been getting more and more time for myself. 😦 lol Outside of SL I love doing yard work, camping and I volunteer on a weekly basis.

If you had to choose a movie title or song to describe your life so far, what would it be?
Movie title: “The Never-ending Story”

What things would you try if you had no fear?
Sing 😦 I love to sing in private but omg…I’m embarrassed even when I do it in the car I have to make sure no one is watching! =P

We’ve also asked her fellow plurkers if they had any questions and here they are!

From Cracked Mirror: Why did he choose the name Sixx?
I wish I had a captivating story to answer this but I don’t 😦 Rather dumb actually. When I was at that registration point when you’re trying to choose your first name for SL, I was really stuck with what to pick. My brain froze and the music that was playing at the time was Motley Crue, so; I chose Sixx due to lack of anything else. =P

From Grazia Horwitz: what is your ultimate photography tip/trick?
Levels & Curves. Learn them, own them, marry them, make sweet love with them. They really do change a picture dramatically.

From Cajsa Lilliehook: Who was your hero when you were 5? 15? 25? and now?
5 – My older brother. 15 – My dad. 25 – My Greek Philosophy Professor and now… my daughter.

From Reema Xue: what’s the most important thing you have learnt in SL so far?
hmmm … most ‘important’ thing? I’d have to say BEFORE you log in decide what you want to do and do it. Don’t just log in and expect things to happen. Make something happen. Do YOUR thing and own it. If your thing is making wooden prim boxes, then put red and pink bows on those damn boxes and make it happen! Enjoy SL, don’t have expectations that others are going to do that for you. Learn things, explore if that’s your thing. There is SO much to do in SL and it REALLY does kill me when i hear other say how bored they are…I’m like seriously???? I NEVER have enough time do do ALL THE THINGS!

From Cad Lorakeet: From the time of your first arrival into SL, how long did it take for you to locate and buy a penis suitable for a man of your stature?
The search is on going. There is always hope 🙂

From Starleigh Foxdale: Name one song you can jam out to all day long?
Right now, I can’t get enough of Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up”.

From Rhonda Elaine Pennell: if you were a Linden, which method of suicide would you choose?
Death by a Meeroo

From Damien Fate: Do you use photographs as references for your poses, or do you just do whatever comes to mind? I ask because you are one of the few places that offer very natural looking poses that seem to have weight to them.
Wow thank you for the compliment! I first decide what I want to do then I do searches for ideas or to expand on my own idea then I’m usually using between 2-5 references to go on. It could be another photo or made up of several photos. Thank you so much, you just made my day!

From Jorge Hutchinson: Boxers or briefs?
Boxer briefs =P

Thank you Sixx for a very entertaining look into your life!

Sixx’s Flickr

Sixx’s Blog

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Cajsa Lilliehook

When did you join SL and why?
I joined Second Life in July 2007 after injuring my leg and having to be off it for a couple months. I was going stir crazy at home after being used to go to meetings and events several nights a week. I went to Apple’s download site looking for some games and downloaded Second Life. The first person I met was a surfer and I got hooked on being active in SL when I could not be active in RL.

What do you do in SL?
Mainly I blog and I DJ. I have two regular gigs a week at The Velvet, one of SL’s older clubs and an intermittent gig with The Pixel Bean. I also do events and parties. I blog at It’s Only Fashion and Shopping Cart Disco and write for AVENUE.

Describe your style in SL. Does it differ much from your RL? How?
My style is fairly conventional. I like classic clothing and love dressing up. It’s similar to my RL style in my love of color and prints. In RL and SL, I have a love of vintage. Where it differs is that in RL, I cannot possibly afford the variety of clothing I have in SL (or have a place to store it all) and in RL, I only have one outrageous ball gown, not dozens. Also in RL, a gown full of sequins and seed beads weighs a ton and high heels hurt at the end of the day.

How did you get into blogging?
I was unaware of the fashion blogging phenomenon until I discovered a blog by Felice Haruka while googling how to fix some glitch in Second Life. She no longer blogs, but she was a very inspiring blogger. From that, I got hooked on the blogs and started following her and Gogo and a few others. Then I discovered the huge feed from Tao and never came up for air. I decided to start blogging myself.

What was the first thing you blogged? Will you share it with us?
I blogged the gown I wore for New Year’s Eve in 2007 on New Year’s Day. It was by Nikki Ree and a white confection that made me feel so beautiful.

What have you blogged/created that you are most proud of?
That’s a hard one. Probably my column for Shopping Cart Disco – What I Like – where I highlight photos from Second Life that catches my attention. It began as a reaction to someone who used to be on plurk and in SL, but has left both long ago. This person would plurk bad photos and explain what was wrong with them – including one of mine. While I understood it as instructional and didn’t take personal offense even when mine was one of the sources of instruction, I thought it was demoralizing. So, I began plurking picture that I liked and explaining why they worked for me. Kesseret Steeplechase of SCD invited me to migrate my “likes” to her blog and What I Like was born. I am also pretty proud of the Donna Flora A to Z Challenge to lift Squinternet Larnia’s spirits while she was struggling with health issues, but that was so much a community effort that could never have happened without the forty-odd people who participated.

What is the silliest/craziest thing you’ve done in SL?
Gosh, I don’t know. I have done lots of the traditional goofy things – watermelon gun fights, pillow fights and crazy dances. That kind of goofiness is part of the magic of SL. I have played lots of the sports of SL – surfing, sailing, ice skating, horse-back riding, etc. Gidge Uriza and I used to plan goofball parties.

What would you like to do in SL that you’ve never tried?
I would love to create dresses and shoes. There are so many things I would like to have in SL that nobody is making, but sadly, that would require one of the things I most hate to do – reading a manual on how to work a computer program. I have tried without reading directions, but it’s just too complicated for the kind of intuitive learning I prefer.

When you’re sitting at your computer playing SL, what do you usually wear? Describe your workspace.
I generally wear as little as possible. My workspace is a very modern, brick red polymer and steel double desk set that makes an L-shape. I have my desktop on one and my laptop on the other. The desktop is too old for SL, but I keep my music on it for when I DJ. Generally, my cat Oscar is to the left of the desktop with his front paws sitting on my forearm as I work and leaning his head against my shoulder or my chin.

Has anyone in SL inspired you? Who and in what way?
Many people. As I mentioned already, Felice Haruka and Gogo inspired me to blog. Vint Falken was my go-to tutorial website for photography. I have been inspired by the consistent optimism and professionalism of Sasy Scarborough, but the grit and determination of Squineternet Larnia and of course, most of all by my best friend, Gidge Uriza.

What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you wish more people could know?
I think most people perceive me as more serious than I am. While I am not the least bit shy, I am a fairly classic introvert and don’t share the more relaxed side of myself very widely.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do when you aren’t in SL?
I love reading and generally read 3 to 5 books a week. I do some genealogy research. I also do some lace-making, though not as much as before

What would you like to be doing in 5 years? 10? 15?
To be honest, I hope to still be in Second Life. I hope, though, that the health issues of the last two years are resolved and I can get back into organizing again.

What things would you try if you had no fear?
I would go to Antarctica and try to replicate Scott’s expedition to the South Pole – without the death and privation of course.

If you left SL today, how would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as someone who was kind and fair.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
I believe that each and everyone of us have the power to change the world by changing ourselves. I remember when I was valedictorian and spoke at graduation, my speech was titled “You get from life what you put into it.” That’s still my philosophy, if you treat people with dignity and respect, they will treat you with the same. If you involve yourself in the world, you can transform it.

We’ve also asked her fellow plurkers if they had any questions and here they are!

From Daniella Riaxik: What are you passionate about in SL?
Community and friendship. Sure, like everyone I have a prevailing interest in one sector of Second Life – the world of fashion and design. But whether a member of Second Life involves themselves in fashion, or art, music, architecture, sports or role play, they will find themselves in a deeply integrated community with rich friendships. Each community has its own culture with its own mores and rituals, but they are intensely connected communities that cross national boundaries as though they don’t exist. Any active Sl’er can experience the world through their friendships and their community. It has this rich possibility for bringing the world together in a deeper way than the initial connection of sharing a common interest suggests.

From Tillie Ariantho: What do you think of the mesh deformer? What do you miss in SL? Anything you would add to SL if you could? Do you wear undies?
My own shape is pretty close to standard in the first place so I am lucky enough to enjoy mesh without the deformer. I hope that it can be successfully incorporated, though, so others can have the freedom to shape themselves as they wish. I do miss the easy layering that we had with systemwear and the ability to turn a dress top into a blouse, though of course we still have systemwear and can still do that if we wish. I would add a naming architecture to the upload process. (grins) Yes, I do wear lingerie. Early in my SL life, I had a variation of the system skirt bug that was so disconcerting. Not only was my system skirt invisible, so was everyone else’s. I went to a performance by a troupe of Geisha dancers and there were dozens of people there watching the performance and far too many were nude from the waist down. I have worn lingerie ever since.

From Liliana Barrs: What would you love to create in SL?
I would love to create clothing and jewelry. There are lots of things I would like to see made, but something about the process confounds me. I am not the most patient person in the world and it seems to require a level of patience beyond my capacity.

From Katya Valeska: What inspired you to do the “What I Like” for the Shopping Cart Disco?
I started doing “likes” on plurk in response to WTF and NO plurks from photo critics who shared bad pictures – sometimes with the intent to share tips by explaining why a photo was bad. I am more a believer in positive reinforcement than negative reinforcement so I started posting pictures I liked with a bit of explanation why. Kesseret Steeplechase suggested I write a column for Shopping Cart Disco since it would probably reach more people and give me more characters to explain why a picture works.

From Grazia Horwitz: Which person from any time in history would you love to meet with and why?
Oh, so many. I guess Thomas Jefferson would be at the top of my list or Alexander Hamilton. I would hope to persuade them that punting on slavery was a terrible decision that continues to have a negative effect on our society to this day.

From Don Mill: when would you let Oscar create his SL avatar? we all want to meet him!
Oscar has my permission to create an account. For some reason, he has simply not done it for himself. I think Oscar’s entertainment potential is his random and serendipitous communication. If he had an account of his own, it would no longer be spontaneous and it would not be Oscar himself. I have thought about making a plurk account for Oscar on my hard drive where I don’t plurk myself and just leaving him logged in, but that keyboard is not warm and not in front of me – the two reasons why he wants my laptop keyboard.

From Mina Nakamura: Did you ever consider making a real cookbook with your fabulous healthy recipes?
I have thought about it a little. There are some obstacles to that beside the obvious one of finding a publisher. Generally cookbooks are done by people who have a restaurant to get their food taste-approved by the public. It would also require fine-tuning the recipes from my about a tablespoon measurements to something much more specific – though I guess that is not hard.

Thank you, Cajsa, for your time. We loved getting to know you better!

Cajsa’s Blog – It’s Only Fashion

Cajsa’s Flickr

What I Like on Shopping Cart Disco

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Grazia Horwitz

How old are you?
almost 43…. and still no midlife crisis

Where do you live or where are you from?
I’m Dutch, living just North of Amsterdam. Close enough to the city to have the fun, far enough out to have a bit of quiet.

Care to give your personal background? Married, single, partnered, kids, etc.
I live with my long time bf. We’re not married, I don’t think we’ll ever tie the knot, but it works for us like this. Still crazy after all those years. We have no children, no pets anymore either, which I do miss. I’m a cat person and we used to have 2 Abyssinians who were like our kids. But they died a couple of years ago from old age. I’d adopt a cat today, but Mr H is not convinced yet.

When did you join SL and why?
It’s been 6 years now. I had some extra time at hand, sitting at the bed of my MIL who was slowly fading every day after work, till Mr H would come home from work to take over from me. It was the only thing we could do for her. Not that she was chatty, but she did notice us being there, and she loved it. Hated to be alone. But while she was dozing, I wanted to do something, and played some with my laptop. I had heard from SL through a TV show, I found out I had a wifi connection there… downloaded the client … and the rest is history.

Do you have a significant other/family in SL?
Yes, I have a family and a partner in SL whom I all love dearly. My partner Don Mill and my daughter Darla have become true friends over time, and I wish I could TP in real life to just go hang out with them sometimes. They are awesome people very down to earth and wise. Barbara Nicholls and GM Nikolaidis are my MommaB and Pops and they are some of the most caring people I know. My sisters Samara Barzane and Caelan Hancroft always know how to pick me up when I am down… or kick my ass when I need it (see also the frequent bat and slap emoticons in our plurks) . And then of course there are Sylvia Olivier and Ryker Beck who are Don’s sisters, but they are very dear to me, too, as much as my sisters.

What do you do in SL?

I’m a proficient procrastinator. No, really, most of the time I am in world, I’m just hanging out with my sisters, or with Don or Darla. When I decide to do something, it’s taking pics for the blog, or just for pure vanity. Otherwise you might catch me fiddling with shapes or new poses. I do have a little shop Geez, but I should finish all the poses I have made and actually put out some new stuff.

Describe your style in SL. Does it differ much from your RL? How?
Not that much actually. I like laid back clothing and elegant suits in both worlds. When I look at the feeds, sometimes I see people putting together outrageous and gorgeous outfits, and I feel some jealousy, but then again that is simply not me. Not in the least because the items they use to create the outfits with, often have issues for me that make me not want to spend money on them. Extravagant designs don’t automatically equal excellent execution, unfortunately.

How did you get into blogging?

Back in November 2006 I saw Celebrity Trollop posting on Second Style blog that she was looking for some fellow bloggers and I decided to contact her, putting my social awkwardness aside and that’s how it started. Later on, actually already mid 2007, I made my own blog. Initially I thought I would use it for stuff that didn’t really belong on Second Style, but I discovered that I liked having my own blog, and so I started to post there more and more and kinda moved away from Second Style.

What was the first thing you created/blogged etc? Will you share it with us?
I am almost happy that Second Style is no longer around, because those first posts… omg, what was I thinking!? OK.. I found my very, very first introductory post at Second Style I’m So Excited (that may very well be the earliest image of me that still exists.

Followed by Wintertime my first fashion post … très 2006, no?

What have you created/blogged etc that you are most proud of?
There are a few things actually. First thing is a team effort. Back in 2007 I was in a Relay for Life team with some pretty awesome people (I mean you, Shai Delacroix, Nicky Ree, Truth Hawks and Roslin Petion, to name but a few who are still around) and with the SLebrity Date auction we were the first single day event ever to raise over 1 million L$ for Relay for Life. To date, when I think back to that day, I am pretty proud of what we did back then!
Blogwise, gosh, that’s a difficult one. I am proud that I am still keeping up with this year’s 52 Weeks of Color challenge. Actually, I’m pretty proud of still blogging several times per week after so much time.

What is the silliest/craziest thing you’ve done in SL?
what is this silly and crazy you’re talking about? No really, if you wanted proof of my boring, here it is.

What would you like to do in SL that you’ve never tried?
Create a new character and throw myself in a crazy combat RP. But I am short on time as is with Grazia, so it likely won’t happen.

When you’re sitting at your computer playing SL, what do you usually wear? Describe your workspace.
What I wear really depends on the day of the week and the time of day. Weekdays, when I sit down after work, I might very well still be wearing my office attire, but when I have the day off, it’s most likely jeans and a sweater… and in the weekend, when I can’t be bothered to dress up, yoga pants and a shirt or a sweater. I play on a laptop and I am usually in the living room. It’s spacious, with an open kitchen. 2 comfy couches to sit on and a glass coffee table that is hopelessly out of style, but I still love it anyway. There is a corner full of books and cd’s (yes we still haz them) and a 8 persons dinner table. My favorite pieces though are the small bookcase that inherited from my grandmother and the dresser that was made by Mr H’s grandfather.

Has anyone in SL inspired you? Who and in what way?
A lot of people inspire me in SL. People like Keira, Berry, Sasy, Cajsa and Gidge for their professionalism and style. My family for being caring and awesome friends. Creators like Monica Outlander for being insanely creative and always surprising me with their designs. But maybe what inspires me most is the community as a whole when coming together to help a fellow resident. Despite mandatory drama over any and every (charity) event, it’s pretty amazing to see what we are capable of. Whether it’s being the biggest Relay group, being an example for the ACS on how to raise funds successfully in teams, or to help out a single resident, the effort is tremendous and humbling.

What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you wish more people could know?
Not really. I think that after all, I think it’s better if people do not know I am likely to have sweaty palms and am blushing all over when I am talking to them because I’m so shy. On the other hand, if they think I’m snobby for not initiating talk often, then maybe it is good to know that I am really a shy person and likely just don’t have much to tell.  

Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do when you aren’t in SL?
What is this hobby thing you are talking of?? I’m kidding. I love cooking and reading. Reading cook books, too. When it’s the season I love making marmalade from the fruit from our own garden. For reading, my latest craze is the serial fiction by Sean Platt and David Wright. Their Yesterday’s Gone was a fun read and recently I’ve started to read their For Nevermore .

If you had to choose a movie title or song to describe your life so far, what would it be?
Sinatra’s The Best Is Yet To Come. Not because I’m not happy with how my life has been so far, but because I feel like I have only started to really enjoy life since I learned to like myself a bit better. So while life up till now has been good, I am looking forward to all the awesome that is yet to come.

What would you like to be doing in 5 years? 10? 15?
I’m not a very ambitious person, I think. I would just love to be leading a healthy and happy life with people I love and care for, enjoying whatever job I may be having then.

What things would you try if you had no fear?
Base jumping!! But I am way afraid of heights… so that’s not going to happen.

If you left SL today, how would you like to be remembered?
As a kind person who had a nice blog for a couple of years. Wait, Grazia who?

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
I did never have sex with Strawberry Singh, or Winter Jefferson.

We’ve also asked her fellow plurkers if they had any questions and here they are!

From Strawberry Singh: Does she ever get inspired by RL fashion styles/designs/designers when putting together her amazing looks for her blog?

I do. I am a long time fan of Armani, Jill Sander and Lanvin. I love their timeless elegance and effortless chic and the impeccable execution of the designs. That’s what I usually aim for. Other than that, I just love to look at images from the latest fashion shows. And of course, Victor & Rolf! As a Dutch girl, I just have to admire their insane creativity and brilliant concepts, even if I’d never wear their designs as a whole.

From Strawberry Singh: Which look/blog post/picture of hers is her favorite or is she the most proud of?

I hate questions like this, Berry!! Don’t make me look back on 6 years of SL blogging! But ok, I am really proud of the Mujer Desnuda post I did a few days ago, because I think the picture came out really well. There have been posts that at the time that I published them I was pretty proud of, but looking back, I see a lot of things I would do differently now. So, difficult question! Lets turn it around… which one of mine do you like best, Berry?

From Sam Laszlo:  Does she thinks its difficult to blog in another language?  

No. English is the language I communicate most in, really. I work in a very international environment where English is the leading language, so it has become second nature. Sometimes it’s even easier for me to say certain things in English than it is in Dutch. Silly but true, especially after a busy day in the office. Thanks for the question, Sam!

From Keira Seerose:  Does she feel a pressure to behave in a certain way knowing that she’s a role model for so many people?

I never think of myself as a role model, so I’m not feeling that pressure, either. I am just trying to be me, which is hard enough as it is at times. However, I am humbled by the knowledge that some people consider me to be one. Thank you, Keira (who is quite a role model herself, in my opinion)!

From Chance Raynier:  Does she wear the same type of clothing in real life?

I wish!! But I’d be bankrupt before done shopping!! I’ll admit to be wearing a lot of black in real life. Eventually combined with some colorful accessoires. But with a LBD you can’t go wrong. Merci, Chance!

From Luna Jubilee:  The style she shows on her blog is always beautiful and wide ranging. What is her favorite style showcase? and what one does she associate with the most?

To be honest… my favorite is the one I published most recently. Each and every time. And it changes. I don’t consider myself as having a particular style. There is too much that I like. What I always keep going back to though is what I like to call laid back chic. No outrageous designs, but well cut/modeled items with awesome textures that you can make an appearance with every time of day without being out of line.

From Luna Jubilee:  If she could pick to be any of the four seasons, what one and why?

Autumn!!!  This season has it all! Days that are still warm like summer, beautiful colors, the first frost, that crisp feeling in the evening air, storms that make you want to cuddle up on the couch with a book and a blanket and a warming drink and maybe even snow . All of this depending on where you live of course.  But I love the versatility of the fall, and I can only hope that people will identify me with it. Thanks, Luna! I loved this question!

Thank you Grazia for your time.  We loved getting to know you better!

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