Obi One Kimono – Avatar Bizarre is Turning Japanese for 20Twenty

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20Twenty is a monthly instore event that starts on the 20th of the month, runs for 20 days, and features exclusive items from 20 designers at 20% off the normal price.  This is a wonderful way to showcase some amazing designers, and Avatar Bizarre is happy to be included in the October edition of 20Twenty!

There is no theme for the event, but I decided it might be fun to make a Japanese kimono for this round.  There will be a couple of new kimonos available at Avatar Bizarre, and they cost 275L each, but the 20Twenty version on sale for 20% off will be the Hibari kimono, which features a pair of sparrows in the branches of a cherry tree.

The kimono comes in six sizes (5 female, and one flat chest femboy size), and includes an unrigged obi bow and a color HUD with several color choices.  It is materials enhanced, and should fit most mesh bodies with their included Alpha HUDS.  In fact, my model, pictured above, is wearing the Maitreya Mesh Body.

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If my math is correct, 20% off 275L is roughly 220L.  While the Hibari is on sale, there are two other kimonos available (Ryu and Sakura), which will be full price.  All Kimonos come with their own color HUD.

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Attack of the 50 Foot Toga – A Tale of Wanders Sneak Preview

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It was a tale of wanders, the Ancient Ones returned.  A lone wanderer found himself in a magical land populated by dark fae, warriors, and gods.  One morning, he came upon a temple where a goddess stood guard.  Imposing in her stature, and stunning in her simple toga, wrapped with a leather corset embossed with roses, she rules over the temple.

The Aphrodite Toga is a short form fitting dress that highlights and accentuates the mystical beauty of the female form, turning its wearer into a Greek goddess.

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The Aphrodite Toga is rigged mesh that comes in the standard sizes, and includes a color HUD with six colors.  It is materials enhanced for your visual pleasure, and will be available at the Hidden Sanctuary A Tale of Wanders event starting August 8.  Cost of the Aphrodite Toga will be 250L.

In addition to this lovely little toga, there will be a fun new Medieval outfit for the men.  More on that in the next post.  Meanwhile, get ready for a fantastic event full of surprises and neat stuff.

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One Thing You Need to Know About A Hidden Sanctuary

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Awake in the night to whisper your name
Only a silence replies it’s answer a sleeping refrain
The moment dies but memory stays
Love like a run our way by
We spin and we climb
To where once islands cried
And there sometimes angels can be devils too
It’s true of you
It’s true of you – The Damned, Sanctum Sanctorum – Phantasmagoria album

See this post to get the skinny on the Ashe suit, guys.  Then you can hop over to this post for more information on a delightful dress called Evelyn for the ladies.

Walk the Night With Me is a Gothic event in Second Life, which starts July 18.  It will cater to all things dark and romantic, so it was imperative to decorate the booth in rich purples.  Avatar Bizarre’s offerings for this event include a Gothic gown (sort of Virctorian style) for the ladies, and a stylized Victorian style Gothic suit for the guys.  In addition, there’s a Nyarlathotep head sitter with a color HUD available at a special 99L price just for the run of the event.

You can find the event Facebook group page here —> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-sanctuary-events/479579422210010

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The suit being worn by that funny looking character in the booth is the Ashe suit in purple, because everything purple.  As you can see, there’s a demo available in that black and green box over yonder.


Jade Girl – The Dark Heavens Cheongsam

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“At only twenty-eight I felt no great rush to settle into anything boring.” – White Tiger, Book 1 of the Dark Heavens Trilogy

In the Dark Heavens trilogy (Kylie Chan), Emma, an Australian living in Hong Kong, suddenly finds herself working as a nanny to the Dark Lord of the Four Winds, Xuan Wu.  He is the black turtle god or Shen, ruler of the Northern Heavens.  He’s a dark creature, the master of all Martial Arts, destroyer of Demons, and the owner of Wudang Mountain both on the Celestial plane and on the Earthly plane.  Five years prior, he had married a mortal woman and they had a child (half Shen, she would grow into a powerful force of nature).  Demons killed the wife of Xuan Wu and her family, leaving the Turtle Shen with his small daughter.

Emma works as a nanny to the Shen’s daughter, but eventually trains in the Arts, discovers she has an innate talent for both physical and energy work, and is able to protect the Dark Lord’s child from Demons, who would kidnap her in order to have power over Xuan Wu.  Of course, she also falls in love with Xuan Wu, though he is unable to touch her without draining her Chi (energy) and killing her.  She loves the daughter as her own, and swears to protect the daughter with her life.

One of the great things about diving into a good set of books is the inspiration, that can be drawn from them.  This is a story told from Emma’s point of view, and she describes all of the Immortals, the Shen, the Retainers, the Dragons, all the great characters from Chinese mythology (including the Jade Girl, the Golden Boy, Bai Hu the White Tiger, and more), and the traditions surrounding the mythical world opened up for her.  She describes a gown worn during a magnificent event; a black Cheongsam with a high Mandarin collar, and golden chrysanthemums embroidered in the silk.

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The Dark Heavens Cheongsam is a semi-formal dress with three-quarter sleeves, made from the finest pixel silk, and embroidered in golden flowers.  It’s a gown that accentuates and showcases your figure while giving you a regal appearance.  It’s available in six beautiful jewel-tones, and materials enhanced to really make the embroidery pop.

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Dark Heavens Cheongsam is available at Avatar Bizarre’s Marketplace Store and inworld.

All the Choices, Many Voices – Walk the Night With Me Sneak Preview

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We walked till the sunlight died
How could I breathe without your love
Like others we all fight
Against the cruel, cruel time – Clan of Xymox, “Evelyn”

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Walk the Night With Me is a Hidden Sanctuary Event centered around all things Gothic Wedding and Dark Love.  It takes place July 18th through the 23rd, and will feature all things dark and sticky.  A Gothic Wedding is one that evokes romance with a Victorian flare.

Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to be a part of this event, and will be debuting two new items, which will exclusive at the event until its end, then they will be released to the Marketplace and in the Main Store location afterwards.  The first of these items is the Evelyn, pictured above.  This gown is a lovely Victorian-style garment with a black leather corset, frilly black lace accents at the throat and the wrists, and sumptuous puffed sleeves.  The floor-length skirt is slim, and drapes gorgeously, ending in a lovely sweep on the floor.  The tiny hat adds that Brontean touch, and is finished off with black lace attached to the brim.

As always, all rigged mesh items can be tried on with a handy free DEMO.  This is available in six colors, and includes five sizes and the hat.
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The Dragon Queen

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The Dragon Queen conjures up an image of a strong authority, who rules her domain with magic, an iron fist, and a whole lot of ferocious dragons.  Inspired by equal parts H.R.Giger and Daenerys Targaryen, this asymmetrical dress has the look and feel of skin taken from an alien dragon.  Resplendent in six dark jewel tones, the dress itself is rigged mesh.  The pearls at the waist, upper arm, and upper thigh glimmer with an inner light, only seen in the eye of the kraken.  These bands bring the regal look together with gently draped flexi cloth, pulling together the gentle shine of the leather that draws the eye to the left and down.

Then, when it’s finally time to plead to you, good lady, for their lives, the lines lead the eye back up your stunning visage, which is frame gorgeously by a high sweeping collar.

After all, your subjects are facing royalty, and must avert their eyes unless you command them to look up.  You are the Queen of all you survey, and this will be an astoundingly gorgeous addition to your already amazing wardrobe.

Available on the Marketplace and Inworld for 150L

Many thanks to my stunning model, Misha, for putting up with my incessant picture taking.

Lovecraft Wake – The Chesuncook High Priestess

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This is a sneak peak at a new thing from Avatar Bizarre.  Given how many horrifying Lovecraft-inspired avatars I’ve made lately, it was probably time for something a little softer and a little prettier.

The Chesuncook Witch Coven, or the Cult of the Skull, is a group of witches and warlocks who worship Shub-Niggurath.  Ol’ Shub is one of Lovecraft’s Outer Gods, which is described as The Black Goat in the Woods with a Thousand Young.  While it’s mostly a genderless being, Shub-Niggurath is often portrayed as female, and gives birth to a lot of male offspring that resemble walking trees.  Her presence inspires madness and degeneration.

The Chesuncook coven meets in the deepest darkest woods of Maine, regularly calling on Shub-Niggurath for guidance.  It is said their ceremonies sometimes involve descending into a dark pit full of Shoggoth.

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The Chesuncook High Priestess has been materials enhanced for a luscious leather feel and a subtle iridescence on the scale pattern of the skirt.  Available March 9, this gown will debut at Lovecraft’s Wake in Second Life.  There are six colors, and the demo is free!

A Tattered Page – The Martian Chronicles – a Sneak Preview

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A Tattered Page is an event, an experiment, an inspiration based on a book, and a thing that happens to novels that you read, re-read, and read again.  I have a copy of Bradley Denton’s Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede that is probably held together with love and dreams at this point.  Pages are not only tattered, but falling out.  A Tattered Page: [Citation Needed] is based on a love of books, coupled with the need for inspiration, and metered out with a smidgen of “Oh Hey, A Cool Event!”.

The first round has come and gone.  The next round, based on Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, begins on January 7.  It will be held in a central location, rather than in individual stores, this time – for a ton of reasons.  Not least of which is the ability to control the amount of images people need to load when they visit, and suchlike.  The other part of that original experiment (appropriately drawn from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) was to have some of the merchants put their items on the Marketplace.  This went down like a lead balloon, exactly as we all thought.  The good news is the stuff was already on the site when the event closed, so it was one less thing for me to do later.

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So along comes our buddy Ray Bradbury, and suddenly we’re all off and running to create for this brand new event!  I’ve read The Martian Chronicles many, many times, but definitely needed a refresher course.  Unlike my absolutely stunning model here, I don’t have an eidetic memory.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  So I headed to the library and borrowed a copy.  Besides, the [Citation Needed] part of the event name means one must quote the part of the book that inspired whatever it is you’ve made.

Bradbury is a master of descriptive prose, so getting inspired to make a few things wasn’t too difficult.

This round, held in that aforementioned central location, will also allow merchants to release the items in their respective stores.  The idea is to relieve some of the laggy pressure on a sim, should it end up full of avatars.  There are a few things in Second Life that people have trouble with, and one of those is an event in which you are unable to move, let alone buy the things you like, because of lag.

In any case, the location’s SLurl has yet to be released; we have, in fact, not even set up for it yet.  So the location will be forthcoming soon.  Stay tuned!

You can find relevant information >>here<<.

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This sneak preview brought to you by Avatar Bizarre, Literacy, and a nose stuck in Photoshop and Blender for several days.

Chinese Dragons go RAR! New Traditional Chinese Apparel

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The legendary Chinese dragon is a powerful creature.  It generally controls water and air; holds court over all rivers and streams, controls rain and floods, and brings good luck to people.  It is a symbol of power and strength to the worthy.  It flies across the sky through sheer will alone; it has no wings.  Dragons are often depicted in artwork, and you will often find them on clothing, which brings us to the Tianlong Cheongsam by Avatar Bizarre.

The short Cheongsam jacket is a traditional garment, usually made from silk or satin, and almost always brocaded in luscious, detailed designs.  Tianlong means “Flying Dragon”, and it is heavily featured on this short jacket.  Available in several colors, there is a male version and a female version.  Both come in standard mesh sizing.  Even though it is rigged, it has Modify and Copy permissions, like most of the items from Avatar Bizarre.  It is also Materials Enhanced, so the dragon design pops if you have Advanced Lighting enabled in your viewer.

These are currently available on the Marketplace and inworld at the Main Store Location.

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Women have a choice between the short jacket, and a gorgeous long Cheongsam gown.  These traditionally have a stiff upright collar, and frog closures.  They can have long sleeves (generally for more formal occasions), or short sleeves, which is the version available at the store now.  The Cheongsam dress is a versatile garment that can come in long and short versions, and will almost always have slits up the sides for greater leg movement.

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The Dragon Cheongsam is a traditional short sleeved gown, available in several colors, and Materials Enhanced.  This gown will look stunning on anyone who wears it, giving its wearer a stately and demure air.  Like the Tianlong Cheongsam, this dress has a dragon motif, in golden threads.

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Horrorfestive and Gothmas and Krissmuss, Oh My! Part II

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As I sit here during Stormageddon 2014, which has dumped half a year’s rainfall on Northern California, yet is still just “a drop in the bucket” for ending the drought (can I sucker punch those news talking head people for saying these things?), and a very sleepy cat in my lap wearing the Cone of Shame, I believe it’s time to let you guys in on some more sneak previews and whatnot.

Gothmas by Gaslight will begin on December 15 on The Cursed Sim in Second Life.  A landmark will be forthcoming, just as soon as it’s released.

Avatar Bizarre has a number of brand new items coming out for Gothmas, including these boots.  Nightshade boots are available in a bunch of different colors including traditional Goth Black.  They’re unrigged, which means you can resize them as needed.  These are great for men and for women, and will hopefully fit under a variety of different creator’s pants legs.  Cost is 99L/pair.

But wait, there’s more!

Horrorfestive has begun.  You can find it located >>> right here <<<.  This is a charity event, designed to help raise money for a very wonderful person, who is suffering from a rather insidious debilitating condition.  You can read about it here.

Avatar Bizarre is a late addition to the festival.  I saw the word go out that the organizer was looking for someone to fill in for another merchant who had to back out at the last minute.  The requirements for the festival stated at least one new item was needed for a 100% donation to the charity.  Luckily, I had been hard at work on another pair of boots.  So…Introducing the PANZERMENSCH boots!

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These are unrigged boots, as well, and are available in seven colors.  Please talk to me privately if you’re interested in the rigged version.  The cost on these is 99L/pair.

And then there was Twisted Krissmuss (you can find a list of participating merchants and slurls here).

I’ve already talked about the Really Abominable Snow Beast,   But what you may not know is I’ve made a stunningly Christmassy gown.  It’s rigged mesh with a fitted mesh version included, and it’s available in several colors.  Introducing the Noelle Gown, which is transfer, and only 100L for the duration of Krissmuss!

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I think this is about it for now.  Enjoy your holiday and stay tuned for more fun stuff to be announced!