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99L Sale! Dark Weddings is Closing

Yes you heard it right:

The Dark Weddings section of Ambergris Deadly Fashions is closing down!

Everything that is ADF-Created on those Four Fabulous Walls is going for only 99L!

A great chance to snag Deliciously Dark and Gorgeously Glam designs for almost next to nothing :)

Whut?

Wedding Gowns, Groom Suits, Women’s Suits, Formal Menswear, Formal Gowns, Dresses, Flower Girl, Veils, Gothy Glam, Vintage ADF, Hand Drawn, Luscious Lingerie, Deadly Discounted Full Formal SETS – and MORE!

The perfect time to Get a Great Gift – almost everything is TRANSFER!!! (omg)

ONLY at the Dark Weddings Location <—yes that is a TP SLurl! Don’t miss out – doors are closing soooooooooooooonnnn!

You can also pull up my profile and Teleport from my Picks, Type Dark Weddings into in world search and TP from there, go to main store location and use the internal Teleport system :) But just GET THERE!!

Happy Holidays! Shop HARDER My Lovelies!

~Amber :)

Dark Weddings: secondlife://Knot/246/221/56

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6 Years Of Fashion in SL

Many people like to have huge “rezday” parties and all that. Being who I am, I mostly threw parties every year for my STORE instead. Since she (I guess lool) was born barely a month after I was into Second Life. (And I remember my Very First Sale too!) Not to mention being a retailer, a Fashionista, a Dressmaker, a CEO if you must – was my initial raison d’etre, and my focus really hasn’t changed much over these past six years. (And strange I’ve not yet even logged into SL once today either eeee! Just in a more  reminiscing mood I guess…)

There aren’t that many people on the grid, much less clothing designers who were around before (GASP!) flex prims and even (eee!) sculpties for that matter. Online has its own time-space continuum and things move so fast longevity is rare, and rarer still in Virtual Worlds and even more so in Second Life.

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I’m just glad I’m still around and I think I’ve weathered the changes pretty well, all things considered. Despite Linden Lab doing things like (yeah was just talking about this in AmberSpam the other day) having the eye creation template be backwards, huge seam line-up flaws on the sleeves and pants creation templates, and decided to implement flex on the prim “upside down”. So you couldn’t just make a previously static skirt into a flexi skirt via the Features tab – oh no! You had to start from scratch.

Many people wanted their favorite Ambergris gowns or dresses flexified, and I did a few one-on-one requests, but instead of re-creating some of my fabulous works into flexi – I just started fresh. Hey by that time I was trouper, and had learned a lot (including The Art Of The Flex) from my Mentor, Simone Stern. – I could handle it!

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What I almost could not handle was finding out the feature that USED to bump you off anything you were sitting on, standing on, dancing on (pose ball, chair, dance ball etc) when you went to switch outfits – was actually a BUG…. That they took oh some THREE YEARS to get around fixing. Silly us, just thought that was How It Was And Ever Shall Be. I can’t TELL you how many work arounds I tried with the types of shows and displays I wanted to do, with models on rotating pose stands, switching from outfit to outfit….And here all that time it was a simple fix.

Somehow it was just worse it was a MISTAKE and not just “an SL thing”. Like how in RL a dress or a gown is usually a one-piece garment, but in SL you have to make a top and a skirt separate and make damn sure your seams match so it looks like the one-piece garment its supposed to be. Hey thats just How It Is in here.

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You want to know how it felt as a content creator when SL got all hoity toity with their brand and copyright protection, and STILL. To this DAY – could give a heck about OUR brand and copyright protections? (wait, you do not want to know, really you DO NOT) There is a good reason the name of my store bears my Avatar’s name. And subsequently my copyrighted dot com website, and also this design blog. I took my cue from my very savvy mentor Simone Stern of Simone! Design. You do what you can to ensure whatever protections you can squirrel up.

I used to be the only Avatar on the grid with the first name: Ambergris. That lasted about two years. Now there’s lots more. But I dare any one of them to open up a business bearing THEIR name. Sorry. No Can Do Ma Petite ChouChou. Momma Spank. However, my name is by no means unique. Out in the Real World there’s an island resort named Ambergris Caye. (Now there’s one in SL too lool). There is also some obscure rock group named Ambergris. And yeah, also the whole “Morbid Secretion Of The Sperm Whale” that USED to make you rich if you found some. Now they process it synthetically. (to aide in the staying power of perfumes) But I still think if you found some of the natural stuff, it would bring in a pretty penny. I wanted my biz to stand out.

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But enough about whale secretions. (ewwww!) What have things been like in SL these past 6 years? Bumpy. Fun. Crazy. Sad. Frustrating. Fantastic. Just like RL in many cases. That’s why I its called Second Life right? Many don’t like that name, but I think its a good fit. There is much you can here that you couldn’t possibly do in RL. Many of my clothing designs reflect that. Many people “get” that – a lot don’t. We are funny creatures, human beings. Here is a world where we can FLY and create dragons as pets…. and all you want to do wear is jeans that look exactly like the ones you’re wearing in RL. I don’t get that. But I DO get retail, so as much as I think its weird – yeah I have boring old look like RL jeans for you to buy if you MUST.

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If that gravity-defying bustier on my Out-Of-This-World gown frightens you too much. Here: wear a pair of these SAFE JEANS. There you go.

A dragoneering friend of mine recently commented on my fashions saying something like: “They look painted on”. Which didn’t mean skin-tight when I queried him for more information. What I think he meant was that they look like ART. Like paintings like pictures like THAT. He said that was one of the things he loved about my stuff and likewise sent many friends to go shop at my store. Me Likey!

And it IS Art to me. I paint, I draw, I splash colors around, I dream designs, My Muse points me in directions I’d never think to go. How much FUN I’m going to have when I get to translate my SL fashions into RL clothing! I just need a sewing machine, a small business loan and all the episodes of Project Runway on DVD, and I’m THERE! Turning dreams into something real, even if its initially Virtual Reality – is in part what I think Second Life is all about. And when you can make monies with your dreams too, that ain’t bad either!

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I made it through funky design templates, LL’s bloops and blunders, flexi and (barely) sculpties – and now I’m (sort of) tackling MESH. Mostly I’m in Wait And See mode. Most likely I will handle it like I’ve handled sculpts: I’ll buy the full perm stuff and Amberize it for ya! But the waiting part is to see the impact mesh will have on the fashion industry in SL:

Will my customers care about having mesh clothing offered? Will I have to incorporate mesh into my everyday designing? What are the pros and cons of mesh clothing? Will it even be worth my while? (last I heard, mesh uploads were going to be pricey – I haven’t heard a peep on that yet as it pertains to clothing.) That sort of thing.

What I do want to leave you with today, this my 6th rezday in SL is this: Be creative. Whether you are a content creator, retailer, consumer or whatever. Think out of the box – try new things. If your creations don’t turn out exactly as planned, you can always ditch them into my ever burning Bonfire Of Designs That Must Never See The Light Of Day ;)

But you will have grown from the experience and have always learned something too. So hang in there and one day you too will be able to look back over the years and say: OMG! What a Ride! weeeeHOOO!

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Ambergris on Marketplace

Why don’t you CLICK RIGHT HERE to get a peek at the newly revamped Ambergris Deadly Fashions store on the Second Life Marketplace?

I ditched out my store when Marketplace was XStreet, due to Linden Lab and their greed – they wanted to charge for each item placed on their precious servers. Seeing as I already pay tier I figured no I don’t think so kthx gbye!

Well I guess they came to their senses and now allow people to list like pretty much every other online store service – for free and only take a precentage from each sale.

So that’s why I’m back on Marketplace/Xstreet. For now you can a taste of my designs and even some pose pack as I’ve resurrected AmberAnims as well. (Peek! Red Hot Pack!).

There are rumors that they are soon(??) to be ditching the Magic Boxes system for something else, so I’m not going to have many items that I’ll just have to redo if/when that happens.

Besides I’d much more appreciate you getting your lazy butts actually IN WORLD to visit my store IN PERSON and see what amazing things I’ve done with the layout, decor and you KNOW you can always snag on the GIFTIES I have for those who Dare To Wear :D
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Value of the Linden Dollar

Happy New Year and Merry 2011! If you want dry stats and boring economic outlooks please click HERE. For my Ambergrisish POV on something that’s been puzzling me for AGES: continue reading ;)

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Now please keep in mind that all of this is taking in consideration that the world-wide recession (depression? economic down-turn?) has indeed hit Second Life and seems to be rather entrenched, despite upturns and good news from many areas in RL. Many (including myself) have consequently lowered their prices accordingly. SL lagged (pun intended!) a bit behind RL in seeing the bad news, so I expect it to lag a bit with the good news too.

But I digress. What has been puzzling me, for years actually – well before the RL recession hit – has been the pricing of clothing in the Fashion Industry here in in SL. When something puzzles me – especially something in my perview, I tend to worry at it, do research and ponder on it, until I come up with my Ideas and Theories on WHY such a thing is the way it is.

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Level Up!

I just wanted to inform my various customers, fans, AmbergrisAddicts, followers, worshippers, collaborators, stalkers, hangers-on, wives, shoppers,  husbands, models, guest designers, AmberSpam Crew and so on:

That I have WON Second Life!

I join the ranks of such luminaries that have already won SL:

Simone Stern, Stephen Psaltery, Dirk Talamasca, Leona Upshaw, Tippi Dagger,  CallieDel Boa, Traven Sachs, Sylfie Minogue, jefferey Heart, Garaan Fitzroy, Montelli Vantelli, Keira Tyles, Rod Insippo, Lazzerio Laxness, Abba Rau, Jeanine Hax, Heidi Hammerer, CodeWarrior Carling, Salvo Waydelich, Mimmi Boa, NightShadows McCullough, Barbie Starr, Brace Coral, Drax Lemieux, Lannorra Sion, Siobhan Taylor, Calamity Hathaway, Olaf Barbosa, Webgoddess Mars, AWM Mars, Cory Korolev, Haroldthe Burrel, Lamia Essex, Pepe Lardner, FlameRose Dagger, SexyJade Echegaray, Carl Metropolitan, Elizabeth Wood, Jujudoll Dancer, Musimba Yellowknife.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! I know… it has been a long road, but remember… that YOU too can win SL! Just hang on by your fingernails for years and years and years and BAM! (it could happen!)

no applause.. really.. no… just show your congratulations by getting your wallets and purses over to Ambergris Deadly Fashions and shop your little hearts out!

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Your Destiny Awaits

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This has been an ADF Announcement sponsored by Risatina Skins, Delish Sits, AmberStrands, AmberAnims, Dark Weddings and ADF Elite Runway and Model Management
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Teaching: Flexi Skirts

Today I am teaching a How To Build a Flexi Skirt class at Caledon Oxbridge University.

I will be teaching this class every Sunday at 3pm SLT at that location.

Click HERE for more info

HERE for teleport SLurl :)

See you in class!

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Sponsored by Ambergris Deadly Fashions

While On Vacation

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I have been deliciously relaxed and yet busy at the same time. I can pull that sort of thing off because:

1. I’ve actually been SLEEPING a lot RL
2. Doing the things I want to do WHEN I want makes busy into fun ;p
3. Its an Ambergrisish thing, either you have it or you don’t.

So far I’ve hung out with Sylfie Minogue: yeees she’s baaaaack! yayy!! Danced with my Wild Vampyres at Transylvania, entertained various hotties, husbands, wives etc in my TreeHouse, updated this blog (replaced the old school pics and got rid of any left over icky XStreet links), did I mention sleep? Because I sleep a LOT now :) And tinkered with the store design and messed around with this interesting Egyptian outfit I might finish sometime whenever ;p

Carl Metropolitan of Caledon Oxbridge contacted me and I’ll be teaching a How To Make A Flexy Skirt class there every Sunday, starting on the 9th. Yes, I know its Mother’s Day: perfectly apt since I’m a Mom in RL and SL :p

Click HERE for fun tour of the campus!

Lets see.. what else have I do-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……