Welcome to My Home

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A few weeks ago, I decided to move close to the Blake Sea … several friends live there, and I was anxious to get back into community-based living, something I thoroughly enjoyed when I was part of the publicity team at the old Costa Rica Sims.  While homes in any of the themed estate groups that participate in the United Sailing Sims aren’t competitively priced, they more than add in value in the fact that you can “live authentically:”  you can spend an afternoon sailing to a friends home (or with a friend), or to any of the events going on in Second Norway, Sailor’s Cove East (where I chose my lot), and many others.  When someone says they’re coming over – expect a wait – they are likely climbing in their boat, and probably won’t teleport.

Once there, I plopped down Barnesworth Anubis’ “Bates House,” which was so reasonably priced at Collabor8 that you’ll see several of them around the Sea.  Since you or one of your friends likely has one in inventory, I won’t bore you with pictures of the house, but I’d like to show you what I’m starting to do with some of the rooms …

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If the Suit Fits

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Recently, a couple of occasions have come up in SL where a nice mesh outfit would have been nice – but I didn’t the time and energy for a proper shopping odyssey.  Of course – I have a suit, I have lots of them – but there was never the right moment where it became apparent that I needed to upgrade them.  The one below (pre-mesh) was the one I ended up wearing – one that seemed so lifelike when it was released at Redgrave so many years ago (despite the non-resizable cuffs).

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My first suit was the one I got “married” in (below), which was pre-sculptie … and never worn again until I posed for this picture.  The divorce party a couple of months later was a great excuse to dress with more flair (apologies are given for having lost those photos after a PC crash & burn).

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Working on the fashion HUD project let me to a couple of stores where I knew I would have good luck, so my first stop was FATEwear where a friend helped through their selections.  The demo on the one below was really nice – I really liked the way it fit my body without looking like a malformed shell.

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Then we flew over to Kauna where I demo’d this lovely get up; just as fitting, but with the options to mix and match separates (brilliant!).

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So, which did I pick?

kaunasuitI picked these lovely separates from Kauna … plaid navy (three pieces – I just didn’t add the vest), with a sky blue shirt, and their checked (#1) accessories.

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Shopping HUD – Women’s Hair Edition

Shopping HAS to be easy, especially for the modern woman on the go.  Using the same concepts as the popular shopping HUDs for men, fantome is pleased to announce their FIRST shopping HUD for women, “Women’s Hair Edition,” which is released just in time for the winter holiday shopping season!

What’s the fantome shopping HUD all about?  In a nut shell, we take the lag and search time out of the shopping experience.  Typical SL shopping entails spending hours looking at the fashion blogs, getting a migraine relying on SL Search, or waiting around for the fashion fairs … which are always lag pergatory (the fashion hunts not being much better).

Our HUDS take you to the top ten locations for women’s hair … no fuss, just an automatic TP right to the best of all SL.  No waits, no hassles!

Of course, the service isn’t free … but it is offered at a horrifically low price … only 99L per HUD!  Less than most things you can buy in SL!

Try us out … we don’t make the items you want to wear … we just show you where they are!

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Model: Amara Barrymore

Men’s Shopping HUD – Men’s Fashion Edition

I remember my first “hunt” … I was really excited to get started, looking for clues and freebies, but the best part was finding new places to shop.  When I started SL, there wasn’t a lot of quality clothing options for men, and these new ways of exploring SL’s commercial venues was a great way to match motivated shoppers with eager retailers.

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I also enjoy the fashion fairs as well, but often, both can be lagged out – making it difficult to move, especially on weekends.

To combat “event-related” lag, I’ve created Shopping HUDS for Men, and our latest edition matches men with lindens to spare with those that make the HOTTEST clothes in SL.  One touch of a button takes you right to the mainstore of SL’s most creative designers – no more waiting, no more sorting through tons of blog posts to find out where everyone’s shopping.

We’ve also released HUDs for Men’s Hair, and Men’s Bodies (skin/shapes) … and if you look around the store, you might even find a … well, I can’t talk about that until next week!

Check us out inworld or online!

New Product for Fall

So, summer’s over and we’re back working on new innovations for shopping in Second Life.  Over the next few weeks, we will be rolling out a new product aimed at cutting through the veritable molasses that is shopping in Second Life, but rather than just spit it out, I’m going to sit down with a dear friend (who’s polishing her interviewing skills) and roll it out the old-fashioned way …

MT:        So, Phantom, thanks for interview … I guess I should start this out by asking about your current projects leading up to this.

PR:         Well, I started SL in late 2007, and shortly after getting my bearings, I started a little shop called “SLBest,” and the purpose was to create something akin to Consumer Reports for SL markets.  I was very fortunate when a friend opened a club (that was rather popular for a while), and I was able to set up shop right outside of his door.  While it didn’t pay for my car note, it was successful enough to pay my SL expenses for some time.

Eventually, when LL started discouraging the use of their name in branding, I changed the name to “Phantom’s List,” and eventually I weaved the product into my blog, “Phantom’s Republic,” which was also very successful for some time.

MT:        But, that’s not up anymore, and you were gone for a while.  Tell us what happened.

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Outside Options

During my hiatus from SL, I worked on several buildings during my infrequent trips on and off.  Thanks to a great friend who allowed me to crash in her sandbox, I was still able to log on and play with prims to my hearts content without fully re-engaging into SL life.

Warehouse District was inspired by a small cafe’ that was integral to the communal spirit that initially attracted me to what SL could create.  At the time, there was nothing like what Open Latte at Mill Pond provided, and now that it’s gone, there’s nothing I’ve seen that’s ever replaced it.

This build wasn’t meant as a copy, but another way to create the same thing.  A building that could function as a gathering place for chat, for live performers, for poetry readings … or even for the more common functions (club, retail outlet, cityscape prop, etc.).  Built when “mega-prims” were still something to potentially worry about, it’s been recently updated, with the land impact reduced to 85 prims with the recent mesh updates (convex-hull).

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