Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas To All!

Peace on Earth, good will to all!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Jingle My Bells

Dot Lane Wearing Fleur's Biba

So many posts to do, so little time to complete them, what with the holiday rush hitting from all angles. Still, I'm taking the opportunity to do a few quick hits before the holiday and first up is a reminder that Fleur has redone its Biba skins as part of the Allure line. I'm planning a longer blog post about Biba (which has long been my second favorite Fleur skin, after the Parfaits) but Fleur is giving out holiday gifts via lucky stocking and the stocking includes the limited edition Biba skin I am wearing in the photo above. I won't even tell you what I had to do to get myself taken off of Santa's naughty list so that I would come up a winner when I clicked the stocking. All of you nice girls won't have that problem, so go try your luck. While you're there, be sure to take a walk around the sim to see the new Biba skins. Best of all there is a huge discount if you buy skins using the Fleur card--a 3000L card lets you buy 6000L worth of skin and clothes. That's 50% off people, for the skins that make me a vision of wondrous beauty. And if I can look this good, just think what they will do for you! The gloves I'm wearing also came from the lucky stocking and really set off the dress by Yuli. The hair is from booN (duh!) and the lights nestled all snug in my curls are a group gift from Deviant Kitties. The eyes are a new group gift from Fleur.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Viral Marketing Strategy

For the past two Halloweens in SL, I have worn a collar rigged to give out candy if you click on it. This leads me to a question: have designers tried rigging hair, shoes, and other attachable objects to give out demos and landmarks? The script is easy and free, and it is simply a matter of boxing the demo and landmark together. While you wouldn't want to put it in every copy of every hair you sell because of lag issues, why wouldn't you rig your own personal hair this way, or the things worn by your customer service reps? I see it going something like this:

Person: "I love the hair you have on!"

Hair Designer: "Thank you. You can click it if you want and get a demo and landmark."

Person: "Thank you so much!"

How easy is that? The potential drawback is that I'm not sure about the ins and outs of transferring objects which contain no transfer items however--is this possible?

Now what's the flaw in my viral marketing plan? And has this been tried before?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fair Isle Fleur

Fleur "Fair Isle" Dress

While global warming might be raising the annual average temperature in RL, it doesn't mean that winter has disappeared completely. And, as the poets say, in winter a young woman's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of chunky sweaters and woolly dresses. Thankfully Fleur has stepped up to fill a gaping void in my wardrobe by creating a set of Fair Isle patterned dresses and socks, with ribbed turtlenecks to wear underneath. To me, Fair Isle is one of the holy trinity of patterns, along with plaid and argyle, and I just don't see enough of it in-world. The new dresses are available in six colors and you'll want to wear them by the fire with a nice cup of cocoa. Best of all--you can get all the dresses, turtlenecks, (which will work great with other outfits) and socks for $1000L. You'll also want to make sure to see the new Fleur skins as well--I'm wearing Fleur's Vanilla Parfait Trois 4. A little birdie told me some selected skins might be on go try on some demos and maybe you'll find a bargain!

I'm also wearing hair and tights from booN.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dot Lane Takes The Dress Me Up Challenge

I have accepted Achariya Maktoum's "Dress Me Up Challenge"!

The rules, according to Achariya:

1. Post a picture of yourself in your underpants.
2. In this post, invite your readers to suggest a particular outfit (or hair, jewelry, shoes, skin, etc.) from a designer for you to purchase and write about. (Designers, feel free to suggest items from your own line - why not, after all?) People who respond should explain why they like these items.
3. In the next few weeks, look back over the suggestion list and incorporate these ideas into your regular blogging, marking these entries with the tag "dress me up." Post in as many or few suggestions as you want. It's up to the blogger's discretion to pick which items to wear, so no complaining if they don't pick your idea, K? :D


So there you have it, the floor is open for your suggestions dear readers. And yes, I already own a bag to put over my head so no recommendations for that, please.....

The Objects of My Affection

Giving Pancakes the Eye

Garden announced a group holiday gift a few days ago so this afternoon I made my way over to the store. While there, I found a table set with food and you know how I feel about pancakes. Any bets about whether or not I can eat them all?

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Sachi Vixen and her partner Damen Gorilla are now making bonsai under the auspices of their Artis Natur brand, and she kindly sent me one which I promptly put out. I think the snowman likes it too!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Spirit? Well, Maybe....

Val Kendal Made A Stocking For Me

Christmas Lights by Deviant Kitties and Mistletoe by Chapeau Tres Mignon

Everyone is fortunate that the prim limit at my apartment keeps me from fully indulging in the spirit of Christmas, because God knows if I were left to my own devices my place would be full of blinking crap. As it stands, blinking lights stuck in my hair don't count against my prim limit, which is good because these Christmas lights from Deviant Kitties weigh in at 55 prims, but aren't they just the best? When combined with the high prim hair from booN, it means I'm giving everyone a big box o' lag for the holidays. You can thank me later. I've hung the stocking my friend Val made for me on my washing machine since I don't have a fireplace. I'm not sure if my washing machine is a teleport point from the North Pole, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I also put up my violet feathered Christmas tree from Schadenfreude. If you go to the store, you can ride a mouse which will take you to a tree farm filled with these lovely creations. Finally, if you see me in-world wearing my mistletoe, be sure to come get your kiss. After all, everyone deserves the oscular equivalent of a lump of coal because I know you're not good all the time....

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tonight, On A Very Special Episode of Dot Lane, Girl Reporter.....

Dot Lane, Ready For Slings And Arrows

On Plurk, Sachi Vixen recently asked "if people think that the freebie/hunt culture in SL is damaging to the economy and to designers. What do you think the future holds?" Since Sachi and I have talked about this issue in world, and God knows I'm not shy about offering an opinion, I thought I would take a crack at an answer, free of the 140 character limit Plurk imposes.

Shopping and Self

Is shopping in Second Life® (SL) a transmutation of the real life (rl) desire to acquire? I'm sure it is, in combination with a transmutation of real life desires for attention and praise and beauty. I mean, really, why do you think I write my blog? I'm alternately embarrassed and secretly pleased by the praise I get. But this can be a difficult trap: one has to keep finding new ways of being fresh, different, not like everyone else. We regularly seek to reinvent ourselves and this means buying new clothes, becoming a space demon or a giant jello mold, or having sex with unicorns, among the myriad choices which are available to us. But after a certain point, we find, just as in real life, that our desires are limited by our ability to pay for them, except for unicorn sex, which is apparently always free.

As I noted in a post a few days ago, it is difficult not to feel overwhelmed in SL these days. While hardware and information distribution systems may be scalable, our attention span is not. Fashion Consolidated notices, generated through the group created by an SL business promoting new fashion releases, come out at an astounding rate when I'm in world, and I can only imagine how many I miss when offline. The number of blogs about SL appear to grow exponentially and most seem to be about fashion, but I have to confess I read very few of them, and, judging from my blog's traffic, I assume the converse is true. Then again, I've always considered myself to be the licorice of bloggers and something of an acquired taste, so I'm not surprised at my traffic, but the ever increasing demands on people's time makes it hard to build a readership no matter how well done or widely appealing one's blog is. What's that? Right. An astute reader just noted that, Sachi asked about the state of the SL economy, not my own personal issues, which are legion. I do think my experience points to a larger problem however, one that has a real world analog, and that is the idea that the increasing overload of information and shopping opportunities slows the SL economy by creating paralysis of choice.

(/me waits for you to read the New York Times article)

(no, really, you need to read it /me taps her foot and points to the link above)

(I know you know how to read, since there aren't any pictures in this post. Oh, you're done? Good. Carry on.)

How does paralysis of choice manifest itself in world? Think about what happens when someone asks you for fashion advice. How many times have you heard someone ask for the "best" of something? You can generally answer that question, perhaps with a few caveats, but at least you know what is best for you. Now think about the responses that same question gets when asked of the Fashion Emergency group. You may as well count the grains of sand on a beach.

What is going on? First, in SL, it is hard to know the universe of choices. Asking someone what "is the best [insert product type here]" , is a way of doing research, of making sure if one is going to spend money that ten minutes later he or she will not come across a better, more appealing choice. Second, asking for advice can also be a way of confirming preconceptions about a brand. “Oh, you recommend skin x? I've always liked their work too.” Third, and perhaps most of all, people, especially when new, are limited by their account balances and are afraid to spend precious lindens on clothes they won't wear or hair they end up hating or on something which other people think is uncool. Choices in world are virtually unlimited, and for things we don't normally buy in RL: skin, hair, talking private parts. If there were only three hairstyles in world, it would be easy to make a choice, when there are thousands, well, good luck. Have you shopped for black knee high boots? A little black dress? It's much easier not to buy and wait for the new new thing to come out and then not buy that either.

So Dot, What's Your Story And Do You Need A Ladder To Get On That High Horse?

When I was new in SL, I did the usual tour of freebie spots, finding odds and ends that seemed to suit my style at the various freebie stores, ragpicking through folders of full perm clothing people dropped on me, taking advantage of free skin and hair offers from places like Sin Skins and Gurl 6. I was essentially clueless: I hadn't even thought to look for blogs about style, and most people I met weren't particularly well dressed. There were exceptions however, and I was lucky that early on someone took mercy on me and gave me 5000L as a gift. With advice from a few people, like the girl at Popscene who told me about CKS Designs, and some investigation on my own, I started to build a wardrobe. Those early purchases are easy to remember--the “Tweed Mod” outfit from Tres Blah, the “bem querer” dress from Bossa Nova (now comme il faut), "Earthy" from CKS Designs--because each was made after careful consideration. I had to watch my pennies. It wasn't until I received a group gift from Tete a Pied (now Fleur) that fashion really clicked for me. Yes, a freebie changed my life.

But when thinking back about my early shopping, I don't recall many freebies in stores themselves. Rather, I think freebies were found at the freebie megastore type places or came via group gifts. In a way this makes sense, because stores presumably wanted to reach new players where they congregated, and a store owner couldn't assume the new player would ever find the main store on their own (has everyone forgotten exactly how bad search was in 2007?). It seemed to me at the time that a designer would make something simple like a t-shirt, a skirt, sandals, or a basic dress, and set it out in a box at The Free Dove or wherever and hope for the best. What changed?

The Rise of Freebie Culture

I suppose there have been freebie blogs since the start of SL, but in October of 2007 Creamy Cooljoke's Free*Style came onto the scene. I met Creamy in late September 2007, picking up a “Free Burma” t-shirt Iris Seale had made for Punch Drunk, and we hit it off and have remained friends since. Why do I mention this? Because, to my mind at least, Free*Style has become the dominant force in shaping freebie culture. I'm not writing this to be critical of Creamy, but rather to explain a phenomenon. I don't think Creamy had any idea what Free*Style would morph into: a taste maker for people of limited means, a freebie store, a group with almost 5,000 members, and a blog with some of the most stylish contributors in SL. Why the rapid growth of the Free*Style brand, which is coming up on a million page views at the blog? I think choice paralysis stimulates the desire for freebies. After all, it's hard to make a bad buying decision and suffer from buyer's remorse if something is free, and free means you can conserve your lindens. So freebies become a little hit of guilt free pleasure. Buy it, try it, trash it if you don't like it. Easy right? It is for the shopper, but what about the other side of the equation?

If you're a designer, Free*Style is hard to ignore. Given the size of the Free*Style group, the traffic to the blog, and the blog's syndication into the major fashion feeds, a mention in Free*Style has to be seen as major p.r. coup—I know when I'm mentioned in Free*Style, I see a significant traffic spike to my blog, and I don't even make clothes. Then think about the secondary and tertiary blogs, and then work your way down to Dot Lane, Girl Reporter. Most blogs which write about fashion cover freebies in one way or another and if you're a designer competing for the consumer's limited attention span, a freebie (or a review item, which I also have strong opinions about, but won't get into here) is a good way to do that but it had better be of high quality to get noticed. While there are some bloggers who will “poop rainbows” over just about anything, most are increasingly discerning about what they choose to feature. Do you see the spiral here? More designers making more top quality free items means it is less important for a consumer to become one who uses real money for purchases. In short, it is entirely possible to have an economy where more is consumed, but the total size of the economy stagnates.

But what else can a store owner do but get into the freebie game? Designers want people wearing their clothes, talking about them, and recommending them to their friends. Freebie promotion isn't the sole province of freebie blogs either. How many Fashion Consolidated notices come telling of new releases and an in-store freebie? There seems to be an expectation of free stuff these days, and anecdotal reports of people complaining about demos being priced at a dollar or wanting to know where a free gift is when a store has a new release only serves to reinforce the idea that something is rotten. A secondary problem is the 25 group limit. Freebies used to come more frequently via group gift but a the group limit again means stores are competing for increasingly scarce resources: one's group slots. It seems to be it would be much easier to just put a free gift out in one's store, and the let the fashion press do your promotion for you.

Adam n Eve is trying something different, a customer loyalty card in which one receives points for each purchase redeemable for merchandise. This seems to be a happy compromise. After all, many marketing experts will tell you that creating brand loyalty and word of mouth from satisfied customers are the keys to success. This program is in its infancy however, and there is no guarantee it will be successful and meet its goals. But at least something different is being tried. What other ways can content creators develop to attract and retain customers?

I consider freebies to be an amuse bouche, a treat given with the expectation that I will be buying a full meal at some point. One can't live on the free popcorn given out at your local bar. Eventually you're going to need to step up and buy a drink or maybe a meal too, otherwise we'll all starve to death at the banquet. Now I hear the complaints. They go something like this: “Oh, Dot Lane is encouraging mindless consumerism and SL should really be a libertarian paradise where people make what they need and don't worry about capitalistic concerns." Perhaps SL should be like that. But maintaining stores and sims and uploading textures and creating takes time and real money and that means at some point, consumers have to buy.

The Thrill of the Hunt.

When I first started SL hunts were rare and smaller in scale and usually confined to a single store or sim. I always enjoyed doing them, because they became a social event. You'd go with a friend and poke around a store searching and chatting while you did so. I particularly remember doing the Mischief “Panty Raid” with Kit Maitland, and it was a pleasant way to kill an evening, with the panties (most of which are lovely) being of secondary importance to the camaraderie. I don't remember when hunts became quite so epic, culminating in the ongoing Peace on Earth hunt, which has over 300 prizes. I do know that hung has been the source of ongoing chatter in several groups I belong too (I can't find globe 79...any help?)

Of course, there are cheat sheets which pop up almost immediately after a hunt begins, like new movie releases showing up on New York City street corners as DVDs the day after the movie hits the theater. I'm of two minds regarding them. First, if there is a hunt with over a hundred locations, chances are I'm not going to want 85% of what I find. A cheat sheet is a handy way to know which stores are participating and which I might be interested in. But cheat sheets also encourage a completist mentality, where one needs to have everything in order to have finished the hunt. As human beings we like order and completeness and a sense of accomplishment. But do we honestly need all of what we hunt for? I know I'm guilty of having things in my inventory from hunts six months ago that I have never opened—certainly this isn't the type of marketing boost stores participating in hunts are hoping for.

Can hunts be improved? Perhaps not, but there are other models for distributing gifts and getting traffic. The Creators Stamp Rally (CSR) is a good model, I think, of a way to distribute gifts. You buy a marked item at a participating store and then take the special card enclosed with the item to other stores to get your card "stamped". Once you've visited all the store, you can redeem your stamped card for a prize. The beauty of this is you can get as many cards as you want, but you have to buy an item to get them. You can also simultaneously wear all of the cards you acquire so you only have to make one circuit of participating stores. {Edit}: after more thought, there is another facet of CSR I like. Even though you may buy one item in one store to get a card to redeem, you can redeem it for a prize from a completely different store. It is this type of recognition of mutual dependency that seems to be missing from many of the hunts, an acknowledgement that the SL economy doesn't have to be a zero sum game.

Other hunts have more convoluted set ups, requiring some effort to complete the hunt. The Albero mall has had two hunts in which I've participated. You find numbered boxes at the mall, each of which has a word attached to it. You then go to the main stores of the shops at the mall, where you will find more numbered boxes. You say the word associated with the proper box number, and receive your gift. While time consuming (the last Albero hunt took several hours, and I had a little help) it slows the pace of frenetic acquisition.

Other hunts have successfully introduced an element of humor, like the D-Hunt at Blockheadsville which recently took place in a sim built especially for the hunt. In short, hunts should be fun and sociable, not a recreation of the running of the brides at Filene's Basement.

Bonus film clip of the running of the brides:

The Future.

Does SL end up resembling third world countries with an established oligarchy and a mass of poor residents?

Much of the problem in the SL economy lies on the demand side. People have wants, but they don't have the means. SL, for all of its ability to unleash the creative side of people to create what they envision, has very limited employment opportunities for those of us who don't create. Camping for 1L every ten minutes doesn't work, prostitution is legal but apparently high effort/low reward as the search for paying clients becomes more difficult. I'm not even sure how much models make. The lack of adequate employment needs to be addressed. But how? I don't really know. If waged employment isn't the answer, there needs to be an expectation that if someone stays in world for a substantial length of time, that they will eventually invest some of their own money in world and yes, that means the creation of a true consumer culture in which one uses money. Freebie culture militates against this by adequately satisfying many wants.

What would I do if I had a store? I'd set a few items for 10L or 20L and opt out of the in-store freebie altogether. I'd have a robust group gift program or rewards point system in which customers who bought something in the past month received items in group exclusive colors or designs, while group members who didn't buy something in the past month would be entered into a drawing with other non-buyers for the month to win the same outfit. After all, I want loyal customers, not people who simply join a group to grab the freebie (as an aside, why can't we have more groups? I'm guilty of group jumping from time-to-time but, before I leave the group, I try to buy something from the store as a mea culpa).

But really, what's a reasonable amount of real money for someone to put into SL? What is SL worth to you? $10 a month, which is the current cost of a movie in most of the United States? My own budget allows me to put $200 a year into the SL economy and I could go higher except that I've found that $200 satisfies my wants and even allows me to write blog posts bitching about how much choice I have. We're fortunate that Linden Labs® doesn't require a monthly fee for entry into the world. But think about that. Other online forms of recreation often require a fee to participate. SL offers so much and asks so little of us in exchange. In return, I would argue, we all bear some of the burden for supporting those who create what we value most.

And that is how I would answer Sachi's question, although I have much more to say on the issue and hope to get to it in future blog posts, so long as someone doesn't try to kill me for this one.


In the way of disclosure, I suppose it is worth reading this post of mine from several months ago. The only significant change is that I am now also a Fleur Insider. Needless to say, my opinions are my own and not those of any other person or store with which I may be associated.


Monday, December 1, 2008

The Dark Streets of London

The Black Canary's "Frigid Belle" in Rivet Town

Back home for a close up....

It's hard not to feel overwhelmed in SL these days. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, when I signed on I kept seeing between 70,000 and 75,000 users logged in, a significant jump over where SL was even two months ago, if I recall correctly. FashCon seems to have grown exponentially to judge from the notecards, store hunts are a permanent fixture (note to content creators: my rez day is 11 July, so you may as well start the planning the hunt for that important occasion), and more people are blogging and plurking and flickring.

My natural inclination is to shut down, clean my inventory, and putter about, hoping that the tidal wave of information doesn't drown me. I've been avoiding hunts and I've been deleting FashCon notices fairly regularly without looking at them, pausing only if I recognize the store or if the description really really grabs me. So I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the notecard from The Black Canary which came over the transom a few hours ago. First, the notecard was charmingly written and second, there was an outfit called "Winter in London".
Now, if I could choose a time and place to move to, it would be 19th century London, so I eagerly waited for the pic to load. An hour later (okay, okay, it was only twenty-eight minutes) when the pic had rezzed I saw a beautiful outfit that made me jump over to The Black Canary post haste. I decided against "Winter in London", but did buy the "Frigid Belle", another new outfit. The lucky chair also went into wildcard mode while I was there so I picked up another outfit and then, after TPing in Creamy to the lucky chair for a "C" (an epic fail on her part, since things didn't rez fast enough) the lucky chair went back to "D". Well now. That's certainly a sign of something.

As soon as I put on "Frigid Belle" (please, no jokes about how this might actually be an entry in the "Dot Lane Design Challenge") I knew I had something special. Beautiful fur trim, a grey wool coat and skirt with a sheer black crinoline underneath, "Frigid Belle" harkens back to a simpler time. And even though you might be as overwhelmed as me, I suggest a trip to The Black Canary and a visit to Rivet Town, where these pictures were taken, and let yourself be transported.

I'm also wearing Diversity Hair's "Ruby" (thank you Aleri!) which is currently a group gift with five colors in the pack, none of which are the black I have on, but you do get a blue-black version according to Sasy, who says I should have opened the group gift, but that would be like reading the instruction manual to something, now wouldn't it? Rezit Sideways gave me the White Roses Barbed Wire Tiara which is available from her Designs of Darkness store, and the skin is a brand spanking new (please note, no actual spanking took place) Fleur Vanilla Trois Parfait 4. Have I mentioned before that I love Fleur skins? I have? Maybe once or twice? Well, go check them out and the amazing new store which recreates Greenwich Village in the winter time.

Hat tip to Kaycee Nightfire for suggesting Rivet Town as a location....

Also, if you don't have it, you need to own The Pogues "Red Roses for Me", which has one of my favorite songs, "The Dark Streets of London".


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Procrastination, Thy Name Is Dot Lane

This is how my blog works. Yesterday I started to get ready for the new skin and sim launch for Fleur, which will happen this afternoon at 2 PM SLT. In my case "getting ready" means obssessing about what I will wear since I know I will be running into lots of friends and SL luminaries who can get dressed in a dark closet in ten seconds and look better than I will even after I spend a couple of hours trying on outfits. I also have the added pressure of being a Fleur Insider now, which means I will be under particular scrutiny. I thought I would wear a new Fleur Shoujo skin to the party so I searched for "shoujo" in my inventory.

Lo and behold, I found that I have a dress from a store called "Yome Shoujo". How odd. I check the date I acquired it, and learn it was sometime last September. I have no recollection of the dress so I put it on, and I love it! (see the "pepe" dress below) Immediately I forget that I'm supposed to picking out an outfit for tomorrow and I run off to the store where I stand, slack-jawed at the cuteness I see around me. Not only is there cute, but it is inexpensive cute with lucky boards and gifts and OMG I just had to see everything. I picked up the gifts, waited around for the lucky boards (which are fast ones, just so you know) and bought a dress and legwarmers and a sweater and I've spent the past hour taking pictures and getting this blog post ready. The sad thing is, I still don't know what I'm going to wear to the Fleur opening, which is less than two hours away as I finish writing this. /me sighs.

But just look at what you will find at Yome Shoujo! I love that the dresses usually have multiple skirt options, generally long or short, and the fabric patterns are very different than what one usually finds. YomeShoujo also sells furniture and other little odds and ends to make you happy.

With the exception of the pepe dress which is paired with a lucky board skin from Yome Shoujo, I'm wearing a brand spanking new Fleur BND Lotus Shoujo 3 skin and my trusty booN KARo7 hair. (I know what you're saying. You're saying, "Doesn't that girl have more than one hairstyle? One that makes her look a little less Bride of Frankenstein?" Oh yes, dear readers, I know exactly what you're thinking.) I can't say enough about the new Boutique skins at Fleur. I've been wearing the freckled Vanilla Parfait for months now and I'm pleased to say that the third-generation Parfaits include freckled skins with a slightly more grown-up look to them.

Yome Shoujo "Pepe" dress with "dede" skin (skin free from lucky board)

Yome Shoujo Life2 (free from lucky board)

Yome Shoujo JamPink (free from lucky board)

A trio of gift shirts
dot shirt
psychedelic shirt
heart shirt

Look closely at the psychedelic shirt. No, not at my breasts! Sheesh!

Yome Shoujo "Shimonu" sweater

Youme Shoujo "TR" dress with long and short skirt options

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dot Lane Goes To The Dogs

Fall means houndstooth and woolly sweaters! I've gone through my inventory and grabbed a few of my favorites to model. In other news, I've been named a Fleur Insider. I'm really excited about this, and flattered to be in such beautiful company. I have to apologize for my lack of substantive blog posts, but I have a few RL writing deadlines that need to be cleared up before I turn my attention back to SL.

Jill's free CMD outfit

Hair: booN MOM55
Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai "Agroglyphe"
Sweater and Skirt: Jill "CMD"
Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Vampy

Punch Drunk "Jenny"
Skin: Fleur Vanilla Deux Parfait 6
Hair: booN ERA794
Dress: Punch Drunk "Jenny" in purple
Hand Tattoos: B390 "Aisha"
Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai "Dark Bloom" earrings
Necklace: Cipher "Black Eye" necklace
Ring: Hanauta "Thank you Kiwi Ring"

CKS Designs "Emily"

Dress and Tights: CKS Designs "Emily"
Shoes: Yuka Shoes "Charcoal Suede Court Shoe"
Hair: booN SHY48
Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Kit 2
Ring: Hanauta "Thank you Kiwi Ring"

Hair: booN BON75
Dress and Stockings: Mayuki Nozaki "Houndstooth Dress Love 1" in brown
Shoes: Tesla "Leather Vixens" in chocolate
Earrings and Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai "Industrial Revolution"
Skin: Fleur Allure Ivory Bare 3

Monday, November 24, 2008

Best Item Camp Ever

Best Item Camp Ever
Originally uploaded by dot.lane
It used to be that when you camped for an item, you simply sat in a chair and waited. This evening at Tokyo Pig Sight however, I came across and item camping device that required me to repeatedly kick a vending machine for five minutes to win the tiny AV you see in the picture. That's five minutes of priceless therapy..... you can get your own from the Mega Graphics store at

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Do You Know Who I Am?

The new Celebre gown from Adam 'n' Eve. My bodyguard is keeping watch.

Celebre with the micro-mini skirt option.

Celebre also has a sculpted skirt.

The train for the Celebre gown.

Those of you who know me well know that glamour is not my strong suit. I am usually found working the cute side of the street, so it was with a little trepidation that I tried on the new Celebre gown/dress from Adam n Eve. After all, we short curvy girls usually aren't the belle of the ball because formal wear often doesn't look quite right on us. Now I hear what you're saying. You're saying, "Dot Lane! Who is this 'we' you keep referring to? Don't you know people realize that when you're using the first person plural you're really talking about yourself?" /me feigns innocence.

Sachi Vixen has accomplished a very difficult design task with Celebre: she's managed to balance the weight of the beading on the gown and the fabric stiffness it would take to maintain the shape of the gown--one can almost feel the dress because of the cut and texture. The cutouts on the side accent my curves while the front of the dress slims my belly. I didn't even have to wear my skirt shape to make this dress fit, and no prims had to be tortured, which are both big pluses in my book. I also appreciate the versatility, since one has the option of a micro-mini for clubbing, a long skirt for formal events, and a sculpted skirt for when you're not quite sure what to wear. Head over to Adam n Eve and check out the other colors!

As befits my celebrity status I have my bodyguard with me at the Hotel Dare where these photos were taken. Lester Lubitsch isn't afraid to get his hands dirty and his dashing "bandido" mustache gives him an air of mystery. And, as you can see, there are no paparazzi to be found anywhere near me so I know he's doing his job right. Thanks Lester!

What is Dot Lane wearing?

Dress: Adam n Eve Celebre in black
Hair: booN KAR07
Skin: Fleur Vivant Blush Biba 02
Necklace: Shiny Things Knotted bead strand, mother of pearl
Sunglasses: Mokoptical "Disco" currently a store gift--hurry!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dot Lane Uses The FilterCam 1

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Dot Lane Uses The FilterCam 2

CodeBastard Redgrave hooked me up with her new FilterCam and I'm just starting to explore the possibilities. It's a hud which allows one multiple framing and filtering options from within SL, meaning one doesn't have to rely on post-processing for certain effects. I've just begun to scratch the surface of this tool and look forward to blogging more photos. I met Helena Stringer of The Stringer Mausoleum last night, so I'm wearing The Stringer Mausoelum's Orly hair, a Fleur Parfait skin, jewelry from Bliensen+MaiTai, a collar from Eat Rice!, and a little black dress from B390. The star tattoo is from Original Choice.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Who Do You Love?

Living as I do in a state which recognizes marriage equality, I can assure everyone that Massachusetts has not fallen apart since same sex couples have started to get married. So I was somewhat surprised that Californians voted yes on Proposition 8, which reverses same-sex marriage in that state after a brief period of legality. The idea of putting what should be a basic right up to vote--to vote!--as if it were simply a bond issue or a property tax override chills me. The idea that someone would then vote to deny another person the right to marry makes me ill. We all have a lot to answer for in this world, made up as we are of our own imperfections. So I would like to ask all of you who are convinced of you own moral rectitude, the self-righteousness which allows you to judge your fellow citizens: Who are you to cast the first vote?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Valhalla Beach Designs Opens!

Dot Lane Models VBD Earrings

My friend Val has been making jewelry and other items for some time now, and I've enjoyed watching her craft progress. She's finally taken the plunge and opened her own store, Valhalla Beach Designs, and, as a plus, has set out a few lovely freebies for a limited time including a set of earrings modeled by yours truly. There's no bling here and no diamonds, but plenty of other things that just scream restrained good taste. Of particular note are the five and six letter ID bracelets which have text change capabilities, and I love the jade items as well. I also like the organization of the store, which is built onto the side of a cliff. On the lower levels are things like anklets and belts, moving up to bracelets, then necklaces, and earrings on the top level--you can deck yourself out from head to toe.

VBD Daisy Earrings

Standing Over The Ocean At Valhalla Beach Designs

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

1960s Dot

1960s Dot
Originally uploaded by dot.lane
Ros saw the pic of the new booN hair and said it looked very 1960s, a connection I didn't make. So I grabbed a 1960s inspired dress from Marlys and sure enough, there I am ready for swinging London!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Single Women, Second Class Citizens

For those of you who aren't interested in my first life, you can skip this commentary.

Today, while reading some political websites, I came across a link to Dennis Prager's column at Now, keep in mind that publishes the craziest of the crazy conservatives, but Dennis Prager is ostensibly someone who is taken seriously those on the right. His column seeks to minimize the implications of an Obama win by analyzing (and by analyzing I mean "make shit up") why certain groups of people might vote for Obama and why those votes don't count as votes for transforming America. I fit into a couple of the groups Prager lists, including "Single Women". This is what Prager has to say, in toto, about single women:

Single women of all colors and ethnicities vote Democrat. They do so primarily because many of them are financially dependent on the state, because they have no man to depend on, nor a husband who might influence them politically (married women are considerably more likely to vote Republican than single women). Whatever their reasons for voting for Barack Obama, transforming America is not one of them. They would vote for any Democrat.

What. The. Fuck. Single women vote for Democrats because we're poor and don't have a man in our life to tell us what to do? I can barely express how angry this makes me. I voted for Obama for myriad policy reasons, not because I'm on welfare or lacking proper male guidance. And what about single women who vote for Republicans? What does that say about *them*?

I absolutely voted for Obama to transform America. I want to transform America into a country which respects the right of all of its citizens to get married to the person of their choice. I want to transform America into a country that harnesses its immense resources to improve the lives not only of Americans, but of people around the world, instead of squandering billions to fight an unncessary war. I want to transform America into a country that doesn't torture political prisoners so we have the moral standing in the world to ask the same of other countries. I want to transform America into a country which respects the civil rights of its inhabitants by not eavesdropping on its citizens. There are so many problems we face, so many challenges, and look at the campaign conservatives have run. The only thing they've sought to transform America into is a country divided by race and ethnicity, a country cowed into fear of terrorism, a country filled with people who will gladly give up the rights guaranteed to them in the Constitution to pretend that somehow they are safer, a country in which we are asked to believe that simply having the right religious beliefs is experience enough to be President.

America, led by conservatives, had done tremendous damage to itself over the past eight years. I don't need a paternalistic asshole like Dennis Prager to tell me my vote isn't a vote for change. But this is how certain conservatives view women--make no mistake about it. We're to marry, have children, keep quiet, learn to vote Republican. It's enough to make one cry, especially after having been accused time and time again of not being a feminist, or worse, a woman-hater, because of not supporting Sarah Palin. I wonder if Palin's daughter voted for her mother, since she's not married yet. Oh, right. She's not old enough to vote. That's okay Bristol--Levi will smarten you up.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Not Safe For Work: Best Ever Rez

I'm not sure what's going on in-world, but rezzing has been an issue for many people, with this being perhaps the most egregious example.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dot Zombie!

Dot Lane, Driven To An Early Grave

I'm an occasional actress, and by actress I mean general nuisance who is tolerated on the set of Divas, a sitcom produced in world by Phaylen Fairchild. Kit Maitland, and Evie Fairchild. I can be seen in the latest episode, playing a little girl trick-or-treater dressed as a bumblebee. Last night was the premiere party so I dressed up in my glamourous best, headed to the set, and found a little grave prepared for me so I could sit and watch the show. I'd like to thank Phaylen, Evie, and Kit for including me in all the fun. If you want to watch, head here for all the information.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dot Lane's True SL Dialogue Funnies

Sometimes, although not often, I go to lesbian clubs, where, as a rule, men are not allowed, hence "lesbian club". This doesn't stop guys from appearing of course, but many clubs have security of some sort to help deal with the issue. In clubs with no security, one gets to play security officer. Earlier today I'm at a club and a guy arrives.....

[12:22] Our Heroine: no men...please leave
[12:23] Guy: sorry i used to be a women till i changed my account
[12:23] Our Heroine: okay
[12:23] Our Heroine: you're a guy now then
[12:23] Our Heroine: please leave

Owner of club contacted, who responds:

[12:37] Club Owner: thanks he will get kicked next time he arrives

/me thinks of a strategy

[12:38] Our Heroine: you should TP out and then back are not rezzed

Guy disappears.

[12:46] Guy: hey you kicked me out
[12:46] Our Heroine: me? I don't have that power
[12:47] Guy: really that sucks someone kicked me out i wsnt doing nothing wrong
[12:47] Our Heroine: talk to the owner
[12:47] Our Heroine: I don't know anything
[12:50] Guy: ok who is it do you know
[12:52] Our Heroine: not a clue

Yay for clueless people!

Cleaning Out The Photo Folder

If you're like me, you take photos in SL as a form of shorthand, to help you remember places you might want to take large format photos of later, to show friends something you're talking about when you they can't come and see for themselves, or just for general amusement. While going through my photos, I came across some I'd like to share.

I always thought the sound one made after stepping in poo was "Oh shit!"

Pink Clover's Main Store has lucky boards giving out the big bear and the outfit I am wearing. How cute am I?

Happy Style Mall in Sokri just put out two Japanese photo booths. So fun!

Showing a friend how I look as a redhead.

One doesn't see many cars in SL, so I was standing in the street at the Car Wash sim when suddenly this monster ran me over.

Katy Perry? You may have kissed a girl, but I *killed* a girl while at Fishy Strawberry.
Top that!