Monday, December 13, 2010

You are invited to a rockin' Christmas Party!

Let's celebrate the season with great friends and great music. Effie's Designs has been decked out for the holidays to create a fun place to be.

Here are the details:

Join the party by CLICKING HERE. (Snow Crash 37, 110, 45)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

SL Music LEGENDS Live @ Effie's Designs

Join us for another rocking event at Effie's Designs!

Two great SL Live Music Legends will be joining us for their debut at Effie's TOMORROW! Maximillion Kleene & Sojurn Rossini are two of SL's best. Here are the details:

To join us, CLICK HERE. (Snow Crash 37, 110, 45)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Live Show in InWorldz

Come join us on Sunday in InWorldz for our first live show. Lightnin Lowtide is going to entertain us. Here are the details:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Effie's Designs Enters a Brave New World

Last year a friend of mine talked me into testing a newer virtual world. Effie's Designs was there for a short time. It did not end well due to poor management. However, during that time I made some new friends that I have continued to keep in touch with.

About two months ago, one of these friends invited me to InWorldz. She had already set up a store for me. I just needed to move in. I find it extremely heartwarming that Nox has so much faith in me that she knew I would come.

So, Effie's Designs is also now located in InWorldz. Although the whole product line is not there, many of my items are. I will be working on getting some more current products as well as new products there.

Did I really need a Third Life? No... lol. However, I thought this would be a good time to diversify.

If you would like to visit us in InWorldz, the coordinates of the store are:

Isle of Darkmoon
53, 130, 22

Thursday, October 14, 2010

*** Ultimate BLUES Evening ***

Friday, October 15, 2010

It's a party that you will feel in your soul...

****Ultimate BLUES Evening****

Your limo to the event:

4:00 KelvinBlue Oh
Born in 1953 in Houston, Texas, Kevin got his first guitar when he was 9 years old.

But Kevin's epiphany came one day when his father grabbed his guitar, wanting to play. Then he took a bottle and started playing slide and when Kevin heard that, He told himself, 'Man, that's what I wanna do.' And it's what I've been doing since."

While much about Second Life, including the live music scene, is about experimenting and pushing the limits, Kevin, or Kelvinblue Oh, and his beloved Fender Strat, Miss Blue, have proven that even in this virtual world, it is still soul that counts.

From lowdown roots blues to boogie woogie to flaming covers of his idol Hendrix, Kevin has become a real star in Second Life, which has allowed his honest performances and down home humor to instantly connect him with an international audience that knows and holds on to real talent when they see it.

And most everyone who watches him knows his many original songs by heart and "sing" along with him. It isn't unusual either for someone in the audience to say they're jamming along to Kevin on their own guitars or keyboards or some other instrument in RL or real life.

5:00 Lightnin Lowtide
Lightnin Lowtide is a singer songwriter with his own unique style, he covers songs of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Elvis and many more, as well as his own original songs. Deep in his soul, Lightnin, loves the blues.

His sidekick is his Red Fender Stratocaster, Ruby, which he talks sings and dances with at each show. It may make you wonder about his sanity; however, you will definitely know his love for music and sharing goodtimes with friends.

Lightnin's RL avie is a Southern California performer that has been playing clubs, bars and festivals since 1994 with Bands and Solo performances like the ones in Second Life.

Our hostess, Miss Effie, is so impressed with this talented live artist that she occassionally helps Lightnin out by hosting some of his shows.

6:00 Clairede Dirval
Clairede Dirval has been a RL musician for over 25 years. Her powerful, amazing, sultry voice is accompanied by her guitar. She sings a variety of songs and styles from country to rock to blues.

Clairede gives a sensational performance that is funny and a tad naughty. And, her music just finds its way to your soul.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Shop in 8 of the World's Glamourous Cities & Support Relay for Life - Clothing Fair 2010

Today is the opening of the SL Clothing Fair to benefit Relay for Life. The event runs today at 3 p.m. SLT through Sunday, March 21 at 9 p.m. SLT. Explore 8 of the world's hottest fashion cities while browsing through clothing shops of over 150 SL designers.

There are nine sims. The center sim is host to the Clothing Fair events. Surrounding it are 8 sims themed in the fashion cities of:


New Delhi
New York


Events occur all week long including live music artist, DJs spinning tunes, fashion shows, and a photo contest.

The goal of the photo contest is to mix and match the exclusive items available from the RFL-kiosks during RFL Clothing Fair to create a composite style. Prizes will be given to the Best Male and Best Female composite. Each winner will receive a 5000L gift card to Glitterati and a wonderful gift bag from the designers. More details of the photo contest can be found by CLICKING HERE.

A fashion show will occur for each of the 8 cities during the course of the week. The staff from Royal Elite magazine has been organizing the shows. Here is the schedule for the shows:

New York - Sunday, March 14 - 2:00 p.m.
New Delhi - Monday, March 15 - 8:00 a.m.
Rio - Tuesday, March 16 - 5:00 p.m.
London - Wednesday, March 17 - 11:30 a.m.
Milan - Thursday, March 18 - 12:00 p.m.
Melbourne - Friday, March 19 - 6:00 p.m.
Tokyo - Saturday, March 20 -6:00 p.m.
Paris - Sunday, March 21 -12:00 p.m.

While shopping enjoy the entertainment provided by live music artists and DJs. Kim Seifert will be the first live artist at 6:00 p.m. tonight. Come join Kim help celebrate this grand event that profits a great cause.

As you browse around the Clothing Fair, look for the outfits in the Relay for Life vendors. The proceeds from the sale of those outfits benefit Relay for Life.

For more information regarding the SL Clothing Fair, please visit the Fair's blog by CLICKING HERE.

To visit the SL Clothing Fair, CLICK HERE. (Clothing Fair 2010 128/127/33)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rock the Castle 6

Join us for another ROCK THE CASTLE at Effie's Designs:

CLICK HERE to join the party. (Snow Crash 38/111/46)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Security and Privacy in SL?

While exploring places in SL this morning trying to find places blog-worthy, my partner and I encountered some difficulty with stepping over someone's security orb. Keep in mind that this place is listed in the Hot Spots of the SL search. One would think that highlighted builds to visit would have a requirement of being public access.

The owner was upset because we were booted three times. Well, if I'm booted and I fly and the security orb covers the area above where I was ejected from, it will probably boot me a few times. Even as an experienced avie in SL, I have to figure out where I can go.

We flew to the other side of the build and cammed in and sat. We didn't get a warning, so we figured it was okay to be there. Wrong. The owner appeared and was not pleased.

To be fair, I have to admit that I had a private apartment in my previous castle that housed Effie's Designs. But, that also gave me insight of how to do security right.

There is no privacy in SL.

Unless you own an island and have the land set for no public access, there really is no privacy in SL. You can put up ban lines, place security orbs, and hang signs; however, there always seems to be a way to get around things like the camera's ability to go most everywhere.

Most people are good.

Because of being a veteran builder in SL, I have very good camera skills and use the cam and sit procedure (especially in laggy places). That does not mean that when I do these things I am trying to be malicious. Most people care about others feelings and will not go where they are not welcome.

Also, relax about avies showing up on your private property. What can they really do there? Sit on a pose ball? Unless you have build abilities turned on or give them your building rights, avies visiting your property cannot do much of anything except look.

I had a number of newbies show up. All they did was marvel at how beautiful my castle was. I was kind and gracious and slipped in how this was my private apartment. I tried to make the encounter not traumatic for them because I hoped that one day they would come back as customers. I happen to know that few did come back.

How security/privacy should work.

Try not to mix public access with private areas. Keeping your private areas separate gives you land controls to set security.

If you do want or need to have private areas on a public lot, here are some ideas to help it work:

1. Put up great signage. Outside the doors to my apartment, I put up signs that said "Effie's Apartment - Please respect her privacy." People react in a more positive way to signs rather than just being booted by a security system.

2. Know what your security system is covering. Read the instructions. Rez prims to measure and know exactly that is being covered by the system. If your system does not cover all areas to be off limits, know that avies may show up there.

3. Put private areas behind a locked door. If avies miss the signage, the locked door is an indicator that they are not welcome in an area. Again, people would rather encounter a locked door rather than all of a sudden being ejected from the property.

4. If avies do show up on your property, be gracious until you know that the visit has malintent.

Of course, these are all my views of security/privacy in SL. If you have other ideas, please feel free to comment.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rock the Castle 5 - Come Party!

We are going to start Rocking the Castle again at Effie's Designs! We have three great Rock artists on tap this week. Hmmm... you know Colt Arun as a country crooner? Well, you're in for a surprise! Colt can rock with the best of them!

I hope to see you there. Here is the info:

CLICK HERE to join the party! (Snow Crash 38 111 46)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Arcachon - A French Seaside

About a week ago, I discovered a beautiful French seaside called Arcachon. Arcachon is made to resemble the seaside resort in the south of France by the same name.

The teleport point lands you in the small, quaint village square complete with a center park graced with a fountain, Mayor's office, cafe, and church. From the town square, you can take a balloon ride to get an overview of the sites.

As well as beauty, this harbor town has many activities to enjoy. Take a relaxing boat ride in the harbor, take a tour on a scooter, hang glide through the skies, horseback ride over the different terrains, speed through the waters on a jet ski, and more! A few surprises are in store for you along the way such as the falling pine cones in the forest.

Whether you want to just enjoy the beach, explore this fascinating place, or find some activities to do, Arcachon has it all for you.

Additional pictures and information in French for Arcachon can be found on the Arcachon blog. CLICK HERE to view the blog.

To visit Arcachon, CLICK HERE. (Arcachon 215 228 26)