Exploring Second Life's fashions to look our very best when Austin sings!
I'm the Journal & Topics Newspaper's Lifestyle Editor. Author of genre novels, "The Guardian" and "Altar of Freedom." "Deadly Reservations" is my latest book with ArcheBooks. On Saturday's, I host the "Netera Landar Chat" on opens life (virtual world). Guests are writers, poets, and musicians. Owner of gottawritenetwork.wordpress.com. Love reading romance and mysteries, time travels and paranormal. I've read over 300 books and can't wait to get back to reading more. Currently writing my fourth book, painting and caring for my pets.
Sandy in cute PJs, with curlers in her hair and puppy in her arms. All photos by Talia Sunsong.
By Netera Landar
Planning SL birthday parties is never easy. That’s because there are so many possibilities when it comes to themes. So when Austin mentioned Sandy and ZDiva’s birthday was coming up, Talia and I came up with some ideas.
ZDiva dancing on the buffet table.
We discussed with Austin everything from a Roaring 20s party, to PJ party, Bad Hair to Over the Hill. I settled on PJ as it wasn’t something we’d done in the past and I thought it would be cute to check out creative PJ ideas. I bought balloons, a Diva cake and Talia contributed pictures of Sandy and Z that were posted on easels with particle roses. Austin added fireworks that spelled out Happy Birthday Sandy and ZDiva.
Austin in his PJs ready for a pillow fight.
We sent out notices and invited everyone to Austin’s venue. Even had a pillow fight. I wasn’t too sure how that worked, though. Some animations are easier to operate than others.
Talia in her kimono-style nightgown. She looked beautiful!
Ann ready to soar with a birthday balloon.
Liam and Nida in their onesies. Sandy is ready for a pillow fight.
I’m wearing my unicorn baby doll PJs and bunny slippers. Like Sandy, I had my hair in curlers. Alex is wearing his flannel PJ bottoms.
We were happy to see friends join us in celebrating Sandy and ZDiva’s birthdays.
Austin not only bought the party decorations he bought the fireworks with a special message, as well. Adding his special touch made the evening very special for our friends.
Every tribute Austin hosts focusing on the music of Neil Diamond is special. Austin selects the order of the songs he wishes to sing. Sandy creates a gorgeous stage, selects our beautiful gowns for the set, and then there’s a rehearsal.
The photos taken by Talia Sunsong, an Austin Angel, were from the Nov. 21, 2020 tribute at Dandy’s Place. We wore Legendaire’s Sia gown. I chose my Truth Joy updo and a JUMO’s Baylor Necklace, which was a lovely group gift.
We’ve been so busy! There’s so much catching up to do. I wanted to start with the A to Z event presented in The Theatre at Dandy’s Place on Sunday, Nov. 29. What’s unique about this event was that Austin and ZDiva did a live dual-streaming set. They practiced for endless hours. Sandy built a New York-style night club as the set and we danced on champagne glasses dressed in our CC Ego leather jacket Maitreya and I had KC Becca Strappy Boots. My hairstyle is Truth Oasis. Photos courtesy of Austin Angel Talia Sunsong!
Every tribute Austin hosts is special. With two years of Neil Diamond events featured in numerous venues, Austin felt it would be honorable to present the hits of the late Kenny Rogers.
Austin selected songs he loved from Kenny’s long list of hits. Songs he felt he could comfortably perform. Sandy put on her creative thinking cap and began creating a themed set for the event. She elected GGVG’s Fiona Dress – Pearl as the elegant gown for the Angels. The movement of the flexi skirt was magical. We wore our hair down or braided.
Joining Austin, aka Kenny Rogers, was ZDiva Sorbert for several songs. Her talent is professional and admired. The two compliment each other well. A big thank you, as always, to Liam Hoffen for setting up and controlling the stage lights and Kathyzog Destiny for filming the tribute.
Blue is a color, an emotion, and it’s the foundation of our world. It expresses how we feel at “this moment of time.” It is soothing or vibrant or the canvas for other colors. It’s the jeans we grab on a lazy Sunday morning.
When we’re dancing for Austin and entertaining the crowd, it is a vibrant statement of what we love about fashion. It’s a scene stealer as it immediately grabs the attention of others.
Whether it’s teal or powder blue, it will be remembered long after we step down from the stage to say goodnight to Austin’s fans.
We love when Austin has Christmas sets. There are adorable Christmas-themed mini dresses to wear, topped with Santa hats, big bows and don’t forget particle stars. We love the decorations and everyone in a good mood. And let’s not forget this is the time for Advent calendars. I think Sandy beat us in that department this year.
We enjoyed a Toys For Tots fundraiser on Encore Escape (an open sim grid) and performing in Dandy’s ballroom on SL.
For New Year’s, Sandy and I wore Diamond Tears from Wild Orchid. Simply stunning during Austin’s Neil Diamond Tribute.
Halloween in Second Life is a blast! There’s no end to the clever, sexy, adorable dresses and outfits you can choose from. That often makes it difficult for us to choose what to wear for Austin’s sets. The Angels had a great time selecting a few costumes and helping others to enjoy the charm of the holiday. Here’s a few pictures from Sheworthy, the Stage in Nashville, White Horse and Dandy’s.
There’s something real, vulnerable, and honest about country music. I think that’s why Austin is drawn to it. It’s heard in the lyrics of a Kenny Rogers’ song depicting the life of a gambler, or Johnny Cash singing about the cold reality of living your life behind prison bars.
After Austin is singing his heart out about pretty little ladies, Sandy and Talia are wearing out their boots looking for western wear that’s down right adorable.
Austin sings his country favorites at The Stage on Nashville, Ann’s Coffee House, J&T Stables Tavern, White Horse Tavern and Sweet Genesis.
To view his calendar, log onto https://www.austinmooreslive.com. He’s currently updating his website, so be sure to return to view newer pictures and tribute information.
After numerous rehearsals, the day of the Miss Parallel Universe finally arrived. Sandy and I had the opportunity of viewing this well organized and beautiful production emceed by Maribol Inshan and Austin Moores and produced by CEO’s Abby GearHead, Leon Gearhead, Karabella Veliz (Director and Manager), Royal Sun, (Director) and Marcie Karfield (Manager).
The stunning set was inspired by ancient Egypt. The entire ceremony was well paced, the dance number adorable and comedy act quite humorous. The best part of the event was the costume presentation. A lot of creativity went into this category.
I found the questions asked by the judges to be of interest to SL residents and the responses from the contestants well thoughout and intelligent.
The following are the top 10 Finalists:
Ashlyn (ashlynkilkalyn Resident)
Mimi fKing Darling (Disastrophy Resident)
Gina Rose (GinaRosedale Resident)
Laura Barnstormer (LauraLauren06 Resident)
Magda Videl (mag69gie Resident)
Sha.Anne (5H4 Resident)
Sheila Schridde (sheilasiren Resident)
Sherry (sherrylovemodel Resident)
Virginia (UnderstandingComplexity Resident)
The winners of Miss Parallel Universe 2019:
Winner: Eva Madenwald
1st Runner-up: Sheila Schriddle
2nd Runner-up: Sha Anne Evelyn
Participating judges in this year’s event included:
Zaria Zenfold, Chicagosax Resident, Tony Lee Knight, Brendon Chapman.
Kiria Velour. Photographers: Melodie Trallis, Marcus Allan and Heavenly Haayz.
River Island Performing Arts
Jack Rock, Nico Sorbet, Robert Rae, Brendon Heron, Scooter Koala, Leon Gearhead, Amanda Day as “Queen.”, Marcie Karfield, Solana Python, Royal Sun, Saffy Vampcakes, Karabella Veliz as “Anubis”, Ashlyn Kilkalyn, Mimi Darling, Eva Madenwald, Gina Rose, Laura Barnstormer, Magda Videl, Sha Anne, Sheila Schriddle, Sherry Lovemodel and Virginia Complexity.
Michael Jackson Follet
Costumes Made By:
“Saffy” (Vampcakes Resident)
Woodlyn Heights, Zuri’s Jewelry, Michael Jackson Follet, Karabella Kreations, Chicago Sax, Royal Sun, Street Wear Live, Nightfall Relay For Life, Sanna Science and Art, Keri’s Cakery, Glitterati and SWD Studios.
Below are four of the contestants during the bathing suit competition.
Last year’s Miss Parallel Universe Winner. What a lovely gown she wears with grace.