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Not an SL Furry, Not a Mermaid, But a Selkie

Some readers here may know that my good friend Cajsa Lilliehook, one of the partners of It’s Only Fashion and a partner in MDR Photography in world, decided to retire for a time from the firm for personal reasons in Real Life.  (For a look at what she and Gidge Uriza wore to her retirement party, see here and here.)

But Cajsa has not left SL; she still writes IOF with Gidge, and has opened a “blog office” in a small plot of land she owns.  She dropped a landmark to it on me today; and so, after finishing putting up some new Edward Steichen photographs in my store, I jumped over to take a look.

Quick background:  most of us have run into furries, of course, even without dropping in at Luskwood region.  Quite a number of us know or have been mer-people.  But how many of you know what a selkie is?  If you don’t, you can get a detailed discussion at Wikipedia; but in short, a selkie is a creature that is a seal in the sea, but a hominid on dry land.  The Celtic and Faeroese stories about the sluagh ron are often sad and tragic, as can be seen by a perusal of the article.  How good it is to know that in Second Life, selkies can live in harmony with humans, upright foxes, Powerpuff Girls et al.

Divergence Magic

The lady in question is Divergence Magic, and she turns out to be a neighbor to Cajsa here.  The shelf next door to Cajsa’s poseballs is her office or living room, I didn’t note which at the time.  What you should note is that, though her legs do somewhat resemble a mermaid’s, there are not the fish fins of the merfolk, but more like the hind flippers of the phocid.  Additionally, her facial markings are more like a seal than a human:

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Selkies, according to Divergence, are rare in Second Life.  Foolishly, I didn’t ask her where she picked up the creature package; I’ll remedy that in future if possible, and place an update here for any who may be interested.

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Great Hair from Tukinowaguma

I stumbled across Tukinowaguma hair sometime in the deep, dark past that I can’t remember, and I purchased one of her interesting wigs at that time.  But I didn’t go crazy about her hair until I got a sale ad from the Galleria at Frank’s, which drew me to her store there.  After catching sight of the other styles she had, I ran off to her main store and went crazy. KateForster Akina does lovely bobs, one of which I include in this photo essay; but her updos are fantastic as well.  If you’re looking for big hair for a ball or formal dance gown, definitely try out one of the Tukinowaguma stores, and you’ll find things there to enchant.

Most, if not all, of the styles are scripted for color change, by the way; click on the wig to bring up the menu.  You should either make a copy of the original (preferable, unless you have a huge Inventory), or choose a white shade to bring back the original base color.

I’ve placed the best of the photos I’ve taken in a set on my Flickr stream, and on Koinup as well.  If you like them, please leave comments (both here and there!).  But I’ll give you a small taste here of what I came up with, instead of drowning you in six tons of photos on this blog. As it worked out, I had a mess of Satin Sheen gowns from Nicky Ree on hand as well, and sets of opera gloves from Mimikri; and so I decided to try a themed photo shoot, changing only colors, shoes, hair and jewelry.  A few WindLight tweaks, courtesy of Torley Linden’s excellent package, are also used here.  As long as you have a good default saved to fall back on, don’t be afraid to experiment with those sliders, for both sky and water!

A few notes:

  • Nicky’s Satin Sheen gown is available at her store in most colors for L$100.  This absurdly low price for a Nicky Ree original is because she’s offering the original — it appears, from my reading of the notes I found in the packages, that someone’s copied her.  Please patronize the original designers, not the 7th Avenue knockoff “artists.”
  • Mimikri’s gloves are some of the best I’ve found on the Grid.  The cuffs are prim addons, so I did a little mixing of colors for effect, to match a few of the gowns.  Buy the whole set, and use the cuffs to show the “lining” of your gloves!

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