Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Men Only Monthly

I found this shirt and liked it... So here is a brief post featuring it, along with a necklace I think goes well with it. Beside the three main shirt sizes, there are two fitmesh versions,
I am wearing one of the recent.
My wardrobe basically consists of a limited, but quality selection of black/green/brown outfits, exactly the kind of colors the shirt texture HUD offers.



(Even pink suits me with that shirt...  :))

On another note, I have started organizing a new event, exploring the Tarot cards each month. Feel free to check it out, we are in the "designer application" phase for now.  We already have a location too, and many designers have applied, this is gonna be a blast if you like the theme!







Monday, 19 January 2015

See You Later Alligators!

Hey everyone!!! This will for sure be my last post before my holidays. I didn't mean to make one but well I took photos and well enjoy ♥

See you sometime in February!
Ember Adored

M - I - C - K -  E - Y        M - O - U - S - E



 .Credits.

  • Hair+Spellbound+  SweetDreams // Pastels - By Kohana Xue. (Was @ The Arcade)
  • Skin - .::WoW Skins::. Noelle Milk - By Sawsan SecretspyTHE BIG SHOW JAN 10 - 30
  • Shape .::WoW Skins::. Noelle - By Sawsan SecretspyTHE BIG SHOW JAN 10 - 30
  • Eyes - [ MUDSKIN ] - Glass Eye_Brown1 - By Sopha Portal.
  • Lashes - .::WoW Skins::. Lashes 1 - By Sawsan Secretspy.
  • Mesh Body - Maitreya - Mesh Body - Lara - By Onyx LeShelle.
  • Hands - Slink - AvEnhance Hands Female - Elegant1 - By Siddean Munro.
  • Feet - Slink -  AvEnhance Feet Female Mid - By Siddean Munro.
  • Collar - (red)Mint - Posture V-Collar ~ No.07 - By Moni Schulze.
  • Top.:Vitrimi:. Overall Crop Top Striped - By Antumbra.
  • Pants Blueberry - Ross - Mesh - Leather Pants - By Blueberryxx.
  • Polish-{ZOZ}- DSignature Earth White tip (Slink) - By Dalriada Delwood.
  • Shoes{Livalle} Luscious -Platform Heels- Sex'n'Candy - By Lindsey Warwick. (FOR 21SHOE)
  • Pose 1*PosESioN* Barcelona - By Dahriel@ KUSTOM9
  • Pose 2 -  *PosESioN* Secret 4 - By Dahriel.
  • Pose 3HelaMiyo - Ankles_Action - By Miyoko Magic.

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Always be a unicorn!

I love that saying :D
My favorite animal growing up was a unicorn.
My favorite animal now is a horse so I didn't stray too far...
In fact I had an imaginary unicorn when I was little... She got blamed for EVERYTHING.
heh.
So when I seen Collabor88's theme this round was Unicorns..
I was like, TAKE ALL MY MONIES!!
Lots of goodies this round for those of us that like fantasy stuffs.
This may be a long rambling post, so if you are just here for the goods, scroll to the bottom.
I got all the credits there per usual.

I've been absent for a good little while.
And it was on purpose.
Mostly due to rl work.
I started a fantastic new job in September.
I went from a piddly part time job to a good paying full time one.
However, as happy as this made me, it also hurt a little.
My new hours limit my sl time, severely.  I don't see my people as much, and I tend to not meet new people so much, so I had been spending a lot of time in SL alone.
But it let me reflect on a few things.
Ember introduced me to blogging 2 years ago.
It saved my sanity.  I started blogging due to me leaving roleplay... which was my entire second life for 3 years.
For anyone else that has hardcore roleplayed, its hard to quit it cold turkey.
But I did and I have Ember to thank for that.
Then at the beginning of 2014, when my world got dumped on it's head, again, blogging saved me from losing it.
I'm a goal orientated person and having designers telling me what they want blogged, time limits, and how many things they wanted blogged helped keep me semi-focused.
But I think I over extended myself.  And when I started my new job, I panicked.
I had all these obligations on SL.. and just no time to fulfill them.
So when the new year started, I decided to take a step back, and take a deep breath.
Since my job started mandatory overtime, the timing was good.
So I've been out shopping.
Exploring.
Making new friends.
And I've actually had bored moments.  Those used to be few and far between for me!
I'm okay with this.
One of my biggest resolutions was, to be okay with myself.
The hardest lesson I learned was its okay that I'm not blogging everyday, and its okay to be happy about this.
Being happy in sl means happier blogs, which means better reads for you!
I want to get back to my original blogging style.
Showing off awesome stuff.
So I am still here, I will still be blogging.  Just the posts may be a little further apart than they used to be.
Big thank you to the designers that kept me around :D

Again, thank you so much to my sissy Ember for introducing me to this wonderful world.
Without her guidance, I'd still be wearing badly designed clothing and horrid skins :)





Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Celestia - Blonds by M4ri1yn Magic @ Collabor88
Crown: Schadenfreude Storybook Royalty: Briar Rose Crown RARE by Allegory Malaprop
Skin: flounce - Princess - Lace by Mimi Coral
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body - Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle
Dress: .Atomic. {Petal Dress} Set 1 by Ivy Graves @ Collabor88
Jacket: .Atomic. {Petal Jacket} Set 1 by Ivy Graves @ Collabor88
Bracelet:  .tsg. Unicute Charm Bracelet - Rainbow by ⓢⓤⓖⓐⓡⓟⓛⓤⓜ (Eilfie Sugarplum) @ Collabor88
Nails: -{ZOZ}- DSignature Earth Colors Slink by Dalriada Delwood @ ZOZ Flagship Store
Shoes: Violent Seduction - Unicorn Shoes (White) by Iki (Iki Akiri) @ Collabor88
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female - Elegant
Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet Female High
Pose in 1st picture: :Picture This!: Hail to the Princess 1 Mirror
Pose in 2nd picture: !bang - SLink hands 02

Friday, 16 January 2015

Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone

Hey SL! 
So I ventured off my SIM today, lured away by KUSTOM9.
I really do love this event and have discovered some fantastic designers. This monthly event never lets me down.

On another note. This will most likely be my last post until Feb 5. I'm going to DISNEY baby!!!! OH YEAH.

Hopefully one or all of our crew will post some goodies for you. 
Please Don't forget me, I couldn't bear it 
Ember Adored


.Credits.


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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

How to look for & get the most from your bloggers.



Hiring bloggers is a really great way to let the public view your designs.
 It costs nothing and brings in the sales.
 Here I have outlined some of the benefits of having bloggers and how to go about working with them.

*These are just my thoughts and feelings as a blogger of 7 years.  
 Please feel free to leave a comment or contact me in SL as Ember Adored with any questions, comments or something I may have missed.

How to look for bloggers -
There are loads of ways to hunt down the perfect bloggers for you!
Here's a few.

  • Your profile. Make a pick Title it  Bloggers! then put down the ways you want them to contact you. If by note card. Have them name it ' Blogger (THEIR NAME) , Your store name' Then what information do you want. Here's a few suggestions.. Blog link. Flickr Link. Ask why they want to blog for you.Then lastly, what  Feeds they are on. I say this last because let's be real, anyone with trackers on their sites KNOW that hits from feeds come in way below hits off social networking sites.
  • Your Flickr page. Put out a texture say' STORE NAME is looking for bloggers!! Please send (whatever info you THE DESIGNER want) via note card to ( Your name) Or if you use a website for the app, direct them there by adding the link. All this goes into the description field. Other than the first line.
  • Facebook. You can share this same info over your store FB page, personal one if you use it for SL, your group page, there are also special groups for designers looking for bloggers. Here's one to join.. https://www.facebook.com/groups/646890785353501/
  • Your Store group. You own it, use it!

When looking for bloggers -
 Spend a bit of time researching those that apply and those you may approach to blog for you.

  • Style. Is their blogging style something that appeals to you? Their look, format?
  • Do they add links? Not all do and if not do they at least write the stores full name so customers can find you?
  • Do they network? There are loads of Facebook groups for bloggers to join. Also Flickr and all the other above mentioned networking sites. These work just as well for bloggers to pimp your style to the masses as they do for the designers to get the word out.
  • Are they nice? Remember they will be a reflection on your business.
How a blogger can help you! -

Bloggers can be a great source of information for the Designer. They can provide important feedback so make sure you have a way of communicating with them even if it's through a third party (Blog Manager)


  • Bloggers will tell you if there are any issues, glitches with your product.They will let you know if the perms are set right too. Sometimes our eyes cross after working on the same thing for so long and mistakes happen. Bloggers catch these before they hit the stores and you have a pile of unhappy customers.
  • Bloggers also become your walking billboards. They wear what they blog and SHOULD happily give info on the items to anyone who asks. This = Sales for you!

Now that you have bloggers -
There's a few basic things you need to do to get the ball rolling.

  • Create a blogging group. This is the easiest way really. You can drop items to be blogged into the group and the bloggers pluck them out of notices  and blog them.
  • A Suscribo.  The good ones try to send the item and if the recipient is off line it tries again . It's pretty neat and takes no group slots. Find one here. https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/ArtiZan-Postmaster-200-Online-Delivery-Mail-Server/2930075
  • Edited Jan 15.
  • *Be very clear when hiring a blogger as to how often and how much they must blog. Spend a few moments and make up a note card of rules and requirements.
  • *Create a separate Flickr group for your bloggers to showcase their work. This is a nice way to show your thanks (also the simplest) by hitting the star on photos they have done for you.  I suggest you make the settings so the photos can not go to site without being moderated. This way you are sure to see what is being done by your group. It also helps weed out accidental posts that do not belong to your group (It does happen)
  • *  Bloggers that do not belong to your blogging group could also send their photos wearing your items to this group, a great way to discover new talent! 
  • ** Be sure to title the group with your proper store name so people can find it!**



When sending your items to a blogger -
If I'm going to be honest, this is one of the top reasons I started this post.
  • Designers, please  This is important! - When sending bloggers your items in a group. Whether it be your own group or an event. Do not put all the important info in the notice body only. Put a note in the blog box. It will save you the headache of bloggers contacting you for info.
  • Place a Note Card in the box along with the item you are sending with all the info you can possible think of. You want the blogger to do their best. Give them everything they need to do the best job they can! Below is a sample note card I made , you can word and format it however suits you best but remember.  The more info included the better for your business in the end.



(You should be able to click to enlarge this.)

Also when you send your items - If you want customers to know who you are, title your items with your FULL SHOP NAME.

If say your item is in an event and you condense your shop name to letters and some squiggles,some, not all will copy and paste just that as your store name!
 If you want credit for the item you worked so hard on, make it fool proof and do it right.

Now that you have gone through all this -
You might want to think about either hiring or having a good friend become a manager . A store manager will deal with bloggers, customers and anything you don't want to have to deal with. Just stick a note in your profile to direct all queries to (whoever the manager is) And you can keep on creating your prim magic with little interruption.

Hello!


Hey everyone. Again, nothing super interesting to write about today. 
I do have a big list of post ideas. More along the lines of Help posts so eventually I will get those up if anyone is interested.
My friend Bella of La Vita Bella posted an article the other day about people reading and commenting ( or not ) on blogs. Check it out HERE. Anyhoo, I have been wondering the same myself for quite some time. I used to have a good back and forth with some of my readers. What's changed? What would you like to see here? Talk to me people, Pretty please

Till next time, Check the credits.

Ember Adored


 .Credits.

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Some FREE Group Gifts

*Yawns* Good Morning, happy weekend!
I do have loads of long winded posts coming eventually but not one of them fit today's items. 
So I will just say I FOUND FREEBIES!

Check the credits.
Ember Adored





 .Credits.

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Friday, 9 January 2015

Gifts And Goodies For Your Maitreya Body

Hey , Hi there I almost forgot about this post. (SORRY)
Check it out, there's some freebies for your Maitreya Body at the main store.
Also lookie pretty polishes for it from -{ZOZ}-

*Be warned. lots of long winded ember posts in the future. I miss the interaction I used to have between us in the comments. Ember Adored




 .Credits.

  • HairBlueberry - Darla - Essentials - By Blueberryxx.
  • Skin - Glam Affair - Sia skin - Asia 01 (Maitreya Exclusive) - By Aida Ewing.   @ MAITREYA
  • Shape.::WoW Skins::. Elisabeth Shape - By Sawsan Secretspy.
  • EyesAL vulo ! - Anemone Grey - By Hlin Bluebird.
  • Mesh BodyMaitreya - Mesh Body - Lara - By Onyx LeShelle.
  • TopBlueberry - Paige *Mesh* Tied Buttoned Shirt White - By Blueberryxx.
  • SkirtMaitreya Mesh Skirt - By Onyx LeShelle* Group Exclusive *
  • Polish-{ZOZ}- Natural Touch Foil Polish (Maitreya)  - By Zozicon@ COSMOPOLITAN SALES ROOM
  • ShoesMaitreya - Gold Liaison - Indigo (High-Feet) * Group Exclusive *  - By Onyx LeShelle.
  • Pose - Something New - Blog my Tatt's - By Allysondwyer.

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Musing

Hey everyone.
Yeah I know I said I would slow down. And I have in my own way. Today I sat around doing a whole lot of nothing until I decided I felt like doing a photo.
Then I felt like sharing it here.
So in my mind, I am doing this on my terms. *Ember rolls her eyes*

Anyhoo. Good shit in the credits. Hair and skin are group gifts, totally worth the join fees. Oh and look -{ZOZ}- made appliers for Maitreya!!! YAY! 

 .Credits.

  • Hair - little bones. Hurt - By Nova Faerye. Group Gift (100L Join fee)
  • Skin - .::WoW Skins::. Rory - By Sawsan Secretspy. Group Gift (350L Join fee)
  • Eyes AL vulo ! - anemone grey - By Hlin Bluebird. (Came with a skin purchase Celestial - red china fairy)
  • Shape - .::WoW Skins::. Melissa - By Sawsan Secretspy.
  • Mesh body -  Maitreya - Mesh Body - Lara - By Onyx LeShelle.
  • Polish -{ZOZ}- Natural Black Tip Polish - By Zozicon. (For Maitreya@ SUICIDE DOLLZ
  • PoseAerial Poses - Just let me be - By Tamara Artis.


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Monday, 5 January 2015

Learning To Fly


So today is the start of the new year in blogging for me at Paper Dolls.

I've been blogging since Feb 2009 but it seems like yesterday I began.
When I started this blog it was to help others and myself. People would stop me and ask where I got what I was wearing and I was all to eager to tell them all about it.

My partner at the time suggested I make this blog to pass them the link when they asked, saving everyone's time. *smiles remembering*

And for years that's what I did, but then it was more of a hobby, I blogged when I felt like it, sometimes not for months at a time.

Then last year I got deeply involved. Almost all day every day I would stand on my platform and take photos, spending hours putting posts together, chasing down info and locations that items were to be found.

I spent so much time alone blogging that I've lost touch with why I came to SL in the first place. I lost what I was here. I became only a blogger. A blogger who was having anxiety attacks over making sure she did everything. 
Anxiety over Secondlife is just so wrong on so many levels.
I decided I needed to do something about it.

So, I have left many of the blogging groups I was a part of, keeping only my top favorites. Ones I would regularly shop at regardless. I thought about stopping all of it but honestly even though it's pretty much thankless work,  I do enjoy it & If I've helped even one person with these posts then I will continue but I can't let it consume me nor define who I am.

Time to find the extroverted submissive I was. 
Thanks for reading.
Ember Adored

* Ember's Notes.
  • Level Up! ends today! HURRY before it's GAME OVER!
  • Maitreya has this beautiful new mesh body, also FREE heels for it if you join their VIP Group(Free join)
  • Glam Affair has two beautiful skins out for their group gift. (30L Join fee)
  • UBER started a new round on the 31st of Dec, so many beautiful things including these shoes for my new mesh body!
  • Collabor88 ends really soon, like it might be closed already. But check and see these skins are totally worth snapping up!

.Credits.

  • Hair[Due] Cicada - By Dubled@ LEVEL UP! (LAST DAY!)
  • Skin - Glam Affair - Amberly II - Asia 04 - By Aida Ewing. (Was @ Collabor88 December round)
  • Shape - .::WoW Skins::. Melissa - By Sawsan Secretspy.
  • Body - Maitreya - Mesh Body - Lara - By Onyx LeShelle.
  • WarmersBlueberry - Nati - Mesh - Tied Armwarmers - By Blueberryxx.
  • PantsBlueberry - Xale - Mesh - Jeans - NORMAL - Maitreya - By Blueberryxx.
  • Shoesfri.day - Isabelle.Heels (Aubergine) - Maitreya - By Darling Monday@ UBER
  • PoseHelaMiyo :: Ankles Action - By Miyoko Magic.