Throwback Thursdays – Ivalde

Helena Stringer - Pixel Mythos - Throwback Thursdays - Ivalde

There are many items, over the years, that I have purchased items, with the intent to do something artistic with them. Some things aren’t to my avatar’s style, but would still call to my artistic nature.

Sadly, sometimes stores close, before I would ever get around to doing something.

I’ve never been much for one to do art for the sake of art, I would rather pore that creativity into my store and the creations I make for it. Blogging is an art form to me, in a sense, tho others wont view it as such. I’ve never blogged just to blogging, it is normally shapes and colours, sometimes even the “feeling” of something, that makes me want to do a post. You wont always know why I do what I do. I don’t always talk about it, the inspiration to the various looks. There is a story to each one, that I can say for sure.

When blogging, I want to show the items, as they are in sl, I don’t like to drastically change my shots, instead I try to get the best shot inworld possible. This means sometimes my posts aren’t as beautiful as some of the bloggers out there. I envy them their art forms, and how they can portray items, while still having a clarity to the overall finished pictures.

What does this all have to do with today?

Well, I am starting a little series, called Throwback Thursdays, where I take some items you can no longer purchase, and I do some sort of artisty thing with them.

This way I don’t feel obligated to tell you where to get all the items, you can’t get them anyway. This way I can just play, and do something different, as well as blabber at you all.

This week I am showcasing Ivalde. The store has been in the sl chat mill a lot lately, due to a certain avatar coming back into our midst. Beuanna is her name, her current avatar is new, but she use to work at the Ivalde shop. She has had a lot of us reminiscing. You can check out her blog HERE.

I bought this wedding dress, never with the intent to actually wed, but with the hopes of doing something cool with it. I actually have a few wedding dresses in inventory. I couldn’t even tell you why, as I would never wear white to a wedding, haha. I am so pale, I dislike whites and pastels, and that sort of carried over to second life.

I do have a passion for HUGE dresses in sl, this one is tame in comparison to some of the ones in my collection. I can only think that that, and the whimsey of it, called to me to make the purchase. I know at the time Ivalde was around, I was much more frugal that I am now, with my lindens. So I must have really felt something with this dress, in order to purchase it, when I wouldn’t ever use it as an everyday item.

I am glad to finally use it for something, and have it digitally immortalized on my flickr.

I have a lot of fond memories of Ivalde, the sims where the store was, and the people who were frequently there.


I suck with blogger challenges, I think I have done all of about 5 in all 7 of my years blogging for second life.

I do think it is important to remember where we came from, and how the game has evolved. So if you are like me, and still have those few items you have kept horded away in a box, in the bottom of your inventory, because you just can’t get rid of them, I ask you to join me.

Feel free to blog with me, every Thursday(well it doesn’t have to be Thursday for you, it will just be that day for me).

Challenge Keynotes:

– Item does not have to be from a store that is closed, it just has to be an older item that you can’t part with
– Tell us a little about the item, or the designer/store
– Feel free to link your posts in the comments section of my weekly throwback, I will check them all out

Flickr Explore – awarded May 27th

I got a little surprise when I woke up this morning, a picture I had posted on flickr, which was one of my random non blog, non store pics, had a bunch of favs on it. I assumed it was due to the few new group I had joined up into yesterday.

It took an odd comment, to point me into the right direction of exactly what had happened. I really wish flickr sent a message when things like this happens, or that the photo gets flagged somehow for you.

Anyways, here if the photo:

Kemono Helena

I was going to introduce you all to my furry self sometime in the near future, she doesn’t have much of an inventory yet, as the mesh body is very slight, and a lot of normal items can’t fit the avatar. This is the first outfit I have created so far.


Flickr Explore – Official Flickr Page

“In Explore” Flickr Group – This was how I actually figured out what was going on, go an invite to this for the picture.

Information on how to get a photo into Flickr Explore.

Going to do a little quoting, because I am still a little baffled as to how exactly this happened.

“Explore is Flickr’s way of showcasing the most interesting photos within a given point in time — usually over a 24 hour period.

Flickr receives about 6,000 uploads every minute — That’s about 8.6 million photos a day! From this huge group of images, the Flickr Interestingness algorithm chooses only 500 images to showcase for each 24-hour period. That’s only one image in every 17,000!”


So I am still not sure exactly how this happened. The only thing I can think of is that I didn’t put the picture in any groups. It got invited into a single one, that I have an admin on my followers list. One of the tips was to have your pics in less group. I think this is because the “interest” ends up coming from fewer sources, so when you get a lot going on on the picture, the data tracker views this as positive data.

All in all, this was a interesting thing that happened, and I learned a few things as well!

Designer Spotlight – Whatz

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Whatz is a store that pleasantly surprised me recently. While I do buy from the label, often times it is for the staple fantasy/roleplay pieces that they carry. I go, pick up something either black or red, sometimes green if they have it, and go home. I often use the corsets I purchase(that seems to be the thing I get there the most) for vendor ads.

Well . . . I picked up this dress. It has all sorts of stuff going on, and I love it. I don’t normally wear brown, or have things with lace on them, or even cute little flowers for that matter. This was such a riotous mess that I could not resist!

You can wear it with or without the sleeves, they are separate from the dress. The dress goes to your ankles, so you can wear a nice pair of ankle boots, and have them peak out.

I hope to see more items in this creative vein, at the store.

If you have never been to Whatz, it is time to visit.

***Added Note – Some of the Store ads are NSFW(Not Safe for Work)***

Whatz – Inworld Store
Whatz – SL Marketplace
Whatz – Flickr

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Horror Haute’s theme this month is Voodoo. The skin I am wearing is from Stargazer Creations, and is aptly named Voodoo Doll. It is actually part of a bigger pack, which also has hair and eyes. The “stitching” on the skin sort of looks like lace me, which suited the dress.

I am also wearing polish from Koffin Nails, which is also at this round of Horror Haute. Due to the angle and shine, I chose to include the vendor ad, so you can see them better. They come with the little pins, haha, too cute.

Dark Passions - Koffin Nails - Voodoo Pinned Nails - Slink AD


Hair – The Stringer Mausoleum – Conch in Chocolate – Item @ World Goth Fair
Hairbase – Amacci – Hairbase Tattoo 2 in Natural Brown
Skin – Stargazer Creations – Voodoo Doll – *NEW* @ Horror Haute
Eyes – Real Eyes – Dragon of the 1st Order – Limited Edition
Lashes – Lumae – Longer Eyelashes
Hands – Slink – Casual Pose
Nail Appliers – Koffin Nails – Voodoo Pinned Nails *NEW* @ Horror Haute
Dress – Whatz – Celia in Brown
Jewelry Set – Lazuri – Classic Pearls Set w/colourchange hud

Poses by Kirin

Location – Pandemonium

SL Travel – Entropy

Entropy is an art instilation on one of the LEA sims. There are 4 areas to explore, my favorite being Cliche.

Cliche is the artist’s jest on other “successful” artists. The “Train” makes me laugh, try to catch it and read it.

There are a few gifts around, you have to explore and click on things to get them.

I am not sure how long this will be on this LEA sim, I couldn’t seem to track the information down.

Location – Entropy

Monday Eyeful – Rabben Eyes from !Chop Shop!

Helena Stringer - Pixel Mythos - Monday Eyeful - May 25th

On this week’s Monday Eyeful, I am showing you an older release from !Chop Shop!. There have been a wave of older items going up on SL Marketplace, which has made me happy. The store is a newer one, having been around for less than 2 years. I missed out on a few of the earlier products, and am happy I can now fill in my collection.

These eye are called Rabben, and only have System versions included. There are 9 colourations to collect, each costing only L$50, or you can grab the whole set at a discount.

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You can view the Collection HERE on SL Marketplace.


Hair – The Stringer Mausoleum – Warpath in L.E. Blood Maiden
Skin – La Petite Morte – Sadie Skin in Tone 1
Eyes – !Chop Shop! – Rabben in White
Lashes – BC Designs – Eyelashes 1
Makeup – Pin Me Down – Electric in Red – *NEW* @ World Goth Fair
Jewelry Set – Chaos, Panic & Disorder – Lily in Noir – *NEW* @ World Goth Fair

Pose by !Bang