Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cutest Product Packaging EVER


The other day, I heard about a new (to me) store called Caboodle. When I teleported over to check it out, I saw an adorable caboodle case on the counter. But it wasn't for sale! So, I IM'd one of the store owners and asked where I could buy one. She surprised me by sending one to me and let me know that the caboodle is the product packaging they use! CUTEST IDEA EVER!

Every woman I know has fond memories of their first Caboodles case. When I close my eyes and think of the 80s, I think of my first Caboodles case stuffed with Bonnie Belle makeup, Village Lip Lickers tins, and hair scrunchies. I also think that if my parents had owned their own Caboodles in the 80s, they would have stuffed theirs with liquor or Valium - because I was a ridiculous teenager. 

This package beats a box or bag any day! And it really beats packaging that wants to animate you and/or asks you to join a group when you are just trying to get to the stuff you bought. I joined the Caboodle store group because they have some cute group gifts right now (for men and women). The group gifts were packaged in caboodle cases, too.  

I wish more creators would make their product packages useful like this. Every time I see it on my vanity table, I'm immediately reminded of their store. Creators: your packaging is a part of your marketing mix, too. Don't waste the opportunity! 

/Wasabi Pills/ Anise Mesh Hair; .::PiCHi::. Honeysuckle lace-bra, rose; Luas My Boho Top, blue; (fashionably dead) Scallop Shorts, denim; (Yummy) Diamond Stud earrings; :BAMSE: Peace and Love Necklace, silver; !Eyegasm TGGS Hunt Anniversary Wrist Band, pink; Izzie's - Hair Tie Bracelet pink; [ glow ] studio, Woven Chain Bracelet, silver.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SLaundry Issues?


Hi! If you're like me, you change your clothing in SL constantly. We have to if we want to have a chance of wearing everything we've bought in this SLifetime! And all of the flying I do means perspiration stains are a real concern. Our laundry piles up fast! 

I need laundry products that are economical and effective. That's why I've made GRID Laundry Detergent and FLEXI fabric softener sheets my SLaundry team! Together, they handle all of my laundry needs: prims, sculptties, system and applier layers, and mesh. They're even gentle enough for your delicate alpha layers! 

Plus, both GRID and FLEXI are specially formulated with MeshNoMod - a proprietary blend of radioactive chemicals that keep standard sizes from shrinking!

Trust me: nothing is tougher on greasy teleportation stains than GRID! GRID keeps your textures bright! Because it rinses clean, you won't suffer the embarrassment of cloudy alphas.

FLEXI fabric softener sheets reduce system layer static like a champ! I can layer with ease! Clothes come out of the dryer as wrinkle free as our avatars' faces! And, no matter how long something has been in a folder in my inventory, FLEXI keeps it smelling as fresh as laundry day! 

Don't risk looking like a noob - try GRID and FLEXI today! Buy some now wherever Thorne Industries products are sold! 

(Hey, if other blogs can have "sponsors", then this blog can have commercials.)

:::Sn@tch Fiona Tank Top, Jade;  Cupcake Clothing, Pineapple Shorts; (Yummy) Diamond Stud earrings; *YS&YS* gacha Rodi Bangles 03; +elua+ hair, Oceana.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Wedding To Do List: 2008

Mr. and Mrs. Darwin, circa 2008. (Photo by Angel Horner)
I was feeling sentimental so I thought I'd look back to see what I was doing this month in the first year I blogged. It turns out that I was very busy getting ready for my wedding to the lovely and talented Jerremy Darwin!

I loved planning our wedding - mostly because it was a project that we worked on together. Jerremy did the most work for it: he chose the colors, he hired the officiant, he built the venue, etc. I handled the food for the reception and my dress. The rest we worked on together. 

By the way, at the moment we are living together on a little parcel in SL with our prim son Blocky and two pet hermit crabs. After all these years, Jerremy is still handsome, talented, a million times more romantic than I am.

I invite you to re-visit our Wedding To-Do List

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stuff to Do in SL: RFL Comedy


What a week so far! RL has been busy and I'm also working on writing new jokes. I need fresh material because I'm part of a group of performers doing a stand-up comedy show for Relay for Life on Saturday.

I haven't left my virtual cubicle here at Thorne Industries* since I found out about the show! You can tell that I'm working hard because I put my hair into pigtails - the official hairstyle of whimsy and toil. Well, maybe not of 'toil' exactly, but it's out of my eyes and won't get caught in any machinery. Also, combined with my tight crop jeans, pig tails keep me aerodynamic. 

My set on Saturday will be short, but I want it to be sharp. I wrote some material I think would be good - but I'm waiting to hear whether the show needs to be G-rated: a well crafted boob joke has a lot of value, in my humble opinion. 

Take a break from your RL yard work and/or your SL terraforming this weekend and come laugh with us at the show! The show will be on voice, but you can just listen in and type in any LOLs if you don't want to talk. 

Here's your invitation: 

Lauren Weyland and Friends Stand Up Comedy @ Relay for Life 
Saturday, July 18th
2 pm SLT on the Relay Stage

Join us as Lauren and Friends bring their comedy routines on the
 peculiarities and quirks of living in SL and RL to the Relay Stage!


*Thorne Industries: Fine purveyors of Scuz-Be-Gone cleaning wipes and Virtual Zing! energy drink. Coming soon: GRID laundry detergent and Flexi fabric softener!

Wasabi Pills hair, Anise; Izzie's, Braid Bracelet, orange yellow; Izzie's, Wooden Button Bracelet yellow; Izzie's, Wooden Button Ring, yellow; {Happy Pencil} My cool tee, mesh, vintage; Daydreamer Denim Crop pants, Innocent; (Yummy), Diamond Stud earrings.

Monday, July 13, 2015

My Last Set at Lauren & Friends (June 30)


I did another set at Lauren & Friends two weeks ago (June 30th). The clip is above. (Thank you, Geo Meek for recording these!)

I'm planning to do another set this week. You are welcome to come by and see the show! It's every Tuesday at 5 pm SLT at Lauren's Place on Cookie.

Here are some other clips from the show.  

PhotographerC Bender:



New performer Calliope Brentley:



Wy Nott: 


Catboy Qunhua and Selby Evans did a sketch and some improv for us: 

You can catch the pre-show, past shows, and clips from Lauren & Friends here.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Flying Saucers Return at Last!

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to take a photo inside of a movie theater?
Remember back when I was helping out with a promotional video for a machinima project about space aliens? Well, the first full length episode of Flying Saucers Return! has been completed and is available to watch here. (I am not in this episode.)

It is not available to watch in Second Life movie theaters. The photo above is only an artist's conception of what it would be like if it could be watched in-world while you eat popcorn and wonder why the small child avatar several rows ahead of you is at an R-rated movie by herself. Where are her parents?

The episode was produced on the Kitely gridMy favorite character in this is Junior, played by the handsome and talented Jamie Jordan/Jaywheels Carver - Jamie voices him perfectly. 

In case you you'd like to see the promo videos, you can watch them below. They were produced in Second Life. I played Larry the female camera person. Enjoy.





I'll post again when the next episode is out!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#ImmersiveDrax Watches Some Stand-Up Comedy


Ugh! Stop heckling me, Draxtor! You know what, buddy? If you want to tell some jokes why don't you get up here and try it? You think you're funny? You want to get immersive? You'll be immersed in gauze bandages if you don't stop interrupting.



How did you get up here without tripping? Here. Take my mic. Entertain us, Machinima Man. Go on. Look at the audience. Look at them. They're waiting. There's nothing up there, Draxtor. Oh, now you can't think of anything clever to say. Funny how that works. Is there a bouncer here?

Strawberry Singh's Flat Draxtor Meme

(Yummy), Diamond Stud earrings; *CASHMERE*, Cassidy Heels, royal; Eaters Coma HAIR 49; campaign tee, my own design using V neck tee from TD Templates; B&R Store, skirt, RocknRoll; Soothe, stone bijou necklace (lapis lazuli).

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