Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Montagne Noire Clothiers presents "Novembre," a seasonally themed Victorian ball gown in copper leaf velvet and accented with autumn flowers and ribbons.
Each month MNC presents a specially designed ball gown corresponding to the month's holidays and seasonal inspirations, at the bargain price of 100L. Our "Decembre" gown is available now too!
I hope you enjoy this gown and have fun at the many Harvest and Thanksgiving balls and events that are planned around Second Life.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Montagne Noire Clothiers presents "Le Peignoir," a ladies robe jacket, nightgown and sleep cap set in pearl, ivory and onyx.
This peignoir set is appropriate for most 18th-20th century boudoir settings. The sleeveless chemise and pantaloons can be worn under most dresses (sans the lace sleeve cuffs).
The set also comes with a lightable candle holder, to help you see down dark hallways. Simply touch the candle and a glowing flame will light your way.
As a new release, "Le Peignoir" is 50% off regular price through next weekend, at our main store in Caledon Oxbridge Village (just 100L!)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Today marks the launch of Nature's Hunt: Haunted Forest 2 and Montagne Noire's contribution is "Le Chaperon Rouge," a Red Riding Hood and Woodsman costume set for women and men.
In keeping with the theme for hunt, Montagne's Noire's heroine Red Riding Hood is seeking escape from the haunted forest, with the Woodsman not far behind, his axe and clothing covered in blood.
The question is, whose blood is it -- the Wolf? Red's grandmother? Is there something more sinister to this scene? That is for you to decide! (though from the expression on Red's face... she may be running for a reason)
Nature's Hunt: Haunted Forest 2 Hunt runs through Nov. 25. Happy Hunting!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Montagne Noire Clothiers presents "La Mariée Fantôme" (ghost bride), a haunting wedding gown in white brocade and satin, accented with a rose crown veil, white bouquet and a ghostly mist (emitted by matching shoes).
The bridal gown set comes with two pairs of shoes, one with the mist function, and one without, for times when you've entered a laggy sim.
All pieces are mod/copy.
I hope you enjoy this gown and have fun at the many Halloween and All Souls Day balls and events that are planned around Second Life... Happy haunting!
Monday, October 17, 2011
I've recently taken over ownership of the Victorian Shopkeepers Association, an update group for both merchants and shoppers with a fondness for all things 19th century Victorian, Steampunk and Gothic. Founder Otenth Paderborn has decided to move on to other projects, and has kindly selected me to "replace" him.
So as the new group owner (I really need to come up with an appropriate title) I'm here to extend an invitation to any and all SLU merchants and residents with similar interests to join the group.
Shopkeepers can reach a targeted audience for their sales and special events. Merchant members don't necessarily have to have a shop on a Victorian sim, nor do you have to have exclusively 19th century Victorian/Steampunk/Gothic products (though they should be a prominent element of your business). For posting privileges, contact me to have the shopkeeper role added to your membership.
The VSA is planning a number of new incentives, among them sponsorship of a Victorian hunt, a website/blog, and a Victorian Visitor Information Centre. We're also planning to host a merchants meeting on a regular basis to discuss issues of interest to VSA merchants.
To join us, simply open chat history and paste the following link there:
Click the live link in your chat, and then the "join" button on the group information box that pops up, and you are ready to enjoy the membership benefits of the VSA!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Fresh of the virtual sewing machine is "Tunique," a classical Roman/Greek toga set for roleplayers. You may recognize the "pearl" variation, but I've added two additional colors, ruby and onyx:
This set includes full outfits for both women and men, and is modify/transfer, so you can buy it for yourself, and transfer the second outfit to your partner! Even better, through next weekend this set is 50% off, just 100L.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Montagne Noire has set up a small Halloween cart at the Spooky You Halloween Event, which opened earlier today. Content creators from all over SL are displaying some excellent Halloween decorations and merchandise, and each of us has a "Trick or Treat" cauldron dispensing a special Halloween gift between 1L-10L:
Spooky You runs through Oct. 31.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Montagne Noire's not-so-secret location in Clocktower Mall, on the Rag Dollz Videos sim, will be participating in the "Ghouls, Goblins & Ghosts" sim hunt. The hunt runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31.
Our hunt gift this year is "La Sanglante," a ladies bloody nightgown and pantaloon set.
I'm not entirely sure whose blood she is wearing -- but I hope you'll find this gown useful for the right roleplay occasion.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Montagne Noire Clothiers presents "En Petit Tenue" ("scantily dressed"), a ladies corset, chemise and pantaloon set, in pearl, ivory and onyx. The set retails for 100L.
Designed on the underwear clothing layer, it can be worn under most dresses (sans the sleeve cuffs). This undergarment set is appropriate for most 18th-19th century boudoir settings.
As a new release, "En Petit Tenue" is 50% off regular price through next Wednesday, at our main store in Caledon Oxbridge Village (just 50L!)
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Just for Halloween, this cozy pair of fuzzy black fur slippers feature a black widow spider on the toe -- perfect for wearing with lingerie or with a robe, curled up reading a book by the fireplace in your decaying gothic castle!
Find them at the new "Halloween Spotlight" display on the main floor, (through the right side arch at the new main entrance), along with our 100L "Octobre" ball gown and new "Bewitched" party gown, and other seasonal goodies.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
What? Montagne Noire remodeled? When did that happen?
Yes, we've expanded the shop, and to celebrate, we're having a 10L Halloween Hunt!
The new picturesque canal side main entrance:
The new building is about 1/2 size larger than the previous shops across the street from each other in the NE corner of Caledon Oxbridge Village. Both clothing and furnishings are now under one very large roof! It's also been designed so that if you happen to use the previous landmarks to teleport, you will still arrive inside the building.
Meanwhile, there are TEN items in the shop which have been reduced to **10L** (regular prices are 100L-250L!): four on the first floor, three on the second floor, and two on the third floor.
This mini hunt will continue through All Souls Day, Nov. 2.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Cracked.com isn't normally a site I associate with fashion design (I go there for a sundry of other lulz).
However, recently Emilly Orr, on her The Trainwreck Love Life blog, shared a link to a classic Cracked article I'd not seen before: "6 Popular Fashion Trends (That Killed People)."
As usual, Cracked has hit the nail on the head, doing so in their trademark style.
We forget how fortunate we are in the 21st century to be liberated from the oppression of past women's fashions -- the Cracked article mentions steel crinoline skirts and tightlacing corsets, as an example. Some feminists have asserted that fashion -- the styling of restrictive clothing, hair, makeup, etc. -- has long been a tool to control or distract women from other more heady pursuits, i.e. things men do.
I'm inclined to agree, to a certain extent -- in RL I've simplified my "look" over the years, partly because as a tall woman, it's hard to find clothing that fits well (you'll find my closet full of men's clothing, and my favorite pair of shoes were purchased on the men's side of the shoe department).
What I've discovered in the process is that I've freed up an awful lot of time to get more things done.
Of course, the irony doesn't escape me that part of that free time is devoted to creating historical fashion in SL, fashion which IRL caused women physical discomfort and damage. An odd juxtaposition, wouldn't you agree?
And yet that is the attraction of Second Life for me: we can enjoy the cosmetic beauty of previous eras of fashion without having to endure the real pain and restrictions they caused women. An amazing concept, indeed.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Montagne Noire presents "Bewitching," a seasonally themed party gown in spidery black satin and accented with a half veiled witches hat and black widow spider.
Each month MNC releases a specially designed gown corresponding to the month's holidays and seasonal inspirations, at the bargain price of 100L. Look for our "Octobre" gown too!
Both "Bewitching" and "Octobre" can be found in the Montagne Noire virtual store on the SL Marketplace.
I hope you enjoy this gown and have fun at the many Harvest and Halloween balls and events that are planned around Second Life!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
This year is the fourth annual BoobieThon event in Second Life -- a week of events and fundraisers to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a charity near and dear to my heart -- I was the recipient of a grant by the Komen Foundation last year during my breast cancer treatment, which helped my family purchase groceries and other household necessities.
I've put my "Dans le Rose" Breast Cancer Awareness gown into a Boobiethon vendor in the entry alcove. All sales benefit the Komen Foundation.
The Boobiethon runs Oct. 1 through 7. For a complete schedule of events visit The Realm of the Red Rose blog.
Friday, September 30, 2011
It seems like my internet provider keeps having extended outages on Thursdays/Fridays lately, so the 50L Fridays item -- "Fleur d'Automne" day gown and hat, in ruby -- is finally out on display at our "secret" satellite location in Clocktower Mall.
There are a dozen merchants participating this week, so be sure to check out their offerings as well!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Just in time for Halloween, Eclectic Dreams is hosting the all new "Creepy Classics" Hunt, and I'm excited that Montagne Noire is among the shops selected to participate.
Halloween being my favorite holiday, and Edgar Allen Poe being a favorite author, I decided to create a gift based on the Poe short story, "The Masque of the Red Death," originally published in 1842.
"Le Mort Rouge" features gifts for both women and men: a ball gown in red and black, and a "cloaked stranger" costume.
For those not familiar with the story, it follows one Prince Prospero as he hosts a masquerade ball in his castle, where he and other aristocrats have taken refuge from a plague called the "Red Death."
A masked stranger appears among them... well, Poe tells it far better than I ever could. You can read the full text here.
"Creepy Classics" starts Oct. 1 and runs through Halloween. Visit the Eclectic Dreams blog for more information on the hunt and participating shops.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Earlier this month, I devoted a blog post to an ongoing controversy surrounding a "citizen watch group" in Second Life called Justice League Unlimited.
It seems that this group of SL residents has for some time been dressing up as superheroes and patrolling the grid to intercede in incidents of griefing, usually occurring in public sandboxes and welcome areas like Ahern.
The crux of the current controversy is the "wiki" belonging the JLU that was leaked a few weeks ago, which allegedly contains real life information on SL residents the JLU has deemed "griefers" or sympathetic to griefers.
I've said before I don't condone griefing -- but I also don't condone the collection of information on residents by a resident group who has set themselves up to be a kind of law enforcement entity, one that has not been vetted by Linden Lab to do so.
Indeed, the TOS states that third parties may collect information on SL residents. I don't have a problem with merchants keeping track of what I buy in their shops, or how often I visit a social gathering place. I've become accustomed to that in real life -- so why would SL be any different?
I also don't object to residents keeping their own notes on their interactions with other residents, particularly when that interaction becomes intimidating or threatening -- keeping track of dates and times of confrontations, which might show an emerging pattern or history of behavior, is an important support mechanism to use in tandem with the "AR" (Abuse Report) tool that Linden Lab provides to help residents protect themselves.
But I continue to be troubled by the emergence of the JLU as a self styled law enforcement group. Not only have they not been vetted by Linden Lab to conduct this kind of policing -- there's no evidence they've been officially trained in criminal justice issues or law enforcement.
I have never had the pleasure of meeting any members of the JLU, as I'm not a prankster, or a serial griefer. I probably never would have had any interaction with them otherwise, until I made the mistake of opening my mouth and publicly questioning the legitimacy of their group.
I also probably would have never had any interaction with a blogger named Prokovy Neva, who has apparently suffered greatly at the hands of griefers, and in his neverending crusade against them and their "technocommunist" sympathizers, has decided that I am a "fellow traveler" -- a term previously used in the 20th century to describe people who sympathized with the Communist Party.
Astolat Dufaux is another oversharer -- she tells you sadly that she has breast cancer and is getting chemo and that she used to work for a big British newspaper. She's another exemplary of the British left hating on Americans and the justice they wish to bring to the world against criminals that this selfsame British left would do better to loathe themselves because in fact they constitute a greater threat to that British left's freedoms than the overweening abuses of power of a vigilante group.
Astolat runs a Victorian store that I hope brings her income and relief from pain. Astolat may truly not "get it" because she's never seen a person traumatized by rape in cyberspace, which is really a soul-killing and awful thing whatever its remove from real-life physical trauma, nor has she seen sims groan and fall over under the load of tub girls and goatses, with her tenants moving out and costing her real money. This is all abstract to her.
There's more in a followup post, after I chided him for not doing his homework and proclaiming I was British -- I guess because I hang out in Victorian sims and sell Victorian clothing...
He was pretty easy on me compared to some of the other residents he seems to have longstanding antipathy for, who have also spoken out about the JLU -- though his most hurtful comments (viewable in other forums) have been critical of my personal decision to speak publicly about my experience with breast cancer treatment and recovery in the last year and half. All I have to say to that is "WTF"?
But back to the JLU.
I'll say it again: the JLU is not a company that provides a service, like Linden Lab or Google -- as users we agree to the TOS of SL or Gmail before we can use it. We understand that they collect information, because they specifically mention that in their TOS.
And while the JLU may be considered a "third party" under the TOS, they are not a technology corporation providing a service, or law enforcement, or private detectives, or journalists, or prospective employers, or even retail merchants. They are simply a user group within a service, who agreed to the same TOS the rest of us did when we registered.
Regardless of what your activities may be on the grid, the JLU simply has no business to be collecting data on residents. The files they are keeping on individual SL residents is nothing more than cyberstalking: "threatening behavior or unwanted advances directed at another using the Internet and other forms of online and computer communications." Their actions are really no more different than those of the griefers they have pledged to "protect" us all from.
However this controversy plays out, it comes down to this: What the JLU is doing may or may not be illegal, or unethical, but damn -- it is just plain creepy... and, for merchants, landowners and Linden Lab itself, it is just plain bad for business.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Montagne Noire makes its debut Oct. 1 as a participating shop in the popular grid wide dolly hunt "No Strings Attached."
I've been broadening my horizons design wise this year and trying some new themes out -- living dolls being my latest design experiment. Here's a preview of our NSA3 hunt gift, "Marionette":
In keeping with the theme for the third NSA hunt, "The Lost, The Broken, The Unclaimed," Montagne's Noire's dark Lolita dolly has seen better days... the most glaring and sad omission to her ensemble is her wind-up key. Perhaps she can find a new owner who will fashion a new key for her and bring her back to life.
NSA3 starts Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31. Visit the "No Strings Attached" blog for more information on the hunt and participating shops.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
This weekend's Sixty Linden Weekends deal is "La Vendeuse" in copper. Find it in the entry alcove as you TP in to the clothing store.
Check out the other deals this weekend at the Sixty Linden Weekends Picasa Gallery -- there are always great deals to be had!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Montagne Noire presents "Le Redingote" (riding coat), a Victorian/Edwardian equestrian riding habit with breeches, two skirts, riding hat and gloves, in amethyst, emerald, onyx, ruby, sapphire and topaz.
Le Redingote features both a full length prim skirt for walking and a system skirt for riding horseback, riding in a stagecoach or wagon, or simple parlor sitting. The jacket waist ruffle is worn over either skirt as well as the breeches.
Le Redingote is modifiable, allowing you to tailor the garment to your proportions -- the breeches can be shortened or lengthened to match the height of your own riding boots (riding boots are not included).
As a new release, Le Redingote is 50% off regular price through this weekend, at our main store in Caledon Oxbridge Village (just 125L!)
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I've updated an old favorite -- Le Chemisette!
Many dresses in SL have lowcut bodices -- which would not always be appropriate for Victorian RP, unless you are RPing a "soiled dove," or other woman of questionable reputation.
Montagne Noire's "Le Chemisette" is the answer to that problem. In the 19th century, chemisettes of linen or cotton were often worn with day dresses, and could be decorated with tucks, embroidery (especially whitework), or lace.
Our chemisette is worn as an undershirt layer -- the chemisette and sculpted collar will give the appearance of a blouse or shirt worn under a low cut bodice, making your favorite gown "Victorian ready"!
Le Chemisette is copy/mod, allowing you to duplicate and color match it for as many outfits as you wish. Plus, it's only 1L!
Find it in the entry alcove as you TP in to the shop.
Friday, September 9, 2011
JUST FOR FUN... A FREE TINFOIL TOP HAT & MONOCLE SET
Stop by and pick up your very own FREE tinfoil top hat and monocle set -- especially made for the sophisticated conspiracy theorist!
SEPTEMBER BALL GOWN & SHOES ARE HERE!
"Septembre," our specially priced 100L Autumn Equinox ball gown in peridot green is now available in the entry alcove, and has a pair of matching 10L ball gown heels:
SIXTY LINDEN WEEKEND ITEM
This weekend's Sixty Linden Weekends deal is "Domestique," our Victorian/Edwardian day maid uniform ... not just for maids, with it's tidy apron it's also an excellent gown for housekeeping or chores! Find it in the entry alcove as you TP in to the clothing store.
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS HUNT STARTS SEPT. 15
Here's a preview of the COTA hunt item, 'Apollo et Calliope," a unisex toga/tunic set perfect for ancient Roman & Greek or Gorean role play:
Friday, September 2, 2011
Some disturbing revelations have surfaced recently regarding a "citizen watch group" in Second Life called Justice League Unlimited, which allegedly has been collecting the personal, real life information of SL residents they view as "griefers."
You may have seen them before patrolling the grid -- specifically, public sandboxes -- wearing superhero costumes. If you'd like to read more about their alleged activities, a summary thread is available at SL Universe, as is the massive 300+ page originating thread. Additional coverage can be found at the Alphaville Herald and Search Engine Watch.
Among the allegations leveled is that the JLU has a private wiki which contains intelligence on residents -- from both their "First Life" as well as their Second Life -- who may or may not be members of griefer groups. The "private," "secure" wiki has been compromised at least twice, mostly recently last month -- it remains unclear whether the wiki was hacked externally, or if there was a mole within the group itself that leaked the information.
I am writing about this issue now because as an SL resident of three and a half years, I'd never really heard of this group until recently. And I am concerned about the consequences of the JLU's actions.
Now I have fortunately only been the target of griefing, or the witness to griefing, a few times during my Second Life experience.
In each instance, I used the tools which Linden Lab provides residents to report abusive behavior of other residents -- whether that be the official LL Abuse Report system, requesting the assistance of Estate Managers on private sims, banning people from my parcels, or simply muting them.
And each time I have had no further problems with the resident or any objects created by that resident.
But apparently this is not a typical resident experience -- at least according to anti-griefing groups like the JLU. No, according to them, as SL residents we are all in serious danger of being stalked and harassed by nefarious griefer groups who reside in Second Life solely to make us all miserable.
Let me back up for a moment and be clear: I don't condone the serial harassment and stalking of SL residents, including "outing" the alts of SL residents, creating alts to further harass specific residents and circumventing account bans, or breaching SL resident privacy by publicly connecting their real life identity to their SL identity -- which, BTW, are all against SL Terms of Service. (More on that later).
But "griefing," as subjectively defined by the JLU, is a pretty broad spectrum of objectionable behaviors -- even something as simple as disagreeing with them (which for U.S. citizens, is a First Amendment right) -- in fact, by my writing this, I'm very likely now listed in their logs as a griefer, if you can believe that.
My definition of griefing is obviously far removed from the JLUs: When residents are purposely disrupting the livelihood of SL merchants and land owners, that's griefing -- oh, except most people call that copybotting, not griefing, which is a far greater disruption to the grid than self-replicating penises.
Before all this information became public, I probably would have welcomed a group that was devoting time reporting copybotting to merchants and to Linden Lab.
So why doesn't the JLU monitor alleged instances of copybotting? That would be a far greater service to the SL community. That absence of concern would seem to speak to the collective mindset of the group's membership... their "policing" methods are more closely aligned with those of totalitarian regimes than it is a selfless effort at true community service.
Obviously residents desire and deserve security on the grid. But it is simply not the job of any "citizen watch group" to be policing the grid. That should be LL's job.
While there is disagreement as to whether LL may or may not be providing adequate tools or support for some residents to protect themselves from abuse, that isn't tacit permission for any resident, or resident group, to be monitoring and reporting the activities of other residents.
There is also disagreement, however, as to whether Linden Lab is aware of -- or condones -- the activities of the JLU, and others. There is no longer an LL staffed Governance group, and this group's leadership claims they have several individual Lindens who are sympathetic to their cause. But I highly doubt the Lab would approve of a private resident group collecting the real life medical information of its residents. Or would they?
Obviously residents desire and deserve security on the grid. But for LL to potentially give what essentially amounts to a vigilante group free reign to enforce LL's Terms of Service is just wrongheaded. And dangerous -- considering they are using the exact same TOS violating tactics as the people they allege to be "protecting" us from. Tactics which are the very legal definition of cyberstalking.
I am glad to see that "stakeholders" -- merchants and landowners -- are slowly beginning to speak out about this. The more major landowners and merchants who stand up and publicly voice their concerns -- the people who pay the electricity bills on LL's Battery Street building in downtown San Francisco -- the better chance the Lab will sit up and listen.
It would also put to rest the (erroneous) claim that anyone disagreeing with the JLU's mission must be a griefer, or a griefer sympathizer. That couldn't be further from the truth.
Whether you or a merchant or land owner or just an "average resident," I urge you to express your feelings to Linden Lab CEO Rodvik Linden about this situation.
This weekend's Sixty Linden deal is "Madame," a practical houndstooth wool day gown for the Victorian businesswoman, in granite... Find it in the entry alcove as you TP in to the clothing store.
Check out the other deals this weekend at the Sixty Linden Weekends Picasa Gallery -- there are some great deals out there!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Just a note to let you know that both the Twisted Hunt and STEAM 5 Hunt are now underway, and our hunt items are ready for you to seek out!
Our Fall 2011 Twisted Hunt gift is "Fleur du Mal," an Unseelie dark woodland fairy costume:
Our Fall 2011 STEAM hunt gift is a steampunk themed tea set:
Both gifts are hidden within our Main store in Caledon Oxbridge Village.
And starting Sept. 15, the Celebration of the Arts Hunt, featuring "Apollo et Calliope," a classical Greek/Roman tunic toga set for both men & women.
As you can see, I'm stepping out a little more beyond my usual Victorian/Western/Steampunk comfort zone — and finding that I really like it! I hope you do as well. Cheers!
Friday, August 26, 2011
This weekend's Sixty Linden deal is "La Vie en Ville" (City Life), a Victorian gown, hat and parasol set in amethyst... Find it in the entry alcove as you TP in to the clothing store.
Check out the other deals this weekend at the Sixty Linden Weekends Picasa Gallery -- there are some great deals out there!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
This weekend's Sixty Linden deal is "Suffragette," a white Edwardian suffragist gown & hat to celebrate Women's Equality Day in the U.S. on Aug. 26! The set also comes with a "Votes for Women" picket sign (not shown). Find it in the entry alcove as you TP in to the Montagne Noire Clothiers main store in Caledon Oxbridge Village.
Check out the other deals this weekend at the Sixty Linden Weekends Picasa Gallery -- there are some great deals out there!
Friday, August 12, 2011
NEW RELEASE - LA VIE EN VILLE
"La Vie en Ville" (City Life) is a new Victorian gown, hat & parasol set, complimenting last week's release "La Vie Champetre" (Country Life).
As new releases, these items are now 125L through next weekend!
NEW GROUP GIFT!
Our new, FREE group gift is also here... now available in the entry alcove, "La Vie en Ville" (City Life), is a special gothic edition in "nightshade."
You can join the group right on the spot there -- instructions are on the wall. Be sure to wear the group tag when you touch the gift delivery sign to receive the FREE outfit!
By joining the Montagne Noire Fashion Society, you'll receive announcements of new releases, special events and member exclusive gifts, such as this outfit and others.
NEW CLEARANCE ITEMS
I've done some inventory housekeeping, and have added several new items, including several holiday themed gowns, in our 3rd floor clearance "secret room" that are on their way to retirement. Prices range from 5L to 50L -- up to 80% off original prices.
I think that's it for now -- hope you are staying cool as the summer winds down. :)
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
La Vie Champetre (Country Life) is now available! In bluebell, lavender and mint, this Victorian day gown with Irish lace detailing comes with a matching straw hat and lace parasol.
As a new release, the gown is 50% off this week, just 125L!
AUGUST BALL GOWN
Our specially priced 100L Victorian Summer ball gown, "Aout" (August) is now available in the entryway:
Matching ball gown shoes are also available for just 10L!
Be sure to check out all our other 100L ball gowns on the third floor, too.