Sometimes life gives you lemons….. make lemonade.

December 6, 2009 at 12:07 pm (competitions, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , , , )

I was thinking over what has been in the last week. First off finding out I didnt make it for the last week of Beningborough was a little bit of a blow but I am up against some pretty stiff competition. I must say the pictures were of a great calibre this week. If you havent seen them then go to http://houseofbeningborough.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/beningborough-model-awards-finalists-week-4-runway-models/ to see the lovely finalists and from that there was the monthly winner Naiya Kazyanenko – so congratulations to her and her wonderful pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

The next blow was the disappearance of one Jason Grant – CEO of MPI Agency and also the main co-ordinator of the Miss Refined competition that myself and 24 other contestants were competing in. At first it was thought something serious has occurred to Mr Grant but sadly it seems like so many others on SL that his RL issues have taken over and he is no where to be seen or to be contacted. As such the competition exists no more and the agency has been removed. This was a great disappointment and shock to many of the girls and very upsetting for the MPI family as we have been torn apart as an agency. It was sad to see so many valuable members leave and have to find work else where.

Personally I was upset at the effort some of us had put into the contest only to have nothing to show for it. But on a good note I have enjoyed blogging and when I can will continue to do so as I find it very cathartic to do. I am afraid I will not be blogging in the same vigour as the competition denotes but will promise that you will have a few little tit bits so to speak from me a week ๐Ÿ™‚

So lots of bad with a little bit of good news there… I have been lucky to be cast in two up and coming shows and ill shamelessly promote them later on when I have full details. One is the Red Carpet event for Infinite Focus agency with lots of great designers. THe second has been postponed more for January but I am looking forward to it – FSC will be putting on a show with designer Detaleez and I am so excited that I am involved as it is a punk show ๐Ÿ™‚ Look forward to hearing more about that. I think in an earlier post I showed you the skin and hair also an outfit I used to for the casting so you get the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally the good news – I was made a model with SSMA – Sophisticated Secrets Modeling Agency through the work and studies I have done with Fashion Institute. I would like to thank Colby and Thalia for all the help they have given me and the many wonderful mentors and trainers at the institute. Also to Rumour Market the Dean of the institute for all her help in guiding me through my path. I am so thrilled to be working with them and hope to enjoy a long and fruitful relationship with the agency. Please go check them inworld they really do try to suit their courses to you ๐Ÿ™‚ here is their web site also ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.fashionpalace.tk/
Well that brings me to present date of things I have been up to and on with and I hope that I can write a little more frequently to tell you more about what has been happening with me.

I do hope to also show you some pics I have had done through Anita Claven for the Anges Finney – My Precious Royal Princess. Here is a taster for you ๐Ÿ™‚

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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My greatest achievements.

November 20, 2009 at 10:10 pm (MRI blogs, Musings) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Today when chatting with a friend I was reminded how much things have changed and the sorts of events and achievements that I have had since starting in Second Life. Back in the day when I first started out it was an achievement for me to actually move around with out bumping into people and going into sims half dressed ๐Ÿ˜‰ I finally progressed to an acceptable avi that soon learnt in a few weeks the ins and out of navigating around Second Life as well as how to put together a moderately well made avi. Although I did have to answer the question of was I an alt a billion times. We move forward a few months and I was sucessful in aquring a job for Kayia Islands at one of their sims called Cupids Lagoon. It was a dream job in those times ๐Ÿ™‚ Hosting a venue with some fab people learning lots in Second Life and enjoying a job I loved to do. Sadly I had to leave as I was possibly moving in real life and also I wanted to spend a little more time doing my real life job. After a few months things settled down and I decided that it was time to try a new venture. That was when modeling came along and tempted me. So I signed up to a few agencies and it was Modelpages International that won my heart. My first big achievement there was to start the programme with them. Then I was lucky enough to graduate all be it a little later then I had hoped due to real life interruptions. Graduation day was wonderful and my first real live fashion show with them. I also managed in the same month to get selected for Miss Refined International and as a new model it was a huge achievement. Next along the line was to be lucky enough to be accepted to Rock Me Amadaeus as a in store model. I love working for the store and my family of girls are the best. In the last two months I think my greatest achievement has been being accepted into the Miss Refined contest. It was a great honour to be put through in Septembers round and I am totally enjoying the challenges to make it through to the finals. Recently I have also spent time on the House of Beningborough runway. It was also another highlight in my modeling career to have my pictures chosen as weekly winners with some of the best in the business. Of course there have been many others like walking in shows for a variety of other agencies. But to me these are the ones that stick out them most.

To finish with I want to try and include a song that I find inspirational. I played this for children in Year 6 in my RL job – we try to encourage them to stive for the skies ๐Ÿ™‚ It is their last year in our primary school age and a great song for end of year to help them remember how great they are ๐Ÿ˜‰

Click the link to hear a live version

The World\'s Greatest

R. KELLY
Miscellaneous
World’s Greatest
Album: Chocolate Factory (2003)

I am a mountain
I am a tall tree
Ohhh, I am a swift wind
Sweepin’ the country
I am a river
Down in the valley
Ohhh, I am a vision
And I can see clearly
If anybody asks u who I am
Just stand up tall look ’em in the Face and say

I’m that star up in the sky
I’m that mountain peak up high
I made it
I’m the worlds greatest
And I’m that little bit of hope
When my backs against the ropes
I can feel it mmm
I’m the worlds greatest

I am a giant
I am an eagle
I am a lion
Down in the jungle
I am a marchin’ band
I am the people
I am a helpin’ hand
And I am a hero
If anybody asks u who I am
Just stand up tall look ’em in the Face and say

I’m that star up in the sky
I’m that mountain peak up high
I made it
I’m the worlds greatest
And I’m that little bit of hope
When my backs against the ropes
I can feel it
I’m the worlds greatest

Makes me smile
TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~@

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A new day … a new challenge.

November 11, 2009 at 9:05 pm (Miss Refined International, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , , )

Well I popped online for a little weeee while this morning and logged into Second Life and low and behold what should be upon us but the new challenge for Miss Refined International. Mhhhh I thought to myself was there the faint sounds of that Mission Impossible them playing again or am I just imagining it again ๐Ÿ™‚ Darts a quick look around for Tom again. Just my luck he isn’t here…..
Opening up my envelope I can tell something important is inside. On a crisp white piece of paper is written the information needed to complete challenge 2 of our 3 and half challenges. This half part intrigues me so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Will we wear half a dress will I have to write half a blog only time will tell.
The mission should we choose to accept it is to do one of the following…
Option [1]: Create a before and after photo. Just one photo (merged), Label the top-left side of the photo as “Before Miss Refined…” and I want you to look the same as you were when you were a newbie. On the top right, I want you to be styled for perfection and label that, “Now, I Am Refined”. Your name will also be somewhere on the photo. The photos will be ranked for originality, design and creativeness – 10 Points Possible

Option [2]: Develop and submit a 10 point (concepts) marketing plan for the blog you created in challenge 1. You must use at least one marketing E-Book purchased from http://www.kissmyebook.com and you must provide in your plan, the title of the E-Book(s) used and page number(s) where you found the information.

Both really interest me as I do have a hard time using Photoshop Pro or any of those editing aspects and have only done the sort of picture talked about once before ๐Ÿ™‚ and the business side of it peaks my interest in expanding something I have no knowledge of. Jason has suggested that we can do both and then the highest score of the best one will be used. Again always wanting to try something different this tickles my fancy to try both ๐Ÿ™‚

So with only a few days to get sorted I am madly reading up on things and madly finding out as much as I can to work on my picture. I am picking the brains of all I know to try to find out about the things I think will help not only with the picture but with the marketing plan .

Watch this space ๐Ÿ™‚
Ill let you know how it all goes.

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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New things.

November 10, 2009 at 9:32 am (competitions, Life of SL Model, Modeling world) (, , , , , , , , )

Well thought it might be nice after a few days rest just catching up with what I have been doing… Life RL wise has been full on. Have been without work for a few months – and I hear you all going awwwwww. It ok cause there is good bits and bad bits. Firstly it was wild to have more holidays then I can poke a stick at. Although after the school holidays were done and everyone was going back I felt a little sad for all of five seconds. Then a few weeks later reality set in and I realised 1. Money doesn’t grow on trees – damn it. 2. I will have to start getting work – not that I have not tried before! So after all those thoughts I finally knuckled down and signed with two agencies and awaited my CRB. And I waited ….. And I waited…. And I waited……. About one and half months later I finally was able to start working and ever since that day I have not stopped with being called in for jobs. Let alone this week I have done five days worth of work. So RL was kicking in and then we had a step up in SL. I had lots of time to do at the two shops I model in – Rock Me Amadeus – which is my regular store and a totally wicked place to go. I have also lately as I mentioned in previous posts been modeling in House of Beningborough for their competition and I love that as I get to be on runway with my friends Queenbrat , Elyna and Kat. It is nice when we get to chat but Sunday was a total nightmare as everything was discounted ๐Ÿ™‚ At the same time it was fun to see what happens on a madhouse day ๐Ÿ™‚
Well with all the challenge things to do , my hours to work, preparing pictures for a few competitions and trying to spend time with Shal just about burnt myself out. But as always we managed to find time and I manage to get everything done RL and SL.

Here is a picky of my latest for HOB

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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Fancy bumping into you!!

November 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm (Life of SL Model, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , )

Well today I went to Beningborough as I have been selected for Week 2 to be a runway model and show the lovely designs of Miss Bliss Beningborough ( http://houseofbeningborough.wordpress.com ). This is the second week in a row that I have been so fortunate enough to do this. Next week will be the last week so I am hoping that I will be good enough to continue again another week on the runway.
house-of-beningborough-logo2

It was total mania today as the ever gracious Bliss had heavily slashed her prices and all the people that belong to the group were in to see what lovely items they might purchase… Yes yes I did get a few myself ๐Ÿ™‚
As part of the role on the runway I was to say hello and greet those that entered the store. I like this part as I love the idea of a personal greeting and hello to each and every customer. So myself and one of my other friends Elyna Carver who also appeared on the runway this week were saying hello when in came Katherine Comet (also a contestant for Miss Refined International). It is always lovely to see her as she is very graceful indeed and I do enjoy watching shows she is in. We were chatting about the task at hand with the blogs and finding the times in our busy schedule to complete them. It is funny how even though one gets so busy we still find the time to add more into the day ๐Ÿ™‚
It was great to catch up with her again and to wish her well in the comp. I do enjoy chatting with people and she is lovely to chat to, I am sure she will have bought something simply stunning from the range. I didn’t know it at the time but she was a regular up on the runway at HOB. Strange this world really but it does not surprise me ๐Ÿ™‚ Well must dash I have to see what I can put with my outfits for my new round of pictures. Fingers crossed I get in for week 3 ๐Ÿ™‚

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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Friends I have made with MRI

November 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm (Miss Refined International, MRI blogs) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

It is really quite interesting how since being selected for Miss Refined International how many of these lovely ladies I have come across in the modeling world. I was amazed what a great line up of people were in the group. We have a range of models that are well known and have modeled for many months or even years to other newly qualified models and even people that work within the fashion and beauty industry within many roles. Some of the ladies I have a great admiration for and have seen walk the runway. I remember going to watch shows where people like Precious Mannonen and Katherine Comet were showing lovely designs and I thought to myself how lovely it would be to look as graceful as them and wondering if I could work the room as good as they do ๐Ÿ™‚ Through to newly graduated people like beauty Lourbridge who I helped walk with on her graduation show and paris Spingflower who I managed to see walk in her graduation show from ClassicwithStyle.
There are models I trained with at MPI such as Rachel Carstensz and Saleena Hax who are of exceptional quality and people that through other agencies I have walked with like Marianna Cortez and Queenbrat Bracken and models that I now pose in store like Queen and Lela Exonar at House of Beningborough. Finally and by no means lastly Dico who is part of the team at MPI and have worked with her for our graduation show.

It is great no matter what our walk in life in RL and also what defines us in SL we can all come together and through that make friends. I have become great friends with Queen and we really enjoy talking about modeling and also about the trials and tribulations of all that goes with modeling. We help each other when stuck on various things and when looking for that right sort of hair or wanting a second opinion on styling. It is nice to have someone to bounce things off against to help you when your stuck and to tell you things honestly and with good intention. I would say that in Queen I have found a true SL friend and confidant and that makes me feel very happy about getting to know such wonderful ladies through an event like this ๐Ÿ™‚

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~~~~~~~@

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Just another day…

November 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm (competitions, Life of SL Model, Modeling world) (, , , , , , , , )

Well today has been mainly about being aย Runway Model in store for House of Beningboroughย – I was lucky enough to enter my pictures in a Beningboroughย designed outfit for Week 1 of November and now have the chanceย if my work is good enough through pictorial form and through my in store modeling to be chosen for Model of the Month.ย  The prizes are amazing but above and beyond that it is also the chance to model in one of my, no I must say it theย  most favourite store of mine in SL.ย  Here are the pics I put in for the first week entry. These were the ones or one of the ones that affordedย me the placement in her model team for Week 1 and I am on tenterhooks about if I have made it for Week 2.ย 

Keeley Cooperstone - 1

Later today I am on a hair mission so will be visiting a plethora of stores in search for any new interesting and never seen before hair – MMhย I wonder if that is possible at all… If you happen to see some great hair and think I should check it out contact me in world or leave me a little message right here ๐Ÿ™‚

TTYL

Keeley ~~~~~~~>@

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