Second Life Events

Flight of the Raven

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Be you wizard, or witch, or a muggle too, have I got a mischievous treat for you: Wizarding Faire 2015 is here! Celebrating all things whimsical, wild and wonderful about the world of Harry Potter, the Wizarding Faire will dazzle you through July 25th with magic, mystery and merriment. And one thing’s for sure: you can “expecto” that this annual faire will be full to the brim with event-exclusives that are not to be missed!

Mischief Managed!
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Reading the Harry Potter books, I always resonated the most with the ideals of the Ravenclaw House, which valued wit, wisdom and intellect in its students. I suppose that’s a kind way of saying that it was decidedly the nerdy house, and that suits me just fine. As a “nerd”, I was endlessly curious about the world and fascinated with learning. As a “geek”, I became deeply passionate about things like music, gaming and metaphysics. One common thread that connects most nerds and geeks, their interests aside, is a level of intensity and focus. And that can be both tremendously beneficial, as well as cause for strife.

My lovely fellow SL blogger Leesee at Time and Lace wrote a thought-provoking post the other day sharing her frustrations as a Second Life fashion blogger, and both the original post and its ripples have sparked some really interesting and engaging conversation. As someone who’s been reading SL related blogs for years longer than I’ve been writing one, I’ve seen both the subtle and dramatic shifts that its taken, and I feel that we’re presently in a time where the relationship between designers and bloggers is wonderfully symbiotic and mutually-respectful. Usually. There are always outliers and those (from either side) who would make untoward demands or have unrealistic expectations. But by and large, there’s an appreciation there that grew organically over time and is wonderful to see.

Being an “official” or “dedicated” blogger for any brand or event will bring with it both benefits and requirements. That’s where my Ravenclaw tendencies begin to kick in and I feel surges of high motivation and passion, but with their shady counterparts of stress and overwhelment tagging along for the ride. On Monday, I slept for a significant portion of the day simply because I was exhausted from existing on 4 hours of sleep a night. It’s no one’s fault but my own: I take far too much time to compose photos, write posts, and all that goes with it. But therein lies the rub: I do it because I genuinely, passionately enjoy it. So how do you strike the right balance?

Flight of the Raven
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Sometimes I wish I could fly away from real life for a while and immerse myself fully in the virtual world. Dr. Phil featured a Second Life related segment on his show this week, in an episode about a young man who’s addicted to gaming and is experiencing the effect of real life deteriorating because of it. I didn’t see the episode, but I appreciate that it was emphasized that the games are not the issue, but rather the abuse of them. In like kind, there are those who would cheekily say that they’re “addicted” to Second Life, but in most cases it’s meant in a light-hearted way to express how much the virtual world means to them. I’ve been back in SL for less than three months and am absolutely rapt with the inspiration and motivation I’ve found there. I’ve made new friends, experienced new things, found new hobbies, and reinvigorated my creativity. It has been as a spark to a dormant flame; a wand-lighting charm when I needed it most.

Second Life, events like the Wizarding Faire, and the amazing creators whose designs I have the honor of blogging, have enriched my 1st life just as they’ve reignited my 2nd one. This blog has become so much more, been so much more meaningful to me, than I ever expected. Thank you all for taking this ride with me, and thank you to those who share your own journeys and passions in your own Second Life blogs. I could, and often do, spend hours reading your words, enjoying your photography, and marveling over your creativity.

So although it’s been a stressful week, and real life happenstances have gotten in the way of virtual world adventures, and I dearly wish that I had a Time Turner which would grant me many more hours in the day … I know that it all will pass. For in the wise words of one Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / AlterEgo | Janae Honey – Smokin’ | Gacha Item at Oh My Gacha, through July 31st
* Hair / Blues | Luna (without wand) – Naturals 1 HUD | Wizarding Faire
* Eyes / UMEBOSHI | Glimmer Eyes – Mermaids (Chasm) | The Seasons Story, through July 31st
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Viola Lipstick – 004 | FashionTropic Event, through July 30th
* Tattoo / White Widow | Insidious Tattoo | Wizarding Faire
* Nails / Dark Passions | House Pride (Maitreya & Slink appliers) | Wizarding Faire

Style
* Glasses / PURR | Hipster Harry’s – Onyx (Rare) | Gacha Item at Wizarding Faire
* Piercing (Nose) / PUNCH | Clip-On Septum – Mira | Gacha Item at Oh My Gacha, through July 31st
* Piercing (Lip) / PUNCH | Dolphin Bites Piercing
* Necklace 1 / Nerdology | Owl Messenger Necklace – Gold | Wizarding Faire
* Necklace 2 / ForeverFamous | Time Turner (Book) – Gold | Wizarding Faire
* Ring / Nerdology | Seeker’s Dream Ring – House Pride | Wizarding Faire
* Dress / The Little Bat | House Dress – Eagle | Wizarding Faire
Shoes / KC Couture | Mina Heels for Maitreya Lara

Set, Props & Poses
* Set / Larkham & Co | Little Wizard Cottage | Wizarding Faire
* Pic 1 / KRAVE & Strike It | Fantasy Wand – Nokturn Brown + Pose | Gacha Item at Wizarding Faire
* Pic 2 / The Pose Shop | Nimblus2000 + Wand – Pose 6 | Wizarding Faire

The Wizarding Faire is open July 12th – 25th. Please visit the Mischief Managed website for more information about the sim and roleplay.

Hair Fair 2015: Directory, SLURLs, and a Preview (Oh My!)

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Welcome to the weekend, lovelies! If you’re anything like me, you may have stayed up all night opening Hair Fair 2015 demo boxes, and making notes of the styles that you’re interested in purchasing. You may have also been sneaking peeks on Flickr at previews from your favorite designers, or stalking blogger and photographer submissions to the official Hair Fair Photo Pool. The buzz is infectious! And I’m excited to bring you another sneak peek from YUKO Hair, who offers three fabulous styles and a completely free special color HUD for your hair wearin’ pleasure!

Yuko Hair
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YUKO is a new-to-me brand that I’m delighted to have discovered, as Raine Juneberry’s mini collection mixes vintage-inspired styles with edgy cuts for a true range of possibilities. The high, blunt-cut bangs on the Yelyah style call to mind what a cool, fashion-forward fashionista might wear, while Kandy comes with two bangs options: blunt and delightfully pointed, which gives the hair an extra vixen-vibe. My favorite is Wavy, which is a perfectly draped siren style that reminds me of my RL hair, but kicked up an extra notch into glam territory. There are 7 unique color HUDs (with and without roots options) to choose from, and as a free gift YUKO offers Kandy with a special hair flower and the Rainbow I HUD, which includes this fabulous teal shade that I just adore.

Details
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Paloma – Neva
* Hair / YUKO Hair | Yelyah, Kandy, Wavy, Kandy HF2105 Gift | Hair Fair 2015, through July 26th
Eyes / Inkheart | Emotional Eyes – Possessive (S)
Lips / Pautina | Lipstick #03 | L$1 on SL Marketplace

The Hair Fair 2015 guide and directory is provided below, and the event coordinators have recommended that visitors follow the path, keeping the stores on your left side, to ensure that you visit every designer’s booth without missing any. They have also graciously opened two additional sims for the first few days, which people can teleport to and use as a gateway into the Hair Fair sims, or simply “camera shop” if the sims are too full. These gateway points are:

Streaks AStreaks BStreaks CFoils AFoils BFoils C

Hair Fair 2015
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Also, don’t forget that everyone has the opportunity to join the Hair Fair Demo Group, which will allow you to try out a majority of the event-exclusive hairstyles in advance! Demos that have been previously sent out may be found in the Notices tab of the group panel. To join, copy the following line and paste it into the Local Chat box of your viewer, then press Enter:

secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about

A full list of brands appearing at the Hair Fair 2015 is as follows; however please note that the sims have landing points, so these SLURLs will get you within range of the store and provide a beacon to the exact location, rather than teleporting you directly to the booth.

Blonde Sim:
Analog Dog Hair
Argrace
Bandana Booth
Cheveux
Curious Kitties
Damselfly
Decoy
EMBW
Ison
K-Code
LeLutka
Little Bones
Monso
Murray
!OhMai
Pr!tty
RedMint
Sage
Tableau Vivant
Yuko

Brunette Sim:
Ayashi
Besom
Beusy
Calico
Kik
Kokolores
L+N Signature
LaLa Moon
Lamb
Oblivion
One Creations/Hair Studio One
Rebel Gal/Bold & Beauty
Runaway
Wasabi Pills
Zibska

Noirette Sim:
Alice Project
BluPrintz
Blues
Clawtooth by Clawtooth
EMO-tions
enVogue
Exile
Exxess
Homage
Mithral Apothocary
Mr & Miss C Hair
Mystic Tiger
Olive
Phoenix Hair
Pink Hustler
Tabou Irresistible
Tameless
Uncle Web Studios
Vanity Hair

Redhead Sim:
Adoness
Alli&Ali Designs
Amacci
Asset
Bade
Blueberry
Due
Elikatira
Elua
INK
Iconic
MaiOwn
Mina
Moon
No Match
Oleander
sYs Designs
The Stringer Mausoleum
Unorthodox
Vive Nine Fiore
Zalea

I hope everyone has a wonderful time visiting the fair! For more tips and advice on having an enjoyable, low lag experience, be sure to check out yesterday’s post. And if hair isn’t your thing, there are genuinely dozens of other events that are ongoing and upcoming this weekend, including Indie Teepee, Oh My Gacha, MadPea’s Collector Market, the Wizarding Faire, and more! Please visit the SL Fashion & Shopping Events Calendar for dates and SLURLs, and have a wonderful weekend! ♥

Besom’body Unique at Hair Fair 2015!

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Hair Fair 2015 kicks off in less than 24 hours, and have I got a tantalizing treat for you: a preview of five new, event-exclusive hairstyles from Besom!

Besom’body Unique at Hair Fair 2015!

Please do click the image above for full size so you can see these delicious hairs in all their glory! From left to right, I’m wearing Besom’s 001, 002, 003, 004, and 005 styles, all in shades from my absolute favorite Fade Dye HUD. I also want to mention that my poses are a fabulous Fifty Linden Fridays deal from Kirin, available today only at their mainstore at L$50 for the entire pack of 6 poses. Look for the SLURL below!

One thing I really love about Kattington’s hair designs is that they’re all quite unique, both from each-other and from other hair brands found on the grid. That versatility allows me to create a wonderfully diverse looks on a whim: like the modern Veronica Lake vibe of the sultry, sophisticated hair I wore in my Soul Surfer post, or the lush, beachy waves of my Fair Mermaiden hairstyle.

Hair Fair 2015 officially begins at/around 12:00am SLT on Saturday, July 11th, and it will be spread across four sims to allow for large crowds and a huge list of hair designers. At my count, there are 80 different brands in the line-up, and most – if not all – will be offering some form of free gift for visitors to enjoy. Awesome-sauce! And don’t forget that every purchase made at the Hair Fair will donate a portion of proceeds to Wigs For Kids, so the event provides a wonderful opportunity to donate to a very worthwhile cause as well. Lots of details are available on the official Hair Fair 2015 website, and it will surely be updated with the SLURLs as soon as the event is open to the public!

Hair Fair Tips

My lovely friend Anika and I were chatting back and forth in the comments on her blog, and she made the excellent suggestion that Hair Fair visitors may wish to make use of a full body alpha layer that will hide their avatar completely, which may in turn help to cut down on lag when visiting the fair. Whilst this event may seem like prime people-watching time, the lag will likely be fierce and mesh loading may be slow and spotty. Additionally, it will be greatly appreciated for visitors to not stay at the sims unless they’re actively browsing or purchasing, as the event will be cram-jammed for days, and there will be people trying to teleport in constantly. Be kind to your fellow hair fanatics! :)

To make use of the full body alpha, open up the Library folder in your inventory, and go to Body Parts > Alpha Masks > Invisible Avatar (or simply search for “Invisible Avatar” in the filter box of your inventory panel). You’ll need to remove all attachments, including hairstyles, accessories, shoes and mesh body parts, and then wear the Invisible Avatar alpha layer. This should cause your entire body disappear from view, rendering your avatar virtually script-free and very low lag.

Another excellent option to help you cut down on the stress of gaining entry to the event is to join the Hair Fair Demo group, where you can preview a huge selection of hair demos from participating brands within the comfort of your virtual home. To join, copy the following line and paste it into the Local Chat box of your viewer, then press Enter:

secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about

Once you’ve joined the group, check the Notices tab to find all of the demo boxes that have been sent out so far. (Be prepared: there are a ton!) This way, you’ll be able to try on hairstyles to your heart’s content from your home or sandbox, and then only visit the Hair Fair sims to make pre-planned purchases. That will also free you up to visit one of the many other ongoing and upcoming fairs and festivals, with this weekend being a particularly busy one for highly-anticipated event launches. I made tweaks to my spreadsheet that will highlight events that are ending or beginning on the current day’s date, so you’ll know at a glance what’s new or ending soon. Be sure to check it out!

SL Fashion & Shopping Events Calendar

One final tip to make your event escapades more enjoyable is the Get Me In HUD, which is a gadget that you can use to help you gain entrance to particularly popular and crowded events. Once you load the HUD with your landmark of choice, it will attempt to teleport you there every 2.8 seconds until you successfully snag a spot. A HUD like this can be incredibly helpful, if not nearly necessary, when attending hotly-anticipated events on the day that they open. Definitely give it a look, and hope to see you there! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Glam Affair | Summer v3 – America 01 F
* Hair / Besom | Styles 001, 002, 003, 004, 005 | Hair Fair 2015, through July 26th
Eyes / Inkheart | Emotional Eyes – Hope
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper & Lower

Style
Lingerie / Zaara | Chanchal Lingerie – Onyx (Maitreya Applier)

Poses
* Kirin / Maki Pose Pack – Poses 3, 2, 1, 4, 6 | Fifty Linden Fridays Sale