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Sword of Light and Shadow

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One of the things I most adore about Second Life blogging is when I select something from my inventory – whether its a wardrobe piece, an accessory, a pair of shoes, even a pose – and it immediately inspires an entire look. I had intended to go in a completely different direction today, but when I put on the gorgeous Crown of Swords by ERSCH, my prior ideas vanished completely. And the especial pleasure becomes peeking through your inventory folders to find just the right items to go with your inspiration touchstone. Given that I don’t (yet!) have too many fantasy-flavored items in my wardrobe, I went for a modern queenly vibe. I think it pulled together quite well!

Sword of Light and Shadow
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My skin is in the new porcelaine skin tone from DS’ELLES, and I love how it gives me the an ethereal look without being too pale (always a tricky balance to strike). It may be found in the main store, as can my LeLutka hair, which is a free group gift available in 8 lovely hues. The LeLutka group is still completely free to join, and last I checked there were still at least six group gifts to grab in their hair store, and all of them really lovely!

My necklace is the perfectly regal Pearl Droplets by Secret Love, which also comes with matching earrings and a trio of pearl colors and metal tones in the HUD. And I really adore the shape of the Grecia Dress by BLOKC, which has the loveliest draped detailing and is absolutely perfect in this soft, blush hue. Several other colors are also available, and it’s wonderfully affordable at only L$75. And as I was double-checking the price for this post, I noticed that the gold version of this dress is currently set as a free promo on the SL Marketplace. Don’t miss out!

Queen for a Day
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For event exclusives, I’m delighted to bring you several lovely cosmetics by Nova Bodyshop, all which may be found at the AnyBody event through July 31st. Noctea’s designs generously include system tattoo layers, as well as appliers for Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam, Sweet Lips, LeLutka and TMP. My poses are by Signature Pose, and the one in the photo above is exclusive to the My Slink Obsession event, ongoing through July 22nd.

I hope you’re all having a brilliant and beautiful weekend! I’ve finally finished trying on all the Hair Fair demos, and I even got to sneak into a few swiftly-ending events yesterday. Which reminds me: if you haven’t visited Summerfest yet, today is your last chance! (And oh my goodness, there are some gorgeous event exclusives there that made my cry mightily into my rapidly-dwindling Linden balance!) Also, Wizarding Faire 2015 has opened today, and I’m delighted to be bringing you some amazing faire finds this coming week. So restock those virtual wallets, and see you again soon! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Mathilde – Porcelaine
Hair / LeLutka | Vent Hair – Praline | Group Gift
Eyes / Inkheart | Expansive Eyes – Green (S)
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Sagan – 001 | AnyBody Event, through July 31st
* Eyeshadow / Nova Bodyshop | Lynn – 009 | AnyBody Event, through July 31st
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Lizzy – 007 | AnyBody Event, through July 31st

Style
* Crown / ERSCH | Crown of Swords – Bronze
* Necklace / Secret Love | Pearl Droplets Necklace
* Dress / BLOKC | Draped Grecia Dress – Blush
Shoes / KC Couture | Brazilia – Maitreya

Poses
* Signature Pose / Aron Poses – 002
* Signature Pose / Nicki Poses – 003 | My Slink Obsession, through July 22nd

Location
Wanderstill

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

The Sweetest Thing

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Hiya, sweeties! This will be a quick post, as I’m a grumpy goose after fighting with my PC and Internet connection all night to get photos taken. Alas, I only captured the one but I hope it will suffice to show off these super charming items from Che Bella that may be found as gacha prizes at the Candy Fair, which is ongoing through July 17th!

The Sweetest Thing
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Props
* Che Bella / Sweet Dinette Set | Gacha Items at Candy Fair, through July 17th
Sweet Dinette – Ice Cream, Sweet Dinette Chair – Violet

* Che Bella / Travelling Confectionist Set | Gacha Items at Candy Fair, through July 17th
RARE Carriage Yellow, Display Case Violet, Shelf Mint
Sweet Pops, Chocolates 1 & 2, Candy Sticks, Ice Cream Float 1, Lollipops

Speaking of gachas, I’m thrilled to be blogging for MadPea, who have put together a Collector’s Event launching this weekend that will be offering both vintage MadPea memorabilia, as well as the opportunity to buy, sell and trade items with gacha collectors from all over the grid. Event visitors will also have the chance to snag a coveted “Golden Ticket” which will offer free, early access to the next MadPea game, The Collection. The MadPea Collector’s Market will be open from Friday, July 10th through Sunday, July 19th!

This truly is the ultimate event weekend, as these highly anticipated shopping faires, festivals, and events are ALL beginning within the next few days:

Indie Teepee: Friday, July 10th – 24th
The Seasons Story: Friday, July 10th – 31st
Oh My Gacha: Friday, July 10th – 31st
Hair Fair 2015: Saturday, July 11th – 26th
Wizarding Faire 2015: Sunday, July 12th – 25th

Please click to find a continuously-updated schedule with SLURLs: SL Fashion & Shopping Events

Exhausted yet? I know I surely am! I think it’s fair to say (or perhaps it’s “hair” to say) that Hair Fair 2015 is going to be one of the most jammed packed events of the year, and for good reason! An incredible wealth of hair brands will be represented at the event, many offering free hairstyles and/or accessories as gifts to event goers. But the generous free gifts aren’t even the best part:
every purchase made at the Hair Fair will donate a portion of proceeds to Wigs For Kids, a wonderful charity that creates wigs and hair replacement options for children who have lost their hair due to any number of medical issues.

There will even be an official “Bandana Day” on July 26th where participants are encouraged to remove their hair and purchase special, resident-created bandanas, with 100% of all bandana sales benefiting Wigs For Kids. Find out more at the official Hair Fair 2015 website, and don’t forget that you can gain access to hair demos from the comfort of your own virtual home by joining the Hair Fair Demos group in-world. Just paste this group address into your viewer’s Local Chat box to join: secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about. Demo hairs are due to be sent out on July 10th, so prepare to be dazzled with an amazing selection of event-exclusive hairstyles!

Sheesh, even my “short” posts are wordy! :) So that’s enough from me; credits for my sugar-sweet, candy inspired look are below. I’m off to rest up before the weekend’s Eventstravaganza. Hope you’ve all had a brilliant week so far!

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / AlterEgo | Janae – Honey (Sweetness) | Oh My Gacha Event, July 10th – 31st
Hair / No.Match | No Tears – Bubblegum | Group Gift
Eyes / InkHeart | Doll Eyes – Green Love
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper & Lower
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02

Style
* Crown / Secret Love | Princess Crown
* Piercing / Secret Love | Septum Ring
* Top / CNZ | Lulu Minidress – Pink | To Be Outsider Event, through July 31st
* Pants / MMC | Candy Pants – Pink (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, TMP & Omega Appliers + System Layers)
Shoes / Fri. | Opal Heels – Antique (Maitreya)

Fair Mermaiden

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Hey lovelies! Want to hear something that will boggle your mind? At this very moment, there are at least 62 Second Life fashion events in full swing on the grid, and that’s only the ones I’m aware of. Chances are, there may be even more! And with three of the most hotly anticipated events opening very soon (Hair Fair 2015, The Seasons Story, and the Wizarding Faire), I hope your virtual wallet is still hanging on for dear life. But you know I love tempting you, so you’ll get no relief from me! I’ve got a whole array of new, event-exclusive goodies to share. C’mon, dive in! The water’s fine, and it’s high tide for shopping!

Fair Mermaiden
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At the Sex Sells Gacha Fair, CNZ brings you a gacha filled with mermaid loveliness, including six different tails, a shell bra, and poses to match. Every mermaiden needs a luxurious head of hair, so I can think of none more perfect than the Check Yes style from Besom, found at this month’s round of FaMESHed. It comes in two styles: the longer, sleeker version I’m wearing here, and the slightly shorter, more voluminous version 2.

My dreamy, luminous eyes are by UMEBOSHI and are exclusive to The Seasons Story, which opens on July 10th. (You’ll have to be a wee bit patient on that one, but I promise it will be worth the wait!) And I’m mad about my gorgeous diamond septum piercing by PUNCH, which may be found at the current round of Suicide Dollz. It comes with several metal choices (plus with an optional add-on HUD for even more varieties), as well as lots of beautiful gem tones.

Booty and the Beach
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I’ve dared to go bare with my teeny bikini from Sachi, which comes in gold and holographic varieties on system layers or Omega applier for my meshy mavens. My skin and lipstick are both group gifts from Pumec and Pink Fuel, respectively, and I highly recommend picking up both! For one last event exclusive, get your buns over to My Slink Obsession and snag the pose packs from Signature Pose. I had incorrectly assumed that this event solely catered to the Slink body/hand/feet crowd, but it’s also a wonderful place to find mesh clothing, poses, cosmetics, and more. You may even find shoes that come with versions for Maitreya and Belleza bodies as well. Love the versatility!

These pics took way, way too long to get (someone kindly spank me if I spend another hour fiddling with windlights), so I’m off to dreamland, where my mind will probably get lost in some kind of SL Event Inception. If you see me wandering around a shopping area in a hazy daze, give me a pinch and wake me up out of my reverie! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / PUMEC / Milana – Summer | Group Gift
* Hair / Besom / Check Yes (Vers. 1) – Fade Dye HUD | FaMESHed, through July 27th
* Eyes / UMEBOSHI / Glimmer Eyes – Mermaids (Reef) | The Seasons Story, July 10th – July 31st
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper & Lower | SL Marketplace or in-world
Lips / Pink Fuel / Shine Lipstick – Pink (Dark) | Group Gift

Style
* Piercing / PUNCH / Diamond Septum Clicker + Earth Add-On / Suicide Dollz, through July 17th
* Outfit / Sachi / Silk Gold Thong (Omega Applier or system layers)
* Tail / CNZ / Mermaid Tail – Blue / Gacha Item at Sex Sells Gacha Fair, through July 18th

Poses
* Pose 1 / CNZ / Mermaid Swim (Rare) / Gacha Item at Sex Sells Gacha Fair, through July 18th
* Pose 2 / Signature Pose / Ade – Pose 005 / My Slink Obsession Event, through July 22nd

Location
Floridays