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Watch the Spring in All Its Plumage

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When I wrote about The Lexi Project last year, which was a collaborative fundraising effort for Lexi Zelin of AngelRED Couture, I marveled with awe and delight over the number of designers and residents to who came together to offer emotional and financial support to one of our own. And this year, it’s the lovely and wonderful Cajsa Lilliehook who was inspired to start a Blogger Challenge in honor of Bubbles Clawtooth, the designer behind beloved hair brand Clawtooth in Second Life.

Bubbles’ mother has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS / Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a heartbreaking neurological condition that attacks the nerve cells, weakening muscles and voluntary physical functions. (My grandfather had ALS when my mom was a teenager; from hearing her personal experiences with this condition, my heart truly goes out to Bubbles and his family.) Bubbles has been dedicating many tireless hours to his mother’s care, so to honor and pay tribute to him, Cajsa called upon Second Life’s blogging community to visit Clawtooth and purchase hairstyles to feature in our blogs to help bolster Bubbles’ spirit and to give his brand some very well-deserved recognition. Answering the call straight away was Strawberry Singh, who helped to broaden the audience for Cajsa’s challenge, and after delightedly spending time trying on a wealth of Clawtooth hairstyle demos yesterday (there are truly so many gorgeous styles), I’m honored to make a heartfelt contribution post of my own.

Watch the Spring in All Its Plumage
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Ears // Steking Ears Season 5 by Mandala
Hair // Beach Babe (Essentials HUD) by Clawtooth
* Eyes // Ardent Eyes (Sky v2) by Avi-Glam for Cosmopolitan, through May 21st

Style

Jewelry // The Swallow Necklaces (Gold) by Amala
Top // Fleetwood Top (Maitreya Fatpack) by Azuchi+Vinyl for Uber, through May 22nd
Jeans // Mia Jeans (Maitreya Fatpack) by Blueberry
Shoes // Hanna Wedges (Maitreya Mid in Camel) by REIGN

Pose & Destination

Pose // Stand 545 by !Bang Poses
Location // Baja Cove

My post title and picture are inspired by the song “You’re Beautiful” by Mojave 3, and it has a special meaning not only for the caring and wistful lyrics, but also because I first heard it on a mix CD (oh gosh, remember those?) made for me by the dear friend who first introduced me to Second Life, and who went on to be a long-time content creator himself. Things always seem to come full-circle in our virtual world, and with a the support of friends, fellow designers, and customers surrounding him, it’s Cajsa’s hope that we can lift Bubbles’ spirit with our gestures of care and solidarity.

So whether you’re a blogger or Flickr photographer, or you’re simply a kindhearted soul who enjoys residing in the virtual world, please do visit Clawtooth and try on some gorgeous hairstyles. And while I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting you, I’m sending so many warm and supportive thoughts your way, Bubbles. Thank you so much for all that you do. ♡

Gold in the Air of Summer

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I read a passage once by an author who said that following a particularly stressful time in her life, she painted the colors of her home in the warmest, cheeriest colors she could find. In that way, it was like being surrounded by happiness and love. Although I’m woefully inept at Second Life decorating, I believe that fashion can be just as uplifting. So after an exhaustively busy week, I sought two things: the serenity of ocean waves, and the warm hug of vibrant, summery colors. And because the virtual world is made of magic, in just a few clicks I’d found both!

Gold in the Air of Summer
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Baja Cove
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Yony Skin – Neva (Blond) | The Black Dot Project, through August 4th
* Hair / Besom | Hair Fair Style 005 – Blondes HUD | Hair Fair 2015, through July 26th
Eyes / Inkheart | Emotional Eyes – Hope
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
Lips / Pink Fuel | Shine Lipstick – Pink Light (Teeth) | Group Gift
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Tropics Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace
Tattoo / Infected | Dragon Tattoo (Maitreya, Slink, TMP & Omega Appliers)

Style
* Piercing / Secret Love | Septum Ring (HUD with 4 metals & 10 gem colors)
* Necklace / Secret Love | Summer Zest Necklace | Olala Fashion Event, through July 20th
* Dress / db Dollz | Mandala Dress – Color 2 | SL Vogue, through August 4th

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Signature Pose | Shawna Pack – Pose 004
* Pic 2 / Kirin | Fun at the Beach – Beach Ball & Pose 1 | The Seasons Story, through July 30th
Location / Baja Cove

I’m flirting with a different set-up for my posts, putting the style details immediately beneath the pictures so those who just want a quick reference for what I’m wearing can find the information easily. And for those kind souls who graciously read my stories and rambles, you’ll just have to do a wee bit of scrolling to get to them. Let me know what you think! I’m always open to ideas for how to improve my blog to both benefit the designers I’m showcasing, as well as to appeal to visitors. Comments are warmly welcomed!

My dress is by db Dollz and is available in five vibrant, colorful flavors at the SL Vogue event. My other wonderful event-exclusives include DS’ELLES gorgeous Yony skin at The Black Dot Project, and the positively juicy and perfectly-named Summer Zest Necklace by Secret Love at the Olala Fashion Event, which ends on Monday. I’m also wearing my favorite Besom hairstyle from this year’s Hair Fair, which is still going in full swing and still very, very packed full of shoppers! I think I’m finally going to make a go of it this weekend and try to get in; wish me luck! And if you’re there as well, don’t be surprised if I’m invisible save my nametag, as I’ll probably be using the full-body alpha trick I mentioned in my previous Hair Fair post. Gotta minimize that lag!

I also want to mention my delightfully summery, event-exclusive pose pack by Kirin, which comes with 14 beach balls (7 each in multi-color and pink varieties), and 7 unique holding poses. The set can be found at The Seasons Story, which has a gorgeous underwater build that must be seen to be believed! Much love to the wonderful Alaska Metro, who recently updated all of her nail packs to support Maitreya nails (/me jumps for joy) while still pricing them at the amazingly low L$25 apiece on the SL Marketplace. And I can’t get enough of the beautifully colorful Dragon Tattoo by Infected. It’s sometimes tricky to find tattoos that are truly sleeves-only without designs that envelope the torso or chest as well, and these are just perfect in my eyes!

Finally, the pose in my top-most pic is by Signature Pose and it’s part of the Shawna pack that features 5 poses specifically designed for kneeling glamorously in the ocean waves. My goodness, do I adore summertime in Second Life! I hope you all have a wonderful, restful, relaxing weekend. See you again very soon! ♥

Summer Rayne

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In my little corner of the First Life universe, it’s HOT. I think even the Grammar Police would forgive that egregious caps lock usage, because there’s just no suitable way to express the special melty, sweltery misery of a desert summertime. Why did a red haired, fair skinned, burns-to-a-crisp-in-10-minutes lass move to such a place? Excellent question, my friends! Do let me know if you ever think of a logical answer. ;)

Having grown up in the Northeastern part of the US, I was used to never living far from a body of water, whether it was the Atlantic ocean; a pretty lake at a state park; even a swimming hole at the base of a waterfall where you’d steal away on lazy summer afternoons for shy smooches with your high-school paramour. But in the Southwest? Bodies of water are either man-made and un-swimmable, or merely a faraway dream.

With our lack of precipitation and shorelines, I always have a dual dream of rain and the beach, although not necessarily experiencing both at the same time! But in Second Life, I’m enjoying exactly that: a beautiful oceanside escape and a gorgeous outfit that may not be suitable for rain, but was beautifully made by RAYNE. Close enough for me!

Summer Rayne
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I feel just like a tropical, boho beach babe in my long, lovely skirt and fringed top by RAYNE Couture, which is exclusive to the Sneak Peak event through July 5th. It comes in three different color combinations; I’m showing the forest/red (left) and teal/purple (right) styles here. And my beautiful, freckly and fresh-faced skin is by DS’ELLES, whose skintones are just perfection for sunny summer days! They give me a soft, sweet kiss of sun that I can’t even dream of achieving in real life.

How lovely it is that the virtual world lets us experience so many things we can only wish for in the physical world, from the serenity of an ocean’s shore to the golden loveliness of tanned skin. Is it any wonder that I’m absolutely rapt over my 2nd Second Life? ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Lola Skin – Neva
Hair / Entwined | Elinna – Light Reds HUD | Group Gift
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle Eyes – Amande
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 3 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Langly | Eyeliner 1 | Free on SL Marketplace
Eyeshadow / TSM | Eye Highlight | Free on SL Marketplace
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love

Style
* Earrings / Secret Love | Pearl Droplets Earrings | SL Marketplace or in-world
* Outfit / RAYNE | La Boheme – Forest/Red and Teal/Purple | Sneak Peek Event, through July 5th

Poses
Overlow Poses / Pack Gift 4 – Poses 1 & 2 / Free on SL Marketplace

Location
Baja Cove