Sweaty summertime greetings, my loves! As I’m sitting here still A/C-less in the 100°F+ heat, all of my thoughts keep running to cold, creamy, delicious frozen treats. So when I spied Label Motion‘s Yummy Ice Cream in my inventory, I just couldn’t resist adding it to my look today. I visited the always-dazzling Just Another Tequila Sunrise for a beautiful afternoon stroll, and I thought the autumnal colors matched perfectly with my “bohemian country” inspired look.
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Glam Affair | Amberly v2 – Summer Girl (America)
* Hair / Besom | Country Girl Hair & Hat | Shiny Shabby Event, through August 15th
Eyes / Inkheart | Expansive Eyes – Green (S)
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Lip Gloss – Pink & Daisy Lips (Layered) | SL Marketplace
* Piercing / PUNCH | Clip-On Septum Ring – Polaris (True Gold) | Gacha Item at Oh My Gacha, through July 31st
* Necklace / Cae | Seeker’s Quest Necklace (3 metal colors in HUD) | Wizarding Faire, through July 25th
* Outfit / BLOKC | Fringe Top & Shorts (3 colors in HUD) | Mesh Avenue Event, through July 31st
* Shoes / KC Couture | Noa Wedges (for Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP and Slink High)
Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Signature Pose | Iwone Poses – 005
* Pic 2 / Signature Pose | Iwone Poses – 001
Prop / Label Motion | Yummy Ice Cream – Cloud Flavor | Subscriber Gift
Location / Just Another Tequila Sunrise
I’ve one more treat to show you from the Wizarding Faire, which ends this coming Saturday, so you must fly if you’ve not yet enjoyed the magical wonders of it all! My necklace is by Cae and is a beautifully delicate representation of the Quidditch Snitch, with three different metal colors in the HUD. Equally as delicate and lovely is my septum ring by PUNCH, which is exclusive to the Oh My Gacha event through July 31st. And I’m a little bit obsessed with my shoes, the Noa Wedges by KC Couture. They’re just so stylish and perfect for a glam, summertime stroll! As always with Klari’s shoes, these come with lots of color options in the HUD, including different bases and the ability to colorize the straps and sole individually.
Feeling so much love for the Country Girl hair by Besom, which comes with a beautifully-textured hat with 3 different colors in the HUD. It’s a Shiny Shabby exclusive, available now through August 15th. I really enjoy the soft shininess of Besom’s hair textures, which play beautifully with windlights to create all sorts of lovely highlights. My outfit is by BLOKC and may be found at the Mesh Avenue event, with 3 unique and summery colors/patterns in the HUD. I really adored this red print; it reminded me of a favorite bandanna that I used to tie around my hair in the ’90s during my perma-flannel grunge phase. Those were the days!
Speaking of bandannas, if you haven’t visited the Hair Fair yet, you only have until Sunday to do so! And if you happen to be there on the 26th, be sure to observe the official Bandanna Day, the day “we remove our hair to show we care”. There are booths set up on every Hair Fair sim where you may purchase special, resident-created bandannas with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Wigs for Kids organization. See the official Hair Fair website for all the details!
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!
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)
* 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
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! ♥
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!
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:
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!
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 / 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
Lingerie / Zaara | Chanchal Lingerie – Onyx (Maitreya Applier)
* Kirin / Maki Pose Pack – Poses 3, 2, 1, 4, 6 | Fifty Linden Fridays Sale
Bienvenido, cutie pies! Have got some lovely sneak peeks for you from the Body Art Hunt, which just kicked off today and is cram-jammed with some gorgeous gifts from 22 of the grid’s best. You may find a list of helpful SLURLs and hints at this link, or search for the “Stuff My Inventory Hunts” group in-world to chat with fellow hunters. Onto the previews!
I’ve been lusting over White Widow‘s tattoos since they kept sneaking into my Flickr feed (it’s some form of witchy black magic, honestly!) – and I’m rapt with the gorgeous Desperado hunt gift. It comes with an impressive number of appliers for your meshy bodies and bits, and also offers options for classic avatars. My eyes and eyeshadow are courtesy of Banana Banshee and Zibska, and they both did a smashing job being inspired by the hunt’s theme of “Circus”. From Banana Banshee, you’ll find four pairs of eyes in really cool color and pattern combinations, and mesh options are offered in several sizes, including a special size for petite avatars. And Zibska offers a dazzling array of 10 shimmery eyeshadows in classic tattoo layers and appliers for TMP and LeLutka heads.
My amazingly glamorous ‘do is by Besom, and right now it’s exclusive to the N21 Event, which is ongoing through July 10th. I’m madly in love with the hair colors found in the Fade Dye HUD! The pretty pastel fades are so perfect, I want to rez the HUD and rub up against it in a salacious manner that would be entirely unladylike! My wonderfully sexy bikini is by Sachi, a new brand with a lot of promise who are doing lovely work with applier clothing. (But don’t worry, classic avies – clothing layers come with each purchase as well!) The Karrueche Bikini comes in Cyan, Orange and Ruby Red, and whilst I don’t often reach for red in my outfits, I couldn’t resist the juicy, apple-licious hue.
Speaking of new brands, I’m really impressed with the quality of Paper Arrow‘s beautiful and delicate jewelry. They have a wonderful gift out right now, and their group fee will be raised to L$250 on July 20th so now’s the time to teleport over and snag the goodness! On sure, I could give you a preview of the gift, but I’mma tease you into giving Paper Arrow a very worthwhile visit yourself, because I’m fancy like that. ^_^
And on the subject of being fancy, I’m on a surfboard, you guise! Well, technically I’m lounging on a surfboard, but it’s only because I don’t want to risk getting my hair wet, and there’s the whole “lack of surfing prowess” thang to contend with. So for my kindred beach babes who’d rather surf our deep thoughts than the deep ocean blue, MMC has created a perfect pink surfboard prop that comes with 8 relaxing and highly picturesque poses.
Last but not least, I’m wearing another luscious AlterEgo group gift skin that you simply have to go snag, or you’re officially the worst. (Only kidding, I’m not the boss of you, silly!) But with three gorgeous gifts, and three sets of pretty L$1 lippies to pick up in-store, Toxxic is spoiling her group members with awesomeness!
Oh! And I want to sneak in a sincere thank you to the kind soul(s) who shared my Second Life Fashion & Shopping Events Spreadsheet post on Facebook! I don’t have an account there myself, and I noticed a lot of visitors within the last day who were directed to my blog via FB, so I tremendously appreciate the link love. So happy that people are finding the schedule/spreadsheet to be a good resource, and I just updated it this morning with a couple of new events and the new FaMESHed round info, so it should be all up-to-date. Go forth and shop all the things! ♥
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Kensi – Honey (Longnight) | Group Gift
* Hair / Besom | Ky-J Hair – Fade Dye HUD | N21 Event, through July 10th
* Eyes / Banana Banshee | Carnival Eyes – Party | Body Art Hunt, through July 31st
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 4 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Langly | Eyeliner 1 | Free on SL Marketplace
* Eyeshadow / Zibska | Celia Eyeshadow – Carnivale 05 | Body Art Hunt, through July 31st
Lips / AlterEgo | Lip Luva Collection Reds – Apricot | L$1 at in-world store
Freckles / Shock | Tintable Freckles | Group Gift
* Tattoo / White Widow | Desperado – Normal | Body Art Hunt, through July 31st
Prop & Poses
* MMC / Surfboard Female Pink
The Vineyard at Checkmate