Hey there, my darlings! Going to keep this one a bit brief, as I’ve only just got time to show you the fullness of this gorgeous outfit before the time on the event runs out. (I need to clone myself so I can post multiple times a day; so many spectacular events and mainstore releases to celebrate!) So have a gander and visit the SLURLs below to get yourself over to this truly unique gacha event before the current round is fini!
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / L’Etre | Jessica Skin – Golden Tone (with optional freckles) | WearHouse Event, through August 28th
* Hair / Besom | Jackson – Fade Dye HUD | N21 Event, through August 10th
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Premium Eyes – Green v2 | SL Marketplace
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Lip Gloss – Strawberry Lips | SL Marketplace
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Pastels Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace
* Tattoo / SwaggedOut | Athena Tattoo (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, TMP & Omega Appliers + system tattoo layers) | WearHouse Event, through August 28th
* Headpiece / ERSCH | Lilly Half-Wreath – White
* Jewelry / Salt & Pepper | Jungle Bangles & Earrings | Gacha Items at The Epiphany, through August 4th
* Outfit / Salt & Pepper | Jungle Top & Skirt – Purple | Gacha Items at The Epiphany, through August 4th
Shoes / REIGN | Avian Sandals – White (Maitreya, Belleza, TMP & Slink Flat feet; 6 feather colors in HUD)
Pic 1 / Chisa Creation | Winter Pack 2014 – # 18 | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Pic 2 / Chisa Creation | Winter Pack 2012 – # 10 | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Location / The Vineyard at Checkmate
Dazzling gacha fans with a truly unique experience are the fabulous crew behind The Epiphany event, going on through August 4th. Here’s a quick summary of how the event works (a more complete guide may be found in this Flickr post):
When you rez an item, you will get the option to either turn it in for points, or to keep it. You will be able to trade these points in for purchasable exclusives.
– Commons trade in for 1 point
– Rares trade in for 3 points
With 25 points you can purchase 1 “no transfer” exclusive item from any of the creators at the event.
The fabulous Jungle set that I’m wearing by Salt & Pepper includes several of those lovely gacha prizes, and if you happened to be pulling on the machine and received a duplicate, or perhaps received an item in a color that wasn’t to your fancy, you could then opt to trade it in for points. And the best part is that you can rollover up to 100 points until the next round of The Epiphany, if you’d rather keep them for future trades. How wonderful! This is exactly the type of system I had hoped existed when I first learned about gachas, and I’m thrilled that the team at The Epiphany have brought it to fruition. But hurry if you’d like to play: the current round is only on through August 4th!
A couple more lovely things to mention: the dreamy, perfectly wispy braid by Besom, which is exclusive to the N21 event through August 10th. It’s hard for me to quit that gorgeous Fade Dye color HUD, and I think this hair color matched so well with the beautiful and tropical Lilly Half-Wreath by ERSCH. And I’m so in love with the Avian Sandals by REIGN, which come with 6 unique feather colors in the HUD. They were part of the recent Saturday Sale, where all flat sandals in the shop were priced at a mere L$50 per pair. Incredible! All apologies that I didn’t have a chance then to post about it, as I only just learned of it in the nick of time and it was a one day sale only. To keep up with the flash sales of Second Life, join the Fifty Linden Fridays and Saturday Sale groups in-world. You’ll be informed every week of all the wonderful goods on offer, with SLURLS and vendor pics for easy planning. I highly recommend it!
Off to snatch some rest for now; have a wonderful time at The Epiphany, or if gacha’s not your thing, be sure to check out the all new WearHouse event that’s on through August 28th. The delicate tattoo and absolutely gorgeous skin I’m wearing are both from the event by SwaggedOut and L’Etre, respectively. These two designers are new to me, and I’m really loving them both. Enjoy! ♥
Sure That Star Can Twinkle
When I was around 12 or so, my mom surprised me by purchasing an shabby, well-loved upright piano from a local seller in the newspaper. It arrived by the grace of a moving truck and the combined efforts of several people, and I remember feeling rich for the first time in my life. Though it had only cost a nominal $50 or so – the family really just wanted the convenience of having someone else move it from their home – to me it felt like a luxury, almost a monument. That piano had substance and took up space in the world; it was an instrument of creation and creativity, and it became the one thing in the world that felt like it was mine alone.
Mom signed me up for the most affordable lessons we could find; $8 paid to a fading jazz pianist at a local music store who started me down the same staid path that every dutiful young student was expected to take. But I was a cherry-topped chanteuse who fancied herself to be the next Tori Amos, all passion mixed with fiery angst, and none of this “First Year Piano for Beginners” nonsense. My interest in music waxed as the lessons waned, and for hours I sat pressed with my ear against a boombox balanced precariously upon the piano ledge, picking out Tori tunes by ear and belting them out with equal fervor.
We lost the piano when I was 15 and had to move, and I was heartbroken. I’d sneak into abandoned practice rooms at my high school and college, playing from ear and memory, but it was never quite the same. To this day, any time I come across a shabby old upright, faded with the patina of time and players past, I grow wistful with fond, faraway childhood memories. My heartfelt thanks to Asa Vordun and her gorgeous L’Arc en Ciel region for giving me a moment’s repose to lose myself in lovely thoughts once more.
I’m honored to have been invited to blog for My Closet, My Choice Store (MMC), and I paired the sleek and wonderfully fitted Vany Pants with the Sara Sweatshirt, a VIP group gift from Suicidal Unborn. Shae showed off the Kitty version of the sweatshirt last month – in fact, I think she may have been wearing it when we bumped into each-other on the grid for the first time! – and when I picked it up, I was thrilled to find the gorgeous galaxy print in the HUD.
MMC’s unisex Real Collection Glasses were just what I needed to shield me from the gloriously setting sun at L’Arc, and they can be found either as a group gift or for only L$1 on the Marketplace. I’m so happy when creators offer their group gifts on the MP; it’s a wonderful kindness for those who may be out of group space but would still like to sample a brand’s products.
Quality shoes for system feet are difficult to come by these days, so when I spied the indigo pumps with a soft dapple of stars in the I’m a Blue Princess outfit at Cotton Candy Monster, I had to snatch them up! I was at the store tagging a Midnight Mania board on the suggestion of a member of the SL Frees & Offers group, and was dazzled at the kawaii clothing and incredibly affordable prices at CCM. Lots of lovely items to be found there!
Skin / Belleza | Mae – Sunkissed Dark | Past Fifty Linden Fridays Sale
Hair / Sentinus Hair | Stephanie – Pink | Group Gift
Eyes / SU! | Bastet Eyes – Silver | Group Gift
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Gloss – Strawberry | SL Marketplace
* Sunglasses / MMC | Real Collection Glasses – N1 | Group Gift or SL Marketplace
Piercing / Diamante | Agony Facial Piercing | SL Frees & Offers Group Gift
Rings / Cae | Phases Rings – Crescent & Star | Past Event Gift
Top / SU! | Sara Sweatshirt – Stars | Group Gift
* Pants / MMC | Vany Pants – Black | SL Marketplace
Shoes / Cotton Candy Monster | I’m a Blue Princess Pumps | SL Marketplace
Chisa Creation / Winter 09 & Winter 16 / SL Marketplace
L’Arc en Ciel