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Early Autumn

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The luxe, honeyed-bronze color of the new Free Love Leather Jacket by Foxes, along with this lovely setting, were the genesis for my autumn-inspired look today!

Early AutumnPlease click for full size.

Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Isobel (Light Reds HUD) by Entwined
Eyes // Premium (Green v1) by Avi-Glam

Style

Jewelry // Xena Necklace 04 by YS&YS
Jacket // Free Love Leather Jacket (Mural Tan) by Foxes for Uber, through May 22nd
Top // Knotted Tank (Group Gift) by Tres Blah
Jeans // Wide Leg Jeans (Mid Blue) by COCO
Shoes // Rimini Sandals by KC Couture

Pose & Destination

Pose // Berry 2 by Label Motion
Location // 50 Caliber

Happy Little TreesPlease click for full size.

As it happens, I’ve only ever experienced spring and summer in Second Life (in recent memory, at least), so the picturesque 50 Caliber sim really helped to set the mood. So much so, that I invoked the spirit of Bob Ross and gave my landscape photograph a bit of a painterly finish. “Happy little trees”, indeed! ♡

A New Dawn, A New Day

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Well hello again, you! ♡

In a wonderful twist of happenstance, it’s been almost exactly one year since I began my Happily Ever Afterr blog, and after an unexpected (but much-needed) hiatus, I’m overjoyed to be writing about the virtual world again. Did you miss me, SL? I certainly missed you!

The other day, I was listening to the song “Feeling Good” by the luminous Nina Simone, and it was so apt for how I was feeling in that moment in time: happy and serene, full of appreciation, and in essence, genuinely “feeling good”. That song, and my invigorated spirit, was just the spark I needed to feel compelled to rediscover my Second Life once more.

A New Dawn, A New Day
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Karee (Essentials HUD) by Elikatira
Eyes // Premium Eyes (Tropical v2) by Avi-Glam

Style

Jewelry // Heart Necklace (Gold) by Paper Arrow
Swimsuit // Peach Bikini (White) by Blueberry for Uber, through May 22nd

Pose & Destination

Pose // Mery 2 by Label Motion
Location // Baja Bay

As you may notice, along with my uplifted effervescence, my look has also been updated! I had resisted mesh heads last year, fearing that they may somewhat hinder the wearer’s unique spirit and style, but it’s amazing how much changes in 7 months’ time. There are so many varieties and options for mesh heads, that I was dazzled for choice and had great fun trying on many demos and styles. In the end, it was Melissa by Genesis Lab that stole my heart, and felt wholly – and uniquely – like “me”.

In other news, I’ve been joyfully indulging in my wanderlust, traversing the grid on a quest for picturesque sights and hidden gems. With Project Sansar aiming to launch later this year, I had the lovely idea to create a bit of a Second Life time capsule via photography, sharing the destinations on Flickr for other avid virtual world wanderers to explore. It’s been a tremendously enjoyable journey thus far, and I hope you’ll join me on “Ever’s Quest” over on Flickr to see which destinations, both well-loved and lesser-known, are yours for the exploring!

It’s my hope that I’ll be able to post here on my blog at least twice a week, when time graciously allows. So until next time, dear reader: thank you so much for continuing to peek at my blog; it means the world to me that you care. Lots of love to you! ♡

32 Flavors & Then Some

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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.

32 Flavors & Then Some
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Sundae Stroll
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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

Style
* 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!

Choose Your Own Eventure

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I was having a chat with the lovely Faylinn Erin, who creates beautiful treasures and trinkets for her brand Secret Love, and I mentioned that I was so impressed with how organized she is with all her current and upcoming event participation. She started telling me how she keeps track of everything, and then dazzled me with a screenshot of a Google doc, and it was like a light bulb went off in my head. Spreadsheets! This was so totally up my alley.

Up until the last week or so, I’ve attended very few events in Second Life. Partially because of budgetary constraints (which, let’s be honest, have at least partially flown out the window!) and also because I find them to be somewhat overwhelming. I mean that in the best possible way; it’s amazing to be in a single space where so many talented designers are represented. It’s kind of like visiting a shopping mall where the majority of stores are brands whom you absolutely love and would gladly buy out their entire stock if your wallet would abide. Also, events in Second Life happen with such frequency, keeping up with the often coinciding schedules can be dizzying!

So thanks to the extraordinarily hardworking gals at SeraphimSL.com and EloquenceSL.com, and Faylinn’s wonderful inspiration, I put together a pretty thorough spreadsheet for myself of upcoming events. Here, have a peek!

Event Spreadsheet - Happily, Ever Afterr
That’s 24 events ending just within the next 12 days. Amazing!

I fiddled around a bit with the layout, and decided that the End Date column was the most vital, so I could quickly see when an event ends, or its current round closes. I also decided to include SLURLs, since I’m noteably forgetful when it comes to snagging landmarks, and having them at the ready in the spreadsheet will make crediting event items properly much speedier as well. Organization! And c’mon, spreadsheets at least a little bit geeky, so how can I resist?

My idea is to update it a few times a week as current events close and new ones are announced. When an ongoing event, like The Black Dot Project for example, closes to prepare for the next round, I can just delete the Starts and Ends dates. When I re-sort the spreadsheet by the Ends column, that line will just drop to the bottom of the spreadsheet until new dates are filled in.

So, fashionistias and event enthusiasts: how do you keep track of all the virtual world happenings? If you have a different system, or suggestions for other websites, groups, Flickr pools, or similar that help to aggregate all the info, I’d absolutely love to find out about them. Please share in the comments! ♥

And speaking of events …

Eventive
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This look is dedicated to my sweet friend Holly, who lovingly claimed that I’m a fashion enabler, to which I brilliantly replied something akin to “Nuh uh, not EVEN!” and then proceeded to choose a look filled with group gifts, limited time event items, and her favorite color. So I think we can all agree that she’s totally mistaken with her assessment. Silly Holly! ;)

First things first though: I’m wildly, madly, head over buns in love with this gorgeous skin from AlterEgo and it’s available in-world as a completely free group gift! Love the soft dapple of freckles, the perfectly shaped lips, the brows, the skintone, everything. There are also two more gift skins to snag when you join, as well as some awesome L$1 lippies.

I’m also super impressed with the applier work by db Dollz. The lace inlays on the Hot Pants are so beautiful, and the stitching detail on the Basic Top is perfection. Both are exclusive to The Black Dot Project, and the mesh denim shirt can be found at the Ross Fair. Cross-event outfit assemblage! Yeah, I’m a rebel like that.

Before I scoot, I must sneak in a special swoon of love over Alaska Metro‘s gorgeous nail designs. She has lots of unique packs available in her Marketplace store, and they’re only $L25 apiece for 25 designs – effectively L$1 per nail color. Phenomenal deal! And my jewelry set is the second beautiful group gift that’s currently out at Secret Love. These were marked as June gifts, so they may not be available come July. Get your hot buns over there and pick them up!

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Lydia v2 – Honey (Hipsta Plz) | Group Gift
Hair / Truth | Ursula – Blondes04 | L$50 Sale in-world
Eyes / SU! | Tender Eyes (Mesh) | Group Gift
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 2 | SL Marketplace
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Gloss – Glossy Lips | SL Marketplace
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Nail Polish – Tropics Silver | SL Marketplace

Style
Jewelry / Secret Love | Chained Drops Necklace & Earrings | Group Gift
* Shirt / db Dollz | Open Denim Shirt – Black | Ross Fair Event, through July 6th
* Crop Top / db Dollz | Basic Top – Black | The Black Dot Project Event, through July 4th
* Pants / db Dollz | Hot Pants – Purple | The Black Dot Project Event, through July 4th
Shoes / KC Couture | Vixie Heels – Black | SL Marketplace or in-world

Poses
Label Motion / Shiny Shabby Gift – Pose 2 & 3 / L$1 at Shiny Shabby Event, through July 15th

Location
+Half-Deer+, Eternal Dream

Hair, There, and Everywhere!

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My friends, I sense a disturbance in the force. The “force” being our virtual budgets, that is, and the “disturbance” being a clear conspiracy by several of the grid’s most beloved brands to divest us of all of our monies. Designers and creators, I’m totally onto you! ♥

But first, a personal reflection. My mom and I are a lot alike: tall and sassy dames with bawdy senses of humor; quick to laugh and with a great affection for making people smile. But there’s a place where our paths diverge sharply, one which has caused people to joke that despite our physical and personality similarities, we can’t possibly be related. Because you see, my mom adores accessories. Shoes, handbags, necklaces, rings, really all manner of shiny things! Jewelry is her absolute favorite; she buys it, she makes it, she even sells some on the side. But me? I have like 7 pairs of shoes and one purse to my name. And – much to my amusement and delight – it confounds and frustrates the family’s matriarch to no end.

Mom would be pleased to know that my virtual world counterpart is much more accessorized than the RL me – and happily so! But as much as pixel jewels and footwear are a pleasure, my true weakness in Second Life are hairstyles. I believe the first real virtual dollars I spent a few weeks ago were on joining the VIP groups for Little Bones and Moon, and I’ve been delightedly collecting group gifts from many brands and lusting over the new hair releases I keep spying on Flickr.

Casual Friday
See, Mom? Totes accessorized! (Please click for full size.)

Here’s where the conspiracy theory kicks in: no less than three beloved hair designers are simultaneously having massive summer sales right now! Shine on me, Lottery Gods: I know I never remember to buy a ticket, but I could really use a cashalicious windfall! :D

❖ 50% off all hairstyles at Magika through June 30th
❖ 50% off storewide at Ploom through July 1st
❖ L$50 sale at Truth in the back room (end date unknown)

And if that wasn’t wonderful enough, we have the amazing Hair Fair 2015 to look forward to, kicking off on July 11th. So much excitement! And in case you haven’t heard, there are two wonderful ways that you can contribute to this event before opening day:

❖ The Hair Fair Photo Contest invites participants to take pictures of themselves wearing a favorite hairstyle from one of the looooong list of prize sponsors, and then share it in the official Photo Contest group on Flickr. You can submit up to five photos (all must be new), and the prizes on offer are spectacular. Don’t miss out!

❖ And for those wonderful creators amongst us, a complimentary Bandana Day Kit is provided by Sasy Scarborough and Whimsy Winx, allowing residents to create and sell customized bandanas on the final day of the Hair Fair in order to benefit Wigs for Kids. It’s a wonderful sentiment and gesture, and a lovely way to show your creativity. Please click here for all the details!

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Julie Skin – Neva | The Black Dot Project Event, through July 4th
Hair / Little Bones | Feline – Hot Mess HUD | Group Gift
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle Eyes – Vert Clair
Lashes 1 / ACD | Eye Lashes 2 | SL Marketplace
Lashes 2 / Ri | Lashes 04 | SL Marketplace
Lips / Fudge | Raspberry Icecream Lip Smudge | Free on SL Marketplace

Style
Piercing / Diamante | Gluttony Facial Piercing | Midnight Mania Board
* Necklace / Secret Love | Skull Long Necklace | Kowai Kawaii Event, through July 13th
* Bag / MMC | Candy Bag – N’1 | Gacha Item
Dress / BLOKC | Oversized T Shirt Dress – Pink Floral | Free in-world or $L1 on SL Marketplace
Shoes / KC Couture | Brazilia Heels for Maitreya | SL Marketplace or in-world

Poses
Label Motion / Shiny Shabby Gift – Pose 1 & 4 / L$1 at Shiny Shabby Event, through July 15th

Location
Shiny Shabby