One of the most beautiful, heartwarming, and distinctly unique things about Second Life is its residents’ desire to help those in need. It’s a profoundly moving way that the virtual world transcends its digital pixels and particles and moves into the First Life realm, with thousands upon thousands of RL dollars being donated to a number of worthy causes every year, generated from events like Relay For Life and the recently-concluded Hair Fair. But perhaps even more breathtaking is how Second Life members come together to take care of their own, as seen in the absolutely amazing number of designers who signed up for The Lexi Project, a collaborative fundraising event for Lexi Zelin, owner of AngelRed Couture.
Lexi has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and in this terribly trying time she is sorely in need of funds to assist in her medical bills and expenses. Lexi is just 28 years old, the mother of a beautiful little girl, and is well known in Second Life for her high quality, full permission mesh apparel. In her way, Lexi has offered a tremendous service to scores of Second Life merchants, offering them the means to open their own store and create their own brand through the use of her full-perm products.
The Lexi Project opened its doors on Sunday, July 26th with an extraordinary 350 stores participating, all of whom are showing a genuine outpouring of love, appreciation and care by providing 1 – 2 new items for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to benefit Lexi Zelin. For those who may prefer to donate directly, the event also features donation kiosks, and there is also a GoFundMe Cancer Treatment Fund page where donations are gratefully accepted in USD, as well as international currencies. And for a quick sneak peek at the kinds of offerings you’ll find at the event, the shirt I’m wearing in my look today is by More Than Ever for The Lexi Project.
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Kensi – Honey (Long Night) | Group Gift
Hair / Fiore | Nia Hair – Daya | Gift from Hair Fair 2015
Eyes / Inkheart | Essential Eyes – Perseverance
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Jada – 001 (LeLutka & TMP heads appliers and system tattoo layers) | N21 Event, through August 10th
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Classic Silver (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace
* Earrings / Che Bella | Cutie Charm Earrings – Star (4 colors in the set, 5 designs available) | Cosmopolitan Event, through August 2nd
* Rings / Secret Love | Moon Princess Rings Set – Silver (4 metal colors, each sold separately. 10 gem colors in the HUD.) | Manga Fair, through August 9th
* Top / More Than Ever | Beautiful Day Tied Tank | The Lexi Project, through August 9th
* Pants / MMC | Abby Pants (Maitreya, Belleza, TMP & Omega appliers + system layers. 4 colors in HUD.) | Ross Fair, through August 5th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Miami Heels (for Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP and Slink High)
Today’s post brought me back to the beautiful Trancescending, which I wrote about in June and I’ve always found to be a meditative and relaxing place to enjoy the beautiful scenery and seek a bit of serenity. I’ve paired More Than Ever‘s Beautiful Day top with sweetly charming earrings by Che Bella for the Cosmopolitan event, and the wonderfully intricate Moon Princess Rings by Secret Love for Manga Fair 2015. My beautifully detailed jeans, with their lovely lace cut-out design, are by MMC and may be found at the Ross Fair, and my sultry, fabulously flicked eyeliner is by Nova Bodyshop and is offered at the current round of N21.
It’s been an incredibly busy month, full up with a truly staggering number of events, sales, and new releases from Second Life’s designers. I’m sure many of us spent a king’s ransom this month on digital delights, but I hope there’s still room in your wallet and your heart to make a purchase or donation toward helping Lexi’s fight. Cancer has touched my family several times, as I’m sure it has many others, and any time we of the virtual world can rally to help someone overcome trials and tragedies in the real world, it’s a truly beautiful day. ♥
The real world me (or as my friend Shae delightfully puts it, my “meaty self”) used to work in the cosmetics industry, and in online forums dedicated to beauty, a lot of fun and funny acronyms exist. Being someone who loves fiercely adores alteration, one acronym in particular caught my fancy and describes me perfectly: PPP, or Pale Porcelain Princess. Alright, not so much the “princess” bit, but Pale and Porcelain? Absolutely! This means that whilst living in a part of the country that enjoys eight or so months of summer-like weather, I’m able to stand very little sun and heat before I start burning and swooning. But in Second Life? Bring on the brilliant beaches and sweet, summery sunshine!
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Lydia v2 – Honey (Hipsta Plz) | Group Gift
Hair / Elikatira | Kara – Essentials HUD | Free Gift at Hair Fair 2015, through July 26th
Eyes / Suicidal Unborn | Nova Eyes – Deep Blue | Group Gift
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Sagan Liner – 003 (LeLutka, TMP appliers & system tattoos) | AnyBody Event, through July 31st
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Lizzy Lipstick – 001 (Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam, Sweet Lips, LeLutka, TMP appliers & system tattoos) | AnyBody Event, through July 31st
* Necklace / Secret Love | Rosette Necklace | Aristo Event, through July 24th
* Outfit / MMC | Summer Jumpsuit (Maitreya, Belleza, TMP, Slink, Lena, Eve, Omega Appliers & System Layers) | Ross Fair, through August 5th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Laura Heels (for Maitreya, Slink High & Belleza)
Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Zomy Poses | Casual Posepack – Casual #3 (Mirrored)
* Pic 2 / DS’ELLES | Stand Pose Beach – Pose 2 | The Black Dot Project, through August 4th
Location / Black Basalt Beach
Exciting news! I finally made it over to Hair Fair 2015, and while I went in a full-body alpha layer to help mitigate lag, it probably wasn’t even necessary as I found it to be a remarkably smooth browsing experience with little difficulty despite the heavy crowds. I was able to snag a wonderful bevy of free gifts, and was elated to see that Elikatira – the brand who has the honor of being my first ever SL hair purchase, some 8 or 9 years ago – was offering three hairstyles in her gift box. So much joy! The Kara style, with its perfect bow headband, is gorgeous and comes with the Essentials HUD which offers a wonderful variety of hair colors to choose from. Hair Fair is on through July 26th, and the crowds should thin considerably this week, so don’t miss out!
I’m wearing the wonderfully retro-inspired Summer Jumpsuit by MMC, which comes in four color combinations and offers appliers for every body under the sun, as well as system layers. If you’re ever looking for applier clothing that will suit multiple mesh bodies in your collection, MMC has all the options covered brilliantly! My necklace is by the always-wonderful Secret Love, and offers a HUD with 7 petal colors, 3 metals and 2 pearl hues. Matching earrings are included in the set, and it’s an exclusive at the new Aristo event, which ends on July 24th.
I wanted a strong red lip and perfectly flicked cat eyes for my look, and Nova Bodyshop met the challenge brilliantly! Both the Sagan Eyeliner and Lizzy Lipstick may be found at the current round of AnyBody, and I’ve listed the various appliers that these cosmetics come with to my credits above. While I still use system tattoo layers myself, I hope this information will be helpful to those with mesh heads and/or mouths!
Last but surely not least, I’m thrilled to be blogging for KC Couture, one of my very favorite shoe brands on the grid. Klari’s designs are wonderfully affordable and always offer lots of options in their HUDs, and many of her designs are compatible with Maitreya, Slink and Belleza feet. My Laura Heels are deliciously vampy, with peep toes, buckle and zipper detailing, and a wide range of color and metal options in the HUD.
In my last beach-inspired look I was all sweetness and cheer, but this time around I found the perfect setting in Black Basalt Beach, a location I discovered on Flickr that has a wonderfully rustic, weathered look to it. It’s still every bit as beautiful as the more pristine Baja Cove, but the bits of driftwood and overgrowth gives it a different feel that I really enjoy. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy your Sunday, I highly recommend a visit! ♥
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!
* 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 / 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
* 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)
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
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.
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
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 / 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
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